6 spring tips for transitioning skincare from cold to warm weather

As the seasons change, so should your skincare routine. A shift in temperature and humidity can impact your skin’s day-to-day requirements, so the transition into spring is a good time to reassess what your skin needs and adjust your skincare routine accordingly.  

Let’s explore six steps on how to adjust your skincare routine as the weather warms up!

1. Switch to a lightweight cleanser

While you might have used a creamier cleanser during winter to combat dryness, warmer weather calls for a lightweight gel-based cleanser to remove impurities without over-drying your skin, which is important to maintain a balanced complexion.

2. Try a gentler exfoliant

Exfoliation is essential year-round, as it helps to remove dead skin cells and prevent clogged pores. In spring and summer, consider switching to a chemical exfoliator with AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) or BHAs (beta hydroxy acids), which are less abrasive than physical scrubs.

Did you know?
Exfoliating 1-2 times a week helps to maintain a fresh and radiant complexion.

3. Focus on hydration

You might work up a sweat on a spring or summer day, and it can be easy to become dehydrated. In addition to drinking plenty of water, continue to use a hydrating moisturiser but opt for a lighter formula like water-based or gel moisturiser. These products provide hydration without feeling heavy.

In addition, staying hydrated on the inside can help maintain healthy skin over summer and help your complexion stay supple and radiant.

4. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!

The key to any good skincare routine is sunscreen. While you always need to apply sunscreen year-round (especially in regions like Queensland), sunscreen becomes even more essential moving into spring, even if you don’t spend much time outdoors, as the sun significantly ages your skin. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF30 (SPF50 is even better) and apply it generously to any exposed skin, including your face.

Did you know?
Many good sunscreen products are available that can be applied under your makeup to protect your skin without feeling heavy or greasy. Ask our team about the right sunscreen for you!

Learn more about choosing a sunscreen for acne-prone skin.

5. Adjust your serums

Consider adapting your serums to target specific concerns that afflict you during warmer weather, which might include acne breakouts, dry skin, melasma, or heat rash. For example, antioxidants like vitamin C can help protect your skin from UV damage. If you’re not sure, our team can discuss your unique skincare needs with you.

6. Lighten your makeup

On hot days, heavy makeup may feel uncomfortable and can clog your pores, so a lightweight breathable foundation or tinted moisturiser might be more suitable. Don't forget to use makeup products with SPF for added sun protection!

Adjusting your skincare routine as the temperature rises can help maintain healthy and beautiful skin. If you require support finding the perfect warm-weather skincare routine that works for you, consulting a qualified dermal therapist may benefit you.