Spring into a New Skincare Routine

Hey all! I’m Stevie, your West Coast blogger. Look for a new post each week as I dive into the latest and greatest skincare trends and topics!

Who’s excited it’s finally Spring? The birds are chirping, the sun is out, and the flowers are in full bloom. Time to store those winter clothes and trade them out for lighter spring attire! Just like our wardrobes need changing, our skincare routine should change with the seasons too.

With a few simple adjustments, we can trade dull winter skin for a fresh spring look. Here’s how:

Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate

To start fresh, we’ve got to get rid of those dead skin cells on the surface of our skin. By using an exfoliator like IMAGE Skincare’s Ageless Total Resurfacing Mask, you’ll prepare your skin for a little springtime pampering.

Hydrate From the Inside Out

It’s so important to keep skin hydrated all seasons of the year. Keeping hydrated will scare wrinkles away, prevent flaky skin and create a lovely glow to last year round.

Be sure to hydrate with plenty of water throughout the day and use a gentle, yet effective moisturizer like IMAGE’s Vital C Hydrating Repair Crème. This Vitamin C and anti-oxidant-rich formula fights the visible effects of stress, fatigue and other dehydrating environmental factors while promoting healthy cell renewal.

Protect with SPF

It’s easy to forget the most important step in our morning routine when we aren’t planning on spending the day sun bathing with friends at the beach, but no matter what our agenda is for the day, it’s so important to remember that SPF! Try to avoid chemical sunscreens that will only absorb the energy of UV rays before they hit your skin, and opt for physical sunscreens instead. Physical sunscreen works to reflect and scatter the rays before they even reach your skin. For everyday use, try IMAGE’s Prevention+ Daily Hydrating Moisturizer SPF 30. It works as both a daily moisturizer and an ultra sheer, lightweight, physical sunscreen.

Tone It Up

Our beach bodies aren’t the only things that need toning! If you’re prone to oily skin, you might want to try using a toner in the morning before you apply your daily moisturizer to help control excess oil and breakouts in the warmer months.

Nourish with Seasonal Super Foods

Spring means incredible food finds at local Farmer’s Markets where you can find some great fresh produce that will help take your skin to the next level. Try picking foods high in vitamin k, iron and antioxidants like arugula, spinach, tomatoes, blueberries and kiwis. Choose foods with omega-3 fatty acids like salmon and walnuts. Here’s some great news for our chocolate lovers out there: A small amount of dark chocolate can actually help protect skin from sun damage!

Skip the Hot Showers

Long hot showers have been proven to further dry our skin. Try taking quick warm showers to help skin stay hydrated and healthy. Be sure to always use a moisturizer after showers to replenish the skin and leave it happy and glowing.

Hands Off

Lastly, pay attention to how much you are touching your face throughout the day. Touching your face transfers all of the germs on your hands to your skin, promoting clogged pores and breakouts.

So there you have it ladies and gents. It’s that simple! Now that you’ve got your new spring routine, get off the computer and go enjoy this beautiful day, but don’t forget your sunscreen!