Spring is officially here, so it’s a great time to focus on preparing your skin for the change of season. Earlier this month I spoke at the Beauty + Wellness Edition of A Chic Social in DC about 5 transitional skincare steps you can start doing now to Spring clean your cabinets and prepare your skin for Spring. Ahead are the details.
ASSESS YOUR GOALS
It’s important to have an idea of what your skincare goals and concerns are (ie. pro aging, hyperpigmentation, acne, oil management…) so that your regimen is specifically targeted to address them. This is a great time to set goals for your skin and plan on how you will accomplish them.
AUDIT YOUR STASH
Most of us are guilty of having more skincare products in our cabinets than we can actually every use, and even some that we just don’t need or even want. I’ve found that less clutter makes doing your daily routine easier with less room for error. In an effort to spring clean your beauty cabinets and counters, pull everything out and assess each product. If it works, keep it. If it doesn’t agree with your skin or doesn’t deliver results, toss it. Its also very important to note expiration dates. If a product is expired, throw it away. If you’re using the WKB App, this will be easy for you as you’ll be receiving push notifications to let you know when your products expire. If you haven’t downloaded yet, a rule to follow is if the color, texture or scent of a product has changed, toss it.
CLEANSE ALL TOOLS & GADGETS
Many people seldom wash their makeup brushes and beauty tools. The oil and bacteria stored on makeup brushes can cause breakouts and irritation so be sure to cleanse at least weekly. Beauty tools (especially cleansing brushes like Clarisonics, etc) should be cleaned and allowed to dry separate from the handle between uses.
UPDATE YOUR ROUTINE IF NECESSARY
Depending on your skin, most of your daily products may remain the same. But as temperature and humidity rise, you will want to increase exfoliation and refocus on proper sun protection. Higher temperatures result in increased oil production for most of us, so it’s important to switch to lighter formulated moisturizers. Sunscreen should be worn every day of the year, but it’s even more important as exposure is increased during the Spring and Summer months.
Any change in season is a great time to check in with licensed skin therapist for help with transitioning your routine and reaching your skincare goals. To get the most out of your products, they need to be suited to properly address your unique needs. The rollout of the WKB App Skin Chat Feature in April 2019, will take the guesswork out by connecting you directly with licensed estheticians who know what ingredients work best for your skin. You’ll be able to upload photos and get expert advise straight from licensed estheticians directly on the app.
As a bonus, you can give your skin some extra TLC after the harsh winter months with professional treatments including light peels and microdermabrasion. These options are great for the Spring and should be safely explored with a licensed esthetician or dermatologist.