It’s time to create your spring skin care routine!  Yes, I know, we were just talking about doing the same thing for winter, but just like swapping your sweaters for shorts, you’ve got to adjust your skin care routine as the seasons change.  Here’s what I suggest for spring skin care!

Adjust your products

When we’re talking about winter skin care, we’re usually talking about all things moisturizer!  From the heaviness in your moisturizer or adding in serums, there are a number of things you might have had to incorporate into your routine during the winter to protect your skin in colder temps. 

But, now that warmer weather is on the way, you should adjust your products again.  Look at what you’re using. If you started using a product to address an issue during the winter, you may need to change that product for spring.  For example, if you added a serum in to your routine because your skin was extra dry, you may be able to use it once a day, instead of twice or possibly you will need to use a lighter serum to balance your new spring skin!

When it comes to moisturizers, if you moved to a heavier moisturizer for the winter, consider a lighter moisturizer for spring.  As for SPF, if you weren’t wearing it in the winter (even though you SHOULD be), spring is definitely the time to add it back in to your routine.  This will help make sure you don’t end up with those pesky sun spots.    

Exfoliate

Winter often causes dry, itchy skin. Which, usually leads to some build up of dead skin cells that can clog pores.  You need to exfoliate year round, BUT if you haven’t gotten a good exfoliation in a while, spring is the perfect time to make it happen. 

Be careful with this one!  Don’t try to over exfoliate at home.  There is definitely such a thing as over exfoliating so my suggestion would be to schedule an appointment with me for a facial treatment.  I’ll work a gentle exfoliation in to your service and educate you on how to use that at home while we work on hydrating and improving your skin imperfections! 

A good facial treatment creates a fresh canvas for your skin care products to be absorbed into the skin and do their job!  Plus, makeup always looks better on exfoliated skin. 

Spring clean your products and brushes

Just like your closet, I suggest cleaning out your skin care products and spring is the perfect time to make it a priority.  If you’ve had a product for more than 6 months, toss it! Yes, I said TOSS IT! Old products can host bacteria. When you apply those products to your face, it’s like wiping bacteria and germs all over.  Gross right?  

You also need to clean those makeup brushes!   You should be cleaning your makeup brushes once a week but if that’s not happening, make giving them a good cleaning part of your spring cleaning routine from here on out.   It’s about creating habits!

Check your makeup or skip it all together!

Tossing old makeup is definitely important but you should also look at it as a whole.  If you were using a heavy foundation all winter, you may want to swap it for a lighter one or opt for a CC cream for spring.  During the warmer months, you’ll be sweating more. Sweat plus heavy makeup is a recipe for clogged pores and breakouts. And don’t forget, some makeup can actually cause breakouts so if you’ve struggled with breakouts all winter, we need to be taking a good hard look at your products and makeup for spring. 

But what if I don’t want to adjust my skin care routine for spring? 

You’re probably thinking, “yeah, yeah, all this sounds great but what if I don’t have time or money to revamp my whole skin care routine again?”  I totally get it and that’s a valid question! Here’s the deal, you don’t have to do everything at once. When you run out of one product, don’t replace it with the same thing.  Replace it with something that will be better for spring. Same goes for your makeup. If you’re not sure where to start, I’m happy to help. Schedule a time to come for a service, we’ll go over everything together and come up with a plan for your skin care for spring!