Steps to Freshen Up Your Spring Skincare Routine

Spring Skincare Routine Tips ISDIN
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Warm, chilly, sunny, rainy — this time of year, it seems like the weather can’t make up its mind. And when things get unpredictable, it’s best to have a routine you can still rely on. For your skin, that means a spring skincare routine that can weather all types of weather. Let’s get started.

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What might happen to my skin during spring?

The first thing you might notice is that your skin could use a reset. Months of cold, dry air can leave your complexion dull and dehydrated.

Fortunately, as temperatures rise and humidity returns, your skin tends to balance out its moisture levels naturally. Sebum (oil) production also increases.

But your complexion might need a helping hand to keep things in check. An uptick in oil production plus the pollutants, dirt, and pollen in the spring breeze can also make your skin feel a bit congested.

Sound like a balancing act? Add in the fact that sudden weather shifts can test your skin barrier’s strength, and you’ve got a lot to juggle. Not to worry — swapping out a few products in your spring skincare routine can help.

How to transition your skincare routine for spring - start with textures

How do I change my skincare routine for spring?

Spring marks the time to focus on two things: resetting your skin after winter, and prepping for the summer days to come. Here’s a step-by-step guide to get you started:

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Step 1: Use a balancing cleanser

First thing’s first — spring cleaning. Starting with a fresh palette makes sure the products we apply afterward work the way they’re intended to. Switch to cleanser formulas that remove impurities and makeup without altering the skin’s natural barrier.

AM: Ease into the day. Begin with a micellar cleansing water that’s hypoallergenic, suitable for sensitive skin, and fragrance-free.

ISDIN Micellar Solution

Our recommendation: Micellar Solution

PM: Reach for an oil formula for a gentle yet powerful cleanse. Cleansing oil binds to unwanted oils to help eliminate them while adding some much-needed hydration and antioxidant support.

Our recommendation: Essential Cleansing

Expert tip: If you opt for a gel or foam cleanser instead, check the label. Some cleansers that give you that squeaky-clean feeling actually contain strong surfactants. These can irritate the skin and throw its pH off balance.

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Step 2: Apply a refreshing eye contour cream

The skin around your eyes is some of the thinnest on your face. It can use a little extra love during this transitional season. Seek out hydrating, refreshing eye contour creams to blossom into your best look.

AM: Hyaluronic acid helps restore eye-area elasticity and moisture levels thanks to its high binding capacity to water. This hero ingredient can help combat the effects of constant temperature shifts.

Our recommendation: K-Ox Eyes

PM: Help the skin around your eyes start anew each day. Eye contour cream formulas with antioxidant melatonin can help combat oxidative stress caused by daily skin aggressors.

Our recommendation: Vital Eyes

ISDIN Vital Eyes Cream

Expert tip: Look for an eye cream featuring a cooling ceramic applicator for an extra feeling of freshness.

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Step 3: Add in an antioxidant serum

Antioxidants work overtime to help restore and refresh your complexion. They can help protect against damaging free radicals caused by the sun’s UVA & UVB rays. Plus, many antioxidants help your skin recapture its brightness and elasticity, leaving it looking and feeling revitalized.

AM & PM: Start with a vitamin C serum morning and night. Look for formulas featuring L-ascorbic acid: the natural form of vitamin C, and a potent antioxidant.

Our recommendation: Flavo-C Serum

ISDIN Flavo-C Serum for spring

Expert tip: Something to remember as the days get warmer — most vitamin C serums should be stored away from direct light and excessive heat.

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Step 4: Reach for a revitalizing moisturizer

Remember what we mentioned about your skin barrier? Just because winter’s (finally) over doesn’t mean it’s time to bench your moisturizers. Hydrating creams help boost your skin’s barrier function, right when you need it most.

AM: Better weather means more fun times spent out and about. Swap out your daytime moisturizer for a formula that both hydrates and helps protect against the damaging effects of pollution.

PM: When it comes to texture, now’s the time to listen to your skin. Spring can be both drying and cause more oil-production than usual depending on the weather and your skin type. Don’t be afraid to alternate between a lightweight moisturizer and a richer formula depending on your changing needs.

Hyaluronic Moisture for spring skin

Our recommendation: Find out which moisturizer is best for you with our quick quiz.

Expert tip: Turtleneck season is finally over, so don’t forget about your neck and decolleté. Moisturizing these areas supports hydration and elasticity.

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Step 5: Don’t forget the sunscreen

Whatever the season, whatever the weather, sunscreen is essential. Especially as cloudy, temperate days can be deceptive in the amount of UV radiation that’s actually reaching your skin.

AM: As the last step in your skincare routine or first step of your makeup routine, apply a broad spectrum sunscreen (meaning the formula protects against both UVA and UVB rays). And look for a texture that you’ll be happy to apply every single day.

Our recommendation: Eryfotona Ageless

Expert tip: Sunny, spring days call for spontaneity! Keep a travel-friendly sunscreen in your bag to reapply throughout the day (at least every two hours).

A few more spring skincare tips

AM: Get your vitamins. A diet rich in seasonal fruits and vegetables gives you a boost of antioxidants that help prep your skin for the summer. You can also help keep your skin healthy in spring by adding a skin supplement to your diet.

Our recommendation: SUNISDIN

PM: Add in exfoliation. Chemical exfoliants can penetrate the skin for deeper action than physical exfoliants like scrubs. Look for a gentle chemical exfoliant formula with glycolic acid. Swap out your nighttime serum step for exfoliation every so often to hit reset on skin’s texture and tone.

Our recommendation: Glicoisdin

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Amy is a content strategist who turned a part-time obsession with skincare into a full-time passion. Her experience as a creative storyteller includes a range of lifestyle and technology topics across Washington D.C. and Barcelona. What's in her travel bag? Eye contour cream and sunscreen, always.

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In addition to ten years as a primary care doctor, Aurora has over 23 years of experience developing and communicating healthcare products, most recently in dermo-cosmetics. She has co-authored many publications in dermatological journals and spoken at international health & beauty conferences. Ref: Colegio de Medicos de Madrid numero 282840102

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