Spring is finally in the air. After such a long, harsh winter, we know that you’re rejoicing, and why shouldn’t you be? You can finally leave your house without fear of falling into a snow drift or driving over a patch of black ice. All sorts of flora are blooming, and the sun is finally shining- when it isn’t raining, anyways.
So what could possibly be bad about spring? Well, you may be shocked to find out that spring comes with its own set of skin problems. These issues may not be as bad as the ones you suffered through during the winter, or the ones you’ll have to suffer through summer, but they still exist and have to be taken care of.
What Skin Issues Come With Spring?
Spring offers a strange (and undesired) mixture of issues common in both summer and winter. This is because of the constantly shifting weather patterns this season contains. One day it’s raining, cold, and windy. The next day it’s bright and the sun is shining down in full force. You may experience the following skin issues in spring:
- Dry Skin
- Oily Skin
- General Discoloration
Why Does This Happen?
To find out why this happens, keep reading! You can learn about four surprising factors that contribute highly to spring-time skin issues. Sadly, these factors are often overlooked. When they’re overlooked, they can’t be fixed! Don’t let your skin suffer because you don’t know any better!
Leftover Problems From Winter
Many people fail to realize just how many skin issues might be carried over from the harsh winter months. Dry skin is a primary culprit, causing everything from itchiness, redness, flaking, and even temporary skin color alterations. Not only is winter cold, windy, and damp, but your skin is also always covered up. This poses two big issues.
- Your skin doesn’t get a chance to breathe.
- You never really see the issues, so unless they’re really bothersome, you don’t even known they exist!
How To Fix It
If winter has left your skin high and dry, there are plenty of things you can do to fix it. If you aren’t already, you should start using a facial moisturizer daily. Even people with naturally oily skin need to be using a moisturizer. A good body lotion can also be used for any dry, itchy skin you might have anywhere but your face. Feel free to use up to three times per day on dry patches. Be sure to pay special attention to your knees and elbows, because this is where your skin tends to be the driest.
Avoid hot showers, and always use sunscreen when going out in the sun for any amount of time. Giving your skin a chance to breath is a good idea too. Isn’t it about time you pulled those shorts and tanks out of your drawers, anyways? Oh, and NEVER scratch at your itching skin, as this will only end up aggravating the problem.
Spring is though to be a generally mild season when compared to summer and winter, but that doesn’t mean the weather is constantly cool and breezy. First and foremost, you are just coming out of winter, which is cold, damp, and utterly miserable. This last winter, in particular, was harsh.
The weather is warming up, and the humidity is rising. But there are still cold days, and plenty of wind. Don’t forget those spring showers! Sudden down pours are extremely common in spring, and they can drop the temperature quickly. These rainy times often come with high winds, and leave lots of dirty puddles when they go. Your skin simply doesn’t have time to adapt to one thing before its bombarded with another!
How To Fix It
There isn’t much you can do about the ever-changing spring weather, but there are plenty of things you can do about the stress it causes your skin. To deal with the heat, humidity, and oily skin it brings, you can start with staying hydrated. Believe it or not, staying hydrated (drinking plenty of water) is a crucial part of good skin health. Use sunscreen when you go outside, and always shower off when you come back in. For the wind, cold, and dry skin it brings, use a good moisturizer. Dress appropriately as well, to lessen the effects the weather has on your skin.
Staying healthy is vital to your skin’s heath as well. Ensure you’re eating the correct foods, getting an adequate amount of sleep, and take your vitamins. This becomes even more important when the ever-shifting weather can so easily pull you under the weather.
While the blooming plant life may look pretty, it could mean seasonal allergies for the majority of people. Allergies may range from mild to severe, but they can all cause skin issues. Sadly, this isn’t usually one of the issues you think of when you think of seasonal allergies. People think of the sneezing, coughing, body aches, and general discomfort that make you feel like you have a season-long cold. But seasonal allergies can also cause:
- Bags under your eyes
- Dark smudges under your eyes
- Washed out complexion
- Rashes and itchiness
How To Fix It
The first place to start is by taking some allergy medication, which can help stop the issues at their source. Most people do well with over-the-counter medications, but those with severe allergies may need a prescription. Ensure you’re drinking a lot of water with these medications, however, because they can easily dehydrate you.
If you have bags or dark smudges under your eyes, start by getting an adequate amount of rest. Seven or eight hours a night is consider a healthy amount. Relaxing with cool, sliced cucumbers over your eyes or an ice mask, can help give you a quick fix.
There isn’t much you can do about a washed out complexion or redness, but getting plenty of sun (which gives you Vitamin D), taking your vitamins, and leading a healthy lifestyle can help to reduce the severeness of these symptoms. For rashes and itchiness, try a topical antihistamine. Whatever you do, do NOT scratch!
A mixture of warming temperatures and stagnant water remaining from spring showers means a lot of bugs.
Mosquitoes, gnats, biting flies, and all sorts of nasty little pests make their presence known in spring. The bites these bugs leave over can be awful and absolutely devastating to your skin’s overall health. They’re itchy, red, and may even ooze. Yes, it’s gross, but don’t worry, there are some things you can do to help ease the pain and discomfort of bug bits.
How To Fix It
You can’t stop the bugs from biting you entirely, but you can try. Make sure you use bug spray, whether store bought or natural, when you have to venture where the bugs live – which is pretty much everywhere outside.
If you do get bit, which is sure to happen at some point during the season, don’t scratch. This exacerbates oozing and redness. A dab of peroxide can help take the burn away, as can alcohol or lemon juice. Ice reduces redness drastically. You can also take an antihistamine to help ease the redness and itching.
Now you won’t find yourself unaware this spring, because you know the four surprising factors that could effect your skin. Leftover winter problems, weather changes, seasonal allergies, and bugs can all wreak havoc on your skin if you allow them to. Keep these issues in mind, and enjoy that sun!