SPRING CLEANING SKINCARE
Chances are you like to “spring clean” your closet before the warm weather sets in. If not to de-clutter, simply to give yourself an excuse to do some shopping.
While getting rid of old sweaters and making room for new sparkly sandals can be a blast, spring cleaning your beauty supply is less common.
We’re not saying to toss out certain products (although you should get rid of any products over six months old), but you should definitely adjust your skincare routine with the seasons.
The transition from winter to summer can be tough on our skin, but it doesn’t have to be!
Ditch the heavy creams for lighter alternatives
Moisture is still important at every age and in every season, but because our skin generally holds more water when it’s warm out, you likely won’t need as much (or as heavy) moisturizer as you needed in the winter.
In fact, your daily SPF might moisturize your skin enough to keep you glowing throughout the day.
If you find your skin wanting more moisture, try a lighter weight moisturizer.
Lastly, if you’ve been using a cream-based cleanser, you may want to shift to a foaming cleanser instead, as foaming cleansers are lighter and won’t weigh you down before a day at the beach.
Add a high-grade antioxidant to your routine (if you haven’t already)
Antioxidants are awesome year-round, but they’re extra important in the spring and summer.
Antioxidants like vitamin C help alleviate damage from sun exposure and protect your skin from forms of environmental stress (think pollution) that we tend to expose ourselves to more in the summertime.
Our Vita-Boost Vitamin C Infusion Serum will give your skin all the daily vitamins and nutrients it needs to have its best summer ever!
Get even more serious about your SPF standard
SPF should always be the last step in your daytime skincare routine—even in the winter months.
UVA rays (the ones that contribute to skin aging) are present year-round, while UVB rays (the ones that result in sunburn) are more prominent in the summer.
Since you may be spending more time in the sun, you should be reapplying sunscreen throughout the day. You should also increase the level of SPF you’re using. Generally, broad spectrum SPF 50+ is best for protecting against both UVA and UVB rays.
Our 50 Fierce! sunscreen meets the FDA’s new, higher standard for effective sunscreen protection, plus serves as a daytime moisturizer—so you can combine the last two steps of your skincare routine into one.
Don’t forget to apply SPF on your hands, arms, and feet too!
Pick up an anti-pigment serum
Even if you’re on-top of your SPF application, irregular pigmentation can be a bigger problem in the summer due to sun exposure.
Our new To The Point dark spot corrector works to stop the formation of new dark spots while fading current spots, so your skin will be flawless just in time for summer.
Keep up with your retinol…unless you’re taking a tropical vacay
Retinols make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure, which is why it’s always recommended to use a daily SPF with your nightly retinol (although you should wear daily SPF regardless).
The only time you might want to pause your retinol use is if you’re going on a trip where you’ll be getting prolonged exposure to the sun.
In this case, stop using your retinol about a week prior to your trip. You should also stop use of any alpha hydroxy acids for the same reason, so check your product labels to see if any contain AHA.
Make time for extra exfoliation
The outer layer of your skin (the epidermis) naturally thickens with sun exposure. This thickening can lead to clogged pores and deep, painful cystic acne.
Exfoliation can help to unclog pores and get rid of any other impurities that may have gotten stuck to your skin while you were having fun in the sun.
Choose a gentle exfoliating cleanser rather than a harsh scrub or battery-operated device.
Some key ingredients to look for are glycolic, lactic, malic, and mandelic acid. All of these acids increase cell turnover, leaving your skin young and fresh-faced.
For natural physical exfoliators (ingredients that you actually rub into the skin), look for pumice, Ecuadorian ivory seeds, and jojoba beads.
If you’re just getting to the exfoliation station, start once a week and work your way up slowly. Our Polish To Perfection exfoliating scrub is a great place to start.
Ideally, you should only exfoliate three times a week at most. 1-2 times a week should suffice for people with dry or normal skin.
Travel-proof your skincare routine
It can be a hassle trying to pack your skincare routine into a tiny carry-on—especially if your products don’t meet TSA requirements.
But oftentimes vacation is when your skin needs care the most, as it may be adjusting to a new climate and more sunshine than usual.
That way, even if you win a last-minute trip to Maui, you’ll be prepared!
Tip: When you return from vacation, make sure to use up your travel sized bottles before reaching for your full sized skincare products. That way you don’t have a bunch of half used bottles that cause clutter or go bad by the time your next trip comes around.