Get Your Skin Ready for Spring
Spring is so close, I can see it! I’ve been enjoying the slightly longer days since Daylight Savings Time began a few days ago. And last evening I saw a robin while walking my dog. Proof!
It’s time to focus on some TLC to get our skin ready for spring.
We all know that winter weather can play havoc with our skin. As spring approaches, and we look forward to feeling the warmth of the sun on our skin, and showing a bit more of it, there are some steps we can take to help our skin recover and be spring and summer-ready. The products featured in this post are ones I’ve been using for a few years, and I believe they truly have made a difference in my skin’s health and appearance. Some of these products are found in your local retailers; I’ve also linked most of them to online sources for convenience of researching or shopping.
Something that I’ve added to my skincare regime that has really seemed to help with dry skin is to integrate facial oils. Since incorporating facial oil, areas that were a little dry and flaky this winter have pretty much disappeared. If you’d like to give this a try, start gradually and try using face oil a few times a week rather than every day to see how your skin reacts. I’ve read that facial oils are not just for dry skin but work for all skin types, and can actually be beneficial for oily skin. Again, with any new skincare product, transition gradually to see how it works for you and how you like it.
Jojoba (pronounced ho-HO-ba) oil is a botanical extract of the seed of the jojoba tree. It is unique in that, unlike most other vegetable oils, it closely resembles sebum, a waxy substance produced by our skin glands, so it can act as a natural skin conditioner. It contains almost all of the vitamins and minerals essential for healthy skin and hair: vitamin E, B-complex, copper, zinc, selenium, iodine, and chromium. Jojoba oil is noncomedogenic, meaning it doesn’t clog pores.
Jojoba oil is a multi-purpose remedy for winter-weary skin and hair. It can be used as a facial moisturizer, a cuticle conditioner, hand and body moisturizer, makeup remover, hair conditioner, even as a shaving gel. It absorbs very quickly compared to other types of oils.
Jojoba oil is easy to find and reasonably price. I usually buy it at Trader Joe’s, but if you prefer to shop online, it’s available from Amazon.
Every morning I apply Rodan + Fields Redefine Brightening Hand Treatment to the backs of my hands. I am convinced that this product has had an impact on the appearance of the skin on the backs of my hands. Although this is anecdotal, the skin appears bright and there are no visible signs of aging, e.g., age spots.
To be sure the product is ending up where it’s most needed, on the backs of my hands rather than the palms, I apply to the back of one hand, then rub the backs of both hands together.
Every time I get in my car, I use sunscreen on the backs of my hands. You may not really think about this, but the backs of your hands get a lot of sun exposure all the time. They are pretty much always out in the open and exposed to the sun. I keep sunscreen in my car door pocket, and it reminds me each time I get in the car to put it on. To make this routine super simple, you can use stick sunscreen, which can be easier to control during application.
The two sunscreens pictured here are my favorites. Super easy to use. The Beach Bum is invisible and has a pleasant fragrance. The Bare Republic sunscreen has a white color to it (unscented) and takes a few minutes to absorb, but I keep feeling that because of that, it’s more effective and has better protection (I have no evidence to back this up).
As we travel on our timelines, age spots on the backs of hands are almost a given (think about this if you are young enough not to have experienced this yet!). At an age that most people have hand age spots, my hands are spot-free. I can’t think of any reason other than this daily routine that explains the lack of age spots on the backs of my hands. And it’s never too early to begin this daily habit. The younger you start, the better the results and appearance of your skin later!
Here’s a tip: To avoid that greasy-hands feeling, apply sunscreen to the back of one hand, then rub the backs of both hands together. Your palms never need to touch the sunscreen.
This product is pretty amazing. With regular use (I use it nightly rather than the suggested twice a day), it does an amazing job of keeping feet soft and sandal-ready. I first learned about this product about 18 months ago from a pedicurist who was using it in her salon. I figured that was a pretty good endorsement and after I tried it, I had to agree that the results were impressive.
Have you ever noticed your skin, particularly on your legs and arms, looking very dry and a little scaly? The remedy for this dry skin condition is Amlactin Daily Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy lotion. Amlactin contains 12% lactic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid, which boosts exfoliation and moisturizes. It really works and results in smooth looking skin. I’ve been using it for a number of years and I swear it is the answer to summer-ready legs.
Note: Alpha-Hydroxy acids may increase skin’s sensitivity to the sun and to sunburn. Be sure to wear sunscreen while using this lotion.
I’m not a big user of self-tanners and I’ve never yet had a spray tan, although I considered it before a trip to Hawaii a few years ago. The reason I didn’t go ahead with the spray tan was because I’d been using Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, and it was doing a pretty good job of giving me a natural looking tan.
There are two shades: Light to Medium and Medium to Dark. I’m pretty fair skinned during the winter, so I started out with the Light to Medium. It was very easy to use and the results were nice – healthy looking and subtle. So subtle, that I decided to try the Medium to Dark. I was really happy with the ease of use and the results. And I really felt like it gave me enough color to forgo the spray tan.