3 Ways to Adjust Your Skincare Routine for Spring

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Spring is finally here! Why is essential to adjust your skincare routine as the seasons change ? Well simply because it’s not just about having a skincare routine addressing your skin’s issues; you also need adapt what you’re using in your skincare routine to your skin type as the climate changes.

When you move from a dry environment to a humid one, your skin adjusts. You might still be dealing with the same skin concerns, but you may need to use more or less moisturizer depending on the climate.

In Today’s article, I will share with you 3 ways to adjust your skincare routine for spring. what products should you say au revoir to in your routine and what products should you add?

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3 Ways to Adjust Your Skincare Routine for Spring
3 Ways to Adjust Your Skincare Routine for Spring

products You need to break up with:

So, there are three things we need to do, things we need to ditch, break up with, and change immediately as the climate is shifting

  • Ditch the heavy moisturizer:
Crop woman with ring applying hand cream

The first step is to switch out that heavy moisturizer. In winter, when the air gets colder and drier in winter, it’s good to use thicker, creamier moisturizers on our face. But as it gets more humid, you want to go lighter.

Now you don’t necessarily have to switch from a heavy moisturizer to a very light hydrating serum overnight, but you should learn to scale back. Too much moisture isn’t good for your skin either., and that’s why I always cringe and go nuts when I see these commercials of celebrities who are like, “I love my moisture.” It’s like, okay, but too much isn’t ideal Samantha.

Like, we don’t love too much moisture because fungus also loves too much moisture, okay? So, you’ve got to listen to your skin. If your skin barrier is not dry and inflamed in a humid environment, then ditch the diaper rash cream. As it gets hotter, I have no problem saying that I think face basting is amazing for drier environments. But as it gets warmer, you might not need to do it as frequently or as much, okay?

  • Slow Down On The Exfoliation
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When it comes to exfoliating and as the weather warms up, we’re getting closer to the sun, so exfoliating has to be pared down for two reasons, first off, you are going to become more sun-sensitive as it gets hotter outside. We’re getting closer to UV rays increasing the risk of sunburn. And if our skin is already sensitive due to exfoliation, it’s more prone to getting red and burnt, essentially worn out by the sun if we over-exfoliate. so it’s crucial to ease up on exfoliation to avoid over-sensitizing our skin.

The second reason why you want to slow down on the exfoliation process, other than being more sensitive to the sun, our skin’s natural moisturizing factors are adapting. They’re more likely to retain moisture in warmer weather. Therefore, if you’re over-exfoliating, you might be tricking your skin into producing more oils and ruining that balance, making you oilier in the process.

Unlike in the winter , when you’re dry and you exfoliate, you kind of want your skin to think it needs to make more oils to help replenish moisture. In the summer or in warmer or even more humid climates,, it’s best to avoid over-exfoliating to maintain a healthy moisture balance. So, in summary, it’s wise to dial back on exfoliation during warmer months to keep your skin happy and balanced.

  • Switch Out Your Cleanser :
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Let’s rethink our face wash routine. At night, especially in dry and cold weather we may want something creamier and richer to cleanse our faces . Now Oil cleansing is something that I personally just don’t vibe with, or maybe I just haven’t found the right one for me yet..

What I suggest is easing up on heavy oil cleansing and thick, milky cleansers in general. Try to adapt to something a little bit more lightweight, especially in hot and humid weather when you’re not using heaters. It’s important to make sure that you are switching up how you’re cleansing depending on your climate.

If your skin tends to be dry or oily, consider cleansing a bit less. Utilizing a gentle cleanser in the morning can help your face. Does that make sense? I hope it does

must haves for products spring:

So, do we need to incorporate changes in our products when we’re switching climates, temperatures, and seasons? There are a couple of things, but I’m going to start with the most obvious.

  1. The Damn Sunscreen
A Bottle of Sunscreen on Popsicle Sticks

I understand not everyone is as sunscreen-obsessed as I am, and trust me, I’m not misled because I’m engaged to a dermatologist. I’m aware that most people don’t necessarily adhere to using sunscreen every single day. For me, it’s as habitual as brushing my teeth—I just slap it on. However with the sun getting stronger as it gets warmer, it’s important to wear sunscreen regularly.

It’s important to keep an eye on the UV index which measures how strong the sun’s rays are. You can actually check it if you have an iPhone in the weather app. Anything from 0 to 3 is considered low risk, but it’s tough to be sure, so it’s best to get into the habit of applying sunscreen every day. For reference, 0 to 2 is low risk, 3 to 5 is moderate, 5 to 7 is high, and anything over 8 is very high to extreme.

In my book, whenever the index is moderate or higher, it’s smart to use sunscreen—forget health and skin cancer (although those are vital)—This advice comes not only from a health freak who does a lot of research but also someone whose focus is on cosmetics and values healthy and beautiful skin. While protecting your health and preventing skin cancer are crucial reasons to use sunscreen, maintaining skin’s beauty is also important to me.

