As the weather gets warmer and days get longer, many of us look to switch out oversized sweaters for oversized sunglasses and spring sandals. But how many of us spring clean our skincare routine? As the seasons change, our body experiences drastic changes in temperature, sun exposure and humidity levels. It is normal for our skin to react. In winter we stock up on moisturisers and oils, while in the summer we stock up on sunscreens. Spring and fall are transition seasons, which is why understanding how to revamp your skincare routine during these times can be confusing.
Here are five common skincare problems in the spring and how to fix them:
- UV Exposure
It’s especially important to be wary of ultraviolet (UV) exposure in spring, when we start looking to spend more time outside. We normally hear about the importance of wearing SPF during summer, but sun protection is always a must!
UV rays cause damage to our skin regardless of temperature. Without suncream, we increase our chances of ageing, hyperpigmentation and sunburn. UV levels are already high enough to cause permanent damage to our skin and eyes, so make sure to stock up on SPF! Apply every 2-3 hours for the best and safest results.
Sitting in traffic is already frustrating enough. Add toxic fumes and air pollution and you’ve got the perfect recipe for blackheads and breakouts. Make sure you double-cleanse every evening to wash off the sunscreen and the pollution, sweat and other impurities.
Double cleansing is the practice of washing your face with two different types of cleansers. Use an oil-based cleanser first to break down your makeup and sunscreen. Then use a water-based cleanser to target skin concerns and wash away impurities.
3. Grass and Pollen Allergens
Nature comes back to life in Spring, which means allergies are on the rise. These can irritate our skin and make it more sensitive than usual. You can try to avoid these irritants as much as possible, but in order to lower the chances of inflammation you can use serums for calming with Centella and moisturisers with Ceramides to keep your skin barrier intact.
Warmer weather means we’re more likely to go on a hike or spend time outside. As we sweat more, we increase our chances of breakouts. The impurities that sweating helps flush out can stay on your skin. When the skin begins to re-absorb them, pH factors change and this can lead to irritation and rash.
You can try to keep this under control by making sure you always wash your hands and try to avoid touching your face. In the evenings make sure to always double-cleanse and apply a preventive treatment such as 4-Terpineol, Niacinamide
5. Seasonal Eczema
The exact cause of eczema is rarely known, however a lot of people have found that their eczema flares up as seasons change. Spring also increases eczema irritants, as our skin is exposed to more pollen, mould and perspiration.
Here are some overall recommendations to make sure your skin stays healthy this spring:
- Exfoliate: take off the winter dead skin to reveal a gorgeous glow! Use mild exfoliators so as not to irritate the skin.
- If your skin is very sensitive, or if you are badly affected by the seasonal allergies try using Niacinamide. Niacinamide is an amazing anti-oxidant and it also has soothing properties, so perfect for when your skin is irritated.
- Try the Layering Technique (7 – Skin Method), using hydrating toners, essences and serums. This gives the skin enough hydration without weighing it down or increasing sebum production.
- As the weather is hotter and you are more prone to sweating and blackheads choose lighter moisturisers so your pores don’t get clogged.
If you are unsure as to what products you need to use this Spring Season, feel free to reach out to us for a Free Skincare Consultation!
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