After months of snow, slush, and frigid temperatures, spring is finally on the horizon. Winter has left the building (well, almost), taking with it our dreary moods and dry, itchy skin. And while we’ve spent the first part of 2016 layering serums, balms, and oils, warmer air and increased humidity mean our skin is about to be in for a shock. How then, do we prep our faces for sunnier days ahead? Here are three tips for getting healthy, gorgeous skin just in time for summer (because it's coming...we promise!).
Swap your moisturizer for something a little lighter, like a water-based formula. Since skin tends to hold more water in the spring and summer, you won’t need as much protection when the weather warms up.
The same however, cannot be said about SPF. While using a moisturizer with an SPF 30 is fine for the winter months, it’s super important to use sunscreen—separate from your lotion and makeup—that’s at least SPF 50 in spring and summer.
The next step in the glow game is exfoliation with a glycolic acid formula. Contrary to popular belief, we actually need to (lightly!) exfoliate when our skin is extra dry. Use a gentle exfoliating cleanser rather than harsh scrubs to slough off dead skin and unblock pores.
Do both your skin and bathroom shelf a solid by replacing any cleansing brush heads (like the ones on your trusty Clarisonic every three months and throwing away any products that are over six months old. Older makeup and skincare items can host a build-up of bacteria (gross!), leading to clogged pores and dull skin. That also includes your makeup brushes, which are often overlooked and can store unwanted germs and viruses. Always wash your brushes at least once a week with soap and dry them with a blow dryer. You’ll be amazed at how something so simple can have such a huge impact on the overall health of your skin.
Luckily, summer’s makeup routine is perennially simple, and tinted moisturizer makes a perfect substitute for a heavy foundation. Here’s hoping the chance to wear some will come sooner rather than later.