After a winter of enjoying my rich moisturizers and facial oils, I’m ready to refresh my skincare routine for the warmer weather. As we head into April, the weather’s been positively balmy (well, let’s be real, here in Southern California, it already feels like summer), and I’m already feeling the need to transition some of my heavier skincare products into lighter, more watery products. So for those of you who want some inspiration as to how to transition your skincare routine to the spring, here ya go…
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Watery, Hydrating Toners
As the weather warms up, I don’t need as many rich products, but my dehydrated skin still needs a lot of hydration. To that end, I’ll be depending more and more on my watery, but still deeply hydrating toners. I love Korean or Asian style toners, because they tend to be soothing and hydrating rather than astringent. I’ll even layer two or three of them (from thinnest to thickest) to really make the moisture sink into my skin. I’m currently rotating the following toners:
- Naruko La Creme Miracle Renewal Essence* – A “first essence” which is essentially the same thickness as water, this watery toner contains yeast ferments and smells lightly of sake. Buy it from Naruko here.
- Klairs Supple Preparation Toner* – I just opened this up and I love it already. It’s so soothing and deeply, deeply hydrating. Buy it from Wishtrend here (affiliate link).
- Belif The True Tincture of Chamomile – I find this similar to the Klairs toner in that it is deeply hydrating yet very refreshing and light. It does contain a tiny bit of alcohol, so if you’re sensitive to that you may want to keep it in mind. Buy it at Sephora here.
- Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner – This toner is made by a Korean traditional medicine clinic. It contains some very soothing plant extracts and I love how it plumps my skin while feeling super light. Buy it from Oh Lolly Beauty here.
Light, Clear Essences and Serums
For my spring skincare routine, I’m going to be putting my creamier, thicker essences and serums on hold while I use up some of my more watery ones. While in the winter I might layer 3 or 4 essences and serums, I find that my skin can only take one or two in the warmer months. Try to look for serums that contain hyaluronic acid and other humectants to really draw the water into your skin, but be sure to seal that moisture in with a cream afterwards.
- Boscia Cool Blue Hydration Essence – This refreshing light essence (which is actually clear, only the bottle is blue haha) contains a whole bunch of yeast ferments and sake extracts, which my skin seems to really like, at least in other products. I just opened this, but I’m excited to use it this spring as it seems like the perfect light layer. Buy it on Amazon Prime here (affiliate link).
- Juara Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum* – Okay, I LOVE this serum. It smells of delicate flowers and a hint of clove. It contains turmeric extracts in it which are supposed to be great for calming and brightening your skin (and because they are extracts instead of pure yellow turmeric, this serum won’t stain your skin). This also contains hyaluronic acid (and it feels like a high percentage based its similarity to other hyaluronic acid serums I’ve used), which is a humectant that draws water to your skin. A full review of this serum will be coming soon! Buy it from Musely here.
I’m going to be retiring my beloved Ladykin Vampir Cream soon (I’m almost done the jar) and reaching for lighter, more watery-feeling creams in my skincare routine. If you have more oily skin, you can probably get away with a light gel or gel-cream moisturizer in the spring and summer months, like the Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation cream. For my combination skin, I seem to do best with traditional creamy creams (if that makes sense), just lighter ones, during the summer.
- Alchimie Forever Kantic Calming Cream* – This is a great transition cream between winter and summer. It’s a light cream but it still feels very moisturizing and I’ve been loving it as a night cream for the past few weeks. It also has a lovely fresh berry smell. Buy it on Amazon here (affiliate link).
- Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Beautiful Day Cream – This is another traditional creamy-cream that feels very light and fresh. It also smells delightfully like roses, if you like that scent (and I do). Buy it from Amazon here (affiliate link).
- Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation – This is a light gel-cream that feels really watery and light. I’m going to be using this as a day cream, as it’s not quite moisturizing enough for night, but it would probably work really well for more oily skin types. Buy it at Sephora here.
A High SPF Sunscreen
As we head into the warmer months, it’s also a good idea to beef up your sun protection, an essential part of your skincare routine. I wrote a whole post reviewing the sunscreens I’m currently using (Spring 2017 Sunscreen Roundup). With a higher UV index, look for sunscreens with at least SPF30 broad-spectrum protection.
How are you changing your routine up for Spring? Let me know in the comments!