April 1, 2014

Health & Beauty: Is Your Skin Spring-Ready?

Spring is here! The sun is shining. It's getting warmer. And, we're slowly shedding the layers of clothes that have been weighing us down. 

But, has the cold, moisture-sapping Winter weather taken a toll on your skin? Leaving it dry and rough to the touch? Here are some tips to Spring-ready your skin as you begin to shed your Winter layers:

  • Take warm, not hot, showers and baths. Exposing your skin to hot water for long durations can strip it of its natural oils, leaving it vulnerable to moisture loss and to impurities that can penetrate into your body. So, take warm-water baths and showers to help maintain skin health.

  • Moisturize right after you step out of the shower or bath. Pat your skin dry and apply moisturizer when your skin is still slightly damp to better lock in moisture. Use chemical-free and fragrance-free products since artificial ingredients can irritate the skin and inflame skin conditions.  

  • Limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages that can dehydrate your body. Drink plenty of water to help your skin stay healthy and allow your body to function properly.

  • Exfoliate once a week to rid pore-clogging, dead skin cells and to allow cells to regenerate. Use a body polish, preferably sugar-based and natural scrubs that are gentler on the skin, to let your skin breathe and keep skin soft and supple.

Remember, if you have skin conditions that are persisting or worsening, please consult your medical practitioner.

Now, let's get ready for Spring! 

~ Susan


tracey toole said...

Hi Susan, any recommendations on an SPF face lotion that is cruelty free?

Susan Ng said...

Hi Tracey! Kiss My Face and Alba Botanica are some good options for cruelty-free moisturizers with sunscreen. Cheers! - Susan

Natasha K. said...

Great tips, thanks!

Susan Ng said...

Thanks, Natasha!