How To Transition Your Skincare Routine From Winter To Spring
I switch up my skincare routine for every season. I know that this makes me slightly low-maintenance, and some would even say that it’s absolutely unnecessary. However, I would have to disagree.
Sure, there are some steps in my routine that I never change. Like double cleansing, wearing SPF by day, and applying a retinol serum by night. However, everything else will depend on the season, my mood, and if there are any new products on the market that I wanted to test out.
I’m not saying that you should start a new routine from scratch every time the season changes. However, why not switch out a product or two? After all, our skin will behave differently in different weather conditions. So let’s see what you can do to transition your skincare routine from winter to spring.
I’m not usually the type of person to spend my money on professional facials, but spring seems like the ideal time to do it. Why not consider it as some type of spring cleaning? When it comes to in-salon facials, your possibilities are pretty much endless. My personal favorites are chemical peels. The spring weather will also work in your favor, because the UV radiation still isn’t at it’s peak, while the air is still warm and relatively moist.
Switch up your cleanser
Most of us have been using gentle cream cleansers throughout the colder months. But now that the air is finally not as dry and cold as it used to be, you can easily switch back to a gel cleanser.
Foaming gel cleansers usually have stronger surfactants which means that they will clean your face more efficiently. Once the temperatures start to rise, most of us will have excess sebum. That can lead to clogged pores if we don’t make sure we completely clean our faces every night.
Boost you SPF
Hopefully, you have been using sunscreen throughout the whole winter. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t give it a boost once spring arrives. If you have been using SPF 30 for the colder months, it’s time to slowly transition back to SPF 50. Besides applying it in the morning, don’t forget to also reapply your sunscreen throughout the day.
If you want some extra protection from the sun, I would highly suggest boosting your sunscreen with an anti-oxidant serum. Your best bet would be a vitamin C serum or something with Q10. These are strong, and most importantly scientifically proven, antioxidants that will protect your skin against oxidative stress.
Light hydrating layers
Instead of a rich moisturizer, spring is the ideal time to care for your skin with multiple light hydrating layers. You can layer toners, essences, serums, and gel moisturizers. This will plump up your skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines while not making your face look greasy. Look out for products with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, ceramides, beta-glucan, or aloe leaf extract.