Spring Skincare Guide for All Skin Types

The best thing about spring isn’t the flowers blooming or the weather warming, although those are two very good reasons to get excited about spring! In our humble opinion, the best things about this season are the changes to your skincare routine.

Now that the weather is warming up and quickly becoming more humid than in the cooler months, updating your skincare for spring is crucial to keeping your beauty affairs in order all year round. Here are our five best spring skincare tips for updating your routine.

How Does Spring Affect Your Skin?

Spring can have varying effects on different skin types. Here's how this season can impact your skin, depending on your skin type! Every skin type has some spring skin tips to help manage the changes this season. 

Normal Skin

For those with normal skin, spring can be a relatively easy season to manage. With the milder temperatures and moderate humidity, your skin is less likely to experience extreme dryness or excessive oiliness. However, it's still essential to maintain a consistent spring skincare routine to keep your skin looking its best.

Dry Skin

Spring can be a relief for those with dry skin, especially if you've endured the harshness of winter. With increased humidity in the air, your skin may feel less tight and parched. However, it's still crucial to use a rich moisturiser and hydrating products to ensure your skin remains well-nourished and flake-free.

Oily Skin

Oily skin types may notice a slight improvement during spring as the weather becomes less harsh and drying. However, the increased humidity can also lead to more significant oil production. To manage this, use oil-free or mattifying skincare products and avoid heavy, greasy moisturisers. If you’ve avoided clay masks over the winter, this is a great time of year to add them back to your skincare routine.

Combination Skin

Spring can challenge those with combination skin as different parts of the face may react differently. The T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) may become oilier due to rising temperatures, while the cheeks could remain relatively normal or dry. To address this, consider using different skincare products on different areas of your face to maintain balance.

5 Best Spring Skincare Tips

Ready to transition your skincare from winter to a spring beauty routine? We’ve rounded up must-have tips and skincare products to help your skin during this transitional season to make sure your skin glows all year round.

1) Rely on Layers for Hydration

While heavier, more emollient moisturisers are ideal for autumn and winter, your skin’s needs change in warmer weather. Your natural acid mantle has fewer stressors - namely, cold, dry air - and won’t need as heavy, rich moisturisers.

The solution?

Update your spring skincare routine and boost hydration with light layers of essence and toner, paired with a lighter moisturiser to lock in hydration without feeling heavy or greasy on your skin. Lightweight hydrating products make sure your skin has enough water, keeping it bouncy and comfortable all day long. 

One of our favourite spring skincare products is Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner. It’s packed with just the right balance of ingredients to moisturise your skin and keep dryness away. 

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner
Ideal for all skin types, Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner is packed with nurturing ingredients, including Squalane and Avocado Oil, to restore moisture to the skin.


2) Bump Up Your Exfoliation

Some skin types, especially combination and oily skin, find that their skin makes a little bit more oil as soon as the temperatures start rising. Excess oil can hold on to dead skin cells and other tiny bits of debris that clog pores, leading to breakouts. 

One of the best spring skincare tips is to ensure you’re exfoliating skin at least once a week with a physical scrub or chemical exfoliator. This seemingly small - but important - extra skincare step helps ward off breakouts and boosts skin radiance. If you use an exfoliator with salicylic acid - part of the Beta-Hydroxy Acid family - it can help to keep skin naturally shine-free. 

Our pick is the new Dermalogica Liquid Peelfoliant. This effective formula is perfect for adding to your spring breakout routine, as it contains a blend of exfoliating acids, including salicylic acid, to smooth skin and refine pores. 

Dermalogica Liquid Peelfoliant
Dermalogica Liquid Peelfoliant
This potent exfoliating peel from Dermalogica is formulated with a blend of acids and natural plant enzymes to slough away dead skin cells, encouraging skin rejuvenation and reducing the appearance of pores. 


3) Create Your Sunscreen Habit

Making sure that you have a good sunscreen habit before summer is crucial for avoiding premature sun damage on your skin! Any skincare for spring should always include a high SPF facial sunscreen to protect your skin from UV rays. 

Starting this habit before the UV index rises any higher will make a difference to keeping your skin youthful for longer, too - so if you only pick up one habit from this list, make it this one! One of our favourite daily sunscreens has to be the Medik8 Physical Sunscreen SPF50. 

Medik8 Physical Sunscreen SPF50
Medik8 Physical Sunscreen SPF50
Medik8 Physical Sunscreen SPF 50+ sunscreen uses only the highest quality physical filters - no chemical nasties! And unlike other physical sunscreens that can leave a white cast or feel heavy and greasy, this one goes on smoothly and absorbs like a dream. 


4) Start Using Clay Masks Again

We all tend to reach for sheet masks and cream masks in the cooler months, but it’s time to break out the clay masks for our spring skincare tips, 2021 edition. Clay masks are ideal for mopping up excess facial oils, reducing the likelihood of breakouts and making warmer weather more comfortable during spring and summer.

Clay masks are perfect for once or twice a week as part of your spring skincare routine to keep your skin feeling fresh as humidity creeps in.

