A new season means a new skin care routine. The same products that worked during the cold, dry months of winter might not work as well during the warmer, pollen-filled windy weather of spring. Keep reading for tips and products for fresher spring skin care — plus some tips for better nail health, too!
Before purchasing any new products for spring, it’s important to take stock and clean out your current product pantry. Some products have expiration dates you can check, but generally sunscreens last at least three years, cleansers last up to a year and facial lotions and nail polishes can last up to two years. If any of your products are still relatively new but are starting to get lumpy or discolored, it’s best to play it safe and discard too — all the better to make room for fresh new products!
It’s important to start your day by washing your face to get off all of the residue that builds up from your bed and pillow. Try a light scrub like NEUTROGENA Oil-Free Acne Wash Daily Scrub to prep your skin for the day and prevent springtime breakouts. After you’ve washed your face, apply a light sunscreen like Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer, with Sunscreen SPF 50+. Even if it’s a rainy spring day where you hardly see the sun, you should be wearing a seasonal sunscreen year-round to protect your skin. You can even choose a sunblock like Coppertone Glow Shimmering Sunscreen SPF30 for a little extra glow without having to bake in the sun!
We should always take off all of our makeup and sunscreen before we go to bed, but sometimes that’s easier said than done! Make it simple and easy to remember for yourself by picking up moistened makeup remover wipes and placing them in your bathroom and on your nightstand so they are always handy — even when you’re tired. After you’ve used makeup remover wipes, you should still wash your face before bed since makeup remover isn’t going to do it all. Try a hydrating cleanser like CeraVe Facial Cleanser to really make sure you’re getting a nice deep clean without completely drying out your skin.
With all of the hand sanitizer and handwashing we’ve been doing in the last year, it’s important to take care of your nail health, especially your cuticles. After washing and moisturizing your hands, use a cuticle oil like Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail and Cuticle Oil to make sure your cuticles aren’t drying out and looking messy. Once your cuticles are nice and smooth, you can experiment with fresh new nail colors. Check out some of our favorite candy reds and pinks, perfect for spring!