New season, new skincare game. After the harsh winter air has done a number on our skin, it’s time to rejuvenate and replenish. Some self-care – like eating a plant-rich, colorful diet and drinking tons of water – remains constant year round but with the warmer air come a few essential skincare swaps to help maintain the optimal balance and health of your skin. Here are our top tips for spring cleaning your beauty routine.
Up your exfoliation
During the winter the air is dry which means you probably only want to exfoliate around once a week to avoid irritation. But when spring rolls around and you’re left with a buildup of dead, dull skin, it’s time to whip out the heavy lifters. The humidity in the air means those deep exfoliation masks and miracle-products can work their magic without wreaking havoc. Try to keep it to 2-3 times a week so as not to irritate your skin by over-exfoliating. Since exfoliation is a skincare art all it’s own, we dedicated a whole post to it.
Working on your glow with brightening products in the months leading up to bare-faced beach days will help reveal healthy skin beneath in time for the minimal-makeup days of summer. Opt for natural exfoliants like limes that won’t cause the microtears in your skin that some physical exfoliants can. Look for products that include AHAs and free-radical-fighting E and C vitamins to infuse your skin with vital nutrition. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that brightens skin by stimulating collagen production and smoothing your complexion. Our serum harnesses the power of vitamin C from sustainably-sourced wild plums and caviar limes to gently exfoliate, balance and protect. Vitamin E is a potent skin healer that restores moisture while simultaneously working to maintain the skin’s oil balance – a delicate balance that not many ingredients achieve.
Lock in much-needed moisture
A good moisturizer is essential to dewy glow – especially after exfoliation. Your skin needs different amounts of moisture depending on the season. The dryness of winter calls for an extra boost of hydration mostly found in heavier moisturizers. But when spring rolls around, the humid air means you can switch out that cream for a lighter formula. Serums and moisturizers with hyaluronic acid are perfect for this. Hyaluronic acid works to attract and hold water, plumping and hydrating your skin for super plumped skin. It’s more effective in the spring because there’s more moisture in the air for it to draw on. As during any season, the three-step cleanse, tone, moisturize rule stands, so don’t forget the crucial first steps!
Double down on SPF
Sunscreen is important year round, but it’s crucial in the spring and summer when you’re more likely to be outside. Use mineral/physical sunscreens instead of chemical ones. Mineral SPF (titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) doesn’t clog your pores, cause allergic reactions/inflammation, or harm coral reefs. Chemical sunscreen does all of those. What’s more, chemical sunscreen absorbs into your skin, often bringing with it many other harmful additives found in the product. On the other hand, mineral sunscreen sits on top of your skin, deflecting the harmful UVA and UVB rays without absorbing for flawless protection and total skin health. Whatever sunscreen you choose, use at least a 25 SPF and don’t forget chapstick with SPF to protect your lips as well!