It's Spring! Time For A Skincare Refresh
Pack away your jackets and rethink your beauty routine because spring has officially sprung.
Spring is here, people, and we don’t know about you, but we’re thrilled at the thought of longer, brighter days and placing our piles of thick sweaters firmly at the back of the closet. But saying farewell to winter is not just about switching up your fashion choices. Warmer temperatures and an increase in humidity mean it’s also a great time to rethink your beauty routine.
1. Swap To A Lighter Moisturizer
Unless your skin is super dry, avoid rich balms, butters and creams that contain occlusive ingredients like cocoa butter and mineral oils as these can weigh your skin down when the weather warms up. Instead, choose lotions and gel formulations and look for water-based moisturizers that contain lightweight, hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, aloe and urea.
2. Give Your Body A Whole Lotta Love
Admit it, your body doesn’t get much beauty attention in the winter months. Well, why should you spend hours buffing, preening and moisturizing your legs and arms when they’re covered up for the entire time, right? If we’re honest, great body care is important all year long to help reduce dryness and buildup on the surface of your skin, but we know that life gets in the way, so you’re excused. Just this once.
Now that spring is in the air, however, sleeves, skirts and pants are about to get shorter and skin that’s been in hibernation for the past six months is about to be revealed. So, you’ve got to up your head-to-toe skincare game. Like now.
First up, buff off those dead, winter skin cells and give yourself an all-over glow by using an exfoliating mitt twice a week in the shower. You could even use it with our Skin Clearing Charcoal Face Wash to help unblock clogged pores on the tops of your arms, or to treat and prevent ingrown hairs on your legs or bikini line. Just remember to go gently, working in light circular motions as you exfoliate.
Oh, and don’t forget to moisturize all over with a light cream or lotion. Do this every day while your skin is still damp to lock in extra hydration.
3. Ditch Out-Of-Date Products
Hands up if you’re guilty of holding on to skincare products even when you don’t use them any more. You’re not alone – beauty hoarding is real.
Products that are past their best, however, not only lose their potency, but also harbor bacteria which may cause irritation to your skin.
All of our TruSkin products have a ‘best used by’ date on their packaging which makes it a breeze for you to know when to toss them. Because we’re good like that. You could also look for the PAO (period after opening) symbol on your product labels. It looks like a little pot with an open lid that has a number followed by the letter ‘M’ inside. This number tells you how many months your product is good for after you’ve opened it which can be super helpful – as long as you remember when you started using it, of course.
When in doubt, anything that’s changed color, gone lumpy or runny, or developed an odd smell should not go anywhere near your skin. Off it goes to product heaven. Buh-bye.
4. Up Your Eyecare Game
Spring equals brighter sunshine (we hope), which means way more squinting and a higher risk of developing lines and wrinkles around your eyes.
Help keep those crow’s feet in check by applying a moisturizing eye cream twice daily. Apply just a tiny amount gently around the contours of your eyes, using your ring fingers to help keep pressure and skin dragging to a minimum. Antioxidants like green tea are great ingredients to keep an eye on (pun 100 percent intended), as are peptides and humectants like hyaluronic acid and glycerin.
Our Eye Gel contains all these and more, making it the perfect update to your spring regimen.
5. Spring Clean Your Makeup Brushes
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends cleaning your brushes and sponges every seven to 10 days to get rid of harmful bacteria that can breed due to a buildup of residue, dirt and oil. So, if you’ve not done yours for months, now’s the time to do so.
Simply run the tips of your brushes under lukewarm, running water for a few minutes, then massage a gentle shampoo or cleanser into them for a minute or two. Rinse with clean water and repeat until the water runs clear, then squeeze out excess moisture before laying them flat on a towel to dry.
Finally, it goes without saying that you should apply an antioxidant serum and broad-spectrum sunscreen every morning – without fail. To be honest, this is vital every day of the year, but even more so as the sun gets more intense and you start spending more time outdoors.
Bring it on.
About Georgia Gould
Georgia is an award-winning beauty writer who has been in the business for over 20 years. British-born, she began her career as a magazine beauty editor in London before moving to San Francisco, CA in 2012 where she now continues her love as a freelance writer and editor. As well as her editorial work, Georgia has created content for many high-profile beauty brands, including Clarins, L’Oréal, Procter & Gamble, Simple and TRESemmé. Her passions include retinol (obviously), golfing, skiing and walking her beloved Schnauzer, Dave.