We’re about to get real with you: The winter totally messed up the grooming game. Our skin, once smooth and supple, is now as dry as the Sahara Desert and your number one companion was most likely an ultra-moisturizing chapstick. And don’t get us started about our dandruff-ridden hair. Lucky for us — but mostly our skin and hair — winter is a thing of the past and we are ready to rectify all our beauty wrongs this spring. However, with a new season comes updated rules for acing your primping.
“Your routine is not going to change much from winter to spring,” says Gilbert Chrispin, co-founder of Mi-Me Handmade Bath & Body Products. “What really changes is those products and how often you’re making use of them.”
Ready to ease into spring? Chrispin shares eight tips for transitioning your grooming regime to a new season.
1. Swap out those heavy-duty products
What would we find if we scoured through your medicine cabinet this winter? Lots of thick, heavy-duty creams that promise to keep your currently scaly skin silky smooth? We thought so. While those products may have worked wonders during the colder seasons, it’s time to trade in those dense picks for lighter alternatives. According to Chrispin, spring’s growing humidity causes your pores to naturally expand, which makes clogging them with heavy products more likely. Lighter lotions and potions, on the other hand, will provide your skin with the hydration it needs without jamming your pores up with unwanted product.
“Usually a water-based moisturizer is going to be a lot lighter,” he recommends. “For oil-based moisturizer, you want to see whether or not they’re comedogenic, which means clogging pores.”
Before you pick up a bottle of that moisturizer every grooming blog is talking about, do your research and read the ingredients. Some oils — such as sunflower and avocado — are less dense, making them perfect for spring. If you’re more of a toner guy, Chrispin recommends investing in one with witch hazel.
2. Exfoliate to perfection
We’re not going to sugarcoat it for you: Over the past few months, your skin has been painfully dry and flaky. Moisturizing is a great way to nurse it back to normal, but that’s only the beginning. Exfoliating, says Chrispin, is key for the new season.
“Your skin has taken a beating with the wind, snow, and cold,” explains Chrispin. “We really recommend a deep exfoliation.”
Sure, you may see a bundle of fancy scrubs at your closest pharmacy or department store, but you may not know what they exactly do. Listen up, skincare rookies, we’re here to help. Similar to a snake (but less dramatic), our skin has a way of naturally shedding dead skin, which you’ve definitely witnessed if you have ever had a bad sunburn. Exfoliating, according to Lovelyish.com , is a way to accelerate this process.
“It’s going to get rid of the dead skin, and the oils from the scrub will help nourish and hydrate your skin,” adds Chrispin.
While Chrispin notes that its important to exfoliate from head to toe, he recommends different scrubs for various parts of the body. While a sugar or salt scrub is great for your arms and legs, a facial scrub or buffing grains will be more gentle around your eyes and mouth.
3. Say no to alcohol
And no, we’re not talking about that six pack of beer that’s currently in your fridge. Unless you’re an avid label reader, you may not know that many concoctions that are lurking in your bathroom contain alcohol. The pros? It’s great for reducing that pesty pimple in no time. The cons? These type of products tend to dry out your skin, a lot.
“Stay away from alcohol-based products,” warns Chrispin, “That’s going to dry out your skin even more.”
While there’s nothing wrong with keeping that alcohol-based acne spot treatment mixture, say goodbye to those cleansers, serums, and moisturizers with the ingredient. After all, who wants to make their skin even more dry. Instead, invest in a water or oil-based concoction.
4. Add vitamins to your skincare regime
It’s no secret that adding key vitamins and minerals to your diet help boost your overall health and immunity. But did you know that adding these key ingredients to your cosmetics will do wonders for your skin? For example, vitamin E fights off any free radicals, vitamin C aids collagen production, and vitamin A is present in a bounty of different products. And Chrispin mentions that sea minerals can be packed with skin boosting nutrients.
In a perfect world, it’d be wonderful to find effective products that are packed with vitamins and nutrients; however, Chrispin recommends mixing in some vitamins that you can easily purchase at your nearest grocery store. You may treasure the eye cream that’s in your medicine cabinet now, but you may notice even more results by adding sweet almond oil.
5. SPF is a must
Just because you’re not at the beach doesn’t mean you’re not exposed to harsh ultraviolet rays. And while getting “a little color” after a day in the park seems like no big deal, any instance of sunburn isn’t doing your skin any favors.
“I can’t stress how important SPF is,” Chrispin emphasizes. “The UV rays really beat your skin down overtime.”
Those harsh rays are present all year round; however, it’s likely you’re outside the most during spring and summer. Instead of coating your skin with sticky sunscreen for your commute to work, opt for a moisturizer with SPF: there’s tons of non-tinted options that will leave your skin sun-safe and feeling smooth.
6. Quality over quantity
Many skincare fanatics may have read that the secret to great skin is layering on the cosmetics twice a day. First is your hydrating oil, then anti-aging serum, and finally your moisturizing lotion. Sound familiar? In spring, Chrispin argues that its not necessary to pile on the products.
“When you think spring, think quality,” he says.”With spring, we want to dial down the amount of products we use.”
Let’s get one thing straight: Your skin needs its share of nutrients and hydration year-round. However, Chrispin mentions that spring is the time to repair our skin. So why would we want to clog it up with several products. Instead, there are some great, multipurpose cosmetics that will show some serious results.
7. Treat yourself to a scalp massage
We can talk about skincare for hours, but maybe that’s not where your winter grooming woes lie. Instead, maybe what grinds your gears during this time of year is the the white, pesky flakes that have taken hostage of your scalp. Yes, we’re talking about dandruff. We don’t care how fantastic your hair is, everyone’s prone to dandruff and it’s the worst. What some people may not know, however, is that dandruff is caused by a dry scalp.
“The scalp is the root of healthy hair,” Chrispin suggests. “We shampoo and condition, but we don’t treat our scalp.”
Keep your head moisturized, and flakes at bay, by treating yourself to a scalp massage. Chrispin says a great way to get a spa-like treatment at home is rubbing your scalp with castor oil and rosemary essential oil for three to five minutes before applying shampoo everyday. This, he notes, will both keep your scalp hydrated and boost circulation. A win-win, right?
8. Do your research
You can moisturize and trade in your heavy-duty creams for lighter alternatives, but the one thing Chrispin insists you do? Read your labels and do your research.
“That can make such a difference in your skincare routine,” he elaborates.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ and, just like your heart and lungs, it should get some TLC. Sure, you could buy the first moisturizer on the shelf at your nearest pharmacy; however, your skin will look and feel much better when you stock up on products that have key ingredients that will actually benefit your skin. Our tip? Become a skincare nerd. Read your labels, research the active ingredients that fight your biggest beauty blunders, and do some digging on which brands will work for you. We promise, pampering yourself with products is actually fun.
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