After months of cold days, colder nights, and dull, dry skin, we are more than ready to embrace the spring season. While you might be ready to hang up your coats and bring out your spring dresses, there’s a chance your skin isn’t yet prepped for the warmer, more humid days ahead. Below, we’ve gathered 5 of our best tips for transitioning your skincare routine from winter to spring, so you can avoid stressed skin and say hello to a hydrated dew.
5 Tips for Transitioning Your Skincare Routine from Winter to Spring
Swap Your Moisturizer
During the depths of winter, many of us were slathering on the richest creams we could find. Luckily for our skin, the dry air of winter is transitioning into warmer, more humid air that naturally helps keep us hydrated. To make sure your skin isn’t overly moisturized, swap out your thick creams for lighter moisturizers like lotions, gel creams, or lightweight facial oils.
To lock in your skin’s hydration, we recommend our Superfood Beauty Oil. Despite what you may believe about facial oils, the Superfood Beauty Oil is naturally lightweight, fast-absorbing, and non-comedogenic, so it works for all skin types and can be used morning and night.
Switch Up Your Cleanser
To combat winter dryness, you may have been reaching for creamier cleansers to wash away the day. Instead of thick, creamy cleansers, go for a lighter, milder cleanser that hydrates but doesn’t add too much additional moisture. Gentle, plant-based gel cleansers with a low pH of around 5.0 to 6.0 are always a good choice and will transition perfectly into summer too.
Exfoliate Dullness Away
Spring is the perfect time to slough away the layers of dry, dull skin that often comes from a long winter. To exfoliate your skin gently yet effectively, we recommend going in with a facial dry brush or a chemical exfoliant featuring alpha-hydroxy acids like lactic acid or fruit enzymes once to twice a week. Avoid harsh facial scrubs that can cause micro-tears in the skin and lead to further damage.
Get Your Lymph Moving
For many of us, spring allergies can bring on more than just fits of sneezing—they can cause puffiness too. To bring puffiness down and get your lymph moving, we love a facial gua sha massage. With the right tool (like our Egyptian Goddess Copper Gua Sha) and gentle strokes, a gua sha massage can relieve inflammation, assist in lymphatic drainage, and give your face an instantly more defined appearance.
Gua sha can also be used for the body to improve blood circulation and lymph flow, getting your skin primed for sundresses and sandals. For body gua sha massage, we recommend a tool like our Roman Goddess that’s specifically designed for larger areas on the body such as the back, arms, and legs.
Lather On the SPF
Skin experts agree that minimizing our exposure to harmful UV rays is key for maintaining healthy, youthful skin. When we’re spending a lot of time inside in the winter, some of us can get away with using a moisturizer-sunscreen hybrid. But as the season warms and the sun peaks out, it’s best to add a separate (ideally mineral-based) broad-spectrum sunscreen to your everyday routine. Layer it on top of your moisturizer or facial oil as the last step in your morning skincare routine.