Its spring! Yes, it definitely is and for us at Swissvita it means we’ll be changing our own skincare ritual. But you must be thinking why? Soon the temperatures will start changing, warmer weather coupled with sticky, heavy humid air means the way we look after our skin needs to change. In today’s post, we talk about what to look out for when buying skincare products.
Here are our top 6 tips to to think about when you reassess your skincare routine and breathe new like into your complexion, ready for spring.
Skincare with Antioxidants
When you look for skincare products, it’s always important to check and see that they contain antioxidants. The key ingredients to look out for are your Vitamin A, C and E in any serums or creams you will be using as they help protect you by limiting the production of free radicals which can damage skin and safeguard your skin from pollutants in the air.
But be careful though, too much antioxidants inside the products run a risk of provoking skin irritation. Make sure you check what quantities are inside each product.
Use Serums with Hyaluronic Acid
Although spring is the season where the climate becomes more humid, we still need to ensure our skin has enough moisture to prevent it becoming oily. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, which is actually very unusual for a polymer, but it works and that’s why many skincare products have been using it to help you reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines as well as preventing them by boosting the moisture in your skin.
Make sure you check the level of hyaluronic acid used to ensure your skin receives enough moisture for high levels of sun exposure that can dry the skin.
Use Chemical Exfoliators
Usually scrubs and exfoliators help by removing dead skin from the surface, This helps the text and appearance of your skin, reduces breakouts, and also improves the absorption of skincare products better. But they’re not environmentally friendly and not as effective as they only help with the outer layer of the skin.
Firstly there are two different types of chemical exfoliators: AHA, or alpha-hydroxy acids, and BHA, beta-hydroxy acids (also known as salicylic acid). So how do they work? Both AHA and BHA penetrate the outer most layer of your skin (yes your skin has many layers), and help remove the dirt and dead skin cells. The chemicals also help with cell regeneration which means skin heals faster and effectively. But BHA’s go one step further and penetrate deep into pores, helping you unclog them, great for breakout prone and oily skin.
Cleanse deep but not with harsh cleansers
Cleansing too often or using harsh cleansers can break the upper layer of the skin, causing excessive dryness and irritation, not a great look. Also, don’t over cleanse, see what’s best for your skin type. Some skin types are suitable for cleansing twice, whereas sensitive skin types maybe only able to cleanse once a day. We don't recommend you cleanse more than twice daily. There’s really no need. Make sure you use a cleanser that effectively removes the dirt, makeup, and excess skin oils trapped in your pores.
Let your skin breath / lighten the load /moisturizing
With the temperatures improving, gone are the think sweaters and warm boots. But why should we treat our skin the same as we do in winter? With spring, its time to go lighter and start using water based lotions or serums. This can penetrate the skin and deposit hyaluronic acid, providing the much needed moisture you need without adding on excessive amounts of oils.
Always opt-in for oil free products if your skin is sensitive to acne, as they are light enough and prevent excessive oil production in skin. The lighter load on your skin also means you can start using suncream again. Especially in spring, as it's still high risk time for sun damage to skin. Most commonly we assess risk by the heat from the sun, but the actual factor is the UV rays.
Correctly layer products
Now this is where we see the biggest flaw in most peoples skincare routine. How to go about it? Why do we suggest this way? Because it works, for most of us anyway. But feel free to tweak it for what’s best for your skin.
Washing, cleansing and toning is mandatory in most daily routines. Although we recommend you cleanse at night only to help remove make up (big mistake, never sleep with make up). Then we recommend using water-based lotions and/or serums. Suncream is a essential, make it light, oil-free SPF-15 is usually fine. Finally, eye-cream at the end. Remember to exfoliate using a BHA chemical exfoliant every two to three days.
Treat your skin with care it deserves and it’ll shine. Use gentle formulas and light serums and lotions. Layering is a great way to add moisture, if your skin needs it add a moisturiser.
Check out our great range of serums, eye creams and cleansers, that can help your skin shine beautiful, oil free and full of life.