The start of the new season is here, which means a warmer climate and humidity are not too far away

With that in mind, now is a good time to evaluate your skincare needs and concerns.

Although not everybody’s skin reacts to season changes, it is important to look out for changes in your skin and adjust your skincare routine accordingly.

Dr Tarryn Jacobs, a specialist dermatologist at NoviSkin, shares her top tips on how to transition your skincare from winter to spring…

Daily sunscreen use

Sunscreen should be a year-round priority because even on the cloudiest days, your skin is still susceptible to sun damage.

Since the weather is warmer but still mild, people underestimate how strong the sun is, making spring a high-risk time for sunburns and sun damage. Being consistent about your sun protection is vital to prevent fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, and skin cancer.

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My SPF recommendation is a minimum of 30 with broad-spectrum coverage against UVB and UVA rays.

Exfoliation for brighter skin

Many people notice that their skin appears dull and dry in winter and this may be related to a build-up of dead skin cells. Now is the time to incorporate exfoliating ingredients such as alpha-hydroxy acids in your skincare routine.

Exfoliation is not only going to help with more luminous, smoother skin but it also allows your other products to penetrate into the skin better.

Lighten your moisturiser

As winter dryness subsides you can change your heavier moisturiser for a lighter formulation. Some people may also experience that their skin starts to become oilier in spring, so opting for the right moisturiser is key. Swap out rich creams for something more lightweight such as lotions and gels. 

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Use an antioxidant serum

Antioxidants protect against UV rays, infrared, pollutants, and other triggers that cause damaging free radical formation.

You want to look for a well formulated vitamin C serum, as it is the most potent antioxidant with the most research behind it. Including Vitamin C in your skincare routine also helps to improve skin’s brightness and collagen production. 

Look out for allergies

With spring comes an increase in airborne allergens and if you have atopic eczema this may trigger a flare-up during this time.

Choosing suitable fragrance-free, eczema friendly skincare products is important. Ceramides and fatty acids are ingredients that can help support the skin barrier to help with itchy, red and inflamed skin.