After months of snow, slush, wind and frigid temperatures, spring is finally on the horizon. We’ve spent the first part of 2020 layering on lotion, serums, cranking up the humidifier, and protecting our skin with warm clothes. Right now, many of us in Durango are stashing our skis away for the season and tuning up our mountain bikes and breaking out the climbing gear while dreaming of warmer weather. And while we’re transitioning our minds and activities for springtime, we should also transition our skincare routine. Your skin is about to be in for a shock with the seasonal change. When it comes to skincare, moving from winter to spring can take a little bit of preparation. You still want to hydrate your skin for the blustery days ahead, but if you’re already in that Spring state of mind, here are few tips to transition your skincare routine right now.

1. Use a Lighter Moisturizer

Our skin naturally holds a little bit more water in the spring and summer, so you won’t need as heavy of a moisturizer in these seasons. Swap your moisturizer for something a little less heavy. I recommend a hyaluronic acid or water-based formula. But most importantly, make sure you are using a sunscreen that is at least SPF 50.

2. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!

With cold air comes dry, flaky skin. Gentle, weekly exfoliation can help you unveil your springtime glow. And don’t just exfoliate your face –– you should exfoliate your entire body. Just remember to be gentle; roughly exfoliating with a harsh scrub can do more damage than good. Once you have finished exfoliating, follow up with a light lotion and moisturizer and you’ll feel like a brand new person. Another option is to try our Restore Hydration Facial or Glow Facial.

The Restore Hydration Facial is a dermaplaning treatment to remove the dry and dead skin cells followed by a boost of hydration to leave your skin smoother, brighter and hydrated.

The Glow Facial starts with a microdermabrasion to remove dry, dead and dulling skin cells and is followed up with an Obagi Blue Radiance Peel to improve overall complexion and provides firmer, smoother, brighter skin.

3.  Do a little spring cleaning with your skin products

Spring cleaning applies to more than your home. Often, we hold on to skincare products for far longer than we should. If you have anything over 6 months old, it can host a build up of bacteria which leads to clogged pores and dull skin. This especially applies to makeup brushes. If you use makeup brushes, wash them once a week with hand soap and dry them afterward with a blowdryer. This one task can go a long way with your skincare.

4. Grab a Serum or Mist

Hydrating serums are essential for your skin, especially with the low humidity we have in Durango. Using a serum with a high level of hyaluronic acid, ceramides, vitamin B5 and glycerin will step up your skincare game.

5. Get a Microdermabrasion

This one is a no brainer for me–– I actually recommend getting a microdermabrasion at least a few times a year. Microdermabrasion is a type of treatment that uses a diamond tip suction wand to treat dry dead skin, acne, clogged pores, fine lines, and uneven skin tone. The diamond tip exfoliates the top layers of skin as the suction removes the dead skin. Microdermabrasion leaves you with clearer, more even, and youthful looking skin. There is no downtime and it’s a skin game changer.

Some other things you can do to help your skin transition (but should always do regardless of the season) are to stay hydrated, exercise – an easy task to accomplish in Durango – and eat lots of fruits and veggies. These tips should help your skin stay gorgeous as we transition from Winter into Spring. But as always, if you are having skin woes or have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me or book a consultation.