Spring is finally here and with this season comes new beginnings. It marks a time of warmer temps, longer days, budding flowers and, of course, spring house cleaning. You likely see growth in the garden and feel a general sense of hope as life renews all around you. But the spring season isn’t the only thing that brings about transformation and change--a proper and consistent skin care routine that includes daily cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, protecting plus any targeted products specific to your skin type or skin characteristics can also change your skin—the health of your skin, that is. And there is no time like the present to renew and refresh your skin care routine in preparation for the upcoming season. We’ve devised a short checklist of spring skin care tips to help you do just that.
- Purge Old
You’re giving your house a good spring cleaning, so you might as well spring clean your way through your skin care too. As you sort through your products, be sure to toss anything that is past the expiration date, appears dry and crusty, has a change in consistency, color or smell and contains SPF older than one year (SPF loses its effectiveness over time.)
For more reading on this topic: Skin Care Shelf Life: When to Toss the Products in Your Cabinet
- Shed Your
Spring is the perfect time to rid yourself of dull winter skin by sloughing off the dry, flaky and dead skin cells through exfoliation. And with regular use, the benefits of using a well-formulated glycolic acid exfoliator are always great no matter your skin type—cellular rejuvenation, unclogging of pores, normalizing skin function (which oftentimes eliminates sensitive skin), smoother and softer skin, even complexion, and reduction of fine lines.
For more reading on this topic: How to Exfoliate: Types of exfoliation, benefits, and tips
Up Your Moisturizer
Trade in your heavier lotions and creams for a hydrating lightweight moisturizer. Look for oil-free moisturizers that won’t weigh you down in humid weather and that not only go on light and smooth but effectively restore skin moisture. And don’t be fooled, no matter your skin type, ALL skin needs protection from moisture loss. Skin can be oily and still lack hydration. The warm spring and summer sun can both dehydrate and damage skin leading to premature aging. A lightweight moisturizer like Simply Hydration is essential in the warmer seasons. For quick hydration throughout the day, try an aloe vera toner like Tone & Balance that has many uses. At its foundation, this product is an effective toner but it is also loaded with emollients and humectants that moisturize the skin and slow water loss leaving skin soft and supple.
For more reading on this topic: To Treat Dry or Dehydrated Skin, Start by Understanding TEWL
- Be More
Vigilant in the Sun
Not to sound like a broken record, but, yep, applying (and even re-applying) sunscreen daily is important and you must be more vigilant in the springtime. Even though the weather feels mild, you may not realize just how strong the sun is and you can be at risk for sunburn and sun damage. While it’s most convenient when sunscreen is included in your moisturizer like Lexli Day Moisturizer with SPF 15, sunscreen can also be applied 30 minutes before going outdoors. Take extra care when in the sun after exfoliating with a glycolic acid exfoliator. Such an exfoliator can increase the possibility of sun sensitivity or sunburn for up to several days after its been applied to your skin so we recommend protecting your skin with a glycolic acid moisturizer that includes an SPF of 30.
For more reading on this topic: How to Prevent Photoaging, the Main Reason for Premature Skin Aging
- Open Your
The sun shines brighter in the spring which leads us to squint more and, as a result, fine lines and wrinkles begin to set in over time. So pull out a pair of fashionable sunglasses and search out a firming eye cream that includes a powerful blend of peptides and antioxidants to fend off the harmful effects of the UVA rays and diminish the appearance of the fine lines and wrinkles that have already emerged.
For more reading on this topic: How to Prevent Aging Around the Eyes