Just as we change up our wardrobe for spring, the new season also requires a slightly different skincare routine. As much as we might try to fight it, the weather has an adverse effect on our skin. Environmental stressors including UV, humidity, urban pollution and even factors as simple as temperature can change the way our skin looks and functions, so a new season means a fresh skincare regime.
Winter, despite the rain, is the driest of the seasons as far as humidity goes, which means our skin is also at its driest. Where winter skin care is all about heavy hydration and exfoliation, spring calls for lighter products, amped up sun protection and the need for a deeper cleanse.
Ready to change up your skincare routine from winter to spring? Here’s what you’ll need.
- A deep pore cleanser
Acne occurs when our pores are clogged, and there’s nothing quite like a bit of sweat to clog a pore. As the temperature steadily increases as we move further into spring, it’s important to really thoroughly cleanse the skin to ensure your pores are as clean and clear as possible. A great cleanser will rid your skin of the sweat, bacteria and makeup that may have accumulated on your skin throughout the day, but don’t underestimate the power of a thorough morning cleanse too- we naturally sweat a bit in our sleep, so a quick cleanse first thing in the morning will give you the cleanest possible canvas to start the day.
Our Purify Facial Cleanser is rich in natural antibacterial ingredients, making it perfect for skin that starts to get a little oilier as the temperature heats up.
- A spot treatment
Sometimes no matter how thoroughly and religiously we cleanse, a little spot will come to visit during the springtime. For this reason, we recommend having a quick, effective, natural spot treatment on hand in case a skincare disaster strikes. Our Rescue Acne Cream is the ultimate alternative to traditionally harsh, chemical-packed spot treatments. It contains a natural ingredient known as Golden Seal which has a 99.9% kill factor on the bacteria that causes acne in as little as 30 minutes, so it heals pimples without damaging the skin like bleaching agents such as Benzoyl Peroxide can.
The Rescue Acne Cream draws out blackheads trapped beneath the surface of the skin and physically absorbs excess oil, making it the perfect spring skin salve. You can also use it to treat larger problem areas of skin, as opposed to just spots, so it’s a handy one to keep in the cupboard to combat the changes in the skin that often come hand in hand with changes in the weather.
- A lighter moisturiser
Your skin cries out for hydration during winter as the cool air sucks the moisture from within your precious pores. This feeling of tightness and flakiness pushes us to apply layers of thick moisturisers- layers that need to be pared back as things heat up again. For spring, swap out your rich creams for a moisturiser with a lighter texture, such as our Boost Balancing Moisturiser.
If your skin is feeling uncomfortably oily in this spring sunshine, don’t give into the temptation to forgo moisturiser altogether. When we deprive our skin of hydration, our skin kicks its oil production into overdrive, which can make oily skin issues even worse. The Boost Balancing formula is perfect for oily skin because, as its name suggests, it works to balance and control your skin’s oil levels. It’s also rapidly absorbed into the skin so it won’t leave your skin feeling sticky, greasy or weighed down, and its antibacterial qualities work to fight potentially acne-causing bacteria.
- Amp up your SPF
It’s essential to wear sun protection whatever the weather, however come spring it’s worth amping up that coverage. Sun damage, even if your skin doesn’t appear burnt, alters the skin well beneath its surface– a layer than can’t be healed topically. Sun damage leads to premature visible ageing, moles and sunspots and, at its worst, skin cancer.
Your best defense is a great sunscreen, ideally with sun protection factor of 50+. There are so many sunscreens on the market, but they’ll all fall in to one of two categories- chemical or physical. Chemical sunscreens will absorb UV rays but transform those rays into heat, while physical sunscreens (namely zincs) work as a mirror to bounce those rays right off you.
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