Spring has sprung! And any skincare fan will know that the change of seasons often means a change of approach when it comes to your skincare regime. This doesn’t mean making big changes for the sake of it though. Sometimes a little tweak is all you need.
Here’s the interesting bit. Your skin health isn’t just determined by your products either. Your diet, lifestyle and environment are just some of the factors that affect it. So, let’s delve into the joys of spring with our wellbeing ideas to boost your health from top to toe.
1. Think about your diet
Diet is a big one when it comes to taking care of your skin. You may already know that things like processed foods, sugar and alcohol can trigger breakouts and aggravate other skin concerns.
While you may struggle to cut treats out completely, it’s always a good rule of thumb to practise moderation. And what about the whole seasonal bit?
It’s a well-known fact that eating seasonal foods is a top health hack. Ultimately, the foods we find naturally at different times of the year have the nutrients we need to weather the, well, weather. Think hydrating types like watermelons in summer, and nourishing root vegetables and grains in winter.
But what about spring? This is the time of year where fresh greens and fruits are starting to naturally get back into the food cycle. Choosing a diet filled with these kinds of foods, such as purple sprouting broccoli, spring greens and rhubarb will give you a dose of nutrients and vitamins from the inside out.
2. Take care of your emotional wellbeing
Studies have shown that phycological issues can impact our skin. Common culprits like stress and depression can trigger eczema, acne and rosacea among others.
Of course, there’s also a link between stress and hormones, which can also exacerbate acne and other skin concerns. Factor in the effect issues like this can have on your sleep and general wellbeing, and you can see how it can spiral.
Taking care of your emotional health is an important step to manage the daily grind and the toll it takes on us. There are both big and small ways to work these self-nurturing routines into your day, from writing down your thoughts to investing in your bedtime routine.
3. Look to natural beauty tips
We said you don’t need to throw out your entire winter skincare kit, and we meant it. Because you can give yourself a healthy glow by practising a few simple natural beauty tips.
They include staying hydrated. Easy, right? Getting enough sleep. That one may require work for some of us, but we can persevere with the right tips. And wearing an SPF. So far, pretty simple!
With regards to your skincare and makeup, you may want to tweak a few things to get spring-ready. Lighter moisturisers could benefit your skin more than ever as the temperatures warm up. Introducing a weekly face mask can also boost your glow factor. And you can effectively soothe winter-stressed skin concerns like rosacea with anti-inflammatory ingredients like Centella Asiatica.
4. Get outside and get physical
Two major plus points to this time of year are the extra sunlight and the added warmth. As long as your diligent with your SPF, this is the time to get outdoors and soak up the sun and up your dose of vitamin D.
Vitamin D is proven to support healthy bones, skin and plenty of other biggies around your body. And if that’s not a good enough argument for you, also know that getting outdoors and enjoying nature is a powerful boost for your emotional wellbeing and sense of happiness.
Working up a sweat with some cardio is one way to embrace this. But if that’s really not your thing, you can still benefit from a walk.
5. Seek out social interaction
Social interaction has been somewhat limited recently, right? The good news is that we are now able to see more of our friends and family. And if you’re a little reticent about this, don’t be ashamed of that. The rollercoaster we’ve just experienced has affected everyone differently. For some of us, the thought of racing back to “normal life” feels a little daunting.
That said, research shows us that being sociable helps with both our physical and mental health. In fact, some studies have shown that face-to-face contact is “like a vaccine” because it releases so many neurotransmitters. I mean, yes to that!
So, getting out there and spending time with those we love is something to prioritise. Perhaps the takeaway point with this one is that it’s ok to take it slowly, and on your terms. This one is all about the feel-good vibes, not the pressure.