Changing seasons not only affect the environment, it also has an impact on your skin. The dry and cold weather of winter could ruin your complexion, leaving it dull and lifeless. Drab skin could accentuate fine lines and wrinkles that have developed over time, making you look old and tired.
On the other hand, glowing and supple complexion is a sign of a healthy skin. Aside from the added benefit of minimizing the appearance of lines, it leaves one looking fresh and younger. If you have ever struggled with trading your winter skin for a healthy spring complexion, then check out the list below for some tips.
1. Exfoliate your skin
Nothing gives more radiance and brightness than a smooth skin that reflects light well on its surface. As one grows older, the skin becomes less supple and more prone to show signs of aging that is why exfoliating it is necessary. Those aged 28 years and under renew their skin cells faster, every 28 days. But it slows down as one reaches their 30s and 40s. The turnover rate of skin cells could reach up to 40 days and the dead skin piles on, leaving a dull complexion. When you exfoliate, you slough off the dead skin cells to reveal new complexion underneath.
You could exfoliate your face gently every night with a mild facial scrub. For a more intense procedure, you could visit the dermatologist once a month for professional services.
2. Seal in the moisture
After exfoliating, new skin is revealed and it is highly recommended that you protect it by keeping it moisturized. During the dry winter months, your skin could become parched that is why it is important that you keep it hydrated. Apply moisturizer day and night to achieve this.
Day moisturizers should come with SPF. Because sun exposure could cause premature aging and make it prone to skin cancer, ensure that the cream you use contains high SPF levels. Meanwhile, night creams are stickier in nature, to really lock in the moisture while you sleep overnight. There are some that contains retinol, which is an agent that helps bring back the suppleness and bounce back to your skin. When using this type, make sure that you lather on SPF the following day, as retinol does not sit well with direct sunlight. If you can, avoid direct sun exposure.
3. Eat Properly
Eating the right kind of food also impact how your skin looks. Add lots of vegetables and fruits in your diet and minimize salt and processed food intake.
Do not forget to drink at least eight glasses of water daily as this is the best remedy to moisturize your body from within and prevent it from having dry skin.
4. Get a fake tan
Nothing speaks “healthy glowing skin” than a good bronzed tan. But achieving this the natural way could cause more harm than good. Lounging under the sun to get a tan could cause premature wrinkles, lines and worse, cause cancer. Tanning beds have also been studied to cause basal cell carcinoma, most especially Caucasians. Instead, use a tanning spray to achieve that glow. Not only is it safer to do so, it would take you a shorter period of time to achieve that no-bake tanned look.
5. Highlight your face
If you have no time to lather on some tanning lotion, play up your dull skin with a highlighting powder. Celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and Kim Kardashian swear by this makeup trick. Simply find a highlight powder blush from the makeup store and illuminate your skin by placing it on strategic areas around your face. The key is to identify the areas where the sun hits your skin directly and play it up with the powder.
6. Get enough sleep.
Lack of sleep could cause your skin to look dull and lifeless. It would also highlight the dark circles under your eyes making you look very tired and old. A deficit in sleep would also make your complexion more prone to oiliness eventually leading to breakouts. Doctors recommend at least eight hours of sleep daily for your body to restore its cells overnight and leave you with fresh and glowing skin the following morning.