How to Transition Your Skincare Routine From Winter to Spring

Spring is here, and it’s time to change your skincare routine for the warmer and sunnier months ahead. Just as you swap out your winter wardrobe for spring outfits, so should you shift your skincare practices for the new season.

Here are some tips on making the seasonal transition.

Spring-Clean Your Skin

Skin can become dull and tired-looking after a long winter, as dead and damaged cells build up on the surface. If you’ve been using hydrating, cream-based cleansers through the winter, switch to a light and gentle gel now that spring is here. You don’t need to worry as much about dry air now, and your skin can use a fresh cleaning.

The end of winter is also an ideal time to exfoliate. Gentle treatment is usually best, but a skincare specialist can advise you on exactly what you need. The turn of the seasons is your opportunity to visit a medical skincare spa for a professional facial or chemical peel. An expert can advise you on the benefits of other treatments as well, such as intense pulsed light therapy to even skin coloration. With the right treatment or combination of treatments, you can emerge from winter with a newly radiant glow.

Adjust Your Moisturizing Routines

Heavy, cream-based moisturizers are great for winter when your skin needs extra protection from drier, colder air. But with the coming of spring, it’s best to switch to a lighter moisturizer so your skin can breathe. Look for a water-based formula or one with hyaluronic acid. Since the sun is now becoming brighter and more intense, you might choose a moisturizer with built-in sun protection, too.

Hydrating your skin goes beyond applying moisturizer. As the weather gets warmer, your body needs more water, and so does your skin. Pay special attention to your fluid intake by drinking water throughout the day and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage

The sun is moving to a higher angle now that it’s spring, which will expose you to more intense doses of UV radiation whenever you go out. It’s always smart to use sunscreen year-round, but it’s especially essential in the warmer and brighter months of the year. Choose a full-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher (50 is even better in the spring and summer), and limit the amount of time you spend in the sun during the middle hours of the day. The transition to spring is also a good time to check the expiration dates on the sunscreen products you have on hand and to replace any tubes or jars that you opened more than a few months ago.

Use shade to protect your skin, too, by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and long sleeves. You’ll be preventing the premature aging effects of sun damage, which include dark spots, roughness, and wrinkles.

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