Now that spring has finally sprung, it’s time to get ready to refresh and renew. Giving yourself a little springtime self-care is essential for keeping you healthy and happy all season long. That doesn’t just mean swapping out heavy knitwear and winter coats, it also means editing your current beauty collection, switching to clean beauty products.
With a new season comes new weather, that also means changes in your environment. Spring means warmer temperatures and more sunlight, higher humidity levels. During the change of season, your skin is bound to experience changes and have different needs. That’s why when it comes to maintaining a clean, clear complexion in spring, it’s important to focus on revamping two main areas: your skincare products and your daily skincare regimen. It may sound intimidating at first, but with a few simple steps, your skin will be ready for spring in no time!
Simple Steps to Spring Clean Your Skincare Stash
Step 1: Purge the Untouched, Unloved & Unwanted
It’s critical to adjust your skincare products as you transition from winter to spring. But, before you can purchase the new, you must first get rid of the old. Begin by purging any untouched, unloved, and unwanted skincare products you’ve stored in your bathroom cabinet for at least a year. Even if you haven’t opened or used them yet, most skincare products can only stay good for up to a year before they expire. Once this happens, a product not only loses its efficacy, but it also compromises the health of your skin as you continue to use it. Well, what’re you waiting for? Get tossing!
Step 2: Date-Check Your Skincare Supplies
After you’ve completed step one, you’re reading to move on to the second part of your purging process. For this step, you will want to focus on date-checking the rest of your skincare supplies to further help you decide which products to get rid of.
Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to truly know the shelf-life of these items as most skincare products aren’t listed with a specific expiration date. Instead, they are typically labeled with a period-after-opening symbol that tells consumers how long a product will remain good for after it’s been opened.
If you’re like most people, you probably haven’t been keeping track of this, causing you and many other people to use products that are well-passed their prime. For that reason, it’s essential to date-check your skincare supplies using a free cosmetic calculator available online. This tool will allow you to make sense of your specific PAO symbol by analysing the batch code of your product and its associated brand. At this stage you will also want to clean or throw out any linen face cloths or skin brushes you have.
Step 3: Determine Your New Skincare Staples for Spring
Now comes the fun part, determining your new skincare staples for spring! To do this, consider things like your skin type and how it normally responds to changes in your environment. Is your skin usually dry in the winter but oily in the spring and summer? Is it acne-prone? Asking yourself these types of questions will provide you with some direction on the types of products to look for.
Additionally, you should also think about how you want to treat your skin concerns and what skincare products and ingredients you’ll need to do so. For instance, if you generally have oily skin all-year-round, you may struggle to combat breakouts as the seasons’ transition and the weather gets nicer. In this case, you’ll likely want to search for an acne formula containing retinol as this ingredient works to prevent dead skin cells from clogging your pores and reduce acne. If you have sensitive skin you will most likely want to opt for perfume-free products from Liz Earle. Do your research and find the right product to fit your skins particular needs. A company like Green People offers a range of skincare solutions, all natural and all beautifully made to cater for specific needs.
Whatever your skin type, just remember that mindfulness is a key component in determining your seasonal skincare staples, so be sure to take some time to assess before splurging on any new products.
Step 4: Update Your Daily Skincare Regimen
Spring cleaning your skincare isn’t all about purging and splurging, it’s also about updating your daily skincare regime! Using your new and improved skincare stash, it’s time to officially put your products to the test.
Everyone has their own steps they like to follow when performing their morning and nighttime skincare routine. You can read about my organic skincare routine in my previous post. Some people prefer to keep it simple and straightforward, whereas others prefer to indulge in an extensive, self-pampering routine. There is no one-size fits all when it comes to skincare, as each one of us has very individual needs when it comes to our skincare, so long as it’s serving its purpose in supporting your skin, do what works for you.
It’s necessary to update your routine as you shift into spring. Besides new products, you may also want to try adding or removing a few skincare steps to better acclimatise your skin to the new season. For example, with more hours of daylight and higher levels of humidity, your skin may require more exfoliation and perhaps, an extra layer of sunscreen. Take time to research natural skincare companies and find one that matches your individual needs. Stay at home, stay healthy and indulge in a little self-care moment.
“Wildflower; pick up your pretty little head, It will get easier, your dreams are not dead.”– Nikki Rowe