It's officially spring! There is something about seeing the blossom coming out on the trees and the bright yellow daffodils and brighter, longer days that gives me a burst of energy. To keep our skin in tip top condition we need to tweak our routines with the seasons
So lets awaken your dull winter complexion and get a healthy spring glow with these spring skincare tips.
Spring Skincare Routine Changes
Modify your moisteriser
When the weather is cold and dry, we need to use good emollients and occlusives to reduce transepidermal water loss. As the temperatures and humidity increase, we may not need such heavy products to keep our skin moisturized. Also In the spring and summer, our skin naturally produces more oil and retains moisture better than in the colder months.
Swap that heavy moisturizer for something water or gel-based that is lighter. People with oilier skin types might think they can skip the moisturizer step in spring, but it’s important to moisturizer year-round. I'm loving Klairs Fundamental Water Gel Cream, it’s a hybrid between a gel and cream. Super hydrating and protecting it soaks into the skin straight away and dosen't leave any grease!
Cold weather calls for creamy cleansers that boost dry skin with added moisture. With temperatures rising, our skin doesn't need quite as much help in that department.
I still like to use a balm or oil cleanser for my first cleanser but instead of using a thick, hydrating cleanser, opt for something more lightweight like a gel formula. I currently can't get enough of the Herbivore Pink Cloud Jelly Cleanser!
Brighten with Exfoliation
Winter tends to put our skins barrier through a lot! So it's best to stay away from strong exfoliating products. It also tends to dry out somewhat even if you are diligent about using moisturizer. Exfoliation will help brighten skin tone while also removing all those dead skin cells that have accumulated during the winter season. But be careful not to overdo it—crossing over from a bright complexion to an irritated one can happen quickly!
During winter I only use The Ordinary's 30% AHA and 2% BHA Peeling Solution every two weeks but come spring I start using it once a week again. But you need to make sure you're using it safely!
Up the SPF Pigment prevention
You're wearing spf everyday right? In winter, with the gloomy weather and less hours of daylight you can wear a lower spf. But when the sun is finally shining like it should, your going to need a higher SPF. Also if you used a moisturizer that already had SPF in it, now you should consider using SPF separately.
If pigmentation and melasma are a concern, add in Alpha Arbutin. arbutin suppresses the enzymes that stimulate Melanin cells without killing them completely, which has a milder effect and is less irritating on the skin. This prevents melanin production from the start, thus preventing and minimizing pigmentations.
Spring clean your products
Do you know what that jar symbol on your products means? This is the period-after-opening symbol that tells you the number of months you can safely keep using your product after opening it. The majority will say 12 (meaning 12 months) but some might be 6. If your not sure how long it's been open, I'm afraid it's better to be safe than sorry. Once a product has been open too long, it stops working and can irritate your skin if used. Always a good excuse to treat yourself to some new products!
Tip! Write the date on the product on the day you open it so you know how long it's been open for
Hope these tips help! As always if you need some help with your routine, comment below.