Warmer temps, greener grass, and popping buds are more than just the first signs of spring – they’re also a cue that you need to revamp your beauty routine. While there’s a lot of attention towards seasonal makeup and hair trends, skin care often gets pushed to the wayside. But after a long, harsh winter, it should definitely be a priority. Here’s what you need to do to make your complexion as fresh as a spring day.
Switch Up Your Moisturizer: Even if you managed to avoid whipping winds and subzero temps, it’s likely that you experienced a dramatic enough temperature change to alter the appearance of your skin. Now is the time to replenish vital moisture with a multi-use product. Pick up a moisturizer that hydrates, protects, and lightly exfoliates. Look for key ingredients like:
- hyaluronic acid (delivers maximum moisture without being heavy)
- vitamin E and oils like almond and sunflower (to nourish and protect)
- alpha and beta hydroxy acids (to gently dissolve dead skin cells)
Up The Ante On Your Exfoliation: If you feel like your skin care routine stopped working, you’re probably right. If you haven’t been exfoliating regularly, dead winter skin cells remain on the surface. That prevents all of your ingredient-rich products from penetrating the skin. Choose gentle exfoliators comprised of beta hydroxy acids, jojoba beads, and beta hydroxy acids. You’ll want to avoid overly abrasive scrubs made from apricot pits, coffee grounds, or walnut shells as they could cause micro-tears and/or irritation. Depending on your skin type, you should be exfoliating a minimum of one-to-two times a week – just don’t overdo it.
Mask At Least Once A Week: No matter what type of skin you have, avoid clay and mud-based masks for a while. Opt for a hydrating gel if you’re oily, acne-prone, or sensitive. Use a cream if you’re dehydrated or dry. A weekly routine for a month (longer wouldn’t hurt!) can help restore what Mother Nature took away over the past few months. Convenient sheet masks are something all skin types can get on board with. No matter what formula you choose, look for hydrating and skin soothing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, chamomile, lavender, aloe, vitamin C, oatmeal, cucumber, and coconut oil.
Don’t Forget The SPF: Sunscreen is a must year-round, but it’s even more crucial now that you’ll be spending more time outdoors. For the face, look for non-chemical SPF’s made with titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide as they are less likely to cause a reaction with your skin.