Spring is a time of renewal and rejuvenation, not just for the world around us, but for ourskin as well. As the weather warms up and we shed our heavy winter layers, it'simportant to update our skincare routines to ensure our skin stays healthy and radiant.
Dr. Leslie Baumann, a renowned dermatologist and skincare expert, recommends a three-step process to help transition your skin into spring: purify, hydrate, and repair.
First up in Dr. Baumann's recommended spring skincare routine is purification. Normal human skin has a pH of around 4.7. This sits slightly on the acidic side of the pH scale, which runs from 0 to 14, with 0 being highly acidic and 14 highly alkaline. Water is considered to be neutral, falling directly in the middle of the scale at 7. While you do not want to use skincare products with extremely low or high pHs, using a cleanser formulated for your skin type that slightly lowers your skin’s pH can do three important things: increases the effectiveness of other skincare ingredients in your regimen, such as vitamin C, loosens the “glue” that holds skin cells together, and makes your skin less hospitable for acne-causing bacteria. We recommend our PLANTRACT CLEANSING GEL 1, which is gentle but effective for removing any build-up of oils, dirt, and sweat that can clog pores and lead to breakouts. It cleanses and purifies while never stripping the dermis of its natural, essential moisture or softness.
Next, Dr. Baumann recommends hydrating with a toner like our ENERGIZING Q TONER 2 powered by hyaluronic acid and featuring the antioxidant coenzyme Q10. Toners are often overlooked in skincare routines, but they can be a crucial step in keeping skin hydrated and balanced. A hydrating toner can help to restore the skin's natural pH balance and prepare it to receive other treatments like serums and moisturizers. Look for toners that contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerin, which can help to attract and lock in moisture.
Finally, it's time to repair and moisturize. Dr. Baumann suggests using a skin-repairing and super-moisturizing moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and protected. Look for products that contain ingredients like ceramides, which can help to strengthen the skin barrier, and niacinamide, which can help to reduce inflammation and improve skin texture. Dr. Baumann emphasizes the importance of choosing a moisturizer that is tailored to your skin type and concerns, whether that's dryness, sensitivity, or anti-aging. We’ve got the perfect solution! You absolutely can’t go wrong with our best-selling PSL REPAIR MOISTURIZER 4. This holy grail cream is clinically proven to strengthen the skin barrier and reduce irritation after just seven days of use and to instantly improve skin dryness.
By following these three steps - purifying, hydrating, and repairing - you can help your skin transition into spring and maintain a healthy, radiant glow throughout the season. Dr. Baumann's advice is supported by numerous studies and dermatological research, making these tips a safe and effective way to take care of your skin. So why not give it a try and see the difference it can make for your skin this spring? Don’t forget to shop our limited time Derm-Tested Trio at $30 Off while supplies last.