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FINALLY...the warmer weather is upon us. Okay, so maybe it's not summer yet, but at least you get to bring out your sleeveless shirts and midi dresses again. It's also the time to switch up your skincare routine to make it more...spring-friendly.
With the changes in humidity, sun exposure, and outdoor activity, it's important to use skincare products that fulfill your skin's needs and keep it as healthy as possible.
Here are some springtime skincare tips for achieving a gorgeous, gleaming complexion just in time for the new season's arrival.
Spring Clean Your Skincare Products
Believe it or not, your beauty products do have an expiry date. Before starting your spring skincare routine, perform a skincare cleanout to get rid of any expired products and clean up any applicators like makeup brushes.
Got cleansers, serums, and eye creams that are over six months old? Sorry, but you'll need to throw them away. Not only do products lose their effectiveness the older they get, but they can also cause a slew of skin concerns ranging from irritation to clogged pores to infections.
After that, clean up your beauty applicators. Dermatologists recommend washing makeup brushes at least once a week with face wash or soap. Keeping them clean and germ-free will prevent you from getting breakouts and possible infections.
Ultimately, spring cleaning your beauty arsenal sets you up for flawless springtime skin.
Switch to a Lighter Moisturizer
"Swapping your moisturizer for something a little lighter is key," says New York City dermatologist Patricia Wexler, M.D. "Our skin tends to hold more water in the spring and summer, so you won’t need as much protection."
She recommends a hyaluronic acid-or water-based formula during the warmer months.
Try our Flower Child Face Cream, which is made with hyaluronic acid and hemp to hydrate, soothe, and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. It's the perfect lightweight moisturizer for spring.
While flaky skin usually results from cold weather, folks with dry skin typically skip exfoliation in the winter months because it can cause further dryness. However, as the weather warms up, your skin will be able to tolerate scrubs and acids, making it the perfect time to start buffing away those dead skin cells.
"Spring is the prime time to return to exfoliating and brighten the dull skin that has accumulated during winter," says Hadley King, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City.
Both chemical and physical exfoliation can be incorporated into your routine. If you have dry or sensitive skin, you'd do best with chemical exfoliants such as alpha hydroxy acids. Those with oily, acne-prone, or normal skin can use a combination of both to maintain healthy, glowing skin.
Just be careful not to overdo it. No skin type benefits from excessive exfoliation, so try to limit your sessions to two times a week max.
For chemical exfoliation, we recommend our CBD Jelly Toning Solution, which contains a blend of resurfacing glycolic acid, moisturizing hemp, and soothing aloe. For physical exfoliation, opt for our Matcha Face Scrub, a sugar-based, gentle exfoliant infused with smoothing and soothing matcha and vitamin A.
Up Your Skin's Antioxidant Intake
While winter skin has its own set of challenges such as dryness and dullness, spring skin faces issues like sun-induced pigmentation. That's because in the spring, you're going outside more and exposing your skin to UV rays which can cause discoloration.
According to the derms, antioxidants can be helpful for avoiding sun damage and warding off pigmentation.
"When the skin is exposed to UV rays from the sun, free radicals are generated that can damage DNA and accelerate the breakdown of collagen and elastin," says Dr. King. "Topical antioxidants like vitamin C can donate electrons to stabilize the free radicals and decrease sun damage."
Try our Vegan Collagen Facial Serum, an anti-aging serum formulated with vitamin C, retinol, and plant-based collagen to rejuvenate, calm, iron out creases, and protect skin from environmental aggressors. Please note: this formula contains retinol which can leave skin extra sensitive to the sun. Always follow up with plenty of SPF for full protection!
Always Use Sun Protection
You should actually be wearing sunscreen all year-round, but since you're likely to be outdoors more during the springtime, wearing SPF is even more essential.
Invest in a high-quality, broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 for maximum protection. Re-apply throughout the day if you're spending long periods of time outside.
Sunscreen application should be part of your daily skincare regimen, regardless of the season, as we're always exposed to UV rays.
Bolster Your Skin Barrier Function with Emollients
With sun exposure on the rise, you may experience inflammation during the months of spring. Especially if you spent the winter hibernating inside. It's kind of a shock to the system when it sees an increase in sun exposure.
To counteract the issue, hydrate your skin with humectants and emollients to support the skin barrier and soothe your inflamed complexion. Stick to gentle, hydrating cleansers, moisturizers, and mineral sunscreens, which are less likely to irritate the skin.
Reach for our Blueberry Kush CBD Face Oil. It's made with antioxidant-packed blueberry oil and soothing CBD oil to moisture, calm, and heal your skin. Plus, it's fragrance-free, making it gentle on the skin and significantly reducing your risk of irritation.
Spring skincare focuses on lightening up your lotions, removing the old and replacing with new, and prioritizing sun protection. It's not at all complicated to convert your winter routine into a spring routine. You only need a handful of skincare essentials, and you're good to go.
It's also important during the warmer months to up your water intake. You should anyway be drinking plenty of water, no matter what time of year it is. But when the weather warms up, it's easier to become dehydrated. Drinking up prevents that from happening and keeps your skin looking radiant.
Are you ready to make the transition? Have fun spring cleaning, and embarking on a new skincare regimen!