Spring has nearly sprung, and with it come longer days with more sun exposure. As we scramble to load up on vitamin D, our skin requires a new set of protocols to deal with the warmer and more humid days.
As the seasons change, we tend to transition our wardrobes to suit the outside elements. We switch to lighter makeup, softer nail colors, and shorter sleeves. But in all the hustle and bustle of the changing seasons, we sometimes neglect to transition the most important thing of all — our skin.
The harsh winter elements can leave our skin feeling dull and dry, and with spring hot on our heels, it’s time to unlock your beautiful, glowing and hydrated spring skin!
Here are our top 5 beauty tips for transitioning your skincare routine for spring.
#1 Spring clean your cabinets
After the many months hibernating in the warmth of our cozy homes, it’s time to spring clean! Begin with decluttering and re-organizing your skincare products.
The new season is the perfect time to go through your lotions, creams and even make-up brushes.
Using products that are surviving beyond their expiration date and/or PAO may do more harm than good, and dirty makeup brushes are more abrasive and dry, which can irritate your skin.
First, check for expiration dates; most products will have one stamped on the back or bottom of the packaging. It should go without saying, but if that date has come and gone, toss the product.
Next, take a closer look—and sniff—at whatever products you’re currently using. Any noticeable changes in color, consistency, or scent are also telltale indicators that something is past its prime. Not only do old skincare products not work as well, they can also be breeding grounds for bacteria.
Finally, if you tend to be a bit of a product hoarder (no shame, we’re in the same boat), consider pawning off any unopened products that you’re not using to a friend. Trust us, you really don’t need 14 eye creams.
#2 Reach for something lighter
The warmer weather means that it’s time to switch to a lighter textured face cream in order to keep your skin hydrated. Thicker creams in hot weather tend to cause an overproduction of natural oils, which can lead to clogged pores, blemishes and a shiny complexion.
Now’s the time to get in on that minimal makeup trend. Ditch thick and heavy foundations in favor of lightweight BB creams or tinted moisturizers.
Bonus: most of these formulas are multi-taskers, delivering SPF and other skincare benefits too, allowing you to simplify and streamline your morning routine (always a plus, especially when you’re trying to get ready in the locker room after a dawn patrol class.)
#3 Moisturize often
One of the biggest winter skin complaints is dry skin. Now that weather’s heating up, you may be a little less worried about moisturizing, but don’t slack now. Using a moisturizer, even if your skin doesn’t feel dry, helps to protect your skin and keep it from drying out and becoming irritated.
For the spring you’ll want a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturizer that works with your skin type.
While cold, dry winter weather calls for thick and rich balms and oils, increased humidity and higher temps mean you can start to make the switch to more lightweight hydrators.
Gel-based formulas are always a good choice; because these tend to have a higher water content, they’re super light and feel fresh and cooling, perfect for spring and summer.
You can also look for a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid. The ingredient draws water to the skin, but doesn’t feel heavy.
#4 Soothe irritation
Weather changes, especially crazy temperature swings, can throw your complexion out of balance, leaving it red, irritated, and itchy. For a fast fix, try a skin-soothing sheet mask (look for one labeled as such, or one that’s made for sensitive skin).
Face masks allow you to give yourself a spa-like facial in the comfort of your home. With mineral masks, you can incorporate a weekly multi-masking routine into your schedule.
Alternate between the pore purifying mask formulated with kaolin and bentonite clays, the exfoliating mask formulated with alpha-hydroxy acids, and the hydrating mask formulated with rare minerals and vitamin B3.
Knees, elbows and feet take a real beating in the winter and need a little extra loving care. Skincare specialists advise applying petroleum jelly to those areas nightly to restore moisture and soften skin.
Feet in particular will benefit from a thick layer of product, then wrapped in plastic wrap and topped off with a pair of socks. Do that for a week, and it’ll be like you’ve given yourself a mega-pedicure.
#5 Add a layer of protection
Winter is a great time to encourage your skin to repair itself. During the spring and summer months, your skincare routine should shift from repairing to prevention. Adding SPF to your daily routine, especially during the warmer months is the best way to protect your skin from the UV rays.
You can use a body sunscreen on your face if you’re on the beach since you’ll be applying it more often anyway, but products that are formulated specifically for your face tend to have a higher SPF. This not only prevents sunburn, but also wards against future skin and sun damage.
Look for a moisturizer with built-in SPF for sun protection. The minimum SPF in a day cream ranges from 15 to 20. If you find SPF is too oily for your skin and you’re not planning on being in direct sunlight all day, look for a moisturizer with polyphenols in it because they provide a natural SPF.
Hot tip: You can either use a moisturizer with SPF in it or layer your sunscreen on top of your usual moisturizer.
How are your skincare products working? Are you happy with your results or do you have a few concerns? Spring is an excellent opportunity to take stock of your skincare and to figure out areas where you need to change.