With the changing season, tidying up is a must. This goes for your skincare routine as well. Here’s how to get your skin smooth, supple and ready for spring.
Scrub it up
Your winter skin needs a good scrub before it can face the new season. Winter can cause seasonal build-up of dead skin cells, leftover product, and environmental toxins. You’ve also been exposing your skin to harsh artificial light through heaters and closed doors, so it needs an efficient exfoliation. Exfoliation works well to slough off dry, rough layers and unblock pores, uncovering your skin’s natural radiance. It also helps topical treatments absorb into your skin.
- Exfoliate at least once a week.
- Go for a product with jojoba beads as they’re polished, round and smooth, so they won’t scratch your skin.
- Stay away from products with walnut shells or apricot pits. These can be rough and may irritate or tear your skin.
Use a light cleanser
Creamy cleansers leave a residue of fats and lipids on the skin. Since you have a compromised skin barrier in winter, this is great for keeping your skin hydrated and preventing dull, dry winter skin. But you don’t need it in spring.
- Swap the heavy stuff for something a little lighter.
- Opt for a mild, unscented cleanser.
- If you have oily skin, which becomes oilier with warm weather, a foaming cleanser may help remove excess oils.
Trade in cream for lotion
Like creamy cleansers, heavy moisturisers have lipids that stick to the skin, and infuse the skin with hydration. This is crucial in winter, but can lead to clogged pores and nasty breakouts once the heat and humidity of spring kicks in.
- Lighten your load by switching to water-based, oil-free formulations.
- Lotions, serums and hydrating gels are good options. Look for something that’s light and smooth, but rich enough to rebuild your skin and replenish moisture loss without excess oil production.
- Go for products that contain an SPF of 30 or more to protect against sunburn and skin damage.
Slather on the sunscreen
Sunscreen is essential all-year round, but especially important as the seasons transition from winter to spring. According to Miami-based dermatologist Christopher O’Connell, “Spring is a high risk time for sunburns and sun damage. Although the weather is warmer, it’s still so mild you might not feel how strong the sun is.”
- Apply sunscreen every morning (even if it’s cloudy outside) and reapply every two hours.
- Pick a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Anything with an SPF of 30 or higher should suffice.
- For oily or acne-prone skin, choose an oil-free sunscreen.
- If you have sensitive or allergy-prone skin, opt for a sunscreen with barrier ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
Toss out the old
Bid farewell to cold weather and old cosmetics. Old products can host a build-up of bacteria, leading to clogged pores and dull skin.
- Throw out anything over six months old.
- Anything that has been around for too long, or applied near your lips or eyes should be swapped out regularly. And, when in doubt, toss it out.