10 tips to care for your skin in spring
Although it might not feel like spring yet, the season is just around the corner. Our skin has different needs at different times of the year, so get ready to face the new season with a healthy, glowing complexion. Here’s our top 10 tips for getting spring-ready skin.
Winter is notoriously hard on our skin. From cold temperatures and harsh winds, to dry, heated air indoors, our skin goes through a lot in the winter months. Exfoliating can help break down the bonds holding old, dead cells, revealing the fresh new skin underneath. It isn’t just your face that will thank you for an exfoliating treatment either, give your arms and legs so love, and pay particular attention to elbows and knees.
Hydrate with a lighter moisturizer
In winter, your skin needs all the hydrating help it can get. During the spring months, you can cut back on heavy, rich creams and moisturize with a lighter formulation that won’t weigh you down. There’s nothing worse than having shiny skin after a few hours being out and about on a sunny day! At the start of the season, pay particular attention to your hands, arms, and legs, as they’ve been under wraps all winter and will need a little extra TLC.
Increase your SPF
We should all use SPF all year round, but spring and summer bring more UV rays and you need to up your sun protection accordingly. During spring and summer the sun moves higher in the sky, meaning there’s less distance for UV light to travel to reach us. And don’t be fooled by clouds — those fluffy white thunderheads some of us see every spring can scatter UV light and reflect even more of it toward the ground. Use SPF 30 at minimum, and apply it every day, whatever the weather.
Get more antioxidants
Another way to combat damage from UV light is to increase your intake of antioxidants. UV light contributes to the creation of free radicals, and antioxidants can neutralize them before they harm your cells. Eat a diet rich in a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, and green tea. You can also get antioxidants from skincare products and supplements like Qyral!
Cut back on retinol
Retinol is an awesome skincare ingredient that helps increase the production of collagen and reduce signs of aging. However it can also make your skin more sensitive to UV light. To avoid damaging your skin — and to get the most from your retinol products — switch to applying them at night instead of in the morning. If irritation still occurs, consider reducing your use of retinol to every other day or less.
Use an acidic cleanser
Although you might not realize it from all the pH neutral skincare products on the market, our skin is naturally slightly acidic, between 4.7 and 5.75 pH. Using a cleanser that matches your skin’s natural pH can help control sweat and reduce shine, especially as the weather begins to warm up.
Use a facial mist with hypochlorous acid
If your skin does need freshening up during the day, a facial mist is an ideal way to get some relief. Hypochlorous acid has antimicrobial properties that can help fight bacteria and viruses that you come into contact with during the day. It is also anti inflammatory and can help fight acne and speed the wound healing process.
Add eye cream to your routine
The return of bright sunlight after so many long, dark months has us all squinting. That’s bad news for our skin, as it can lead to the development of fine lines and wrinkles around our eyes. Using a nourishing eye cream packed with antioxidants and peptides can protect the delicate skin around your eyes and counteract the bright light — although to protect your eyes you should also look for sunglasses that block UV rays and reduce glare.
Get ahead of allergies
If you’re prone to hay fever and other seasonal allergies, you know the misery you suffer every spring. To say nothing of the redness and blotchiness that result! Prevention is better than cure, so consider taking an over the counter antihistamine each morning to stop flare ups before they start.
Spring clean your makeup and skincare collection
We all know we should clean our brushes more often and throw out old makeup products before they’re finished. Spring is the time for cleaning, so now is a great time to review your skincare and makeup products. Mascara and liquid eyeliner should be discarded after three months. Liquid foundations and lipstick are usually good for a year after opening. Powders can last for two years. Check the base of each bottle for the period-after-opening symbol (it looks like a small pot with a number printed on it). The symbol is located near the bottom of most products, and the number tells you how many months it will last after being opened.
At Qyral, we want you to love your skin whatever the season. Our personalized formulations take environmental and lifestyle factors into account so your skincare can change and adapt with you. Packed with skin-nourishing ingredients and powerful antioxidants, Qyral gives your skin everything it needs to shine this spring.