The days are warmer and longer, the flowers are in bloom, and spring is officially here! And with that comes another reason to purge a little in the name of a spring overhaul. Of course, some major purging will be done, but right now the focus is reviving my skin and my glow (after the harsh winter). And on this post, I’m sharing 3 ways I’m refreshing my routine for the spring and the products I’m using to elevate my glow. Of course, this is not the entire spring refresh… there’s more to come but I’m pacing myself. For now, this is the start of my springtime bloom.
Adding an eye cream to show my eyes some extra TLC
This step in the skincare routine has always been controversial-some experts say you don’t need it because your moisturizer with SPF should be enough, others swear by it. Personally, I’ve been a very inconsistent eye cream user, but this spring I’m switching it up. I’m committing to showing my eyes some extra TLC. Maybe it’s the wisdom of 30, (well it’s really because I tend to rub my eyes a bit too much and it’s starting to show). With the skin around the eyes being much thinner and sensitive (40% thinner than the rest of the face), I’m being more proactive about reducing puffiness and bags under my eyes. Now, I’m not saying eye cream will instantly transform every eye concern under the sun, because there are so many factors to consider and a dermatologist can help identify these factors. But… the right product may help prevent your concern from worsening.
Here’s my personal wish list of exceptional eye creams with effective ingredients that address dryness, puffiness, dark circles and fines (all at different price points). I want to be enjoy the wisdom that comes with maturing, feel AND look forever young and confuse the masses.
So if you’ve been thinking about adding an eye cream, I say start with one that’s going to address your concerns and use it consistently. As for me, I’ll be starting with Sunday Riley for the next couple of months, and of course will you posted with a review. But please, comment below if you want a more extensive review on why I choose each of these products. Also, let me know some of your favorites.
Elevating my glow with a daily vitamin C serum
I’m pretty sure you’ve heard the buzz around vitamin C–if you haven’t, I’m judging you (lol). What’s the big hype? Back by a wealth of scientific research, the evidence is pretty clear: vitamin C is truly a powerhouse ingredient for your glow-up. It’s a naturally occurring ingredient that helps to even and brighten skin tone to reduce hyperpigmentation and also boost collagen production. As an antioxidant, it shield your skin from free radicals (from UV exposure and pollution), and thereby boosts the protection offered by your sunscreen. When it’s well formulated and at an optimal concentration, vitamin C, especially in combination with other powerful antioxidants like vitamin E and ferulic acid, is a like a skincare magic in a bottle!
There are so many great vitamin C serums to choose from–two of my favorites include Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum (it’s a bit more on the pricey side but worth the hype) and the Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%, which I love to use during the winter weather. While I love those two products, I’m always look to try something new and I’m pretty excited to try this Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster because it’s been on my skincare wish list for a while (and I’m on a budget)! The price point is pretty awesome and you get a concentrated blend of 15% stabilized vitamin C, ferulic acid, and vitamin E. Also, I love the idea of being able to simply mix it with other serums before applying my moisturizer with SPF. If you want to use it on its own as a separate step, you can do that too- it absorbs into the skin pretty well and is super lightweight!
There’s a lot of science behind vitamin C formulation (which actually deserves an entire post), but really quickly, here are a few things to keep in mind if you want to add a vitamin C serum to your routine (click each tip for more info).
Vitamin C comes in a lot of different forms and they are not all equal in stability and how well it absorbs into the skin. Ingredients to look for on product labels include L-ascorbic acid (which is the most common form and also used in the C15 booster), tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, magnesium-L-Ascorbyl-2-Phosphate (MAP), ascorbyl palmitate and sodium ascorbyl phosphate, among others.
For some people, L-ascorbic acid might be too harsh on the skin especially if you have sensitive skin. In this case, you may want to opt for a MAP-based vitamin C serum or look for ascorbyl palmitate in the ingredient label. Additionally, MAP is shown to have a hydrating effect and decrease transepidermal water loss (another major plus).
Packaging matters. Exposure to air and light destabilizes the vitamin C. When selecting a vitamin C product you want to make sure it’s packaged packaged in opaque tubes, air-tight bottles, or single-use, individually wrapped products or pumps that help keep their ingredients stable.so you want to go with products.
If you’ve been thinking about it (or finished reading this post and want to add a vitamin C serum to your routine), here are few other vitamin C serums on my wish list that exceptional!
Leveling up my night-time routine to say Goodbye To Dark Mark
Just when I’m soooo close to getting rid of the dark spots from my random breakouts, life gets real and the stress shows up on my face. This spring I’m giving Urban RX’s Even Tone Night Treatment a try! This product has received so many raving reviews that I’m excited to give it a try and experience it for myself. With all honestly, I tend to go for the dark spot treatment that do not contain hydroquinone (I’ll explain later). However, I’m more than willing to give this product a try because it has a great blend of other effective ingredients for hyperpigmentation, like kojic acid, retinol, and alpha-arbutin.
Another major plus that caught my attention with product is fact that all these skin-brightening ingredients are at the top of the list, along with other hydrating and moisturizing ingredients– squalane, hyaluronic acid and jojoba oil. Remember the general rule of thumb when it comes to selecting skincare products for targeted concerns– if you don’t, here’s where I talk about that.
SO MY NEW NIGHT-TIME BEAUTY RX (IN AN ALTERNATING PATTERN) CONSISTS (more details to come on a future post):
A chemical exfoliant 3x a week, my over-the-counter retinol 1-2x a week (on the days I’m not exfoliating), and then this even tone night treatment on the remaining days. While I’m happy to share this new routine, please don’t paste this routine for yourself. Everybody’s skin is different and has different needs. For optimal results (and to avoid overdoing it), you really want to build up the use of the different products any product you use to treat specific skin concerns.
Ok, so back to hydroquinone before I close out….
Hydroquinone is definitely a potent and highly researched ingredient for hyperpigmentation. In fact, it is one of the key ingredients in a prescription ONLY product for melasma, called Tri-Luma® cream but at a higher concentration. However, there are some skin-related concerns with misuse over a long-term like ochronosis and skin irritation.
Nevertheless, this is why formulation matters along with appropriate use. I’m looking forward to seeing the results from consistent use of this treatment over the next couple of months before trying other dark spot treatments.
Ok so these are SOME of the skincare I’m using to level up this spring…. key word “some”. Parceling it out in small chunks. My question for you is…. how are you overhauling your skincare to transition from winter to spring? Share below.