7 Tips to Get Your Skin Ready for Spring

Spring is here, and so are the seasonal acne breakouts — affecting up to 50% of people, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. New research from the face yoga app Luvly shows Google searches for “spring skincare” jumped by +194% in the past month which means that people are looking for ways to prevent possible breakouts.

Jillian Osborne, a certified beauty expert with over 15 years of experience at Luvly, the all-in-one face yoga app, explains: “Environmental factors greatly influence the look and health of our skin. Seasonal changes, UV radiation, humidity, pollution, and temperature all have an impact. As the climate shifts, it can be a real struggle to keep it glowing. Fluctuations in temperature and humidity can cause dryness and oiliness in equal measure, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Simple measures — taking it slow, staying hydrated, and supplying your body with vital vitamins — can keep your skin looking its very best come rain or shine.”

7 things you MUST do this March to get your skincare routine spring-ready

1. Deep clean your skincare arsenal

“With spring on the horizon, winter’s treatments get pushed to the back of the shelves to make way for lighter textures.” Jillian explains. “But avoid the temptation to grab last year’s leftovers — Skincare products have a limited shelf life, so check the expiration date and period-after-opening (PAO) symbol inside the jar. While you’re at it, look out for ingredients such as retinol or vitamin C, which lose effectiveness over time (even when they’re in date).”

“Seasonal shifts are the perfect opportunity to use up the remainder of last season’s products. Rather than using winter products one day and spring products the next, alternate between them. For example, use your spring moisturizer in the morning and winter moisturizer in the evening. This prevents product waste and removes the temptation to keep leftovers that will inevitably spoil.” She added.

“Also, spring clean your brushes with a gentle brush cleanser or mild soap to remove any buildup of makeup, oil, and bacteria. Allow them to air dry thoroughly before storing them in a clean, dry container to prevent mould and bacteria growth.”

2. Hydration, hydration, hydration

“While warmer seasons call for lighter textures, avoid overhauling your skincare routine at the first sight of sunshine. Gradually change your routine depending on how dry or oily your skin becomes. You might still need richer moisturizers to repair the skin barrier and address any residual dryness from winter. Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and ceramides also work wonders, locking in hydration,” Said Jillian. “These innovative formulations mimic the body’s natural components, such as collagen, elastin, and hyaluronan, enhancing your skin’s natural glow by replenishing essential nutrients and promoting elasticity.”

“Introduce one product at a time over several weeks, alternating between winter and spring products to enable the skin to adapt effectively. But don’t just rely on formulas — Hydrate from the inside out by drinking plenty of H20 ahead of the warmer weather.”

3. Exfoliate to renew

Jillian explained: “Chemical exfoliants such as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) dissolve dead skin cells, transforming dull, flaky winter skin into a smooth and radiant complexion. AHAs work by loosening the bonds between dead skin cells, while BHAs penetrate deeper into the pores, proving effective for oily and acne-prone skin. These exfoliants can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by promoting cell turnover and stimulating collagen production, resulting in a more youthful complexion.”

“However, don’t overdo it,” She warned. “Your skin will be sensitive as it recovers from the harsh winter. As spring approaches, consider reducing the frequency of exfoliation to once or twice a week to prevent over-sensitizing the skin. Remember, a washcloth is also an exfoliant, so use fewer scrubs if you generally use a cloth to cleanse. Additionally, always follow exfoliation with ample hydration and sun protection to maintain your renewed skin’s health.”

4.  Smother yourself in SPF protection

“Too much sun is awful for your skin. It needs protection… and lots of it. Apply SPF 30 or higher every two hours, especially when outdoors. But do you opt for a chemical filter, a lightweight formula, or hydrating protection? It depends on your skin type, preferences, and other products you use (we’re looking at you Retinol!). You need a solution that keeps your skin safe and healthy, so consider personal factors such as your sensitivity, oiliness, and specific skincare concerns,” Jillian added. 

“For acne-prone skin, consider oil-free, non-comedogenic formulas labeled “non-acnegenic” or “oil-free” to prevent clogged pores and breakouts. If you have sensitive skin, look for mineral sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, as they are less likely to irritate. Regardless of your choice, ensure it provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays — and don’t forget your ears and decolletage!”

5. Top up on vitamins

According to Jillian, the winter months starve us of vitamin D, impacting our skin health. “To replenish your supply, eat plenty of vitamin-rich foods such as fatty fish, fortified dairy products, and leafy greens. Vitamin C-rich foods such as citrus fruits can also help to combat winter-induced dullness. And add a sprinkle of nuts, seeds, and oils — full of vitamin E — which protects against oxidative damage,” Jillian added.

“These powerful antioxidants protect the skin from free radicals such as UV rays, pollution, and environmental aggressors, which damage cells and increase aging. With the right diet, your skin will thrive as spring arrives, leaving you radiant as you approach the new season.”

6. Try cold water therapy

“Cold water rinses, typically performed after cleansing and before applying products, can invigorate the skin. The cold water constricts blood vessels to remove toxins and reduce inflammation and tightens pores for a smoother appearance. This stimulates circulation, as well as your senses, leaving you with a healthy glow and full of energy.”

“Gradually introduce cold splashes to build tolerance, starting with 10 splashes and working your way up to a few minutes. If your hands are particularly sensitive, consider an ice globe you can keep in your fridge or freezer.” Said Jillian.

7. Detoxify your lymphatic system

“The lymphatic system plays a vital role in removing toxins from our bodies, and bad skin is a sure sign that it isn’t at its best. As winter ends, it needs a helping hand to adjust to the warmer weather and more time spent outdoors — so you need to drink plenty of water and exercise regularly. In addition, try dry brushing. Start at the center of the chin and brush gently outward in circular motions along the jaw towards the hairline. Sweep down the neck to the clavicle to move the lymph fluid away from your face.”

Jillian added: “Opt for a natural bristle brush specifically designed for facial use, with bristles firm enough to provide stimulation but soft enough to avoid irritation. Apply light pressure, and avoid the eyes and areas suffering from irritation or broken skin to avoid damaging your delicate facial skin. Dry brushing stimulates lymphatic drainage and removes dead skin cells, which trap harmful toxins underneath. It also promotes circulation, so incorporating this technique into your routine a few times a week will aid your glowing complexion in more ways than one.”

Amanda Bootes

Amanda Bootes is a lifestyle blogger and freelance writer from Kent. Amanda is also a trained chef who has a penchant for good food, late nights and flamboyant cocktails, as well as finding the most unique and exciting workout classes, so she can enjoy even more food with no added guilt.