It doesn’t feel like it on the East Coast, but it is, in fact, spring. Even if we have to endure a few more weeks of heavy coats, sludgy rain, and not-iced coffees, the temperature will soon rise from the 40s to the 50s, the 50s to the 60s, and happiness will be restored.
I’m obviously not here to talk to you about seasonal affective disorder. I’m here to talk about what spring means for your beauty routine. Changes in the weather tax the skin, and since you’ve been cooped up all winter, sudden exposure to sun and humidity can take a serious toll. But, if you alter your routine accordingly, you can ease seamlessly into the warmer months. Up top, here’s what that means: Consider switching to a lighter-weight moisturizer so that you won’t feel greasy, be extra diligent about applying sunscreen (as you’ll likely be outdoors more often), and my favorite part, celebrate the end of winter by introducing some fun, springy color palettes into your makeup routine. To help with the transition, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite products that, like iced coffees and trench coats, help me feel cheerful and ready for spring.
First and foremost, let’s talk moisturizers, because it’s vitally important when it comes to beauty spring cleaning. Heavy-duty moisturizers, when you don’t need them, can make you look super shiny and greasy. As temperatures increase, it’s important to include a less intense moisture product so that you look dewy, but not oily. This is particularly important for those with normal or oily skin. As a permanently dry-skinned girl, I personally don’t remove heavier moisturizers completely out of my routine, but rather throw a lighter one in the rotation. This is my go-to. On days where I’m not using my Tatcha Recovery Cream or Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid (my heavier moisturizers), this Tula Hydrating Day and Night Cream is my girl. It’s hydrating without feeling heavy on the skin, and it doesn’t give you that sticky, wet look. It’s also packed with vitamin E and retinol, so not only is it not going to break you out, it will actually help with skin restoration.
For oily skin, this moisturizer is a really ideal spring purchase. It’s super lightweight, but filled with hyaluronic acid and watermelon, which promote hydration and soothing. I like to use this more as a serum — a quick pump for a tiny extra kick of hydration on days I need it — when spring throws us some wind chill.
Exfoliating when the weather gets warmer is another thing to be wary of. It’s not yet summer, so your skin isn’t going to be exposed to incredibly harsh sunlight yet, but chances are you’ll be spending more time outside than usual in the next few months. And seeing as exfoliating makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight, it is something to be cautious of. I exfoliate twice a day (it’s a lot, but my dermatologist approved that usage). If your regimen demands a good exfoliator, I suggest that in warmer months you sub in a hardworking exfoliant to use just once or twice a week (depending on what your skin can handle), instead of your daily one. This Babyfacial from Drunk Elephant is a cult classic, and really gets the job done. This is one of those products where it really feels like you’re getting your money’s worth because it’s jam-packed with AHAs and some BHAs, so this wash-off exfoliant will smoothen, brighten, and just generally fix your skin. You should be careful with her — she is intense. I use this once every two weeks and hydrate my skin thoroughly afterward.
My trusty, go-to Neogen pads are my favorite light exfoliant, which you guys probably know by now. But if you don’t, it’s a light but effective exfoliant that smells great and gives great smoothing and brightening results. You can use this more frequently than the above, as it’s less intense.
I’m very passionate about sunscreen, so much so that I’ll soon be dedicating an entire post to them for different skin types. However, SPF is critical when we’re talking about temperatures heating up, so I thought I’d throw you a bone and include one of my favorites here. From my all-time favorite brand Cosrx, I present to you their Aloe Soothing Sunscreen. It’s 50 SPF and super light — it’s not one of those sunscreens you can feel or smell on your skin all day. It also will absolutely not break you out because, come on, Cosrx would never do that to us.