Skincare Routine Changes For SpringPosted on 02/10/2018
[By Biscuits & Makeup] Tuesday, 2 October 2018
Winter is gone and Spring is here! You have packed away your woolly jumpers, Ugg boots, electric blankets and hot-water bottles and brought in the new gear for Spring. Like how you would change what you wear for a new season, you should also switch up your skincare routine as well. Have you ever wondered why a certain product worked so well for only a part of the year? Each season comes with different variations of weathers and changes in temperature, humidity and winds, you need to be using products that cater to these changes.
As each new season approaches, your skin reacts differently to its surroundings. For example, it is a given that your skin becomes drier and less susceptible to retaining water in Winter, but that is not the case in Spring. In Spring, the temperature is normally at optimal levels and hence you do not require as much hydration. With these numerous and varied factors, it may be tricky to pinpoint what to do with your skincare. This blog post will remove the guesswork and help you find the best way to change up your skincare routine for Spring.
Though Spring may be the prettiest season of the year, it may not be as the prettiest experience for your skin. The change from Winter to Spring is quite drastic and sudden compared to the rest of the year. Because of this, a lot of skin concerns arise due to the result of increased humidity. And you also have to worry about the blooming of flowers with the increased production of pollen that contributes to a lot of skin problems. These include;
- Dry, Rough or Itchy Skin Patches
- Allergic Reactions
- Inflammation or Redness
- Dull Skin
- Unexpected Acne Breakouts
- Clogged Pores
But have no fear, changing a few steps in your skincare routine can make a great impact on your skin!
Steps to take for better skin
By making some tweaks in your skincare routine, it can optimally help bring your best skin forward. Here are some of our suggestions;
1. Spray a cooling facial mist
In the skincare & beauty market, facial mists are extremely underrated. This convenient and outstandingly effective product may be the one thing that you’re missing in your routine. A facial mist can hydrate and replenish the skin with the nutrients it needs. It can also offer skin benefits that other products also offer, but with less work. The COSRX Cooling Aqua Facial Mist is the ideal product you want to get on board with this Spring. It has anti-inflammatory properties to heal and soothe the skin, and has the ability to accelerate skin cell regeneration. This mist is extremely light in consistency and absorbs into the skin quicker than water. It takes seconds to treat your skin and help restore it to normal.
2. Changing your cleanser
Something so simple like changing your cleanser can make a big difference to your skin. Depending on your skin type, a different cleanser can offer benefits.
If you have combination or oily skin, you may consider using a purifying cleanser to prevent clogged pores and skin breakouts. It will also help to keep your oil levels at bay and even brighten your skin. The Pyunkang Yul Acne Facial Cleanser does a great job at doing all of that! It contains Willow Bark Water, Tannins, Green Tea and other botanical ingredients to do this and also give you a smooth, soft and healthy complexion.
However, if you have drier skin, you may want something that balances and maintains the hydration levels in your skin while also cleaning your skin. Hence a low pH cleanser or a hydrating cleanser can do just the trick! The COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser has been a cult favourite for many people. It gives you the moisture you need as well as leaving your skin feeling clean and soft. If you have oily skin, this cleanser also works well for you.
Now, if you easily get allergic reactions or tend to get hypersensitive during Spring, you need to be using a cleanser that has hypoallergenic properties and is gentle to not start irritations. The Dear, Klairs Rich Moist Foam Cleanser is just for you! It contains Hyaluronic Acid to give you the hydration you need, Ceramide to retain the moisture while having the Tea Tree Oil to calm and soothe the skin as well.
3. Toner it up!
Spring is notorious for its ability to give innocent people dry, rough, itchy skin. Due to the sudden change in climate, your skin reacts to it and as a result you may get some dry patches that weren’t there before. Lucky for you, there is a quick and easy solution for this! If you dash some toner onto a thin cotton pad, you can place it precisely over your dry patches. Let it settle and sit on your skin for about 10-15 minutes (like you would with a sheet mask), and watch miracles happen as you peel off the cotton pad. By doing this, you replenish the water levels specifically in the areas that you need it and help restore your skin. The best toner for this is the Dear, Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner. Its consistency is perfect to lay on a cotton pad and it has the perfect ingredients to work for all skin types.
