Spring is the time when everything is in bloom. The cold, dreary days of winter slowly become colourful and bright, and people emerge from their heavy, dark coats and slip into light jackets. Everything awakens, and the air is filled with the scent of flowers and fresh grass. While we never forget to change the clothes we wear, sometimes we don't realise that our skin routine will need to be different as well. Below are a few tips that will help you start the spring with a clear, beautiful face.
In winter our skin doesn't have a lot of chance to breathe, so do yourself a favour and find a good body and face scrub. Exfoliating will help you get rid of the dead skin cells and keep you feeling fresh. It will also open up your pores, and make it easier to apply any cosmetics you might be using. Choose a scrub that's appropriate for your skin type, as not all scrubs are the same - some might be too harsh for you.
Choose a lighter moisturizer
When the weather is cold, we tend to use heavier creams in order to protect our skin from the elements. But in spring, instead of oil based, try using a water based moisturizer. Find something with a nice, light texture that won't make your face look too shiny, because warmer times are coming and you're bound to sweat more. It would also be good to start using a sunscreen with higher SPF, especially if your skin is sensitive and prone to redness.
Be careful with your makeup
Spring usually calls for brighter things, not only when it comes to clothes. This year you could have fun with pastel coloured makeup which will give you a softer, more elegant look. Your foundation should be lightweight and water based, as heavy foundation can cause breakouts in warmer weather. Spring is the best time to experiment with colours, so don't be afraid to try something you normally wouldn't.
Keep your skin smooth
In winter, you usually wear warm pants, so you don't have to pay much attention to how hairy your legs are. However, spring is the time of shorter skirts and strappy shirts, so it's time to schedule the appointment with your regular cosmetologist. Better yet, now is the perfect time to try the permanent laser hair removal. It definitely costs more than your regular waxing, but you will save a lot more money in the long run and it will make both your spring and summer more enjoyable.
Up your water intake
It's always important to stay hydrated, but it's especially good to drink more water as the weather gets warmer. This will help keep your skin clear from blemishes and you'll want to look your best now that you can no longer hide behind a woollen scarf.
Have a balanced diet
We tend to overeat during winter and then those extra pounds come back to haunt us when we attempt to get into tight pants and short skirts. Eating well is very important not just for your weight, but also your skin. People who have issues with pigmentation or with acne would especially benefit from cutting out processed food and sugars from their menu, as these can make you break out like crazy. Choose many light, small portions instead of eating three huge meals a day and try to eat a lot of fruit and vegetables.
If you are dreading the cold and can't wait for this winter to be over, then maybe you should try and make the wait more enjoyable by preparing for spring. Now's the right time to make plans for your vacation, or use the bad weather as an excuse to stay in and curl up with a good book and warm tea.
Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on a lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.