As we get ready to face the great outdoors after a particularly rainy Vancouver winter, it’s an ideal time to take a look at your skin and freshen up your products for a healthy spring skin care routine.
Any change of season wreaks havoc on your skin, and the transition from dry winter weather to fresh, brilliant spring can be particularly challenging. Winter-depleted skin is often stressed and unhappy, in dire need of TLC and moisture. You might be feeling a bit flaky and dry. Spring brings with it a slight increase in your oil production and if you’re skin isn’t functioning properly, or your products aren’t appropriate, that can lead to clogged pores.
Take a look at your cleansing and exfoliating habits. Keep both gentle to help skin recover from winter stresses. Consider incorporating water-binding hydrating and brightening products into your spring skin care to help offset the upcoming pigmentation risks of summer.
It should go without saying that UV protection remains at the top of the list of recommendations for all seasons, for every individual. Increase the effectiveness of your sunscreen by layering an antioxidant serum underneath. And don’t forget your hat and sunglasses!
Top 5 Products for the Ultimate Spring Skin Care Routine
Gentle gel or milky cleanser
Non-foaming cleansers are key, even for oilier skin types. All you need is a thorough but gentle removal of makeup and excess oils. Any intense foaming action over-strips the skin, leaving it vulnerable to irritants and stimulating an increase in the very oils you’re trying to eliminate.
Enzyme-based chemical exfoliation
Skin care professionals usually avoid physical scrubs, as they tend to be too harsh for most skin. Instead, look for a papaya or pineapple enzyme based gel or mask to gently loosen just the surface dry layers, leaving your skin soft and smooth. Once a week application, perhaps twice for thicker skin types, is usually sufficient. (You should never try to purchase any ‘professional strength’ acid or chemical exfoliant over the internet as you run the risk of burns, pigmentation, and allergic reactions. See your professional if you’re interested in a deeper exfoliation.)
Hydrating antioxidant serum
Antioxidants in skin care products protect your skin from free radicals that can damage your cells and accelerate the aging process if left uncontrolled. A daily antioxidant serum should be used every morning to combat the negative effects of stress, UV, pollution, lifestyle choices, diet, and more. For the ultimate 2-in-1 daily treatment fluid, look for one that also contains hyaluronic acid, the powerful water-binder that keeps skin plump and hydrated.
Broad spectrum SPF
All sunscreens are not created equal. Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect against both UVA (think aging) and UVB (think burning) rays. It’s not enough to protect against one or the other. To keep your skin looking youthful, go straight to a broad-spectrum and preferably a physical sunscreen based upon zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Factor in water- and sweat-resistance and avoid any formulas with comedogenic ingredients unless you want breakout issues.
Believe it or not, UV interaction with the retina of your eyes triggers hormone stimulation that can eventually contribute to pigmentation and uneven skin tone issues. It’s a much more complex process than can be explained here, but trust us that wearing high-quality UV protective sunglasses is accomplishing more than just upping your style game!
Ok, one more bit of advice…
Get a facial! If it’s been awhile, a professional treatment will freshen things up and get you back on track, plus you’ll benefit from personalized advice on how best to care for your particular skin at home and set up your spring skin care routine.
We recommend the Spring: Be Vibrant – 12 Flower Facial on its own or as part of our 4 Seasons Skin Pass.
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