Spring is here. Just like your home benefits tremendously from a deep spring clean, so does your skin. Here are five tips for spring cleaning your skin:

1. Moisturize

1. Moisturize

Winter may be over, but that doesn't mean you can skip applying a moisturizer to both your body and face. No matter how much oil your skin produces, a high-quality moisturizer is crucial for soft, silky, and glowing skin. Use a gentle, moisturizing body wash in the shower and follow up with a light body lotion. Apply a daytime moisturizer to your face, too, along with a heavier nighttime cream before bed.

2. Exfoliate

2. Exfoliate

Exfoliating regularly is great for your skin -- it removes dead skin cells, leaving behind fresh, youthful skin. But, choose your skin care products wisely. Why? Because abrasive ingredients can be too harsh for those with sensitive skin. Look for creamy formulas with micro-beads to leave your skin feeling and looking gorgeous without irritating.

3. Apply sunscreen

3. Apply sunscreen

You should apply sunscreen to all exposed areas year-round, rain or shine. Sun exposure ages your skin, resulting in sun damage and an increased risk of skin cancer. Look for moisturizers and foundations with an SPF of at least 30. But, if you're spending the whole day outdoors, increase that number to 50 and reapply sunscreen every two hours.

4. Revamp makeup

4. Revamp makeup

Makeup doesn't last forever -- it comes with an expiration date. You should spring clean your beauty bag, tossing out old cosmetics and buying new products. Also, take the time to scale back your makeup to a light, fresh look. This means ditching heavy foundations and dark colored eyeshadows and lipsticks in favor of lighter, brighter ones.

5. Wear lip balm

5. Wear lip balm

If your lips are dry or chapped, invest in some natural, high-quality lip balm. Apply a protective lip balm throughout the day that has hydrating ingredients such as beeswax, shea butter, nut oils, and cocoa butter.

Out with the old, in with the new

Spring is a time of renewal -- it's the perfect time to switch up both your skincare and makeup routines. To spring clean your skin, ensuring it looks radiant and fresh, always wear sunscreen, moisturize, and choose the right skincare products and cosmetics for the season.

References
  1. "Spring Cleaning for Your Skin," Women's Health, May 21, 2014.
  2. "Spring Cleaning: How to Pamper Your Skin," WebMD, n.d.

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