By: Jae Curtis, Freelance Writer
Ah, spring. After months of cold and dreary weather, the first vestiges of sun and growth have you feeling brand new again. It’s time to pull out the pastels and store your winter boots for the rest of the year, but have you thought about other spring cleaning? Your skin-care routine might have been amped up to battle cold, dry conditions, but it’s time to clear off your bathroom vanity in favor of products for warmer weather. Here are some of the swaps you’ll need to make to spring clean your skin-care routine.
Opt for Water-Based Products
You need heavier face lotions to help keep our skin supple during the dry winter months, which is why ingredients like humectants, shea butter, and almond oil are more common. With the influx of moisture in the spring, however, your skin can take more from its environment, making heavier products total overkill. Swap out your skin cream with water-based lotion instead, which will absorb faster and give your skin the right balance of moisture without being too heavy or greasy.
Over-exfoliating your skin in the winter can dry you out, so you might have stayed away from abrasive cleansers during the holidays. As the weather warms up, however, you’ll probably find that your skin can stand up to a little more exfoliation, so it’s the perfect time to slough away dead skin cells. Swap out the brush on your exfoliating tool or use an exfoliating cream to buff away dry, dull skin to reveal a brighter, more youthful glow. Schedule an exfoliating session twice a week and your baby-soft spring skin will thank you.
Keep the Sunscreen
If you’re diligent about sunscreen, you should have been applying it all winter long. Spring is no exception, so keep your favorite sunscreen on your vanity and use it daily. A product with an SPF of 15 or more is the perfect foundation for all your skin-care products, since it’ll ward off damage like spots and dryness. Choose a non-greasy formula or opt for a product with built-in sunscreen (think BB cream) so that daily sun protection is a total no-brainer when you head outside to enjoy the season.
If you changed out your makeup for liquid during the winter season, the spring means adding back in some of your favorite powder-based products. Liquid foundation and cream blush is great during dry weather, but as temperatures heat up and there’s more moisture in the air, you might find that those formulas leave you feeling oily. Swap your products for oil-absorbing powder blush and a good-quality setting powder. You’ll still score a natural spring look with just the right balance of moisture.
Spring is a breath of fresh air after a long winter season, but don’t head out unprepared! While you’re airing out your home, dejunking your closet, and storing your winter clothes, don’t forget to spring clean your skin care. It might be some of the most important decluttering and streamlining you do as you prep for warmer weather.