Spring is a perfect time to review what products you are using. Take stock of what works and what doesn’t with the intention of finding products that will see your skin seamlessly through the summer months.
TIP #1 Switch Up Your Moisturiser
Depending on where you live, your winter moisturizer might start feeling a little too rich. Spring would be the time to start researching a lighter alternative. It might even mean switching brands in order to find the right fit. Some manufacturers develop both richer and lighter weight formulations. These are useful as they essentially have all the same beneficial ingredients, just with a different base. We wish more product companies would do this, as our skin’s can change according to climate and other environmental factors. Look at the Lamelle Nourish or NeoStrata’s Restore ranges (Bionic Cream vs Bio-Hydrating Cream) as examples of these.
TIP #2 Find Your Perfect Sunscreen
Finding the perfect spring/summer sunscreen is another one that warrants some careful thought and consideration. You might want a more mattifying sunscreen that includes a tint. Tinted sunscreens contain physical filters like Zinc Oxide which has been shown to reduce skin damage caused by visible light and infrared radiation (heat) which is obviously more of a concern in the warmer months. Blocking these forms of UV is important in preventing pigmentation. A mattifying, oil-free formula might be better for summer, as people generally sweat more which doesn’t always sit well with a richer, hydrating sunscreen that might contain an oil. That said, it is completely dependant on your individual skin type, as well as personal preference.
TIP #3 Organize Your Skin Stash
Sometimes we just need a bit of clarity so we can see the woods for the skincare trees! We all want to be better optimized and organized in our personal routines, there is just no time for over-complication in modern day life. Clarity can also prevent us from falling into some of the traps we’ve found ourselves in before. (Think flash sale! scenario – products we knew in the back of our mind we either didn’t love before, or weren’t completely clued-up on, but we went for the discount anyway … with mostly disappointment on the other side).
Take stock by organzing your proudcts into 3 categories:
- Products I love = can’t live without (schedule or plan for your next purchase)
- Products I find ok = could potentially find better (start researching alternatives)
- Products I haven’t used in the last 6 months = give away (they might work better for someone else)
TIP #4 Book an Appointment with a Dermatologist
As we start wearing fewer layers of clothing we become more aware of any changes (e.g. to moles) that may have occurred during the winter months. Remember that your skin is at its highest risk during summer, so it is best to be proactive when it comes to any concerns you might have, so do a check-in with your Derm.
TIP #5 Are you prone to Allergies?
Skin conditions like eczema often flare up in spring due to an increase in airborne allergens. People with a reactive skin might thus find themselves feeling itchy or uncomfortable. Topical products that soothe and support such conditions are always advisable at this time of year. Look for ones that come in sterile packaging and contain no preservatives or a fragrance. Your products should contain minimalist formulations that use ceramides and fatty acids to support the skin barrier, preventing it from being inflammed, red, itchy or dry.
TIP #6 Sun Warning! Don’t overdo it
Your skin is at the highest risk of burning the first time you expose it to the sun again. This not only usually catches us off guard, but is the most damaging to our skin. Polymorphous light eruption is a common condition that presents in an extremely uncomfortable itchy-like rash and is the result of not protecting the skin properly upon first exposure to UV rays after winter. Double up on protection by taking oral capsules with UV protection properties when heading outdoors for the first time, in addition to liberally applying a high-factor, broad-spectrum sunscreen.