Five things you can do to get your complexion ready for warmer weather.
We’re mildly concerned that as soon as we say this it may rain again, but here it goes… spring is FINALLY here! (Hey, if nothing else, at least the calendar says it’s spring). So not only is it time to make some changes to your wardrobe (buh-bye, puffy coat), it’s also time to switch up your skincare routine.
1. Spring Clean Your Stash
Just like every once in a while you have to go through your workout-wear drawer and finally part with stretched out leggings or Flygear that’s seen better days, so too should you reevaluate and reorganize all of your skincare. A good spring clean is the perfect way to start off the new season with a clean slate. First, check for expiration dates; most products will have one stamped on the back or bottom of the packaging. It should go without saying, but if that date has come and gone, toss the product. Next, take a closer look—and sniff—at whatever products you’re currently using. Any noticeable changes in color, consistency, or scent are also telltale indicators that something is past its prime. Not only do old skincare products not work as well, they can also be breeding grounds for bacteria. Finally, if you tend to be a bit of a product hoarder (no shame, we’re in the same boat), consider pawning off any unopened products that you’re not using to a friend. Trust us, you really don’t need 14 eye creams.
2. Look for Lighter Moisturizers
While cold, dry winter weather calls for thick and rich balms and oils, increased humidity and higher temps mean you can start to make the switch to more lightweight hydrators. Gel-based formulas are always a good choice; because these tend to have a higher water content, they’re super light and feel fresh and cooling, perfect for spring and summer. You can also look for a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid. The ingredient draws water to the skin, but doesn’t feel heavy. One option to try: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel.
3. Exfoliate Regularly
Getting rid of all the dead, dry skin cells that have built-up all winter long will not only leave your skin looking fresh and glowy, it will also help up the efficacy of any other skincare products you’re using. For the best bang for your buck, choose a product that contains both mechanical exfoliants (tiny particles that buff off the dead skin) and chemical exfoliants (acids or enzymes that dissolve them), like Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. Apply the exfoliator all over, then rub it in gently on any areas that are particularly dry or flakey, or where you may have some clogged pores, like your T-zone. Aim for one to two sloughing sessions per week.
4. Soothe Irritation
Weather changes, especially crazy temperature swings, can throw your complexion out of balance, leaving it red, irritated, and itchy. For a fast fix, try a skin-soothing sheet mask (look for one labeled as such, or one that’s made for sensitive skin). We’re big fans of the Erno Lazlo Soothe & Calm Hydro Gel Mask, packed with lots of anti-inflammatory ingredients that will bring speedy relief to your stressed out skin.
5. Switch Up Your Makeup, Too
Now’s the time to get in on that minimal makeup trend. Ditch thick and heavy foundations in favor of lightweight BB creams or tinted moisturizers. Bonus: Most of these formulas are multi-taskers, delivering SPF and other skincare benefits too, allowing you to simplify and streamline your morning routine (always a plus, especially when you’re trying to get ready in the locker room after a dawn patrol class.) Try Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream