Us San Franciscans are a little late to the spring game this year! Now that we’re finally getting that sunshine, we are bringing you our spring / summer skincare routine… because, just as you don’t wear the same clothing all year round, you shouldn’t be following the same skincare routine, either! The warm weather calls for new skincare priorities and essentials. Don’t fret – we’ve laid it out for you.
Tip #1: Exfoliate the gray days away
Your heavy moisturizers were great for keeping your skin moisturized on those cold winter days – but now as we’re peeling off layers of winter coats and scarves, it’s time to peel off some of that leftover dry skin as well. Ew, we know. But trust us, your skin will thank you!
Among the numerous benefits, here are a few ways exfoliating benefits your skin:
• Cleanses the skin
• Reduces excess oil production
• Improves complexion by removing dead cells on surface
• Allows moisturizers, hydrosols, and toners to soak in deeper
Your post-winter skin may have a ton of dead cells sitting on the surface, contributing to a duller complexion, oiliness, and blemishes. Removing these cells with the simple process of exfoliating (with a GENTLE exfoliator like our Sea Moss Exfoliator) will give you the cleanest, brightest canvas to work with this spring.
Tip #2: Always tone before heading outside
Our Rosewater Toner and Raspberry Vinegar Toner are both a wonderful way to wrap up the cleansing process! We even carry a Travel-Size Rosewater Toner in our bags for mid-day or post-beach refreshment.
Why you should always tone before leaving the house…
Since you’ll most likely be spending more time outside now that the sun is finally out, your skin will be introduced to free radicals and environmental stressors for a longer period of time – which makes prepping and cleansing the skin with a toner even more important. Furthermore, our Rosewater Toner makes a great makeup setter – since you may be sweatin’ a little more in the sun, this will help you keep your look all day!
Tip #3: More daylight = lighter moisturizer
Moisturizing is ALWAYS a necessary step of any skincare routine. That being said though, now that the clouds have cleared and those harsh winds are changing to a breeze, you can lighten the load a little bit on how you moisturize.
We love our richer oils like coconut oil and avocado oil. However, during warmer days, we’re usually reaching for lighter, quicker-to-absorb oils that provide quality moisture, but FEEL more lightweight on the skin.
What should I look for in a spring moisturizer?
This season, opt for oils that are high in essential omega fatty acids. A high fatty acid content helps to hydrate and regulate the skin, while protecting the skin’s barrier, improving structural integrity, and increasing skin’s elasticity and suppleness! Additionally, omegas can help with reducing inflammation and hyperpigmentation. Omegas are also your one-stop-shop for sun-induced skin woes.
You’ll also want to keep an eye out for antioxidants. Vitamins A and E are powerful antioxidants that helps to fight free radical production, day-to-day damage, and inflammation. Carotenoids, another kind of antioxidant, help to heal the skin from the effects of sun damage! (Hint: you can find all of these antioxidants in our Golden Elixir). For your spring moisturizer, we’re loving the Golden Elixir, Raspberry Jasmine Oil, or our Chia Facial Oil. Feel free to resume use of richer moisturizers at night!
For more information on how to choose your moisturizer, check out this comparison of our products!
Tip #4: SPF – Regularly!
We say it again and again, and we really mean it every time… sunscreen is SO important for your skin’s well-being! Especially now that the sun is shining bright again. Sun damage can lead to uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, dryness, and other skin issues. Furthermore, the sun causes 90% of the signs of aging in the skin! Protecting your skin from the sun is the best way to protect your skin’s epidermis and barrier function.
But cocokind doesn’t have a sunscreen! Where should I get one?
Generally, we recommend sunscreens that use physical sunscreens, like zinc, and we like the sunscreens from All Good or Goddess Garden. Non-nano zinc sunscreens can definitely be thicker when applied to skin. To help it absorb into your skin a little better, you can try spraying 1-2 mists of our Rosewater Toner on your face right before applying the sunscreen, then mixing in the sunscreen into your skin. The rosewater will help the sunscreen absorb better and feel a little lighter!
Tip #5: Shield your eyes
The skin around your eyes is the THINNEST skin on your body, meaning its extremely susceptible to damage and dryness… especially under the sun. Not only should you be wearing sunglasses (Kanye says big sunglasses are over but we don’t judge), but you should also be regularly and frequently hydrating the skin around your eyes too.
Most aging signs are caused by sun exposure – and this definitely goes for your eye area too. Prevent those fine lines and wrinkles with sunscreen and lots of moisture – before, during, and after sun exposure. Use a heavier oil, like coconut or avocado, on this area for the most intense and beneficial hydration… especially during the springtime! We recommend our MYMATCHA under your eyes (as much as you want, and even mid-day), and our Eye Firming Oil to take off eye makeup at night! You can also use the Eye Firming Oil as a general moisturizing oil after cleansing.