Spring Skin Care

By Heather Legg

It’s time to start shedding the winter layers and letting our skin see a little day light. It’s important, however, to treat our skin well, especially if you have skin allergies. Skincare for spring and summer can be different than in winter, depending on your skin type and sensitivity, but here are some tips to help make your transition easy and allergy free, and keep your skin looking great.

• Use a good allergy free moisturizer all over. Sometimes skin is neglected over the winter months, but as legs and arms are showing now, you’ll want to keep them well moisturized. Use a good lotion or cream like Cetaphil or Vanicream Products. Remember to check ingredients for what you are allergic to. The fewer ingredients, the better is also a good rule to go by.
• Use a good sunscreen when you are outside. It’s not just for pool days or beach days; you need sunscreen whenever you will be in the sun for any length of time. Again use an allergy free sunscreen like Vanicream or Neutrogena. Look for PABA-free, fragrance-free and hypoallergenic sunscreen and do a test patch on your skin to confirm whether a sunscreen is truly allergy-free for you.
• If heat causes your skin to be irritated, use powder in sensitive areas like inside elbows and behind knees.
• A natural exfoliate is good to get rid of the dry winter skin, too. Oatmeal based products are usually pretty gentle, but don’t over use them or your skin can become irritated.
• It may be a good time to switch to a lighter moisturizer. If your brand is working for you, stay with that product line and just go lighter. Creams are heavier than lotions, so if you have been using a cream, just switch to the lotion form.
• Because your body is actually releasing toxins as the weather warms up, drinking plenty of water will help out your skin by flushing out the toxins, leading to healthier skin.
• Notice what you are eating if you have any flare ups with your skin. Foods can cause rashes or eczema.

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