Expert advice on spring cleaning your skincare routine.

If there is a universal truth when it comes to winter, it’s that skin takes a beating. But spring is on the horizon, and with it comes more civilized, gentle-on-skin temperatures. To help get your face ready we consulted Dr. Jeannette Graf, a New York dermatologist, and Nicky Potter, director of education and training for Toronto-based SkinHealth Canada, for their best spring cleaning advice.


Look for: Light, moisturizing gels or lotions
Why: Products used in the winter add a protective barrier to skin so it’s less affected by harsh temperatures and indoor heating. But when temperatures rise, skin is typically oilier, says Dr. Graf, so switching to a creamy formula with hyaluronic acid is a good bet for drier skin, while oilier complexions will benefit from cleansers containing salicylic acid.
Try: Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser, $12; Dermalogica Skin Clearing Wash, $47

 Exfoliants Exfoliants 

Look for: Manual or chemical scrubs
Why: The combination of dry indoor heat and heavy moisturizers can cause a buildup of dead skin cells that leave your face looking patchy and dull. Exfoliating twice a week will help rejuvenate it, revealing a smooth glow, says Dr. Graf.
Try: Consonant 20% Exfoliating Clay Bar, $18;
Roc Soft Smoothing Scrub, $19

AM Moisturizers 

Look for: Light lotions or hydrating serums
Why: Even if you feel like your skin could benefit from a dose of your winter moisturizer, it’s best to avoid, says Potter. “Heavier formulas in the spring can lead to clogged pores, blackheads and acne, while lighter creams — especially those with antioxidants and vitamins — impart skin with the nourishment it needs.”
Try: Environ AVST 1 Moisturizer, $85; NeoStrata Moisture Infusion 24-Hour Hydra ting Serum, $38

 AM Moisturizers
 Sunscreens Sunscreens 

Look for: SPF 15 or higher
Why: If you skipped out on sunscreen during winter, spring is not the time to keep the momentum going.
Protect skin with a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 15, and apply it at least once a day.
Try: Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50, $36;
Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Protector SPF 25, $25

PM Moisturizers 

Look for: Hydrating, but not heavy, creams
Why: Temperatures are rising, indoor heating is a thing of the past and humidity is in the air. This means your skin is now able to hold on to moisture, and a lighter hydrating night cream boosts that effect without causing breakouts.
Try: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair , $72;
Aveeno Fresh Essentials Hydra ting Night Cream, $20

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