Your Winter to Spring Skin-Care Guide: How to Transition Your Routine

Ah, spring is in the air! That means it’s officially time to store your sweaters, snow boots, and fuzzy hats in the back of your closet. In addition to swapping out your wardrobe for lighter pieces, you also want to transition from winter to spring skin care. Check out the tips below so you can put together a beauty regimen that makes sense for the season. It’s time for a little spring-cleaning!

1. Add Products with SPF

Ideally, you should be wearing sunscreen 365 days a year, rain or shine. That’s because even when it’s cloudy outside, the sun can damage your skin if you’re not properly shielded. Luckily, there are lots of different products out there that feature SPF, like moisturizer and foundation.

Keep in mind that there are two different types of sunscreen: chemical and physical. But how can you tell the difference? Well, the main ingredients in chemical sunscreen are oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, and avobenzone (these ingredients create a chemical reaction when the sun hits your skin), while physical sunscreen relies on zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide to form a barrier on top of your skin to block the sun. Regardless of which type of sunscreen you choose, make sure to apply it before heading outside and reapply throughout the day.

2. Use a Lighter Moisturizer

The dry air of winter can leave your complexion feeling particularly parched, which means using a thick, rich cream is a definite must. Once humidity starts creeping back into the air come spring, though, you won’t need as much extra hydration as you did. So, along with all the clothes you’re stashing away, it’s time to say goodbye to your winter moisturizer, too. To transition from winter to spring skin care, switch to a water-based, oil-free moisturizer with lightweight hydration—just enough to keep your skin happily nourished without giving you a greasy finish.

3. Exfoliate Your Way to Brighter Skin

During the winter, dead skin cells can pile up, leaving you with dulling buildup. In layman’s terms, winter could leave you with seriously lackluster skin. One of the best ways to get your glow back in spring is by exfoliating all that buildup away. Like sunscreen, there are two types of exfoliation to choose from: mechanical and chemical. Mechanical exfoliation involves the use of a scrub or tool to manually remove dead skin cells, while chemical exfoliation involves the use of an acid (like glycolic acid or salicylic acid) to break down the buildup sans scrubbing. Exfoliating once or twice a week should be all you need to maintain radiant skin.

4. Look for Hyaluronic Acid

One of the best ingredients to look for when you’re skin-care shopping is hyaluronic acid. According to The Telegraph, this powerhouse ingredient holds 1,000 times its weight in water, so it can possibly plump up your skin and keep you looking youthful. You can find hyaluronic acid in a whole host of products, but try out a serum. A hyaluronic-acid serum has the ability to refresh your skin with lots of hydration, a must after spending so many days in moisture-sucking winter air.

5. Make Your Eyes a Priority

Who says resolutions are only made in January? This spring, promise to focus on your eyes. This delicate skin is particularly prone to dryness and signs of aging (ahem, dark circles), so find an eye cream that address your specific concerns and lightly pat it on morning and night. As far as ingredients go, antioxidants (like vitamin C) are a good bet for daytime, while retinol is ideal for nighttime use, since it can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.

6. Try a Cosmetic Treatment

While making key skin-care swaps will certainly ensure your spring goes smoothly, in-office procedures are another effective option to consider this season. TempSure™ Envi is a gentle radiofrequency treatment that can be used to treat fine lines, reduce the appearance of cellulite, and more, all while making your skin glow. Talk to your dermatologist to see if it’s right for you.

By making a few easy changes to your skin-care routine once winter ends, you’ll be able to boost your glow, keep your skin hydrated, and tighten up your skin in time for the warmer weather. Now go ahead and show off that glowing skin in your favorite spring attire!

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