As winter gives way to spring it is definitely time to consider spring cleaning your skincare routine! There are lots of environmental factors that are changing with the season and can have an effect on our skin.
Changes in humidity levels mean that the air is less dry and this can affect how our skin holds onto moisture. The sun makes more of an appearance and therefore we are exposed to more intense UV rays. We also spend a lot more time outdoors exposed to the elements too. This means that our skin will need more protection against UV damage.
And finally our indoor environment also changes, as the temperatures rise we use less central heating in our homes.
All of these changes contribute to the changing needs and demands on your skin. So it makes sense to change your skincare routine in the same way you are probably changing your wardrobe right now.
Let us help you create your spring skincare routine with the following beauty tips.
Spring Clean Your Products
The first thing to consider doing is to literally spring clean your products. Take some time to go through your skincare and makeup and get rid of any products that are expired. You should be able to either find an expiry date or a use after opening symbol on the packaging. Look for a symbol with an open jar and the letter “m” to indicate how long your product will last after opening. For example 6m means your product will be good for 6 months after you first open it.
Expired product can be a very bad idea to use as the preservatives may no longer be effective and unwanted microbes could be growing on the product. Products without preservatives like facial oils can also face expiry issues. Oils may have gone rancid and oxidation may have caused colour or scent changes.
The pH of a product may have changed over time which could mean that active ingredients are no longer working or the product may even irritate your skin which is bad news for sensitive skin. SPF products generally only have a year shelf life as they can be quite hard to stabilise and after one year are most likely not stable anymore. Using ineffective SPF is dangerous so definitely throw those out!
Also consider cleaning your skincare tools like gua sha stones, jade rollers as well as your makeup removing pads and makeup brushes. A good soak in water with a mild shampoo and lots of rinsing will do the trick.
Lighten Up Your Moisturiser
As we move away from cold weather we can think about lightening our moisturisers a bit. During the winter we love to use rich creams containing heavy emollients and occlusives to seal that moisture in our skin, but as the weather gets hotter these ingredients or types of products will not feel as nice, especially on sweaty skin! We can start looking for a lighter moisturiser to wear during the day in warmer weather. We recommend Gallinee’s Day Cream as it is lovely and light and absorbs wonderfully. Dry skin will benefit from hydrating serums paired with their day moisturiser.
For younger skin or oily skin, instead of using a heavy day cream, opt to layer hydration by using hyaluronic acid facial mists and serums under a light gel cream type moisturiser. We particularly like Byoma’s Moisturising Gel Cream.
Also consider adding a Vitamin C based serum to your Spring skincare routine. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can also boost collagen and fade hyperpigmentation, dark spots and dark circles. It is important that the Vitamin C in your serum is a stable version though so look out for ingredients like Ascorbyl Glucoside or Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate.
Wear Your SPF
You might be sick of us telling you to wear your SPF by now! We know that not everyone takes our advice and wears it daily in the winter, but as it gets warmer you should definitely wear SPF every day without fail. The UV rays are stronger so consider increasing your SPF to 50 and making sure the product you choose is broad spectrum. This means that it offers protection from both UVB rays which cause our skin to burn, and UVA rays which penetrate deeper and cause more sinister problems like skin photoaging and even skin cancer.
Make sure you apply enough SPF! The average person does not apply enough and therefore gets a much lower SPF coverage than they think they are getting. In clinical trials that determine the SPF rating a product is awarded, test subjects apply 2mg/cm2 to their skin. When we translate this to how much we should apply to ourselves, it works out around half a teaspoon for your face. Most people do not use anywhere near enough so do be aware that factor 50, if not applied in the appropriate amount, is no longer factor 50!
There is a lot of debate around physical and chemical sunscreen with some people arguing that the physical or mineral sunscreens are more “natural” than the organic or chemical sunscreens. The mineral sunscreen ingredients used in SPF are highly processed and they are not exactly natural so this argument is meaningless. Some of the best sunscreens contain a mixture of mineral and chemical materials. And most importantly the best sunscreen is the one that you enjoy using because if you enjoy using it you will be more inclined to wear it regularly. Experiment with different products until you find one that suits you.
Cleanse and Exfoliate
As you would spring clean your home, try spring cleansing your skin to give it a deep clean and refresh it for the warmer months ahead. Double cleansing is a great way to get started. At night start the double cleanse with a rich cleansing balm and take the time to massage the balm into your skin. Once rinsed off follow this with a lighter water based cleanser like a foaming cleanser or a cream cleanser to refresh your skin.
Spring is also the perfect time to start exfoliating your skin if you haven’t been doing that over the colder months. We prefer chemical exfoliation products for the face. Although it might sound counterintuitive, chemical exfoliants like AHAs and BHAs are gentler than physical exfoliants like crushed nuts and seed shells. Physical exfoliants can cause damage to our skin and even upset our skin barrier. AHAs like glycolic acid or lactic acid can exfoliate, trigger collagen production and give a wonderful glow by removing dead skin cells. Just be careful not to overdo it though, exfoliating once or twice a week is perfect. Goodbye dull skin!
There’s no need to ditch those physical exfoliating products though as they are perfect for body exfoliation and improving skin texture. As we wear lighter clothes we should start paying more attention to the skin on the rest of our body – regular exfoliation, plenty of moisturising and SPF every day on exposed skin! It can be a good idea to get into this good habit now in anticipation of the coming summer months.
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