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- When winter turns to spring, just like we naturally adjust our wardrobes to adapt to the new temperatures, our skin-care routines could use a reboot to help our skin adjust to the new climate .
- To transition your skin-care routine from winter to spring, swap out heavy products for more lightweight options that provide the same skin-soothing ingredients, without adding extra oil and grease.
- Keep reading for 25 great serums, cleansers, moisturizers, exfoliants, and sunscreens that are perfect for warmer weather.
April showers bring May flowers — and warmer temperatures, higher UV levels, and humidity. You’ve probably already swapped your parka for a jean jacket and traded in your wool sweaters for cotton tees to deal with the change in climate. But just like your wardrobe, your skin deserves an update, too.
Heat and humidity increase oil production, which means your skin care may require an adjustment. The moisturizer you relied on to combat winter dryness likely too heavy this time of year. And, while a moisturizer with SPF 15 was enough to protect your skin from winter’s UV rays, you probably need something a little stronger now that the sun is out.
The point is, while we may be more than ready to run right into sunny spring, our skin needs a little more time to adapt. Picking products that target these new, seasonal concerns can help our skin transition more seamlessly.
Luxury beauty retailer Bluemercury outlined the tips and tricks you should know to update your skin-care routine for spring. Using its guidance as our inspiration, we rounded up a selection of products across all price-points that’ll help your skin adjust to the slew of picnics, beach outings, and sunny days to come.
Keep reading for 25 products to swap into your skin-care routine for spring.
The swap: Cold weather calls for creamy cleansers that boost dry skin with added moisture. With temperatures rising, our skin doesn’t need quite as much help in that department — it naturally produces more oil on its own. Instead of using a thick, hydrating cleanser, opt for something more lightweight like a gel formula. An oil-removing cleanser can also help control excess sebum for a less oily complexion all-around. These options will still give your skin a deep clean and keep it hydrated without adding excess oil in these already oil-inducing months.
- If you’re on the go: M-61 Perfect Cleansing Cloths, $24
- If you’re on a budget: Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser, $7.11
- If you’re in on the trend: Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, $18
- If you’re going green: Korres Wild Rose Foaming Cleanser, $28
- If you’re feeling dull: Tatcha The Deep Cleanse, $38
The swap: In the winter, our skin drinks up the hydration from thick moisturizers and face creams. In the spring and summer, our skin naturally produces more oil and retains moisture better than in the colder months. Still, you should definitely use a moisturizer. There’s a common misconception that oily skin doesn’t need moisturizer, as it will just add grease and shine. In reality, if you don’t moisturize at all, your skin will probably produce even more oil to compensate for lack of hydration. The solution? A lightweight moisturizer that absorbs quickly and delivers skin-soothing and plumping ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, and marine algae to give you that summer glow.
- If you’re looking to splurge: La Mer The Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream, $175
- If you’re a frequent flyer: Caudalie Vinosource Mattifying Moisturizer, $39
- If you’re on a budget: The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors, $11.60
- If you’re going green: Boscia Cactus Water Moisturizer, $38
- If you’re looking for simplicity: Neutrogena Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer, $8.62
The swap: Serums make a great addition to your skin-care routine in the winter — they penetrate deeply into the skin, packing a nutrient-rich punch with just a few drops. You don’t have to give up serums come spring- or summertime, but you should consider opting for a more lightweight formula. Oil-based serums are great for locking in moisture in the winter, but with higher temperatures and humidity, we need to let our skin breathe. Swap out your winter serum for one that’s water-based instead. You’ll get all of the same benefits of the ingredients, but without the added weight — which can lead to greasy skin and breakouts.
- If you’re looking to splurge: Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum, $300
- If you’re on a budget: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, $6.80
- If you’re acne-prone: Mario Badescu Anti-Acne Serum, $20
- If you’re going green: Edible Beauty No. 3 Exotic Goddess Ageless Serum, $57
- If you’re feeling dull: Glossier Super Glow, $28
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