Spring Skincare Switches: How My Face Is Standing Up To All This Weatheriness

I have to adjust my regimen and rebalance my skin to the new, warmer weather. Here are the products that are helping me do it.
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I have to adjust my regimen and rebalance my skin to the new, warmer weather. Here are the products that are helping me do it.

Spring is here for real this time, and you know what that means: bring on the flowers and sunshine onslaught of seasonal skincare articles! 

But real talk: spring is truly exciting to me because I can switch from just-don’t-let-my-face-flake-off survival mode with my skincare routine to introducing serious actives and addressing some of my skin’s bigger issues, like acne and hyperpigmentation. 

First, though, I have to adjust my regimen and rebalance my skin to the new, warmer weather. Here are the products that are helping me do it:

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CLEANSER

When the temperature climbs, cleansing balms get too heavy for my skin, so I switch to a foaming cleanser. My favorites are the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, an inoffensive gel that's enough to remove mascara and sunscreen but doesn’t strip the skin, and Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip cleanser, which contains French green clay to sop up extra grime without the intensely drying effects of a full-on clay mask. 

Cleanser swatches! Left: Fresh Soy. Right: Ceramic Slip

Cleanser swatches! Left: Fresh Soy. Right: Ceramic Slip

I use the word “foaming” loosely, though, because neither of these cleansers lather up all that much.

See?

See?

There’s barely any foaming action, so you won't end up with squeaky-clean (read: totally parched) skin.

MOISTURIZER

Throughout the winter, I’m slathering Nivea Creme all over my face every night on top of oil, on top of rosewater toner, so my skin is totally drenched. Now, though, all those layers of occlusives leave me a bit greasy, so I can dial it back to just rosewater and a few drops of oil. 

My favorite is still Tarte Pure Maracuja oil forever and always--though right now I’m test-driving a DIY sweet almond/sesame oil blend that’s working well so far. Just three drops of oil seals in moisture and creates the perfect base for my physical sunscreen.

MASKS

Even with these adjustments, I still have some skincare glitches that are impossible to predict. For instance, just a few days ago, we got an inch or two of snow in my town. Today, the thermometer in my apartment read 81 degrees. Weirdness like this is a great time to pull out the mix-a-mask-with-your-cleanser trick, but a solid 27% of my joy in life comes from baths and masks, so I’m going all out.

For the first sticky-hot day of the year, I pulled out the Pratima Sandalwood Rose mask; I got a little sample with my most recent order of their awesome sunscreen. It’s unlike other clay masks in that it doesn’t start out all thick and gloopy, or dry to a tenacious facial crust that you have to vigorously scrub off. Instead, it has a wonderfully silky texture that glides on, sops up all the sweat, grime, and other nasties from your skin, and rinses off easily.

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But my bigger issue is when I treat my skin as if it were warm, but I embark on my morning run only to be greeted with cold, sleet, and a nasty case of windburn. Boo. For those unexpectedly dry and blustery days, a good sheet mask is in order. 

Lately, I’ve been digging the Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Hydrogel Mask. It’s easily one of the best sheet masks I’ve tried. Rather than a sheet of cotton soaked in serum, this mask has a sticky gel backing that fits well on the face and stays put instead of sliding around. The hyaluronic acid in the gel drawn moisture into the skin and soothes away dryness and irritation.

Run for your lives.

Run for your lives.

With all these tricks, my temperamental cloggy flakemonster skin is playing nice again. Hooray, right? 

What products have you been reaching for to deal with all this weatheriness?