Birds are chirping, nature is in full blossom, and you can finally get out of your apartment without bundling up in 47 layers of clothes.
Sounds like spring is here!
With higher temperatures, increased sun exposure and greater occurrences of allergies, you might want to consider switching up your winter beauty go-to’s.
Keep reading to find out how to freshen up your skincare routine for spring.
Do Your Skin Care Spring Cleaning
If we already use the excuse of warm weather to clean our apartments and wardrobes, why not do the same for skincare?
It’s almost certain that, no matter how prudent you are with your skin care shopping, there are still some products you have around the house that you just never use.
Even worse, you might be using something that you should have ditched a long time ago.
So, how do you differentiate between products that are still worth keeping and the ones that should go straight into the trash can?
The answer depends on the product, of course!
For example, water and oil-based products, such as cleansers, tend to have a shorter shelf life, since watery formulas tend to be ripe for creation of bacteria.
In general, oil, balm and water-based cleansers should be used in the period of six to eight months. If you’re unsure if your cleanser is still OK to use, check the texture and smell of your product. If something is not quite right, it’s best to ditch it.
When it comes to moisturizers and eye creams, you can be a little more lax – they are supposed to last for about 12 months. Sometimes, this period can be shorter if the product is stored in a jar.
Another ingredient to keep in mind when considering the shelf life of cosmetic products is Vitamin C. This nutrient is potent in reducing fine lines and acne scars; however, the ascorbic acid contained in this vitamin tends to oxidize with time. If your serum or spot treatment has turned brown of yellow-ish, it’s definitely time to toss it!
Now that you’ve decided which products you’re going to purge, it’s also useful to keep in mind how to store new additions to your skincare collection.
For example, make sure that products which contain oxidizing ingredients are always stored in a cool and dark place, in an opaque packaging.
If you have creams and balms that are stored in jars, always use a clean spatula to scoop out the product, rather than your finger.
Finally, when in doubt – rely on your common sense. If a product feels a little off, maybe it’s time to say goodbye.
Switch to Lightweight Cleansers
In the freezing winter months, your skin has a tendency to feel perpetually parched, regardless of your skin type.
It’s no wonder that most people resort to using thicker, more heavy-duty cleansers to purify their pores during this season.
And while this is still a great year-round option for people who suffer from dry or dehydrated skin, folks whose skin tends to get oily might find this type of texture to be a bit too intense as temperatures get steeper and weather becomes more humid.
In order to avoid the overly-greasy feeling, but still effectively remove all those nasty pollutants and excess sebum that are clogging up your pores, next time you’re at the drugstore, grab an oil-free, water-based cleanser.
These lightweight, yet powerful, formulas will ensure your face is being rid off all the impurities, all while keeping your skin fresh and free of shine.
And if you worry that these light face washes won’t do a thorough job of cleansing your skin from dirt and other irritants, look for products enriched with salicylic or glycolic acid, as they will gently exfoliate your skin and prevent the occurrence of blackheads and breakouts.
Minimize Skin Allergy Irritation
As lovely as sunny days and spending more time out in nature might sound, this time of the year is also when the annoying allergies keep popping up.
And many of them can manifest themselves on your skin. Some of the most common symptoms of skin allergies include:
- Swollen skin
- Dry, flaky patches
If you’re experiencing any of these, first thing’s first – you need to sooth the irritation. You can achieve this by taking a cold shower or treating your skin with icy compresses.
Once your skin has calmed down, soothe it with a cooling lotion. Look for lightweight formulas enriched with Aloe Vera or cucumber, as these two ingredients hold incredible anti-inflammatory properties.
You should also keep in mind that allergy-prone skin is usually susceptible to flakiness and dry patches.
That is why, once that initial bout of irritation has subdued, you should keep your skin hydrated around-the-clock.
To this end, find products that contain hydrating, yet mild ingredients, so you won’t risk additional inflammation. Stay away from creams that contain parabens, sulfates, alcohol and fragrance. Also, look out for moisturizers that have the power to restore your skin and form a protective barrier that will shield your skin from allergies in the long run.
These are some of the ingredients that can be beneficial for this purpose:
- Vitamin E
- Hyaluronic acid
- Shea butter
Next time those pesky allergies start to creep up, you will be prepared to tackle them head-on.
Start Wearing Sunscreen
Even though springtime rays don’t feel as harsh on your skin as the sizzling summer sun, you should still use this season to ease yourself into applying sunscreen every day.
And if you still think SPF is something that should only be reserved for the beach, think again.