Also consider using cotton pads that hold the product rather than absorb it, so they deliver the most product to your skin. Some great cotton pads for this would be the Pyunkang Yul 1/3 Cotton Pad. These pads require you to only use a third of product you would normally use!
4. A sheet mask a day, keeps the bad skin away!
You don’t need to read this blog post to know the positive effects that a sheet mask can bring to your skin. These serum-packed sheets bring fast and efficient effects on the skin that you really need for Spring. It may repair and mend the skin problems that have just risen and help to enhance the complexion you deserve.
Depending on the ingredients and the properties that the sheet mask offers, it may brighten, hydrate, nourish or even soothe your skin. It truly is a remarkable product that does wonders and is something to be taking advantage of in the bloom of Spring.
5. Switching to a lighter formula/consistency
During Winter, products with a thicker consistency help us to retain the product in our skin. Now that it’s getting warmer, it’s time to let your skin breathe a little; use products with a lighter consistency. But this ultimately depends on what your skin is feeling. If you still feel a tightness in your skin, it may be craving for the richer and thicker formula.
This advice is generally targeted towards you choosing your moisturiser. We suggest using something like the Dear, Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream or the Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel. These products are very effective and have a light consistency that absorb into the skin quickly. They soothe the skin from inflammation and redness, and also work really well under makeup.
6. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!
The Winter blues might have left your skin looking dull, tired and flaky. But if you read our last blog post, we gave you the solution to correcting that. Exfoliation is traditionally seen as stripping your skin of dead skin cells but it is so much more than that. It’s about renewing the skin with new skin cells by promoting skin cell regeneration and giving yourself radiant, smooth and beautiful skin! Read more on how you can achieve this by clicking here to be directed to our “Ultimate Guide to Exfoliation”.
For some, it’s not as easy as switching up your products to cope with the arrival of Spring. There are skin concerns that are directly linked to the seasonal change and these include, Eczema and Dermatitis. These are not an allergy per say, but are skin problems that are aggravated by the exposure of allergens such as dust, mites, pollen and more. The skin responds to these allergen triggers by leaving you with dry, rough patches on areas that have the least defensive barrier. Research has found that although Eczema may be hereditary, there are some simple steps you can take to reducing the symptoms.
- Avoid any triggers as much as possible or wear protective layers to prevent your skin getting in contact with the allergens.
- Use products that not only hydrate and have ceramides in it, but also are hypoallergenic and made for sensitive skin. These formulations are specifically tested to avoid any triggers and are gentle for the skin.
- Right after cleansing, showering or being in contact with water, you must hydrate, hydrate and hydrate your skin! You want to lock in the moisture levels as much as possible by applying a moisturiser.
- Avoid using fabrics or cloths that tend to fluff or shed. Also, change your bedsheets and pillowcases more often than you would with other seasons. Dust build up may occur and you want to minimise the risk as much as possible.
- Wear sunscreen before you leave the house and reapply sunscreen every hour or so (depending on the SPF levels in your product as well as the activities you partake in).
Of course, it’s always best to seek advice from your dermatologist. Also seek their advice on what ingredients or products you should be avoiding.
If you can manage to pinpoint what skin problems you are having in the break of Spring and also be consistent with your skincare routine, you will definitely see a clear difference in your skin. Within days, you can see results of restoring your skin to how you want it to be!
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This blog was written by Biscuits n Makeup – a Sydney beauty & skincare blogger who guest blogs for us. She helps us to educate our readers with her extensive skincare knowledge. Check out her own blog site here where you’ll find detailed product reviews of popular Korean beauty and Western beauty products!
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