Spring-Feelings - the best skin care treatments for the face
What impact do the shifting seasons have on our skin? Do we need to adapt our skincare routines to the changing climatic conditions? Do we need more cream with edelweiss, more high-dose hyaluronic acid cream or more vitamin C serum? Why do we care so much about this topic? Spring is supposedly already around the corner, with warm weather expected for the first time in early March. That also means it's time to get your facial skin in shape. Or let's put it positively: Our faces need to be really pampered. That's why we, the members of the 48grams blog editorial team, want to reveal a few tips.
Change your skincare routine – fast
We all know what winter demands of our facial skin in particular. The constant change between cold and warm indoor air, the cutting gusts, the high humidity and also the lack of light - all these are responsible for the same consequences: the tissue suffers, redness, dry patches and finally wrinkles or cracks appear. Care products with a high oil content give us protection, form a cover and let us get through the frosty season unscathed. But as soon as spring comes knocking, it is obligatory to change our daily care routine. The sooner, the better. If you don't want to suffer from pimples because of clogged pores - or want to show off a greasy glow all day - you should switch to lighter products. More on that later.
Cleansing is key
One of the most important rules for healthy and beautiful skin is thorough cleansing. Therefore, you should take the weather forecast as a prompt. When the temperatures rise and the sun appears more often again, the skin needs exfoliation. Dead skin cells (better known as dandruff), hardening or impurities can be removed as quickly as possible. The tissue simply gets more air to breathe and is stimulated to renew itself. Yes, it will be spring fresh! Which type of peeling should be used depends, of course, very much on the skin type. Basically, a gentle application is never wrong (e.g. enzyme peeling or peeling with kaolin). Two to three treatments per week - and the face is already perfectly prepared.
Balance of hyaluronic acid and sebum
When the first buds venture into the light, the body - and especially the facial skin - faces further challenges. In winter, both sebum and hyaluronic acid production in the skin are reduced. We know from our own experience: now the balance must be restored. Dermatologists advise using slightly oily creams with a high hyaluronic acid content. Even if it's self-promotion - hey, we work for the 48grams blog after all - but the daily alternation of our Day 'N Night Cream and Skin Repair Cream ensures that the skin's natural winter mode goes offline. This routine, by the way, protects against another springtime issue: the metabolism is ramped up again during this time. Which can lead to blemishes or pimple formation. But with the mastic oil and edelweiss extract contained in Skin Repair Cream, the skin gets a quick supply of natural healing ingredients.
Vitamin C vs OPC
Skincare professionals advise the application of a concentrate of vitamin C. We counter that OPC - the highly praised grape seed extract - is even more effective by a factor of 50. With oxidative stress, i.e. the attack of so-called free radicals, the collagen production of the skin is restricted. Less moisture can be stored. A circle that must be broken. If you take a closer look at the matter - and discover the right products - you can use OPC to curb the appearance or at least the depth of wrinkles.
Warning against UV rays
Not without reason the winter is described as a lightless season. The days are short, and most of us spend our time in the shelter of warm flats or workrooms. The fact that we get too little sun has two disadvantages. The body's own vitamin D cannot be formed (which in turn is bad for bone metabolism) - and the skin's resistance to UV rays also decreases significantly. When we get more daylight again, the skin needs a cream with a light protection or UV filter. By the way, the following rule of thumb applies here: UV-A can be remembered as an abbreviation for (skin) aging, UV-B for (sun) burn. While the latter radiation triggers cancer risks, the A rays form free radicals, which in turn damage the collagen structure of our skin. The consequences: Wrinkles, fine lines and pigment spots. Therefore: never forget sun protection.
A mask to pamper the skin
Last but not least: masks, whether enriched with aloe or hyaluronic acid, are part of every skincare routine. But at the beginning of spring, they are an absolute must. Dermatologists advise frequent use of masks, especially during the transitional phase between cold and mild temperatures. Up to five of these short spa sessions per week are recommended to ease the skin's transition and recharge it with hydration.
Food, alcohol and sleep
Even though all of us surely know the tips - it helps to point them out every now and then. Especially when the skin goes through a seasonal change, it should be supported in the best possible way. This includes the care methods just mentioned. But it also includes the right diet. The food should be rich in fibre, not too fatty and preferably also low in salt. The body needs power for the changeover - it is not very helpful if it has to put too much effort into digestion. The same applies to alcohol and sweet drinks. If you want to do something good for your skin, do without and drink lots of water or unsweetened tea instead. Then, by the way, sleep will also come better. Ideally, you should sleep eight hours. During this time, the cells can regenerate - and with them all the layers of the skin.
Now spring can come
In summary, healthy and beautiful skin in spring does not have to take a lot of time. Thorough cleansing, sufficient moisture and sun protection, as well as pampering with a mask are the perfect combination for radiant skin in spring.