Ahh spring. Peak allergy, floral and “I’m about to change my life” season. The desire to Marie Kondo your entire life can come in, well, hot (or at least warm, getting hotter) throughout spring. It’s worthwhile considering how this relates to your skincare and makeup regimes too.
Top Sydney facialist Jocelyn Petroni says spring is a good time make simple tweaks to your skincare routine to ensure it’s protected for the sticky months ahead.
“In summer, the skin and the body become more dehydrated as the body temperature rises and the metabolic processes increase. This means your skin is metabolising faster and it needs ample water to function at its best. We secrete more oil and water in summer due to the skin’s increased
temperature resulting increased dehydration – we sweat more so we need to replenish this water loss consistently,” she says.
Simone Vescio, co-managing director of skincare range dermaviduals says as we start to spend more time outdoors it’s important to choose products with a good delivery system that can really penetrate the skin, not just sit topically.
This means, as Refinery29 notes, looking for products with things like peptides, microcapsules and hydrogels which allow for active ingredients to stay, well, active when squeezed out of the bottle and also to better penetrate the skin.
“Find a skincare line that has a delivery system [so] the antioxidants are delivered to their target not left to oxidise on the skins surface. A serum blend of Vitamins A, C ,E, B3 niacinamide and green Tea is my spring summer must have serum blend,” says Ms Vescio.
Ms Vescio also believes the change of the season is an ideal time to book in for a skin health assessment to decide on the best home and in-salon treatments.
When it comes to making tweaks to your skincare regime for warmer months Ms Petroni suggests the following: reaching for a facial oil for its skin plumping qualities – skin can become dehydrated as water evaporates from the skin (oil retains water so locks in moisture), adding in a hyaluronic acid to your skincare regime (Alpha-H Hyaluronic 8 Serum is a good one to try as is the wallet-friendly The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5), keeping a facial mist handy for on-the-go refreshment (try Bybi Mega Mist, Dr Roebucks – Bondi Hydrating Mist or Jurlique’s Rose Water Mist) and using a really nourishing overnight face mask.
As for what to avoid in the warmer months Ms Petroni suggests foaming cleansers and matte makeup products, “it’s important to let your skin breathe and remain super hydrated through light products. I would also avoid too many actives [products containing strong active ingredients] throughout the day as they often make your skin more sensitive to the sun,” she says. “Sunscreen is essential, everyday.”
Words by Annie Brown for Sydney Morning Herald