The springtime skincare switch up is no myth or marketing tool, when the weather warms up, the central heating goes off and the air temperature changes, it does affect skin. Depending on your skin type (more on that below) you might experience oiliness and breakouts, redness, or dryness, but generally, this is a time to switch out the rich moisturiser and usher in the serums. Lightweight and silky smooth, serums hydrate without weighing skin in a layer of heavy cream. Plus, you can choose various active ingredients, layer them, rotate them, and tackle most skin issues with a serum too. For personalised advice on the right one for you and your skin, book a Kiehl's is at your service to provide a free virtual skincare consultation with one of our skin pros.
Now the weather is warmer and there’s not such a contrast between inside and outside temperatures, it’s time to switch to out your rich moisturiser for something lighter. Yep, even dry skin types should do this and boost skin hydration by layering with a hyaluronic acid rich serum. Over moisturising with a cream that’s too heavy for the weather can lead to issues like lazy skin that produces even less oil, breakouts and clogged pores.
Spring Serum Pick
Ultra Pure High-Potency Serum 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid
This fast-absorbing hyaluronic acid serum helps to visibly replenish and hydrate dry skin with just 7 ingredients. Minimally formulated for efficacy and skin absorption, it helps skin to feel more plump, healthy, and hydrated. Apply 2-3 drops to clean skin after cleansing each morning and evening. Dry skin types should layer a lightweight moisturiser, such as global favourite, Ultra Facial Cream on top.
Spring brings increased humidity, which can boost skin oiliness as the sebaceous glands naturally respond to warmer temperatures and produce more oil. Helpful for dry skin types, not so much for those struggling to stay shine-free. Choose a serum formulated for oily skin issues to help tackle shine, breakouts and enlarged pores.
Spring Serum Pick
Ultra Pure High-Potency Serum 5% Niacinamide
This shine-reducing niacinamide facial serum is formulated to help reduce the appearance of imperfections and excess oil. Created with concentrated 5% niacinamide in a formula with only 10 ingredients, it will help to soothe all skin types including sensitive skin and visibly minimise shine and redness. Apply 2-3 drops to clean skin after cleansing each morning and evening. Follow with moisturiser, such as our Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream to help maintain skin’s moisture balance.
The long winter months can leave skin looking dull and lacklustre, with a build-up of dead skin cells on the surface that also means skin feels rough to the touch or unevenly textured. Kick off your skin spring clean by choosing a serum that will help to smooth skin texture and brighten.
Spring Serum Pick
Ultra Pure High-Potency Serum 9.8% Glycolic Acid
This serum is minimally formulated with just seven ingredients to visibly boost skin’s glow. A concentrated blend with 9.8% glycolic acid – a well-loved exfoliating ingredient that helps to remove dull, dead skin cells, this serum quickly boosts skin renewal so it can tackle dark spots too. It helps to visibly reduce the appearance of pores and refine skin’s texture for a smooth, glowing appearance. Apply 2-3 drops to clean skin after cleansing each morning and evening. Follow with moisturiser, such as our Ultra Facial Cream to keep skin hydrated and smooth.
Dried out, red and uncomfortably dry cheeks? Alongside a shiny, oily, blemish-prone forehead, nose and chin? Hello combination skin, we have a great tip for you – multi serum your skin to soothe and treat both sides of your coin. You can do this with face masks, known as multi-masking and moisturisers too, simply pick the right two formulas for you and apply just where you need them.
Spring Serum Pick
When dry skin areas need a hydrating boost, reach for our Ultra Pure High-Potency Serum 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid. It absorbs quickly, so you can apply all over if your skin feels quite thirsty. Next up, to reduce shine and soothe your T-zone, apply Ultra Pure High-Potency Serum 5% Niacinamide to specific areas, it can be layered on top of your hyaluronic serum. This custom serum routine can be directly followed with sunscreen in the day and a night moisturiser or oil in the evening.
If your skin is decidedly normal, then it’s still a good idea to take a look at your options once spring is sprung. Applying a treatment serum will help your skin to look its best. You can even layer them for example, if your skin looks a little dull, first apply Ultra Pure High-Potency Serum 9.8% Glycolic Acid and then, if you also need a moisture boost, layer on Ultra Pure High-Potency Serum 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid.
There’s no doubt that UVA and UVB rays are damaging to the skin in multiple ways, leading to issues such as uneven skin tone, premature wrinkles, and dark spots. All skin types need to abide by the rule of daily sunscreen to help protect the skin from sun damage. Our bestselling Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA ++++ is lightweight, comfortable and suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin. For those looking to combat shine, choose our gel textured Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel SPF 50 PA ++++.
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