Previously, we advised you to adjust your skincare regimen for the colder weather. Now, it’s that time of the year to readjust your skincare routine once again.
Transitioning your skincare routine from winter to spring is all about adapting to the changing environment and needs of your skin. In this article, we’ll cover the full spring skincare routine to help your skin look and feel its best during the warmer months.
Why You Should Change Your Skincare Routine for Spring
Our skin needs time to adapt to the changing weather, so it’s important to modify your skincare routine to accommodate the transition to warmer months.
For one, springtime brings higher temperatures, meaning your skin may start producing more oil due to increased humidity levels, which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
Plus, let’s not forget that more sun exposure also means more exposure to harmful UV rays, so you’ll need to step up your sun protection game to avoid an accelerated aging process.
So, adapting your skincare routine for spring gives your skin the care and attention it needs to stay healthy and radiant.
Let’s see which spring skincare procedures and products can help you achieve a flawless complexion this spring.
Spring Skincare Procedures
Nothing gets your spring skincare routine off to a better start than a professional facial. A skincare professional can examine your skin and suggest appropriate procedures and spring skincare products to help combat any problems you might be having.
Most experts seem to agree that the main focus when transitioning to springtime skincare should be on sloughing off dead skin cells that have accumulated over the winter months.
During the winter, colder temperatures, lower humidity levels, and indoor heating can all lead to dry, dehydrated skin. This results in a dull-looking complexion.
By exfoliating winter skin, you are removing these dead skin cells and revealing brighter, smoother skin and a radiant complexion.
Exfoliating also helps remove any buildup of impurities or debris on the skin, which can clog pores and lead to breakouts. This is especially helpful to your skin during the transition to warmer, more humid temperatures where you tend to sweat and produce more oil.
Here are a few facials to help awaken your dull winter complexions and reintroduce a healthy spring glow.
To combat any dullness or uneven skin tone, a brightening facial can help restore radiance to your skin. And this is exactly why a chemical peel is a great way to refresh and rejuvenate your skin for the spring season.
This procedure involves applying a chemical solution to exfoliate and remove the outermost layers of dead skin cells from the face (or other parts of the body) and reveal smoother, brighter, and more youthful-looking skin.
And, on top of that, chemical peeling treatments also stimulate new epidermal growth and collagen with more evenly distributed melanin. This will also improve your skin’s elasticity and firmness, and remove hyperpigmentation or scars.
You can read more about how exactly chemical peels benefit your skin here.
The treatment is fully customized according to your skin’s needs, but when it comes to achieving the brightening effect, the lactic acid peel is the most commonly used option – closely followed by a glycolic acid peel, which is great for deep cleaning and lifting of the excess oils.
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Dermaplaning is a skin resurfacing treatment that is great for spring because it can exfoliate deeper than any product can.
Dermaplaning is very simple – it’s done by scraping off dead skin cells with a sharp, surgical scalpel.
This technique can remove up to 2 weeks’ worth of oil, dirt, and facial hairs. It’s totally non-invasive and reveals a soft and smooth skin complexion underneath, perfect for flawless makeup application.
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Microdermabrasion is another type of mechanical exfoliation that can not only eliminate dead skin cells but can also help with surface imperfections like hyperpigmentations, enlarged pores, fine lines, or acne scars.
It’s done with a handpiece that has an abrasive, rotary tip that scrapes away the skin’s surface, while simultaneously sucking the debris in through the tube that’s in the middle of the device.
But there’s also a gentler spin-off of this procedure called hydrodermabrasion that utilizes the same principle of simultaneous exfoliation and suction – but with an additional step of using a high-pressure sprayer which injects a solution and infuses it deeply into the pores.
Since the solution is a mix of serums, acids, and water, it not only provides a deeper cleanse of the pores, but also deep hydration of the skin.
You can learn more about microdermabrasion here and hydrodermabrasion here.
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Spring Skincare Products
After exfoliation, you need to use a proper spring skincare routine to prolong the results and continue having a glowy complexion. Once the dead skin cells are removed, the products are able to sink into the skin much better, and their effectiveness increases.
