Tuesday, 10 April 2018

6 Ways To Spring Clean Your Skin Care Routine

Oh Toronto...how I adore you but also, how I don't understand what the heck is up with this weather. I SHOULD be feeling the warmth which would be my cue to overhaul my skin care products in preparation for spring...but I'm not feeling the warm weather love! Anyway, since the calendar says it's spring, I'm going to get ready for the warm weather anyway. 

We all love updating our wardrobe for the spring by packing away our bulky jackets, but how often do we remember to update our skin care routines? This time of year is perfect for giving beauty cabinets an overhaul to make sure your skin stays healthy year round.

Here are my top 6 tips for keeping your skin in tip top shape as we transition into the warmer months ahead

1. Take a look at your cleanser

Our skin doesn't need thicker formulas for the warmer weather and since it's time to lighten the load, switch your cleanser to something that offers light exfoliation or more brightening ingredients. 
Since we are more likely to be outside more often, it's important to slough off dead skin with lighter and more nourishing ingredients in combination with regular exfoliation.  Exfoliating removes dead skin cells that can trap oil and bacteria which in turn reduces breakouts. Invest in a good chemical peel to further rejuvenate the appearance of your skin. Now is the perfect time to incorporate oils, and milk or gel cleansers into your routine. 

2. Pamper yourself 

I can attest to the power of a solid skin care routine, so this spring I encourage you to find products that work for you and spoil yourself. Before my blogging journey began I would buy skin care products that were on sale, barely paid attention to ingredients, and didn't even follow a routine. Sure, I washed my face every day and night, but that was about it! Since sticking to a regular routine, my skin is in the best condition it's ever been.  Remember, most products are priced like they are for a reason but ALWAYS do your research regardless!

3. Up your water intake...and stick to it!

We've all heard it before. DRINK MORE WATER! Believe it or not, my skin FEELS different when I don't drink enough water. Crazy right?! In the summer my skin feels tight and dehydrated from being exposed to too much air conditioning and in the cooler months, my skin gets dry from indoor heating. There's no winning!! I try my best to drink more water and I have to admit, it's not as easy as it sounds! Having a bottle within reach is an easy visual reminder to drink more water, and to keep my taste buds interested, I've added 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to two bottle fill-ups per day and I swear- my skin has glowed like never before! Feel free to add fruits and cucumbers to give your water an extra boost!

4. Stay committed to your serums and moisturizers

I've never appreciated skin care as much as I do now and I've been lucky enough to try many different moisturizers and let me tell you- not all serums and moisturizers are created equal! The purpose of a moisturizer is to protect the skin's barrier, which is very important during the warmer months. Look for products that are rich in omegas, fatty acids, lipids, and ceramides because the best moisturizers hydrate, soothe and seals moisture.

5. Don't forget the sunscreen

Sun protection is a year round job and you'd benefit from SPF coverage every day. It isn't enough to rely on SPF in your makeup so look for a sunscreen that provides protection against both UVB and UVA rays (the ones that cause premature ageing and cancer). 

6. Add lip balm or lip serum to your daily and nightly routine

Adding lip serum to my lips before I go to bed has made a huge difference for me! Like the skin under our eyes, the skin on our lips is delicate and thin so a little extra TLC will go a long way. I also love using a lip scrub to exfoliate once in a while to keep my lips looking their best!

There are my favourite ways to keep my skin balanced for spring and to prepare for the warmer weather that's soon to come. It's also a great idea to CHECK EXPIRY DATES routinely so your skin can reap the benefits of fresh ingredients. Have you already started your spring skin care overhaul? I'd love to hear what products you're incorporating into your seasonal routine.

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