Murad Rapid Relief Sulfur Mask
Murad Rapid Relief Sulfur Mask
Tackle the appearance of breakouts and stubbornly large pores with this tri-action clay mask from Murad. Murad Rapid Relief Sulfur Mask contains a trio of skin-purifying ingredients to reduce the severity of breakouts, minimise the look of pores and regulate your skin’s oil levels. 


5) Give Double Cleansing a Shot

As the weather warms up and we’re more likely to have a little bit more sebum and sunscreens on our skin than in the winter, it’s important to cleanse your skin well in the spring. While technically double cleansing is something that’s best to do all year, it’s a great habit to start as part of your spring skincare routine.

Double cleansing is a super-efficient way to deeply cleanse the skin of any lingering grime that’s trapped in pores, sweep away excess sebum, and dissolve all traces of makeup. By adding this step to your skincare for spring, your skin is left feeling super clean without being stripped of moisture - think of it as a spring cleaning for your pores!

Our suggested first step for a double cleanse is the Elemis Pro Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm. It smells amazing, plus it dissolves away every bit of grime, makeup and sunscreen that might be hanging out on your skin. 

Elemis Pro Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm
Elemis Pro Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm
Indulge in the luxurious ritual of double cleansing with Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm. This sumptuous balm melts upon contact with the skin, effortlessly dissolving makeup, impurities, and daily grime. 


Best Products for Spring Skincare

Spring Skincare products from Dermalogica, Murad, and more

If you’re looking for an example skincare routine to revamp your beauty ritual for spring, here’s what we suggest trying! These spring skincare essentials have been hand-picked to suit all skin types. 

Facial Cleanser

Clean skin equals happy skin. A facial cleanser is the foundation step of your skincare routine, and we’ve hand-picked this one for spring. Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel is one of the brand’s best-selling cleansers, and for good reason. It’s formulated to be gentle on all skin types. 

The soap-free formula sweeps away impurities while making sure it doesn’t strip your moisture barrier, leaving your skin feeling fresh and clean! Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel is also formulated with calming plant extracts to ensure that skin never feels irritated or overwhelmed.

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
This gel-textured cleanser creates a deeply cleansing yet non-stripping foam that’s perfect for sweeping away any lingering impurities and pollution from your skin, leaving it feeling fresh and clean.


Facial Serum

A boost of hydration helps to keep your skin happy through any seasonal change. One of the best skincare ingredients for this has to be hyaluronic acid

This humectant attracts water to your skin, warding away surface dryness and ensuring your skin feels smooth and bouncy. Another beneficial ingredient is glycerin! Glycerin hydrates skin in a similar way, helping to strengthen your skin’s moisture barrier for a healthy glow. 

One of our favourite spring skin care products that brings these two together is the Dermalogica Circular Hydration Serum. This lightweight facial serum for all skin types helps to lock in hydration, ensuring your skin feels amazing, no matter the season!

Dermalogica Circular Hydration Serum
Dermalogica Circular Hydration Serum
The Dermalogica Circular Hydration Serum instantly improves your skin’s hydration thanks to a powerful combination of intensely hydrating ingredients. 


Facial Toner

A facial toner can serve so many functions in your skincare routine! One of our favourite ways has to be using an exfoliating toner for added glow and smoother skin. An exfoliating facial toner will be formulated with ingredients such as Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, and others to help sweep away dead skin cells and refine pores. 

We suggest using an exfoliating toner one to three times a week to help keep your skin in tip top shape. Our recommendation for spring is the Medik8 Press & Glow. This gentle exfoliator uses a special exfoliating acid called Poly Hydroxy Acids (PHAs). This type of acid is gentler on skin than AHAs or BHAs, ensuring that this toner is ideal for all skin types for refined skin and less visible pores.

Medik8 Press & Glow
Medik8 Press & Glow
Medik8 Press & Glow harnesses the power of Gluconolactone. This gentle exfoliator falls into the Poly Hydroxy Acid family and effectively smooths away dead skin cells to reveal radiant, glowing skin.



No skincare routine is complete without a moisturiser to lock in hydration for smoother skin. Moisturisers should contain a mix of humectant ingredients - like glycerin - and some oil-based ingredients to create the perfect moisturising balance for your skin. Our pick for spring is the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream.

It’s a lightweight moisturiser that’s packed with all the right stuff to keep all skin types hydrated; squalane, to smooth and moisturise plus glycerin to hydrate. Another bonus - it’s fragrance free, making it ideal for even sensitive skin! 

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is much-loved by skincare enthusiasts and celebrities alike. It’s a lightweight moisturising cream that provides all-day hydration and protection from harsh environmental elements. 


Final Points

Spring is a time of renewal and transformation, and your skincare routine should reflect that. By adapting your regimen to include lighter moisturisers, exfoliating treatments, sun protection, clay masks, and double cleansing, your skin will be best equipped to deal with the warming seasons and increasing humidity.

Remember, the key to achieving and maintaining beautiful skin is consistency and customisation. Tailor your skincare routine to your specific skin type and concerns. Whether you have oily, dry, combination, or sensitive skin, there are products and techniques that can help you achieve your skincare goals this spring! 

Alexis Adrienne

Alexis Adrienne

Alexis Adrienne is a passionate beauty writer with over 10 years of experience. She’s incredibly keen on all things skincare, makeup and cosmetics, with a fingertip on the pulse of the latest global beauty trends at all times.

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