The Ultimate Spring Skincare Guide

Posted by Dr. Patrick Proffer on May 11, 2021

Spring is well underway in the Texas Panhandle, and you know what that means. Time for more bipolar weather!

Sunny one day. Rainy and cool the next. The only thing we can predict about Spring is that it’s going to be unpredictable. 

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So what does the change in seasons mean for your skin? In this blog, we’ll talk through the most common ways springtime affects your skin. Plus, you’ll learn common mistakes people make when they switch up their routine for spring weather.

Now is the time to banish your lackluster winter complexion and pamper your skin back to springtime suppleness. Read on to learn more!

How Spring Weather Affects The Skin

Many of us wonder how spring weather can impact our skincare routines. Does it really make a difference?

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According to research, yes! Changes in weather can have a drastic impact on your skin’s moisture level, breakouts, wrinkles, and more. 

Here’s what we mean:

  • More Exposure to UV Rays – Getting outdoors more often means your skin will see more of the sun and its harmful UV rays. If you don’t apply sunscreen, especially when heading out on spring’s sunny days, you’re at risk for sun damage and sunburns.
  • More Breakouts from Sweating – You’re sure to be getting more exercise this spring and the increased activity will make your skin more prone to breakouts. Even after a brisk walk your pores could be clogged from sweat. It’s easy to forget to wash your skin thoroughly each day with a gentle cleanser, but you’re more at risk for acne and clogged pores.
  • More Irritation – Springtime allergies can cause itchy, swollen eyes, or runny, watery noses that require your hands to come into contact with your skin more frequently. Dirt and bacteria can easily transfer from your hands onto your skin, clogging your pores and even causing fine lines and wrinkles. Protect your skin by treating springtime allergies as soon as possible.
  • Increased Oil Production – More activity in the humid springtime air can increase your skin’s natural oil production. This is especially a problem for those with oily skin. Lighter lotions and serums will still moisturize your skin but won’t interfere with the natural oil in your skin and cause breakouts to occur.

Just as we adjust how we care for our skin in winter to protect against the cold dry outdoor air and the dry indoor heat, switching up our skincare routines in the spring is a must! 

Making simple changes in your skincare routine can help reduce skin irritations, breakouts, and other aggravating skin problems that result from temperature changes, increased sun exposure, and rising humidity levels in the spring.

8 Products That Can Improve Your Skin In Time For Summer

What skincare products are must-haves for spring? Here are just a few.

Milder Light Cleansers

Gel cleansers or foaming water facial cleansers are great options for spring because they’re lighter, milder, and won’t strip your skin of its natural oils and moisture.

Gentler Exfoliators

Over-exfoliation can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. An exfoliator with a little glycolic acid will help remove dead cells from the top layer of your skin, transforming rough and dry surfaces into a smooth, perfectly moisturized complexion.

Water-Based Serums

Trading in the oil-based serum you used for winter skin for a water- or aloe-based one will give your skin all of the concentrated nutrients of a serum without the heaviness. Your skin can also absorb water-based serums more quickly, so they’re perfect for daytime use.

Lightweight Moisturizers

A lightweight moisturizer will protect your springtime skin from the effects of more sweat and sun exposure, which can dehydrate your skin. A water-based moisturizer or a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid helps attract more water without making the skin too oily.

Facial Mists

Facial mists cool the skin, eliminate excessive sweating, and help keep the skin clean and clear of oils and harmful bacteria of unwashed hands that wipe away sweat.

Dedicated Sun Protection

Spring weather calls for the use of a sunscreen that is made for sun protection, not just an additive to moisturizer. Sun exposure is one of the leading causes of premature skin aging. Make sure to get a sunscreen that offers at least an SPF of 50.

Antioxidant-Rich Products

Skincare products that include antioxidants help prevent premature aging, sun damage, and pigmentation issues like sunspots, which are difficult to erase. Topical antioxidants like vitamin C can stabilize the free radicals and decrease the damage.

New or Sanitized Makeup and Skincare Tools

In addition to throwing out old products that have outlived their expiration dates, sanitizing your makeup and skincare tools like makeup brushes, face rollers, and sponges prevents product buildup that breeds germs and viruses.

At least once a week, use a UV sterilizer to decontaminate your tools or wash them in lukewarm water using a few drops of your favorite brush cleanser. If it’s been a while, buy new tools.


Most Common Spring Skincare Mistakes People Make

If you want your skin to have the spring sparkle you’re looking for, avoid these four spring skincare mistakes.

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  1. Not wearing the right SPF

Most skincare professionals agree: Wearing SPF all year round is a must. A daily SPF routine that’s tuned up for spring protects your skin from increased UV rays and can also delay the signs of aging. 

Not all SPF is the same. Look for a product that contains zinc oxide, as it’s more likely to prevent skin cancer. Choose an SPF 30 or higher. Don’t forget to protect sensitive areas like your neck that tend to age quicker than other areas.

  1. Forgoing lotion altogether

Avoid skipping lotion altogether because the replenishment helps hydrate skin that’s more exposed to sun and sweat. Your skin does get more of the hydration it needs from the spring weather, so choose a lighter lotion that will let your skin breathe better rather than a cream or balm. 

  1. Forgetting to exfoliate

The best way to clean off the remnants of damaged winter skin and remove the build-up of old, dull cells is exfoliation. Exfoliating at least once a week will reveal a brighter, fresher complexion and that healthy spring glow.

  1. Cutting back on serum

Sometimes serums are left on the shelf in favor of moisturizer but if you are prone to allergies in the spring, using a serum after you cleanse and before you apply moisturizer gives your skin an extra layer of defense against the elements. 

A serum packed with antioxidants can retexturize your skin, smooth wrinkles, even out skin tone, and soothe irritations.

 

Get Your Skincare Essentials From Proffer Surgical Associates

Aging skin that’s even more sensitive and temperamental from winter’s harsh conditions can wear away your confidence. And nothing is more frustrating and disappointing than trying countless skincare regimens without successful results, especially when spring is beckoning. Your skin deserves a new skincare routine at the beginning of every new season.

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Stop by The Spa at Proffer Surgical Associates today to get everything you need for soft, clear, youthful skin from spring through winter.

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