Your Essential Spring Skin Care Regimen Update
With springtime comes warmer weather, increased humidity, and more sun exposure—all things that affect your skin condition. Now is the time to adjust your skincare routine to adapt to shifting environmental factors and renew following the stresses of winter.
What Skin Needs Now
Exfoliation to Clear Away Winter Dullness
Winter’s cold and dry air pulls moisture from the skin, leading to a buildup of dead cells that can leave skin looking dull and contribute to clogged pores. To clear away the season’s accumulation of cellular debris, exfoliation is job one.
Scrubs can provide physical exfoliation, lifting away dead cells with gentle friction. Vivant’s Buffing Grains are a simple way to add physical exfoliation for any skin type. If you have a cleanser you’re already in love with that doesn’t contain microbeads, you can mix it with Buffing Grains to turn it into a scrub to polish the skin and promote renewal.
Acids are chemical exfoliators that clear away dead cells by dissolving the cellular “glue” that binds them together. They are essential for decongesting pores, improving skin texture, and giving skin an instant, brightening refresh. Mandelic Acid is one of our favorites for its gentle action, pigment regulation, acne-fighting, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Want to take your skincare spring clean to the next level? Book an appointment with an esthetician for a deep cleansing facial. An esthetician can also recommend other treatments and help you with refine your overall skincare plan.
Vitamin A to Jumpstart Renewal
If you cut back on vitamin A during the winter because you were worried about drying or irritating your skin, now is the time to bring this important cell regulator back into your routine.
Increased humidity means skin will be more hydrated and less prone to excess dryness. Vivant’s patented vitamin A propionate was developed to reduce irritation associated with retinoids while maintaining efficacy. As the closest in molecular size to pure retinoic Acid, vitamin A propionate the most potent non-prescription vitamin A available.
Formulas to Keep Shine-Free and Prevent Breakouts
Warmer temps can mean increased sebum production, making this an excellent time to bump up to a more advanced toner, especially if your skin is oily. Vivant’s Normalizing Tonic balances glycolic Acid and lactic Acid to unclog pores and reduce sebum without overdrying. For skin too sensitive for glycolic Acid, Skin Nourishing Toner is a gentle mandelic acid-based clarifier.
Now is the time to swap heavier creams for lighter-weight gels or lotions. A lightweight oil-free gel like our Totaloe Calming and Hydrating Gel is perfect for oily or acne-prone skin. It calms inflammation, kills bacteria, and promotes healing, plus it’s quickly absorbed to give skin needed hydration without adding greasiness or clogging pores.
Protection Against UV and Environmental Damage
Warmer weather means more time outdoors and more exposure to the damaging effects of UV. SPF should be worn daily to protect skin from damage and delay signs of aging. Vivant’s Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is non-comedogenic, non-ghosting, and non-drying. And it’s lightweight and non-greasy, so it works well under makeup or on its own without adding shine or clogging pores.
You can increase your protection by adding a powerhouse vitamin C and E serum to your daily regimen. When combined, these two antioxidant heroes have a synergistic action that increases photoprotection four-fold.
Apply Vivant’s Pure C + E daily to protect skin from damaging UV and environmental stressors. Vitamin C is also an essential component in the synthesis of collagen and an inhibitor of tyrosinase, the enzyme responsible for pigment production, while vitamin E repairs and protects cell function.
Spring Regimen Tweaks by Skin Type
Acne-prone: Spring clean pores with a cleansing scrub and a toner with glycolic, salicylic, or mandelic Acid. Mask once or twice a week with Sulfur Clay Mask for a deep clean and texture refinement.
Rosacea-prone: Winter is full of triggers for redness and irritation. Go into recovery mode with anti-inflammatory, barrier-boosting ingredients like niacinamide, peptides, green tea, and grape seed oil. Our gentle Green Tea Antioxidant Cleanser is a great foundation for a calming, nourishing regimen.
Hyperpigmentation-prone: Mandelic Acid is your even tone hero. In addition to reducing existing surface pigment through exfoliation, it blocks the melanin production chain to prevent new discoloration. Its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties combat acne and irritation, two common triggers of hyperpigmentation.