It’s time to bid farewell to hibernation season and welcome warmer weather! The official first day of spring is two weeks away (Yay!), so now’s the perfect time to prep your skin for the temperature changes.
Having a transition period is essential as adjusting from one season to another can be quite difficult. Your skin has become used to the dry and cold climate so it may act up as the weather shifts. Don’t worry, that’s completely normal. You just have to give your skin some time to adapt to the new season.
To transition into your spring routine, there’s no need for an overhaul of all your products – a few simple changes can make all the difference. Ease into your new skin care routine as smoothly as possible by following these simple tips:
First things first, change the way you cleanse. You might’ve been reaching for hydrating cleansers in winter, such as cream-based ones, but it’s time to put those aside. Instead of using the same cleanser for spring, go for a gel cleanser that’s light and gentle, and does the job of removing impurities without throwing off the pH balance of your skin.
If you want to feel refreshed every day this spring, try By Wishtrend’s Mild Gel Cleanser. Containing 1% of LHA and PHA, this mild cleanser gently cleanses and exfoliates without stripping skin of moisture. Since it isn’t formulated with harmful ingredients like sulfates, essential oils, fragrances and artificial colorants, it is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin.
Similar to cleansers, swap out your heavier creams for lighter ones. While the harsh cold requires you to apply a thick moisturizer to prevent skin dryness, it won’t be the same during spring. As it gets warmer, our skin is likely to produce more sweat and oil, so a lightweight moisturizer is sufficient to keep skin moisturized without feeling greasy.
You may also want to try moisturizers with skin-soothing ingredients such as aloe vera, tea tree and calendula to cool skin down. A lightweight gel like Holika Holika’s Aloe 99% Soothing Gel soothes and moisturizes skin with its 99% fermented aloe leaf juice formula and absorbs into skin quickly without leaving a sticky finish.
Work on Your Glow Game
The cold weather may have had you hiding behind scarves or beanies, but there’ll be nowhere to hide come spring. Spring is all about flaunting glowing skin which means it’s time to incorporate exfoliation back into your skin care regimen. Longer, sun-filled days lie ahead so there’s no room for dull skin!
Slough off excess dead winter skin with a gentle exfoliant like Dear, Klairs’ Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish. Containing black sugar, shea butter and cranberry oil, this facial scrub gently exfoliates skin without stripping it of moisture and leaves skin brighter and smoother.
Liquid exfoliants containing AHAs such as glycolic and lactic acids also help give you an even skin tone and smoother complexion. Just be sure to use sunscreen when using acid-based products in your morning routine as they can make your skin more susceptible to sun damage. Otherwise, you can just incorporate them at night.
Bring Back the Skin Saviors
I’m talking about serums – the not-so-secret ingredient to protecting your skin from sun damage (that is, besides sunscreen). To enter spring with plump, glowing skin, look for serums with ingredients like hyaluronic acid for long-lasting hydration.
Serums are typically incorporated into daily routines, no matter what season you’re in, but if you skipped this step during the colder months, it’s time to bring it back. Light enough for warmer weather, leegeehaam’s Grow Vita Propolis Ampoule is formulated with 50% propolis extract to help nourish and protect skin as well as sea buckthorn, centella and witch hazel extracts to soothe and brighten skin. Apply your dose of serum twice a day to maximize its benefits.
This is optional but if you want to take your routine a step further, then consider adding eye masks to brighten up your overall look! After all, spring is about looking fresh, and what better way to achieve that than with refreshed eyes? Sure, you could easily go for a full face mask but sometimes your eyes just need a little more TLC. It’s also a quick hack if you want to appear extremely well-rested, as if you’ve woken up from a 12-hour sleep.
Secret Key’s Gold Premium First Eye Patch is the most popular choice, based on the many positive customer reviews on YesStyle, so give it a go! These hydrogel eye patches are packed with hydrating ingredients and are super easy to use. After cleansing and toning, apply a patch under your eye area and leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
If you’re new to eye patches, you won’t believe what you’re missing!
Skin Care Is Nothing Without Sun Care
The last step to add as you transition into your spring skin care routine is sunscreen. I’m the type of person who religiously applies sunscreen all year-round no matter what, even if it’s a cloudy or rainy day, as I believe UV damage is inevitable. If you’re the type to neglect your SPF unless the sun’s out, then it’s time to change that habit. You wouldn’t want dark spots or wrinkles down the road, would you?
No matter how much time you plan to spend under the sun this spring, I highly recommend you to apply sunscreen every day. If you have oily skin, you can avoid looking slick by applying an ultra-lightweight sunscreen that comes in gel form. If you want to go for something a bit more unconventional, LANEIGE’s Anti-Pollution Two-Tone Sun Stick SPF50+ is a great sun stick to try.
And there you have it: six simple changes to make as we enter a new season. If you find yourself breaking out during the transition period, use acne treatment products with salicylic acid or centella to treat and calm blemishes. Some of my go-to acne-fighting products are TROIAREUKE’s ACSEN Recovery Cream, COSRX’s Acne Pimple Master Patch and BHA Blackhead Power Liquid.
Stay tuned for the next chapter for my guide to a winter-to-spring makeup transition!