By adjusting your skincare routine to suit the changing needs of your skin, you can help prevent issues like dryness, acne, and irritation. Here are some spring skincare products recommendations:
Time for spring cleaning skincare!
During the winter months, you may have (or at least you should’ve) been using a gentler cleanser to avoid further drying out your skin.
But as the weather starts to warm up, and your skin may begin to feel a little more on the oilier side, it’s a sign it’s time to reintroduce a bit more heavy-duty cleanser.
This doesn’t mean harsh or drying! You still need to find one that won’t strip your skin of its natural oils.
Look for a cleanser that’s designed for your skin type, whether you have oily, dry, or combination skin. Gel-based or foaming cleansers can decrease oil production and encourage cell turnover, making them a great choice for spring.
As the weather warms up and the risk of drying your skin out lowers, chemical exfoliants and acids in skincare products begin taking the spotlight again.
Springtime allows our skin to better tolerate the stronger formulations of active ingredients. So it’s the prime time to work on brightening and rejuvenating your complexion.
Just be careful not to overdo it! It’s easy to get carried away and irritate the skin. Choose a gentle exfoliator that won’t irritate your skin, and use it once or twice a week – maximum!
Free radicals and frequent sun exposure can cause dark spots and uneven skin tone by triggering changes in your skin’s melatonin production.
You can reduce photodamage by using antioxidants. They help partially prevent sun damage by reducing your skin’s inflammatory response to UV rays, and, on top of that, also help brighten and even out your skin tone.
Look for products that contain ingredients like vitamin C, niacinamide, and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). These ingredients will help brighten your skin and even out your complexion.
The air is generally less dry and less cold, which means your skin won’t need the same level of heavy moisturization that it did during the winter months.
During cold and dry weather, we focus on minimizing water loss through the skin. However, as the temperature and humidity rise, the need for dense occlusives and emollients decreases, as heavier products may start to feel uncomfortable due to their stickiness and greasiness.
But this doesn’t mean you can just skip the moisturizer. Moisturizer helps to hydrate your skin and protect it from environmental stressors such as pollution and UV rays.
So, switch over to a lightweight and non-greasy one, preferably a gel-based formula that absorbs quickly while still helping protect the skin barrier. If you have oily skin, opt for a water-based moisturizer that won’t clog up your pores
As you already know, the sun’s UV rays can cause damage to your skin, leading to wrinkles, dark spots, and even skin cancer. And while you should be wearing SPF year-round, at least make sure you do so during the warmer months.
During winter, many people tend to spend more time indoors and may not be as diligent about applying sunscreen. As a result, your skin may have become more sensitive to the sun, making it even more important to protect it in the spring.
But also, the sun’s rays are getting stronger as we move closer to summer, and UV radiation can cause damage to your skin even on cloudy days.
So even if you were applying SPF in the winter, you’ll want to up your dosage and reapply sunscreen every few hours to ensure adequate protection in the spring and summer.
Include a broad-spectrum sunscreen into your spring skincare routine that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
More Springtime Skincare Tips
Adjusting to a spring skincare will help you get the most out of your regimen, but achieving a glowing complexion is not solely dependent on using the right spring skincare products. Here are some helpful tips, beyond skincare:
- Don’t forget to protect your lips as they can easily become dry and chapped during the spring (especially if you’re spending time outdoors). Use a lip balm with SPF 30 or higher – or with natural ingredients like beeswax and shea butter that keep your lips hydrated.
- Be mindful of allergies as they can affect your skin as well. Allergies can cause inflammation, itching, and redness – all of which can lead to skin irritation.
- Use lightweight, breathable makeup as heavy, full-coverage makeup can clog your pores and lead to breakouts during the warmer months.
- Pay attention to your diet and water intake. What you put into your body can have a big impact on the health of your skin, so make sure you’re eating a balanced diet that’s rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. When you’re dehydrated, your skin can look dull and dry.
- If you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors, sun protection should exceed only sunscreen – wear a hat and sunglasses as well.
To Sum It Up
By making small adjustments to your routine, you can help your skin adjust to the changing environment and maintain its health and vitality all season long.
So, remember to moisturize – but with lighter, more hydrating products, protect your skin from the sun, and incorporate exfoliation and brightening treatments to get glowing, healthy skin.