5 Ways to Refresh Your Skin for Springtime

Mar 15 2019

dark haired woman standing in a cherry blossom orchard during spring

Are you as excited for springtime as we are here at Douglas J Aveda Institute? We can hardly wait for the warmer temperatures, longer days and blooming flowers! As spring approaches, you’re probably thinking about doing some cleaning and organization. While you’re packing away your winter wardrobe, deep cleaning your house and creating healthy meal plans, take some time to refresh your skin for the new season.

Throw Out Your Expired Products

Just like the food in your refrigerator and on your pantry shelves, beauty products have an expiration date. Liquid products like moisturizers, foundations and serums typically have a shelf life of about a year, while products like mascara, lipstick and pencils are best replaced between three and six months. Beauty products decompose over time, which means that chemicals separate and can cause acne, irritation and even skin infections. Regardless of how long it’s been, anything with an abnormal smell, color, or texture should probably be tossed. You wouldn’t eat wilting vegetables or drink rotten milk, right? Approach products with the same precautions in mind as you do your spring cleaning this year.

Close up of a mascara wand.

Clean Your Brushes

Think about how often you use makeup brushes. You’re dipping them in powders and liquids every single day, rubbing them on your face and then storing them again. This build-up of product and bacteria can clog your pores and cause acne. Luckily, cleaning your brushes is easy. Just place a drop of soap or makeup brush cleaner in the palm of your hand. Massage the bristles with your hand, rinse them out and then squeeze out extra water with a towel.

Makeup brushes in jars on a vanity

Switch Out Heavy Creams for Lighter Formulations

Everyone loves a thick cream to combat dry winter skin. However, as the seasons change, so do your skin’s needs. Trading your thick moisturizer for something more lightweight is a great way to transition from winter to spring. Since the sun is starting to come out, get a lightweight moisturizer that includes SPF in it. Of course, you should be using SPF all year round, but it becomes even more important when you actually see the sun every day.

Woman applies moisturizer with a towel on her head.

Start Exfoliating

Springtime means showing more skin. And that means it’s time to scrub away those dead, dry flakes. Exfoliating is more than just a great way to turn dry skin into smooth, soft skin. When done regularly it helps with clogged pores, blemishes, dark spots, ingrown hairs and pigmentation. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t exfoliate your skin too often, as that can lead to premature aging, inflammation, and redness. Use exfoliating body scrubs, bars, facial cleansers and other products two to three times a week for the best results.

Girl exfoliating her face with a pumice stone.

Break Out the Toner

Toner is the skincare step that goes in between cleansing and moisturizing. Its purpose is to rebalance your skin and prepare it for the next steps in your routine. While this product might seem like an unnecessary step, it’s full of crucial ingredients like acids, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and glycerin. Toner adds an initial step of hydration to your skin, allowing it to absorb the nutrients and benefits of moisturizers, oils and serums. Whether your skin is dry, acne-prone, or oily, there’s a toner out there for you to try this spring!

Close up on a bottle of toner.

Want to Become a Skin Care Specialist?

At Douglas J Aveda Institute, our esthiology program can prepare you to become a skin care specialist. Our curriculum is designed to prepare you with in-depth training to become a successful skin care specialist. On top of learning the technical skils, you’ll need skills in customer service, business, retail sales and digital marketing. Every skin care specialists needs to know how to connect with guests in real life as well as market their services on social media. Contact us to learn more!