The damaging effects caused by UVA rays stay the same regardless of the season. Meaning that, if you spend a lot of times outdoors during the spring months, you can still develop the nasty side effects of sun exposure, including redness, rashes, dehydrated and cracked skin.
To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, it’s imperative that you start your sunscreen application early. And if you feel like adding an extra layer of wet product will just make you greasier and prone to breakouts, you shouldn’t worry.
The beauty market has come up with innovative, fast-absorbing formulas, so you won’t feel like your wearing any product at all.
Still, to make sure your skin is completely protected, apply your sun blocker on all areas of your body which will be exposed to sun rays, including your neck, your chest or your arms.
Remember that sunscreen tends to break down when it comes into contact with water or sweat, so make sure to reapply it often.
Lay Off Heavy-duty Moisturizers
During frigid winter months, even the oiliest skin types tend to experience some dehydration and dryness.
This why most of us tend to gravitate towards thicker, more nourishing cream during the frigid months.
However, continuing to use heavy moisturizers well into the spring months might start to feel a little off-putting, especially if your skin tends to be on the oilier side.
That’s why it might be wise to reconsider the texture of your hydrating products once the weather takes a turn for the better.
Instead of using creamy moisturizers, opt for those that come in gel formulas. They feel more lightweight on the skin and won’t create that sticky layer that occurs in warm and humid environments.
Still, even with a layer of moisturizer on your face, you might feel like you need an extra jolt of water throughout the day, especially if you have normal or combination skin.
A great product to help you with this is a skin mist – this innovative moisture-booster might just feel like an overpriced spray bottle of water, but it is in fact enriched with a host of skin-boosting nutrients that can help remedy a number of skin care issues, all while remaining super-lightweight on your face.
For example, mists enriched with Aloe Vera and chamomile can soothe irritation and redness. Alternatively, lavender and sage can tone down the visibility of pores and improve the overall appearance of oily and acne-prone skin. Finally, a skin mist packed with antioxidants like green tea and grape seed will perk up your complexion and keep the dryness at bay.
Kick Up Your Nighttime Routine
Since piling 10+ products on your face when the weather is sunny and warm doesn’t seem like the most appealing idea in the world, maybe you should move all your super-charging skin care products into your nighttime routine.
This way, your skin will be able to breathe during the day and do all the hard work at night. Plus, when you get up, you can save time on perking up your skin with makeup and other products.
Start your regimen by taking the day off with a lightweight cleanser, as mentioned above – foam formulas and micellar water are both great for dissolving makeup and wiping off dirt and excess sebum from your skin.
Next, return the pH balance to your skin by applying a thin layer of hydrating toner – this is excellent for brightening up and evening out the complexion.
Follow up the toner with a nourishing serum. These potent formulas can tackle a plethora of skin issues, including signs of premature aging, sullen complexion or overly dry skin.
If you need an extra boost of moisture, treat your face with a nourishing sheet mask that will replenish your cells with precious H2O and other cell-pepping goodies.
Finally, lock in all the moisture with a recuperating night cream that will set all your hard work and rejuvenate your skin while you’re asleep.
In the morning, you’ll be greeted with supple and radiant skin that will require little to no effort to look vibrant and energized.
Go Easy With the Makeup
As much as we love the full coverage foundations and vampy lip shades that are staples of fall and winter months, spring is the perfect time to tone down your day-to-day looks.
Not only will lightweight makeup be more suitable for warmer temperatures, it will also blend well with the breezy, romantic vibe of spring.
How do you make this switch?
Well, start off with your base. If you’re experiencing redness or irritation due to skin allergies, you can try and color-correct your problematic areas with a green-tinted primer.
Next up, swap your full-coverage foundation for something lighter, like a BB cream, CC cream or a tinted moisturizer.
Alternatively, if your skin is oily or combination (or perhaps you’re simply not a fan of the overly-dewy look), try cushion foundations. This practical makeup innovation is great for targeting problem areas and evening out skin tone. Look for a velvet or matte finish and use a light hand to give your complexion that natural, flattering look.
Instead of the opaque matte lip, go for hydrating lip tints or creams in pinks and fuchsias that will give your pout the ultimate springtime vibe.
As for eyes, avoid over-the-top clumpy look and coat your lashes with a modest layer of brown mascara. This will give you an awake and well-defined look that won’t weigh down your lashes.
And to make sure your skin doesn’t get greasy as the day progresses, dust a small amount of loose powder on your oily areas.
And with this, we wrap up our list of most useful tips on preparing your skin for the season ahead. Now it’s time to go out and enjoy the sunny weather while rocking your spring-ready face!