For instance let’s say you’re working on fixing skin discoloration, dark spots, or sun damage with a skincare routine, skipping sunscreen is like building a house on sand—it just doesn’t make sense!! Why spend time, money, effort, and energy on a routine if you’re not protecting the foundation of what you’re trying to achieve?

And don’t get me started of when I hear people asking about laser treatments without using sunscreen, I just want to… well, let’s just say I’m not impressed. It’s like trying to clean a dirty window without putting up curtains to keep it clean. It just doesn’t add up. So, safeguard the progress you’re making by slathering on that damn sunscreen!

Now, onto some sunscreen recommendations. I’m excited to share a couple of newbies that have caught my attention.First up is the Kiehl’s Better Screen™ UV Serum SPF 50+ Facial Sunscreen with Collagen Peptide. It’s a super light sunscreen serum, but don’t mistake it for a serum; you still need to apply it as your final step in your skincare routine, alright?

The only downside is that it comes in a pump, so you have to make sure you’re using enough pumps to cover your face properly. I usually say two full pumps/ full fingers and then get ready, go, start your day. it’s very, very lightweight and blends in beautifully because it’s a chemical sunscreen. That doesn’t make it worse, it makes it more elegant . Plus, it doesn’t really have any scen. It also contains Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 and -7, which help correct sun damage. So it’s a little two-in-one two-in-one product. It comes in a 50 ml size and costs $42.

Next on our list is a product that caught my attention during a recent dinner with my mom. she introduced me to the Revisions Skincare I tried it myself, and I must say, I’m impressed me. I must note that it’s Priced at $84 for 1.7 ounces, it’s a bit on the expensive side, but it’s worth it.

It is a broad-spectrum tinted SPF that combines both chemical and mineral sunscreens, but it’s silky. It’s very silky. It goes on nice and it just leaves a nice tint and sheen. Additionally It has no scent, which is a bonus.. I loved it on my mom’s face, and I’ve been using it every now and then. And it’s very, very nice. It has not burnt my eyes whatsoever. So Overall, it’s a great option for sun protection.

And lasty we have Dr. Kim Lightsaber. This is a mineral sunscreen that is great for oilier skin types, especially as it gets hot. When you first squeeze it, you might be fooled by the texture because it does appear very thick. But you’re going to have to make sure that you’re getting the right amount. It does looks thick, but it has a very matte finish. It’s tinted, suited for mineral sunscreen users but it’s not necessarily for every skin type it only works best for people with oily skin . It’s priced at $45 for a 30ml bottle, it’s similar to Kiehl’s pricing and boasts a whipped texture.

So that is my sunscreen rant. if not for your health, then for your vanity. So if you’re going to be taking the time, effort, and energy to take care of your skin, make sure to protect it.

  1. Anti-Inflammatories:

The second category of musts when it comes to weather and season changes is anti-inflammatories. But the first thing I love to incorporate, and obviously, it’s a conflict of interest because if you’ve been reading my blogs then you probably know how much I love this ingredient… well, you guessed it right! The second anti-inflammatory ingredient that you should incorporate into your routine is Azelaic acid.

I highly recommend the Paula’s Choice 10% Azelaic Acid Booster. It’s great, especially if you have allergies, redness, or feel slightly inflamed or irritated. If you have rosacea and it flares up, Azelaic acid can help calm your skin. It also has antioxidant properties, leading me to the third category that needs to be incorporated.

  1. Antioxidant :

Now, this is not just reserved for seasonal changes, but antioxidants are products that should be key in our routine, helping protect our skin, especially with the rapid environmental and seasonal shifts. Our skin faces numerous aggressors daily, from pollution to the sun, cold, and heat. As the weather shifts erratically, you want to ensure your skin is as protected as possible. It’s not just sunscreen; vitamin C, for instance, is my favorite antioxidant of mine. You apply it under your sunscreen every morning. But there are other antioxidants like Azelaic acid, vitamin E, ferulic acid, even Alpha arbutin, all of which help protect our skin from daily damage. It’s crucial for me to include that.

Lastly, I have a DIY tip for you. This isn’t your ordinary glycerin mist. You’re going to need to buy a device called a Nano Facial Mister, which acts as a mist sprayer. For the DIY mist, you’ll need 50ml of distilled water, 50ml of aloe water (which works as an anti-inflammatory and soothing agent), and 2 teaspoons of glycerin (the ultimate hydrator).

Why? Because I see you all out there, thinking it’s automatically 80°F and half naked, when it’s actually 55°F. You’re going to get burnt, and your skin will be attacked pretty fast. Your skin is more sensitive to the sun now because you’ve been indoors all winter. Ideally, you’re wearing sunscreen and not getting burnt, but I can’t control that.

So, if you end up with a bit of a burn and your skin is stinging, an aloe vera mist is crucial. And this is a DIY aloe vera mist. I wouldn’t recommend keeping it sitting there long-term because there aren’t many preservatives in it. I suggest making enough just for a single use and not trying to stock up on it, okay?

The Bottom Line

I hope you guys enjoyed this article. I hope you took notes and understood what I’m trying to say.

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