Updating your skincare routine for spring is easy. All you need is a little extra time in the morning and night to follow a cleansing regimen. If you’re looking to create a new routine or add something extra to your usual skincare habits, the following tips will help:
Cleanse with care
Our skin can become very oily in the winter. It can also become very dry. Your skincare routine for spring should be about getting your skin balanced. Look for cleansers that have a pH balancing formula. Also, foams tend to work better than bars or cleansing oils. Some dermatologists even recommend cleansing twice. The first wash will remove makeup, while the second will actually remove dirt and grime from your pores. Before you cleanse your skin make sure you have clean hands. Wash your hands prior to washing your face so that you’re not scrubbing your skin with dirty hands.
Exfoliate with acid
When we say exfoliate with acid, we mean fruit acids and lactic acid. These are gentle exfoliators that remove the dead, flaky skin that goes hand-in-hand with winter. Look for exfoliating products that are gentle and contain the aforementioned acids to give your skin a smooth, bright glow.
Tone down your foundation
Although foundation is a great tool for making our skin appear fresh and balanced, we tend to overdo it. Don’t go crazy with foundation and try to cover every blemish until it’s a cakey mess. Instead, let your skin breathe and use only a light coat of foundation. Moreover, leave the cover-ups behind and use spot-treatments instead. Spot-treatments are applied directly to the zit or blemish and left on while you sleep. Depending on the state of your skin, some blemishes and zits targeted with a spot-treatment disappear overnight while others take a day or two to go away.
In the spring, switch to a lighter moisturizer so your skin won’t get weighed down. The moisturizers we need in the winter are heavier to provide a barrier against the cold. However, the spring calls for something lighter.
Before your leave the house, apply sunscreen. Some moisturizers and foundations contain SPF but it’s not enough. An additional layer of sunscreen adds a much needed barrier against the sun’s harmful rays.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Use a hydrating toner to keep your skin from drying out. You should also drink water. If you don’t like the taste of water — it can be boring — force yourself. The more water you drink, the better your skin.
Taking care of your skin may seem tedious but neglecting even the smallest part of your routine can cause breakouts and blemishes. However, if you adhere to the aforementioned tips, you’ll have clear skin to match the clear (and sometimes rainy) skies of spring.