Spring is a time of renewal, new growth, and a fresh start. The plants and animals are waking up after a long winter, and there’s a sweet fresh aroma in the air. I ﬁnd that the more I embrace a gentle, nourishing lifestyle, the more I ﬁnd myself gravitating towards living in tune with the seasons.
Since spring is upon us, let’s talk about how a couple of central themes of spring can be translated into our skincare routines.
Renewal: Shedding the Heaviness of Winter
Spring can be a great time to focus on shedding any “pile up” of dead skin cells that our skin might be carrying around (sort of like carrying around a winter coat long after the temperature has warmed up).
To dissolve bonds between dead skin cells gently, and without disrupting our lipid barrier (our skin’s natural protective barrier), we turn to enzyme-based exfoliation. Enzyme-based exfoliation uses ingredients like pumpkin, pineapple, bilberry, and sugar cane to unstick “sticky cells” so they can be released and be on their way.
The gentle release of buildup has several beneﬁts:
It ﬁghts congestion by ﬂushing debris from our follicles, loosening up clogs in our skin, and expelling any buildup in our pores
- Smooths out skin’s surface texture as congestion sloughs oﬀ. This also improves how light reﬂects oﬀ the skin making it look (not just feel) smoother.
- Encourages melanin-infused keratinocytes (that create uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation) to slough oﬀ
- Promotes cell renewal and a healthy lipid barrier by encouraging essential lipids to form.
- Allows leave-on products (like moisturizers and serums) to be more easily absorbed (so their beneﬁcial ingredients can nourish the skin)
Exfoliating enzymes can be found in:
- This mask: Pumpkin Enzyme Cream Facial Mask
- This cleanser: Green Tea & Pineapple Facial Cleanser
- This facial scrub: Pineapple Facial Scrub
- This toning facial mist: Congestion Protection 5% AHA Mist
April Showers: Bring on the Hydration
Just like our ﬂower beds need lots of water for our favourite spring ﬂowers to bloom, our skin needs hydration to be clear, balanced, and congestion free.
Dehydrated skin contributes to the vast majority of skin problems and for some, is a major trigger of acne! It’s undoubtedly a major cause of congestion and blackheads, and it’s can be experienced by dry, combo, and oily skin types, as it’s not about how much oil you have on your skin. It’s about how much hydration is being maintained within your skin.
Pairing enzyme exfoliation with a hydration-speciﬁc step in your skincare routine is an excellent combo for spring! While the enzymes are hard at work breaking down buildup in your pores and on the surface of your skin, well-hydrated skin looks plump, provides “slip” in pores so debris can be expelled, and can balance out the amount of oil our skin pumps out.
To add hydration into your routine:
- First, cleanse with a gentle cleanser
- Next, apply a hydration-speciﬁc product (ﬁnd the perfect ﬁt for your skin with this quiz)
- Follow up with your moisturizing product
- For a daytime routine, ﬁnish oﬀ with an SPF product
When picking out your hydration-speciﬁc product look for products that aren’t a moisturizer/hydrator combo. These work well in some routines but if you’d like to give your skin an extra dose of hydration, it’s best to hydrate and moisturize in two diﬀerent steps.
Our favourite Mother Nature approved hydration ingredients:
Hyaluronic acid – hydrating, brightening, smooths texture, supports collagen production.Find it in:
Aloe – hydrating, soothing, calming, healing. Find it in:
- Vitamin C + Probiotic Facial Serum
- Acne B.O.P. Mist
- Hydration Mist
- Hydra Healing Gel
- Soothing Eye Gel
- Brightening Gel Toner
- Acne + Oil Balancing Facial Mask
- Charcoal + Lemon Detox Facial Mask
Cedar Leaf Hydrosol – hydrating, soothing, oil balancing. Find it in:
Chamomile Hydrosol – hydrating, soothing, calms redness. Find it in:
Cucumber Extract – hydrating, softening, cooling, calming. Find it in:
Glycerin – hydrating, smooths texture, protective, strength’s moisture barrier. Find it in:
Melissa (Lemon Balm) Hydrosol – hydrating, soothing, oil balancing, calming. Find it in:
Rose Hydrosol – hydrating, soothing, calms redness, supports collagen production.Find it in:
Rosemary Hydrosol – hydrating, calming, smooths texture, brightening. Find it in:
Watermelon Extract – hydrating, calming for stressed skin, oil balancing. Find it in:
Yarrow Hydrosol – hydrating, calming, antibacterial, soothing, calming. Find it in:
To make ﬁguring out the best hydrator to start with, take this quiz.
Until next time,
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