The weather is warming up, and the sun is stepping out from behind the clouds. Yes, Spring is well and truly here. For our wardrobes, this means swapping puffer coats for floral dresses. Our skincare also needs a revamp as the weather improves.
This guide will show you how to successfully transition your skincare for spring so you can spend the season with a killer complexion.
Exfoliate Away Dead Skin
Spring is all about shedding those winter layers, and we’re not just talking about your clothes.
Throughout winter, the cold, dry air can create dullness and a buildup of dead skin cells. To slough away these cells and regain your glow, exfoliation is essential.
For deep exfoliation that won’t damage your skin, book in for a chemical peel. Utilising exfoliating agents, chemical peels remove dead skin cells to reveal the bright, clean and newly hydrated layers below.
At home, step up exfoliation by using a gentle facial scrub once or twice a week. By making it part of your weekly routine, you’ll be able to undo the dullness caused by those frosty winter months.
But don’t just stop at the bottom of your neck. Exfoliation is important for your whole body. So, grab an exfoliating body cleanser or mitt and use it regularly.
Switch Up Your Cleanser
In different conditions, your skin has different needs. So as the new season is here you may require a new slew of skincare products. First up, is your cleanser.
During spring, your skin needs a lighter cleanser that’ll gently draw out impurities. Look to cleansing gels, foams, milk and lightweight lotions to get the job done.
Also, if your skin is still seeming a little dull from winter, opt for a brightening cleanser that’ll put the glow back into your complexion.
Swap to a Lighter Moisturiser
In winter, the cold, dry air, wind and indoor heating can dehydrate your skin. As such, the season demands a heavy-duty moisturiser. But, as spring has arrived, humidity levels have risen, meaning there’s more moisture in the air. When this happens, your skin starts to gain back its natural hydration.
To ensure your spring skin doesn’t get weighed down, swap your heavy winter moisturiser for something lighter and less intense. In particular, a lightweight, water-based moisturiser can provide the hydration you need without creating a greasy finish.
Protect Your Skin from the Sun
While we all know we should be wearing sun protection year-round, many of us got a bit slack during winter. Or, if we do maintain our sunscreen use, it’s usually a low SPF, which is fine for the season but may not hold up against the stronger spring sun. Either way, we need to kick our protection into a higher gear at this time of year.
Sun exposure without proper protection can lead to skin damage, which can cause dark spots, wrinkles and other visible signs of ageing. To shield against the sun’s harmful rays, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen each morning. Aim for a least SPF 15 for everyday use and SPF 30 or higher for extended periods spent in the sun.
If you’re strapped for time in the morning, combine two steps into one with a moisturiser that features sun protection. Or, add extra protection into your makeup routine with Jane Iredale’s Amazing Base mineral foundation. It provides coverage and works as a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 20.