How To Transition Your Skincare Routine From Winter To Spring

Alessandro Zeno

Weather plays a significant role when selecting skincare products. As winter is currently wreaking havoc on our skin, we’ve gotten accustomed to slathering on every type of heavy-duty cream, oil and serum to deter ourselves from a scaly complexion. However—believe it or not—spring is creeping up on us and as we start to adapt to warmer temps, our skin should do the same to embrace the change, not freak out from it. To get some insight on which products to use during the transition, we tapped Sunday Riley, the beauty maven behind her well-loved eponymous line, to tell us exactly how to introduce adjustments to our skincare regimen once the warmth hits.


"In the winter, skin can get dehydrated and dull in response to a colder climate and overall lack of moisture in the air. As the season changes to spring, people with drier skin may notice a lackluster complexion from the buildup of dead skin cells, along with an unwelcome onslaught of dehydration-caused fine lines. Normal to oilier skin types may find that their skin becomes oilier with uneven dry patches, due to a combination of rising humidity levels and winter-weary buildup, along with an increase in breakouts. Overall, there is a need to find a new sense of balance."


"As we approach spring, opt for products that brighten, exfoliate and hydrate to combat dehydration and dullness remaining from winter. My go-to brightening ingredient is alpha-arbutin, found in our new Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream. For exfoliation, my holy grail ingredients are purified AHAs, like lactic acid, enzymes and retinoids. Lactic acid, the primary ingredient in Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment, and retinoids work in a similar way to exfoliate the surface of the skin, but also work beneath to support healthy collagen for a plump, visibly youthful, even-toned complexion. In terms of hydration, it's important to incorporate humectants such as hyaluronic acid to bring water into your skin. One gram can hold six liters of water, which means not only is your skin drenched in hydration, but lines are visibly plumped."


"All skin types are prone to irritation as the weather switches. It's important to exfoliate daily when switching into spring, but instead of relying on physical exfoliants, use chemical exfoliants. If you are experiencing irritation or redness, feel free to dilute the exfoliant or alter the application technique to ease any irritation risk."


"As the weather warms up, reduce the amount of rich cream and add in a revitalizing, anti-aging retinoid oil to help seal in moisture while fighting lines, wrinkles and dead skin cells."


"This means your skin is dehydrated, which equates lack of water, not a lack of oil. You'll need to exfoliate and clarify, while making sure to incorporate humectants into your routine. Humectants, like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, draw water from the air into your skin."


"A change in weather is an external factor that can instigate skin conditions like redness for people with sensitive skin. It's best to be proactive and use a calming product or ingredient, like blue tansy. Luna Sleeping Night Oil is a favorite of our clients with sensitive skin because it balances exfoliation with calming blue tansy and German chamomile for the appearance of visibly reduced redness."


"Oils are year-round. I recommend a skin-refining retinoid oil, which treats and transforms your skin without excessive greasiness. And never forget SPF!"

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