4 Tips for Transitioning Your Skincare Needs from Winter to Spring

New season? New skincare. New wardrobe.

This winter has been particularly harsh and after months of complexion-dulling dryness, heat, stress, cold, and a not so great diet, it’s led to all kinds of troubles for my skin and I’m sure many of you feel the same.

I’m here to share with you 4 crucial tips on how to transition your skincare routine from winter to spring.

Exfoliate

Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peeling Mask

It may not appear so from the surface, but you have layers of dead skin cells on your face. When trying to get to the root of the problem of clogged pores or dull skin, you need to exfoliate.

I love using all kinds of exfoliating methods – pads, cleansers, masks, you name it all. My current favorites are: 1) Amore Pacific’s NEW enzyme peel (they just came out with a new and reformulated version of the cult favorite enzyme peel that is great for daily use. It comes in a powder form and so gentle that even sensitive skin can use this every day), and 2) Savor Beauty’s Pumpkin Enzyme Peel (This will burn and hurt when you use it – but think of it in a good way – it’s literally killing those dead skin cells off. After using this for just 2-3 minutes, you will notice a difference in how your skin looks).

Lighter Serums

Dr. Jart Peptidin Serums

Our skin holds more water in the spring and summer, so many of us won’t need to lather on heavy moisturizers. Replace those with a lighter, water-based serum. I love a good, lightweight serum and while I rotate through a ton of serums, the two that I just haven’t been able to stop reaching for are these Dr Jart Peptidin serums. It comes in two versions – radiance and firming. Formulated with eight-peptide complex and flower extracts, It’s the best for fighting dullness and uneven texture. It immediately plumps up your skin like no other.

Vitamins

Vitamins are something you need all year round but in the spring, your body and skin is in need of more vitamins that it’s been deprived of all winter. Make sure to eat your vitamins but also don’t forget to apply them topically on your skin. Even better? Pair your vitamin C with SPF to make that sun protection even stronger.

My long time favorite is OLEHENRIKSON’s Vitamin C serum. I found that it doesn’t oxidize as quickly as other vitamin C serums and feels so lightweight on the skin. I really notice the hyperpigmentation on my skin when I skip this for even a few days. Another new launch that I am very excited about is Volition Beauty’s Strawberry C serum. Apparently strawberries contain 14% more vitamin C than a single orange – who knew?!

SPF SPF SPF

Erno Laszlo Firmarine Moisturizer and Amore Pacific Tinted Moisturizer

It pains me that I still have to tell people to wear SPF every single day. But in the spring and summer, you’re exposed to even more and powerful sun rays, so amp up that SPF protection whether it’s in your moisturizer, foundation or primer. But these should absolutely not be a substitute for actual SPF, but only a supplement for extra protection.

When moisturizers (Erno Laszlo Firmarine Moisturizer) and tinted moisturizers (Amore Pacific Tinted Moisturizer) come with SPF, it’s really handy and I love it for the spring and summer.

– Ava Lee

Photos by Ava Lee

Edited by Susan Im

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