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4 Beauty and Skincare Tips to Help You Prepare for Springtide

by Monica Mendoza

Winter has come and gone, and as with every year before this, we must now prepare for the coming spring! For a lot of women, it’s about throwing off their puff jacket and donning their perfect ensemble of light-colored top and floral midi-skirt. However, aside from fashion, you also have to match your beauty and skincare regimen with what your skin needs for the season. In this article, we’ll provide you some tips to help you look your best and feel your best in springtime.

Beauty Tools Spring Cleaning

It’s definitely something you should do more than once a year, but what better way to welcome springtime than by doing some cleaning? And by spring cleaning, we don’t mean just tidying up your home and garden; we also mean washing and sanitizing your beauty tools.

Some of the items you should clean include your makeup brushes, blending sponges, tweezers, eyelash curlers, and eye pencil sharpeners. Trust us, bacteria is something you wouldn’t want to keep flourishing in your makeup box for another year!

Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate

As the trees shed winter’s chill off their branches to make way for a new growth of leaves, so should you exfoliate to make way for a new layer of skin! Remember, winter can be very harsh on the skin, causing not just dry patches to appear on its surface but also causing dead skin cells and leftover cosmetics to build up during the cold months.

To help your facial skin turn over a new leaf, treat it some gentle chemical exfoliation by using an exfoliating acid like a BHA or an AHA. You can also exfoliate your lips by using a mixture of sugar, honey, and a squeeze of citrus, quickly following it up with an application of your favorite moisturizing lip balm. As for your body, consider dry brushing all over or wet brushing while showering. This will allow you to slough off the dead skin cells that may have built up all over your body during the cold season. At the same time, you’ll also be promoting the growth of new skin cells. Just remember to moisturize everything afterwards.

Stock Up on Spring-Appropriate Products

Because springtide means warmer months ahead, you also have to make sure to stock up on beauty and skincare products that are more suitable for the weather condition.

Thick facial creams that provide heavy hydration isn’t something you’ll need for spring. Instead, consider lighter lotions, especially the types that also help degrease the skin. When it comes to coverage, choose a tinted moisturizer or a BB cream instead of heavy foundations. These lighter products help create a more natural “no make-up makeup” look, and they don’t crust as foundations are wont to do. Moreover, BB creams typically contain sunscreen, so they’re good for sun protection as well. At night, you can use a light nighttime serum that is packed with vitamins and antioxidants to help nourish and de-stress your skin.

Make Sure to Use Sunscreen

To use sunscreen is actually a year-round skincare best practice since the sun can still damage your skin even when it’s cold or cool outside. In springtime, in particular, many people tend to be fooled by the lovely weather that they tend to neglect their skin and forget to wear sunscreen. Make no mistake, however, because while you can feel the sun’s infrared rays (the heat) to be less intense during spring compared to summer, its ultraviolet rays can still harm your skin. As such, make sure to wear an appropriate sunscreen, one that provides protection ratings of SPF50 and PA+++ against UVB and UVA rays, respectively.

Sunscreens made by Japanese and Korean brands are known for being very lightweight while providing ample protection against the sun’s harmful rays, so make sure to check them out when shopping for your new products

Spring means renewal, and as the weather changes, so should your skincare regimen. How about you? How do you prepare for this season?

About the Author

Monica Mendoza is the manager for a fortune 500 company. She counts communication coaching and personality development among her passions. In her spare time, she engages in writing, gardening, surfing, and hiking.

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