Now that the days of cold weather, snow and biting wind are waning, we can look forward to the start of the spring season brings with it balmier temps, sunshine and lots of rain. While spring showers are great for the plants, this sort of transitional weather can be a little bit of a shock on your skin — especially if you’ve been layering on the same rich, hydrating skincare products you used during winter.
You may already know that it’s a good idea to switch up your skincare routine every season, but it’s tough to know exactly what sort of products you should be using as the days grow longer, hotter and sunnier — just switching out one facial oil for another isn’t going to do the trick.
We made this simple list of a few changes to help make transitional skincare a breeze, so you can look your best throughout the long, hot days ahead:
1. Switch to a lighter moisturizer
During the winter months, even the oiliest among us can sometimes suffer from dryness, redness and chapped skin typically associated with winter weather. While layering on the heavy moisturizer keeps skin hydrated in extreme weather, it isn’t necessary once the humidity levels begin to rise. Opting for a something lighter is key to keeping your skin healthy, free from breakouts and from looking greasy. Dr. Beckman, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Founder of Theraderm Clinical Skin Care, recommends Theraderm Peptide Hydrator for those who want a cream and OPC Reparative Serum for those prefer something really lightweight.
2. Increase the SPF
As the weather gets warmer we tend to spend more time outdoors and in the sun. This means it is even more important that you wear a sunscreen daily. Though you should be wearing at least SPF 15 year-round, look for a stronger formula for the spring and summer months (and, if possible, opt for makeup with SPF for added protection). A broad-spectrum SPF 30 formula is ideal for daily use. Platinum Protection Facial Sunscreen by Theradem is an oil-free option with an SPF broad-spectrum coverage of 43. It can also be easily worn under makeup and won’t sting your eyes.
Getting rid of that residual dryness from winter requires a one-two punch of exfoliation and hydration plus, well-exfoliated skin absorbs products up to 20 percent better than non-exfoliated skin. Chemical exfoliants such lactic acid in Theraderm Fruit Acid Exfoliant —is great for light, daily exfoliation. But if you need a little extra boost - NuPeel Natural Enzyme Peel is a great way to really smooth skin. Because it relies on papaya enzymes - it is gentle enough to use multiple times per day! Anything too rough will do more damage to your complexion than good.
4. Lighten up when it comes to foundation
Just as you switch out your heavy-duty moisturizers for lighter-weight formulas, it’s a good idea to do the same with your makeup: Using heavy, full-coverage foundation during the spring — when we tend to be a little bit oilier — can lead to clogged pores and acne plus, a full matte face can look a bit unnatural against the dewiness of the rest of your skin. Try thinning out your current foundation with moisturizer, or use a tinted sunscreen such Tinted Hydrating Complex by Theraderm.
5. Throw away anything more than 6 months old
Tossing beauty products can be a total drag — especially if they’re pricey. Unfortunately, it’s necessary. Aim to clean your brushes and makeup sponges at least once a week in soap and warm water to stave off bacterial growth, and throw out anything questionable. This is also a good time to check the expiration date on your sunscreen. The protection ingredients in sunscreen are good for one year. Use one that is expired and you run the risk of sunburn.