Prep Your Skin for the Spring Transition
The snow has come and gone. Throughout winter you may have suffered with dryness, tightness and all the others side effects of this blistering cold weather. But warmer days are right around the corner. That means your winter skincare routine should be making its way out. You can say goodbye to grasping onto your dewyness in the driest of circumstances, and say hello to lightweight creams, mists, and your natural sheen. It is time to heat things up and quit battling the bitter cold to come out glowy.
But how do you make that transition? In winter, the second you noticed that dry patch out came the heavy serums. Now the weather is warming up, the heat is off, and the windows are opening. How doe your skin react? Don’t let it go into shock. Rather stick with these methods to make your skin’s journey into the warmer weather as smooth as your trip into spring break.
First up, you can stick to your regular cleansing. In the cooler months our skin tends to be treated that much more gently. Rather than a clarifying cleanser we reach for something a bit more hydrating. And even though our natural oils will be more prominent as the temperature warms up, it isn’t summer just yet. So you can hold off on switching cleansers until you are actually sweating through your makeup. Using something like the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, which conditions the skin and leaves it feeling smooth, should still be your go-to. And be sure to avoid the stripping properties of steaming hot water.
You can tone down the moisturizer. If you amped up your moisturizer game this winter now is the time to pull back. In the blistering cold months, your skin was craving something thicker and richer in texture for your everyday routine. But if you stick with that as the dry air blows away, you could be overdoing it. Too heavy of a cream could cause irritation, clogged pores, and breakouts this time of the year. So let your skin’s natural oils pull through. The Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer is oil-free and ideal for amping up the radiance without overdoing it in the shine department.
Toss in the SPF. Although SPF should be worn all year round you may have been slacking these past few months. We get it. Your skin rarely sees the sun, but now that the scarves and hats are coming off SPF needs to be consistently back in your routine. The instant you step outside your skin’s protective layer is taking a hit from the sun's harsh UV rays. It may not be bathing suit season, but it is always sun protection season. If you hate the feeling of an extra layer on your skin, check out a lightweight tinted moisturizer that has an SPF built right in. The IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream has an SPF of 50+, so you can enjoy some dewy coverage as well as that peace of mind.
Exfoliate away the dryness. The dryness we deal with whilst winter is winding down feels like a long lasting skin hangover. And it can be much more than a tight feeling, but also flakiness, rough texture, and overall dullness. To combat those lagging winter skin issues gently exfoliate the skin 2 to 3 times a week to keep dryness at bay. You can pick up a granulated scrub, use a cleansing brush, or even make your own scrub at home with the recipe we shared in a recent post. No matter which method you choose, this will buff off the top layer of dry and dead skin, and reveal a smoother, fresher, and glowing one. Your skin will be all prepped to make its first appearance in months.
Protect your lips from getting chapped, dry, and cracking. You may think lip dryness is only for the winter months. But with the drastic change in temperature all of your skin, including your lips can freak out in reaction. And chapped flaky lips look bad, feel awful, and it is time for this to stop. Of course you should always have your favorite lip balm on hand and a lip scrub will surely do wonders. But if you want an extra boost to keep your lips soft and luscious the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask will ensure it with hyaluronic acid, vitamin c, and antioxidants.
And last, but not least if your skin is still struggling to transition into the warmer weather we have a secret weapon. A facial mist. Without going overboard in the moisture department these handy mists offer a refreshing, cooling, and even a relaxing touch to your skin. We love the three versions from Mario Badescu, because they cater to everyone’s needs and preferences. These are amazing to amp up your moisturizer, add some glow to your makeup, or spritz throughout the day. Not only will these hold you over until your skin gets readjusted to the new season, but they are ideal staples for all year. Plus, they even make minis to keep with you on the go for a boost of hydration anywhere.
Oh and just for good measure we should probably add in: drink more water! Your skin needs to be balanced from the inside out to weather the weather.
There it is, the best ways to prep and care for your skin from winter to spring. Quit letting your winter skin drag you down, brighten it up with these transition-friendly products. More than the sun should be glowing this season. Welcome your skin into spring by shaking up your routine.
Cover Photo via Elle