Top Tips to Transition to a Spring Skincare Routine
Spring, such a beautiful time of year… crocuses, daffodils and tulips are popping up everywhere. This signals that it is time to transition our skin care products.
With the cold winter months behind us, we need to opt for lighter moisturizers, milder cleansers to mention just a few ways to bring back that glow.
1. Switch to lightweight moisturizers
During the warmer spring and summer months it’s best to switch to a lighter moisturizer. Thicker moisturizer can leave your skin too oily and increase the chance of breakouts.
2. Incorporate Antioxidant Rich Products
Antioxidants can and should be a part of our year-round skin care routine to prevent pigmentation. Sun induced sunspots are notoriously difficult to erase and so preventing them is key.
Topical antioxidants like Vitamin C stabilize free radicals and decrease sun damage. You can also look to products that include a full spectrum of vitamins as these will be antioxidant rich.
3. Switch to Gel Foaming Cleansers
During the winter months, the cold weather strips our skin of its natural moisture and using an oil based cleanser can be helpful to keep moisture in your skin.
With the warmer temperatures your skin will produce more of its own natural oils so a lighter gel foaming cleanser is preferable.
4. Water-based serum
Oil based serums are an absolute godsend during the bitter cold winter months as they provide a much needed protective layer to lock in the moisture.
However, during warmer months ,water-based serums have all the concentrated nutrients & antioxidants your skin needs and they are more lightweight so your skin can absorb them easily.
Dermatologists highly recommend using a Vitamin C serum and a Hyaluronic acid serum during sunnier weather.
Vitamin C serums are high in antioxidants that help protect your skin from sunburns, sun damage and premature aging. Hyaluronic acid serums help add back moisture lost from increased sweating during warmer weather.
5. Kick Start Spring with Exfoliating
Shed off any flaky dead skin cells from the bitter cold winter and kick start your skin by exfoliating it.
Hold back on those scrubbing exfoliating products though as skincare professionals are now recommending using a quality chemical peel in place of scrub exfoliants. It’s all in the name of protecting your skin’s microbiome. Dr. Whitney Bowe is a pioneer and leader in this field and her book “Dirty Skin” dives deep into this topic.
Spring is also a perfect time to see your aesthetician to prep your skin for Spring.
A facial package that includes a micro dermabrasion, laser treatment and chemical peel will prepare your skin so it can more effectively absorb your skincare products. Just like spring cleaning our house, we need to do a little spring cleaning on our skin.
6. Step up Sunscreen Application
Sunscreen protects the investment in your facials and skin care products.
Sun exposure is one of the leading causes of premature skin aging. To prevent this you need to make sure you use a separate sunscreen that offers at least an SPF 50.
Most skin care professionals recommend you use a separate sunscreen and not a moisturizer sunscreen combination. The purpose of a moisturizer is to go deep into your skin to add nutrients and hydrate it. The purpose of a sunscreen is to stay on the surface of your skin to repel harmful UV rays.
A good tip is to keep an extra sunscreen in your office or car so you can reapply midday. Your skin still gets UV rays Sitting by an office or car window so reapplying midday is important. Allumiers sunscreen it’s a lovely choice as it protects your skin from harsh UV rays and has SPF 50. La Roche Posay SPF 60 has a beautiful lightweight texture while offering full protection. It also comes tinted so gives a bit of coverage without the need of using a foundation.
Anyone who has sunspots knows how challenging it is to get rid of them. Even after laser treatments and chemical pills they will pop back up when exposed to too much sun. Applying your sunscreen every morning before leaving the house and midday is the most effective way to equip yourself with the best pro aging strategy.
7. Spring Clean your Makeup Drawer
Spring is a great time to look at your expiry dates and toss anything old. Products often have a 24M expiry date which means they are good to use for up to two years if stored properly. Remember overtime bacteria can build up on your makeup and skin care products. If you notice a change in the texture it’s probably best to throw it out.
A good tip is to write the date on the bottom of your products the first time you open them. It really is helpful to keep On top of this as old compromise products will not be as effective and they may even end up clogging your pores and causing outbreaks.
Sanitize all your makeup tools including your brushes, face rollers and sponges to prevent a buildup of bacteria germs and viruses. Here are tips on how to clean your makeup brushes:
- In lukewarm water and a few drops of brush cleaner or a drop of your shampoo.
- Gently swish the makeup brushes around until the water looks clear.
- Rinse the brushes thoroughly in warm water.
- Squeeze out the excess water using a clean towel.
- Blow dry the bristle on low and then leave in a cup with the bristles upright for 24hours to finish air drying.
Spring cleaning feels so good on so many levels and it’s important to include your beauty products too.
Nice to welcome Spring and prepare your skin with these tips for the sunnier days ahead! Say goodbye to dull skin and replace it with a new Spring glow.
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