As we shift from the colder months into the warmer, more humid climate of spring, our skin may begin to respond in different ways. Although our skin type and concerns may stay relatively constant, the change in seasons can affect the behavior of our skin.
This is because the humidity levels in the air can impact the moisture levels in our skin, causing it to become more hydrated. Additionally, increased exposure to sunlight during the spring months can also impact our skin, making it more susceptible to damage and hyperpigmentation. It's important to adjust our skincare routine accordingly to keep our skin healthy and happy.
Phyla’s estheticians came up with some tips for transitioning your skincare routine from winter to spring:
Using a lighter moisturizer in the spring can help prevent excess oil production, while still keeping your skin hydrated and healthy. Look for a moisturizer that is specifically formulated for oily or combination skin, as these will typically be lighter in texture and less likely to clog your pores.
We love the Phluff Moisturizer, especially during the warmer months. It’s formulated with jojoba oil, which closely resembles the sebum produced by our skin. This similarity allows the moisturizer to regulate sebum production and signal to our skin that it doesn't need to produce excess sebum for hydration. Additionally, the liquid crystal structure of this moisturizer replicates the bilayer of our skin cells without clogging the skin with excessive oil, which helps to maintain optimal moisture levels throughout the day.
Exfoliation is an essential part of any skincare routine as it helps remove dead skin cells, unclogs pores, and promotes cell turnover. During the winter months, skin tends to be drier and more sensitive, so it's important to be cautious when using exfoliating products. However, as the weather gets warmer in the Spring, the skin starts to produce more oil, making it the perfect time to incorporate a gentle exfoliator into your skincare routine.
When selecting an exfoliator, look for a product that is gentle and non-abrasive. Physical exfoliants, such as scrubs, can be too harsh on the skin and cause micro-tears, leading to irritation and inflammation. Instead, opt for a chemical exfoliant, such as an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), that will dissolve dead skin cells without the need for physical scrubbing.
Did you know our Phresh Cleanser is a gentle exfoliating formula that’s enriched with 2% salicylic acid and tea tree oil? It's an ideal first step in any skincare routine because it removes surface impurities and purifies the skin without compromising its natural oils or causing excessive dryness.
The gentle exfoliating action of Phresh effectively sloughs off dead skin cells without causing damage to your skin. Infused with tea tree oil, it enhances the cleanser's antibacterial properties and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and revitalized. For those who have never used salicylic acid before, we suggest beginning with a nighttime application and gradually increasing usage as your skin becomes more accustomed to it.
Never forget your SPF.
Moderate sun exposure can have health benefits, such as helping our bodies produce vitamin D, which is essential for bone health and has been linked to a reduced risk of certain diseases. But, it's important to note that overexposure to the sun can cause damage to our skin over time, leading to premature aging and an increased risk of skin cancer.
During the spring, it's especially important to protect our skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. As the weather warms up and we spend more time outdoors, we are more likely to be exposed to the sun's rays for longer periods of time. Mineral sunscreen, which contains ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, forms a physical barrier on the skin that reflects or scatters the sun's rays, helping to prevent damage to the skin.
In addition to using sunscreen, it's also important to practice other sun-safe behaviors, such as seeking shade during peak sun hours (usually between 10am and 4pm), wearing protective clothing like hats, and avoiding tanning beds. By taking these precautions, we can enjoy the benefits of moderate sun exposure while minimizing the risk of skin damage.
Go Au Naturale.
When the weather gets warmer in the Spring, wearing heavy makeup can be uncomfortable and even detrimental to your skin's health. As you sweat more and your pores become more open, heavy makeup can clog your pores and contribute to breakouts.
Switching to a lighter, more breathable makeup during the Spring months can help prevent these issues. Look for water-based products, which are less likely to clog your pores and consider using a tinted moisturizer instead of a heavy foundation.
You may also want to switch to a lighter powder to set your makeup, as heavy powders can also contribute to clogged pores and breakouts. Overall, the key is to allow your skin to breathe during the warmer Spring months while still providing some coverage.
Hydration is an essential aspect of maintaining healthy skin throughout the year, but it becomes even more crucial during the spring season. As the weather gets warmer, our bodies tend to lose more water through sweat and evaporation, leading to dehydration if we don't drink enough water. Dehydration can cause a range of skin issues, including dryness, flakiness, and premature aging, making it essential to keep our skin well-hydrated.
It's important to prioritize consistent hydration throughout the day rather than consuming a large amount of water all at once. Consistent hydration allows the body to transport essential nutrients and excrete toxins that can lead to inflammation over time.
The general rule of thumb for daily water intake is to consume about half your body weight (in pounds) in ounces. For instance, if you weigh 200 pounds, you would need to drink around 100 ounces of water daily to meet your hydration needs. However, individual water needs may vary depending on factors such as age, activity level, and overall health.
Aside from drinking water, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can provide essential vitamins and antioxidants that nourish the skin from within. Using a humidifier can also add moisture to the air, preventing dryness and keeping your skin hydrated.
Our skin can be affected by seasonal changes, particularly during the transition from winter to spring. The increased humidity and sunlight exposure can impact our skin's moisture levels and make it more susceptible to damage and hyperpigmentation. Following these tips can help keep our skin healthy and vibrant during the spring season!