Winter winds on, but it is gradually beginning to give way to warmer weather as spring creeps closer and closer. The first official day is still over a month away, but it is going to keep feeling more like spring regardless of a bit of paper. That means it is time to start getting ready for the warmer weather. Most of us get tired of being bundled up constantly over the course of the winter. Spring coming up means it is time to start digging out our lighter clothing and seeing what survived winter storage. These clothes tend to show our bodies off a bit more though and try as we might our skin does typically look a little unhealthy after winter. Fortunately, we’ve got plenty of time to work towards getting our skin back to a glowing, healthy look before we can first put on our favorite spring outfit. A quick review of what we can do to work towards this goal is in order though.
Get Some Sleep
We aren’t always as kind as we should be to our body. This manifests in a number of ways, but an insidious version of this is when we’re not getting enough sleep. Most of us don’t think about this in terms of what it does to our skin, but it has a severe impact over time. Why? Your body actually uses the times you’re sleeping to conduct the majority of its repairs. This helps to ensure that your skin looks and feel healthy by keeping it in good shape. Too little sleep leads to a mounting amounts of damage to your skin that gradually make it duller and lead to an unhealthy pallor. Fortunately all you need to do is make the appropriate habits to help you sleep. Turn the lights lower in the evening as you turn off your phone and other sources of alerts and alarms that can jar you from sleep. Consider spending the last hour before you sleep doing something relaxing that doesn’t involve technology too. This should help ensure you get a healthy amount of sleep regularly.
Another important thing you can do for your skin is to remember to exercise regularly. Warming air means it is a little easier to get in some exercise outside these days. A good option you can try is to take up walking briskly for a half hour to an hour three to four times a week. That’s genuinely all you absolutely have to do for the basic benefits for exercise. A brisk walk is defined as one that puts a little strain on you to do and leads to you breathing a little heavily though. How does exercise benefit your skin though? The key here is blood flow. Your skin’s tone and overall health is frequently tied directly to how healthy your body’s blood flow is at any given time. Regular exercise keeps it going at a healthy rate that ensures all of your body benefits. This is particularly important given many areas of your skin are considered lower priority than your internal organs. Exercise helps bring the priority level of various parts of your body back into relative balance.
Improve Your Diet
Let’s be honest for a moment, winter tends to be a time when many of us eat a less than healthy diet. All of the holidays and gatherings mean we’re frequently celebrating for most of the season. The foods are typically both rich and more often than not accompanied by sweet treats. This can end up upsetting our previously established health diet. After all, we just want to make sure that we enjoy ourselves. The problem is that breaking our good habits can lead us back to the bad ones. Review your diet as we move out of winter. Are you still leaning heavily on sweets for comfort? Are you still finding excuses to make that one seasonal dish? It’s fine to have enjoyed yourself, but eventually we all need to settle back into a healthy diet. This favors fruits and vegetables with a little meat for variety. Dark, leafy greens are particularly important in a healthy diet thanks to all the nutrients in them. Building your way back to a healthy diet will help improve your skin color and health as we approach spring.
You don’t necessarily need to do anything dramatic to “spring forward” to healthy, glowing skin as the seasons begin to turn. Largely you need to make sure no bad habits have crept in during winter due to the season tending to make us make just a few more mistakes than we’d like to admit. So check in with your life and review your habits. Making these simple corrections will go a long way towards ensuring healthy, glowing skin when used alongside a good skincare routine.