Springtime seems to be the time of year I experience the most skin flair-ups, from redness to acne-prone skin, and I know I am not the only one.
After being stuck inside because of Winter and COVID restrictions, the first signs of warmer Spring weather, you are going to find me outside walking, hiking, or sitting out on my deck. And while this starts to feel like perfection, those rising temperatures can cause the skin to amp up oil production, leading to Springtime breakouts. So if you want to know how to treat Springtime acne, continue reading.
Keep Your Hair Off Your Face
I am pretty good at this, I even sleep with my hair up, but I know many people do not, which is why I am bringing this up. So grab a hair clip, a hat, or a rubber band and pull your hair away from your face when you are exercising and sleeping. You see, when we sweat, small traces of hair products and natural oils from the scalp can transfer to your skin and cause breakouts. Even touching your hair constantly is a big no, no, as your hands will transfer oils and dirt to the hair, which can end up on your face and pillow, which brings us to my next tip of sleeping on a silk pillow.
Sleeping On A Silk Pillow For Healthier Skin
The moisture pulled into a cotton pillowcase can draw in dirt and bacteria, causing damage to the skin.
Also, the dirt on the pillowcase exposes the skin to oxidative stress from free radicals. And free radicals can cause premature aging as it breaks down the collagen and elastin in the skin.
These yuckies breed on cotton pillowcases, especially from the dead skin cells on your scalp and skin! But not on a silk pillowcase. Sleeping on a silk surface means less moisture will be taken from your skin and hair, so less is pulled into the pillowcase.
Switch To A Lighter Cleanser In The Spring
The heavy moisturizer cleanser you were using in the Winter months can clog your pores. You want to switch to a cleanser to remove that mixture of sweat, makeup, humidity, pollution, and oil from your pores that can cause breakouts and clogged pores. One ingredient that I have been loving lately is CICA and these Cica Cleansing water pads from Meebak are amazing. They easily wipe away dirt and impurities while toning and soothing skin, all in one single step. It helps control the skin’s oil production and fights free radicals.
Use A Hydrating Moisturizer In The Spring
Another acne myth is you shouldn’t use a moisturizer as it will make it worse. Actually, it is quite the opposite. Dry skin that’s not moisturized is more vulnerable to irritation, which causes an increase in breakouts. The key is to look for a moisturizer that will hydrate without clogging the pores, draws moisture to the skin, and traps water in the skin’s surface, leaving the skin recharged and supple.
Use A Hydrating Sheet Mask
Sheet masks are amazing at brightening, calming, and hydrating the skin for a dewy, glowing complexion. They are one of the best ways to hydrate deep into the layers of skin during usage and forms a lasting moisture barrier, helping to pamper Springtime acne prone skin.
Step Up Your SPF
With the beautiful weather, we are going to be exposing ourselves to more sun exposure. And this exposure can dry out the skin, causing the sebaceous glands to go into overdrive. This excess oil is one of the leading factors to the formation of blemishes.
Implement An Acne-Friendly Diet
Fruit and vegetables are amazing foods for a healthy complexion and the best way to hydrate your skin from the inside. They contain antioxidants that can help stimulate collagen production and keep the skin plump and youthful and are also great for acne-prone skin, reducing the inflammatory response that produces certain types of acne symptoms.
A few to consider including in your diet are antioxidant-rich blueberries, detoxifying lemons, antioxidant Tumeric, and omega 3-rich leafy greens such as kale and spinach.
Sweatproof Your Makeup
The best way to sweatproof your makeup is to use products that allow the skin to breathe, decreasing the chance of trapping sweat, oil, and dirt. One thing to consider is using nude makeup products. This is about using makeup in a more subtle way to accentuate your beauty without covering your pores completely.
So there you have it, beauties my tips to treating Springtime acne. And make sure to keep an eye open for some of my other Springtime blog posts in the next few weeks! Until next time!