A new season is upon us! As we say goodbye to winter and welcome the sunshine of spring, it’s time to talk about prepping our skin for the change in weather. Just as your home demands a springtime scrub down, your skin also benefits from a serious spring-cleaning. To look your very best this season, it’s important to make adjustments to your skin care, especially if you live in a climate where the difference in temperature and humidity are significant. Retire those heavy face creams and let us usher you into a new beauty routine that embraces the vernal equinox.
1. Say Goodbye to Winter Skin
At Haven, we believe deeply in the power of exfoliation! In fact, exfoliation is key in springtime skin rejuvenation. After a long winter, you will want to strip off the flakes and dryness caused by cold, damaging air. Spring is a great time for exfoliating treatments, as skin tends to be less sensitive as humidity rises. Adding a light scrub or exfoliating peel will gently yet effectively brighten the appearance of your skin and help remove the buildup of dead skin cells from winter. Your skin will breathe a sigh of relief and thank you with a dewy, glowing complexion!
2. Add Vitamin C
Vitamin C is not just for winter. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C help to promote collagen, giving your skin a more youthful appearance. But that’s not all! Some studies have shown that vitamin C may also help to prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)–induced photo damage. Vitamin C helps to remove hyper-pigmentation and uneven skin tone, to reveal brighter, youthful new skin. According to our senior esthetician, Lydia Ronkese, one of the best serums is SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, which contains 15% pure vitamin C. “It’s vitamins for the skin and packs quite a punch while brightening the complexion. I feel it just polishes the skin,” Lydia affirms, “so you look radiant and glowy.”
3. Go Lighter
The transition from winter to spring can be rough on your skin. In the cold, dry months our skin gets parched and requires a layered approach of serums, face oils, and heavy moisturizer. In the spring as the humidity rises, our skin’s natural oil production increases and as a result, our skin tends to stay more hydrated. This means switching from a heavy moisturizer to a lighter lotion appropriate for warmer weather.
4. Daily SPF Is a Must
With shorter days and little sunlight in winter, we forget to pay attention to sunscreen. With more sunshine in spring comes more responsibility. As we salute the sun, don’t forget to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB light throughout the day. After all, applying sunscreen in spring is also good practice for summer!
5. Spring Clean Your Skin with a Professional Facial
We’ve established that winter-dulled and fatigued skin needs a major refresh! We also know facials are ah-mazing. A professional facial is not just designed to help you relax; they are wonderful for the mind and soul, perfect for any self-care ritual. As Lydia expertly reminds us, springtime is the best time for a professional facial to effectively “slough off those layers of dead skin cells” that simply can’t be done at home with scrubs. An esthetician will safely strip away your winter damage, leaving you radiant and glowing for the new season. The same goes for deep cleansing, hydrating, detoxifying and thoroughly cleaning out the pores, using ingredients only estheticians are certified to use.
At Haven, our facials are customized treatments for the skin. As we gear up for spring, we recommend Jurlique’s new Revitalizing Antioxidant Facial that produces an immediate hydrated and healthy glow. This all-natural treatment uses potent plant-based antioxidants to revive winter-dry skin. It begins with a beautiful grounding ritual in which you inhale a calming blend of essential oils; a luscious lavender spray follows, creating and encouraging total relaxation. A revitalizing mask then thoroughly cleanses and exfoliates; it’s a powerful triple-phase vitamin C treatment in which you can literally feel the forces of nature at work on your skin, leaving you looking refreshed, hydrated, and beautifully luminous. By the time you’ve experienced this luxurious facial’s closing ritual delightfully finished off with Rose Love Balm, you will have not only been transported spiritually but your skin will be gloriously set for spring!