5 Expert Tips to Transition Your Skin Between Seasons

This one is for all my sisters out there with sensitive skin....The season to season transition is usually super hard on my skin, it's either too dry, too oily, or dealing with my favorite, spontaneous breakouts. For the life of me I couldn't figure out why I dealt with this EVERY year around this time, so I took the time to sit down with my esthetician Adrienne Agudosi and get some tips on how to make this transition without all the harsh drying/breakouts/drama.

Here's what she had to say: 

"The winter months are usually spent hiding inside and away from the low temperatures and bad weather. When spring comes along it signals a transition. Our days get longer; we do our annual spring cleaning, and vow to get out of the house. These acts can be
applied to our skin care routines and regimens. Below you’ll find some tips to help get
your skin spring time ready." 

1. Clean your make up brushes!

As you set out to spring clean your home don't neglect your make up tools. Every time
you apply makeup the brushes and tools pick up what's on the surface. That can be
anything from oil to bacteria to the makeup used with your last application. Give your
tools a good cleaning regularly to make sure you're not transferring acne causing
bacteria back to your skin which can cause you to break out. An easy way to clean your
make up brushes is to use warm water and baby shampoo. The shampoo is gentle so it
will not ruin your brush. 

Photo by Oli Dale

Photo by Oli Dale

2. Get a facial

A facial is a great way to start a new season. A classic facial includes; cleansing,
exfoliation, extractions, massage, treatment mask, and corrective serums. During the
cold winter months your skin hydration is depleted and a lot of people feel dry and see
flaky skin. A professional facial will soften the skin with steam and polish with the
exfoliation step, removing the dead skin cells on the surface. A treatment mask at the
end will pack in nutrients the skin is missing. For those who can't get regular facials
every 4 to 6 weeks, one with the season change is a great alternative to clean off last
season and prep for what's to come.

Photo by Silvia Rita

Photo by Silvia Rita

3. Adjust your products

Most people have skin that changes with their environment. That means heaver and
thicker creams are used in the winter to balance out the cold weather. As we move into
warmer temperatures our skin can look and feel oiler than usual. So your skin doesn’t look
greasy, try water-based moisturizers and serums, or something with a matte finish. For
those using oils, find a lighter consistency, limit use, or use only at night to reduce the
appearance of a shiny face during the day.

Photo by  Charisse Kenion

4. Protect your skin

Sunscreen should be a daily part of your morning routine no matter the temperature or if
there is overcast. It is doubly important when the sun is shining. Use a broad-spectrum
sunscreen to protect against UVA and UVB rays. Wearing sunscreen fights to protect
you from skin cancer and also helps to keep your skin looking youthful. The sun is
responsible for 90% of visible aging. That includes skin discoloration, collagen break
down, loss of elasticity, and firmness. Sunscreen as a separate product is best but having some protection in your make up and moisturizers is an extra step to protect


5. Use Products that Contain Antioxidants

Products with antioxidants like Vitamin C or E are another way to protect and treat your skin. With nicer weather people will flock outdoors and antioxidants will protect you from environmental pollution. This includes free radical damage, from the sun’s rays that damage our skins collagen production. It is not a replacement of sunscreen but using both products together will give you maximum protection against the elements.

Photo by  Noah Buscher

Photo by Noah Buscher