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F4M Lou's Fave Skincare Tips


It’s been a long, hard winter and we know you’re getting your home & wardrobe ready for Spring...but don’t forget about your Skincare routine! Here are our favorite tips for transitioning your skin from Winter to Spring.

Spring clean your makeup. Throw out anything over six months old since older products can host a buildup of bacteria, leading to clogged pores and dull skin. Makeup brushes especially can store unwanted germs and viruses. Now is the perfect time to wash brushes with regular hand soap and dry them with a blow-dryer. Don’t forget to clean those beauty blenders too with a simple cleaning kit like this one.

Switch your facial cleanser. Reach for a facial cleanser that will draw out impurities that have built up over the winter and leave you with a clean, clear complexion as you head into the new season. We love a cleanser with Micellar Water. Micelles (tiny oil molecules) sop up dirt, makeup, sebum and oil and leave you with clean skin. Here’s a list of a few of the best.

Exfoliate. This is the perfect time to start exfoliating as part of your weekly cleansing routine. Slough off dead skin and unblock pores with a gentle exfoliating cleanser rather than with harsh scrubs (a formula with a small amount of glycolic acid will do the trick). Or try our newest obsession, the Knojac Cleansing sponge, a root-based vegetable that calms and exfoliates delicate skin.

Extra dull skin? Try adding in a product with Lactic Acid, the sensitive skin hero that works to slough away dead skin and eliminate discolouration, minus the irritation. We love this one from Sunday Riley.

Switch to a Lightweight Moisturizer. We know you’ve been slathering that aquaphor on your face all winter, but spring is here and it’s time to switch to a lightweight moisturizer. Try a hyaluronic acid or water-based formula when the weather warms up.

Protip: a tinted moisturizer makes a perfect substitute for a heavy foundation.

Protect yo Self. Sunscreen should be a go-to all year around, but especially now when you’ll be enjoying that sunshine much more often. Follow your moisturizer with a broad spectrum SPF. We love this one from SkinMedica, which not only protects skin from harmful rays but also reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles and improves the appearance of sun damaged skin.

Add a Mask into Your Routine. Want to take your skincare game a step further? Reach for a mask 1-3 times per week. The charcoal mask by Beautycounter is a tried and true favorite that is perfect for Spring. This nutrient-rich kaolin clay mask with activated charcoal purifies and balances, absorbing excess oil and drawing out impurities. Salicylic and lactic acids aid in a gentle exfoliation, giving skin a smooth, polished look with a minimized appearance of pores.

Water is Always the Answer. Another way to ensure great springtime skin is by drinking plenty of water, as well as getting hydration through fruits and vegetables. An excellent way to make sure your immune system is in good shape and ensure you’re hydrated is to start the day with a glass of lukewarm water with some lemon squeezed into it. You will quench your thirst after a good night’s sleep and also up your Vitamin C intake!