Spring is typically a time of rebirth and energy for our planet and individual lives. For our skin, depending on where we live, it can also be a time of reawakening. What do I mean by this???
Spring usually boosts circulation
In the winter, we tend to hibernate more and are typically less active. This can lead to our circulatory system (aka our blood) to be more stagnant. And since blood is the main highway for delivering nutrients and oxygen to our skin cells, our skin can be more stagnant during this season as well. But when spring comes, we usually become more anxious to get outside, breathe fresh air, and get our blood flowing more.
Warmer temps bring higher humidity
Skin needs moisture to be healthy, and the winter months are notoriously dry for most of us. So when spring hits, many of us may start to feel more naturally moisturized and less dehydrated. We may even notice our skin starts glowing more as this happens.
Lighter days bring reduced stress and Vitamin D
It’s no question that daylight savings time leaves us feeling more mentally upbeat when we can start seeing later and later sunsets. But more sun exposure typically also helps us create more vitamin D in our bodies, which is directly connected to our skin’s ability to heal, rejuvenate and protect itself from signs of premature aging. And the best part, sunscreen doesn’t inhibit this vitamin D synthesis.
Springtime Risks and Strategies
With all these benefits, it’s difficult to see any negative side effects of the spring season to our skin health. But like every season, there are both positive and negative effects. Because springtime is all about more light and outdoor activities, you won’t be surprised that the increased sun exposure we typically experience also has some inherent risks involved.
More sun exposure leads to more UV damage and cancer risks
In the case of sun exposure, too much of a good thing is NOT a good thing. With all the wonderful qualities of sunshine, we must be cognizant of the dangerous ones as well. Sun exposure, especially unprotected, is the #1 leading cause of premature aging and fast growing skin cancer diagnoses. This is why it’s imperative that you apply your broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen daily, as well as reapplying every 2 hours. This is true for all skin tones, especially lighter tones.
Cooler temps give a false sense of security
Springtime can seem like a roller coaster or weather patterns, mainly in the realm of temperature. Some days it seems like winter may be hanging on while others are straight up summer vibes. On the cooler days, it is still common for many people to think that sunscreen is less required. This is NOT true and can leave those susceptible to advanced sun damage and health risks. UVA rays, in particular, are rarely filtered adequately by temperature, clouds or precipitation, but carry similar if not worse effects than UVB rays. This is why I teach that it’s good practice to wear a broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen every day. Every. Single. Day. Even in winter. Even if you’re inside. If you are where a plant could survive, you should have your sunscreen on.
Outdoor living brings outdoor risk exposure
With being outside more in the spring and summertime months, skin is more exposed to outdoor pollutants that can lead to increased sensitivity, dehydration, and flares in certain skin conditions like acne, rosacea and hyperpigmentation disorders. The best way to combat this is to include proven topical antioxidants in your daily skincare routine like stabilized vitamin C, vitamin E, Vitamin A (retinoids), and well known skin barrier strengthening hydrators like glycerine, hyaluronic acid (long and short chain), and essential fatty acids (oils). Also, sunscreen daily.
Written by Emily Trampetti, founder of Skin Property and Master Licensed Esthetician, is an expert in her field and has been featured in Healthline, IPSY, StyleCraze, Well + Good, Puckermob, and more!