We are all too familiar with winter skin woes, but now it’s finally spring and the warmer weather and milder conditions mean we don’t have to worry too much about our skincare anymore, right? Sadly, wrong. As it turns out spring (allergy season anyone??!) brings with it its own set of skin challenges — but don’t worry, we’ve outlined a few must-do’s so your skin can be as happy as you are this season.
1. Exfoliate more. Wintery conditions make skin dull and sallow, so make sure to exfoliate during this transition period to unveil soft, radiant skin. However, it’s important to make sure you don’t overdo it — be sure to use an extra gentle product that won’t hurt your skin. We love the Simple’s Skincare Smoothing Facial Scrub, which is formulated with hypoallergenic rice granules and is effective at removing surface dead cells without causing pain or irritation.
2. Switch to a lighter moisturizer: During warmer spring weather, our skin naturally retains more moisture and can even get a bit greasy, so switch from your heavy winter cream to something lighter to keep oil at bay. The Simple Hydrating Light Moisturizer is great since the texture is light but is packed with ingredients that keep your skin moisturized all day. If your skin still gets a bit oily though, especially as the days get even warmer, be sure to keep a pack of their new Oil Balancing Wipes on hand to freshen up.
3. Sunblock, sunblock, sunblock: The surprising fact is, if you’re not applying sunblock every 2 to 3 hours, you’re not effectively protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. Dermatologists agree that an SPF 30 is the minimum that you should be wearing — and don’t forget to cover all areas that could be exposed to the sun (hands, feet, ears… in fact a lot of sun damage-related cancer growths are found on the top of the ears… scary huh?). Also make sure your sunblock has both UVA AND UVB protection (the SPF only refers to UVB protection) so read those labels closely! Sunnier days mean more time outdoors, so don’t forget to lather up!
4. Watch out for extra sensitivity. If you have sensitive skin, spring is not really your friend (sorry). Those with pollen allergies will feel increased irritation during this time. Make sure your skincare products don’t irritate even further — look for products that cut out unnecessary chemicals and ingredients and that are formulated without alcohol, fragrances, oils, and dyes. While applying the right products topically will help, those who feel significant irritation should see their doctors and may need to take an oral antihistamine to alleviate severe symptoms.
This post was created in partnership with Simple Skincare.