Is it just us or is anyone else out there suffering with skin problems—again? It seems like just yesterday we were buying out the beauty shelves to treat our dry winter skin, and now in a snap, none of that stuff works. We’re even suffering from adult acne these days. WTH???
Wait a minute here. Could it be that a change in weather means we have to change our skincare products and routines? Apparently so. And now we need a refresher course in switching up our skincare for spring.
Listen up, now. Your spring glow depends on it.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SPRING SKINCARE
QUESTION #1: WHEN THE SEASON CHANGES, DO WE HAVE TO SWITCH OUR SKINCARE? WHY?
Yes! You need to adjust your skincare routine with the seasons.
Here’s why. With colder weather comes harsher winds and lack of humidity in the air so you need more nourishing and replenishing products— richer moisturizers and conditioning masques, for instance—to give your skin the moisture it needs. In warmer months, you’ll sweat more, and accumulate more pollutants on the skin.
Spring Skincare Tip: Focus on refreshing the skin more often and deep cleansing the skin as well. We recommend: The AGE smart Antioxidant Hydramist.
QUESTION #2: WHY CAN’T WE JUST USE THE SAME SKINCARE YEAR-ROUND?
You can definitely use the same foundational products year around, but as the season changes, you’ll find that your skin is not responding the same way it used to. That’s because you need to make some minor adjustments so your skincare still works.
Spring Skincare Tip: Use products with more humectants like honey or hyaluronic acids to soften skin as the warm weather hits.
QUESTION #3: WHY DO WE NEED DIFFERENT CREAMS, MOISTURIZERS AND TONERS IN SPRING?
Many of us experience increased sensitivities in spring due to allergens in the air, and so the skin gets more irritated. In winter, richer moisturizers that include ingredients such as ivy, mallow and therapeutic shea butter are great because they feed the skin and help to revitalize it from assaultive weather! But in spring, we need to shift to lighter moisturizers.
Spring Skincare Tip: Choose moisturizers with aloe, lavender and Vitamin E to help correct and repair while soothing the skin. Use hydrating toner year round as it helps to optimize the skin’s ability to receive moisture in any weather and conserves the amount of moisturizer you need.
QUESTION #4: WHICH ARE THE BEST, MUST-HAVE PRODUCTS FOR SPRING AND WHY?
After a harsh winter, your skin is in dire need of repair and renewal. The best way to shed the effects is by using exfoliants, masques, and serums.
Spring Skincare Tip: Use a microfoliant with rice bran like Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant to gently remove surface dead skin cells that have built up over the winter and to make your skin glow.
QUESTION #5: WHICH PRODUCTS SHOULD WE TUCK AWAY UNTIL NEXT YEAR?
The big switch is this: After winter, you won’t need those rich moisturizers—unless your skin is always very dry. So tuck those ones away for now.
Spring Skincare Tip: By shifting over to lighter weight moisturizers, you’ll still be hydrating but also adapting to the increasing moisture in the air.
QUESTION #6: GOT ANY SKINCARE PRODUCTS THAT ARE ESSENTIAL FOR WOMEN 35+?
Women over 35 should look for peptides within formulations. After the age of 30, we start to lose 1% of collagen per year naturally and you’ll see the loss of tone show up in your skin. Peptides are some of the most amazing cosmeceutical advanced ingredients out there and your skin will adore them.
Spring Skincare Tip: Peptides are chains of amino acids that help to improve skin structure and function. Find products that contain them.
QUESTION #7: WHAT OTHER SPRING SKINCARE TIPS DO WE NEED TO KNOW?
The most vital part of any skincare regimen is the use of year-round SPF protection. No matter the season, your skin needs to be shielded from UV radiation.
Spring Skincare Tip: Try Dermalogica’s Protection Sport as your go-to sunscreen.
More Spring Skincare Tips
- Shift to a 3-in-1 tinted moisturizer that contains SPF and a hint of colour wash.
- Try blending in hydroxyl ccids with your moisturizer at night in order to help to maintain a radiance and glow to the skin throughout the day.
- Use calming hydrating toners to not only sooth the skin but also to refresh it as climates start to adjust.
- Refresh the eyes with eye serums that reduce puffiness and itch, while locking in moisture. This is a must-have for the ragweed sufferer or anyone with allergies to pollen.
Charmaine Cooper knows just about everything there is to know about skin and how to make it glow. She is Education Manager at Dermalogica Canada.