The changing seasons affect more than the weather in Kinston, North Carolina — they also affect your skin. Winter leaves the air cold and dry, but as spring comes, both humidity and temperatures rise. Each season brings its own set of challenges for your skin. To help your skin transition smoothly from winter to spring, you’ll need to make a few changes to your beauty routine.

Exfoliate, Moisturize, and Protect

Winter weather tends to dry skin out, so your first steps should be to exfoliate and moisturize. Use a gentle exfoliating cleanser to clear away dead skin and unblock pores. If you’re in the mood for some extra pampering, schedule a professional facial. During your appointment, ask for tips on how to care for your skin this spring.

Your skin may also need a little extra moisturizing during the winter, but switch to a lighter product now spring is here. Where dry air pulls moisture from our skin, the higher humidity of spring and summer helps our skin hold more water. However, sweat and sun exposure will still pull some moisture from your skin, so don’t ditch your moisturizer completely. Instead, replace any thick creams with a water-based alternative.

Finally, make sure you add a sunscreen to your daily skincare regimen. You need at least 50 SPF, and it needs to be applied generously — using at least a quarter-sized amount — to get the full benefits. If you hate greasy residue, choose a formula with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide for a matte finish.

Spring Clean Your Makeup and Brushes

While you’re swapping out your moisturizer, take a moment to evaluate your other skincare and makeup products. Are they meeting your expectations, or is it time to switch to something new? Take a close look at each product, and throw out anything that’s been collecting dust. Many products, such as gel eyeliner and mascara, only last six months. Bacteria and air exposure can both leave makeup less effective and even harmful to skin. Be on the lookout for changes in color, texture, and smell that could signal cosmetics have gone bad.

Another way to help your skin is by cleaning your makeup brushes more often, as they can also harbor bacteria, oil, viruses, and other enemies of clear, healthy skin. You can find plenty of brush-cleaning products in stores and online, or you can go the DIY route with warm water and a clarifying shampoo or even hand soap. Whatever you use, the key is to wash your brushes regularly so you aren’t taking germs and residue from one season into the next.

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Homes are usually shut up tighter during the winter than other months. Unfortunately, in your efforts to keep warm air in and cold air out, you may also have trapped air pollutants inside your home. Spring is a good time to open the windows and let everything air out. However, thanks to pollen and other allergens, your skin will also have a wider variety of pollutants to contend with.

No matter the season, clean air makes your skin happier. Many seasonal allergies can cause itchy skin and puffy eyes, while indoor air pollution contributes to skin problems such as dryness, premature aging, rashes, eczema, and acne. Think of an air purifier as an investment in your health, and consider springing for a whole-home model, such as the Evolution Perfect Air Purifier, rather than relying on a portable model.

Schedule an HVAC Maintenance Visit

Depending on the season and your home’s needs, your skin may also benefit from other HVAC products, such as humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and added ventilation. Your HVAC system itself may even be contributing to indoor air pollution. Over time, dust, debris, and mold can accumulate in certain parts of your HVAC system, including the ductwork. Scheduling a maintenance visit gives your HVAC technician the opportunity to clean and inspect your system’s components, as well as catch and correct any problems that could be affecting efficiency, performance, or indoor air quality.

The experts at J & J Mechanical can help identify sources of pollution, evaluate your home’s ventilation and humidity, and recommend the best indoor air quality solutions for your home. Give us a call today at 855-800-1341 . Your skin will thank you!

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