From boots to sandals and heavy wool layers to sundresses, the transition to spring has begun. As you are preparing for the sunnier weather, your skin care routine should change as well. Not to mention, your skin probably needs some extra care and attention to brush off the effects of the dry and cold winter we just had here in Calgary. Here are five tips to help you transition from winter so that your skin is radiating this spring and beyond.

1) Wear sunscreen.

Even if the winter doesn’t feel officially over, it’s very important to wear sunscreen. Remember, this is the time of year where you are more likely to get burned or experience sun damage, because you may not realize the strength of the sun in spring. So, as you enter into the sunnier weather, be sure to bump your sunscreen to least SPF 30, if not SPF 50, and start protecting your skin from the damaging sun rays. Also, be sure to purchase sunscreen that is not simply blended in with your moisturizer.

2) Wash your face.

Before bed, you should make it a point to wash your face and get rid of the dirt and grime from the day. Or, at the very least, you should keep makeup remover wipes to have a fresh start in the morning. Washing your face before bed can be key to minimizing pores, reducing wrinkles and keeping your skin at its radiant best.

3) Consider a non-surgical solution.

If the idea of speaking to a facial cosmetic surgeon is intimidating, remember there are options for a non-surgical solution to your skin care needs. For example, a chemical peel is a great way to improve your skin’s complexion. It will leave your skin hydrated, fresh, and reduce the likelihood of acne breakouts, fine lines and wrinkles, smooth out rough skin patches, and reduce any visible age spots. The earlier in the season you seek these solutions, the better. Talk to a facial cosmetic surgeon near you in order to find out what they have to offer you so you can prepare for the sunny season coming upon us.

4) Exfoliate.

As the winter weather passes us by, it’s time to get control of that dry skin. The best time to exfoliate is actually when your skin is dry, so this is the best time of year to do it! Use an exfoliating cleanser a few times a week to get your skin fresh. Add a daily moisturizer to get your skin glowing once again.

5) Spring clean your beauty supplies.

When spring cleaning, don’t forget about your beauty supply cabinet too. If you still have anything more than six months old, it’s time for the product to be replaced. The buildup of bacteria can end up on your skin and that will lead to skin problems later down the road. While you’re tossing out the old products, add in some new, lighter moisturizers. If you are dealing with humid weather, the heavier product can weigh down your skin. Seek out an oil-free moisturizer for example.

So as nicer weather becomes more regular, make sure you have beautiful, cared for skin to match. Talk to local facial cosmetic surgeons near you and see what they can do to prepare your skin for the spring season. Many have non-surgical solutions that you might want to consider.

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