New season, new outfits, new skin care. Below we share our top spring skin care tips and product recs.
With winter behind us, it’s time to retire the thick sweaters and weather-proof boots and trade heavy coats for breezy jackets. You should also be lightening up and adjusting your skin care line-up for the new season and warmer weather to come. Read on below for the tweaks we recommend making and our favorite K-beauty products to do it with.
Focus on repair.
The winter, with all that comes along with it (read: cold temperatures, biting winds, and drying indoor heat) can wreak havoc on your moisture barrier. When your moisture barrier is compromised and dehydrated, you can experience dryness, an overproduction of sebum, and sensitivity. To get your complexion back on track, we like to lather on restorative, gentle ingredients like hyaluronic acid.
One of our go-to hyaluronic acid-infused products is the Olivarrier Hyaluron Essence, a nourishing essence that is formulated to strengthen the skin barrier. Aside from hydrating hyaluronic acid, the essence also contains Squalane and Tocopherol (Vitamin E). The hypoallergenic formula is free of any potentially irritating ingredients, so it’s perfect for sensitive post-winter skin.
Now that winter is over, you may be tempted to skip out on moisturizer. But every skin type should moisturize year round, you might just need to swap out a thick formula for a lighter one.
Look for a formula with a humectant like hyaluronic acid that moisturizes and prevents dehydration but doesn’t suffocate skin. Our pick is the Benton Deep Green Tea Lotion which has a lightweight yet nourishing consistency that is ideal for the spring and summer. It contains a mixture of 50% Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water, Green Tea – along with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E, to help soothe, hydrate, and improve skin texture.
Get ahead of breakouts.
The best way to treat breakouts is to prevent them from cropping up in the first place. Aside from cleansing thoroughly, one of your best forms of defense is exfoliating regularly to keep pores clear.
The Jumiso Yes I Am Toner AHA 5% boosts natural cell turnover with a non-irritating formula that 3% Glycolic Acid, 2% Lactic Acid and Houttuynia Extract to revitalize skin for a radiant complexion. Because the acids used are done so in low percentages, the toner is safe to use daily.
Amp up the SPF.
We recommend wearing SPF year round, but if you were lax about it over the winter, spring is the time to get back into the habit of protecting your skin with SPF 30 or higher broad spectrum coverage. We know that finding the right formula can make or break one’s commitment to diligently wearing sunscreen. One that we can’t stop singing the praises of is the Mizon Snail Repair Intensive BB Cream SPF50+PA+++. It is truly non-greasy and doesn’t leave a white cast, contains snail mucin, plus it serves as an excellent makeup primer.