After months of heavy rains and frigid temperatures, spring is finally on the horizon. Winter has left the building (well, almost), taking with it our dreary moods and dry, itchy skin. And while we’ve spent the first part of 2022 layering serums, lotions, and oils, warmer air and increased humidity mean our skin is about to be in for a shock.

How, then, to prep the face for sunnier days ahead?

Swapping your moisturizer for something a little lighter is key. We recommend a water-based formula when the weather warms up. Our skin tends to hold more water in the spring and summer, so you won’t need as much protection. While using a sunscreen with an SPF 30 is fine for Winter, we stress the importance of a sunscreen that’s at least SPF 50 for Spring and Summer.

The next step in the glow game is exfoliation. Contrary to popular belief, we actually need to exfoliate when our skin is extra dry. We advise patients to slough off dead skin and unblock pores with a gentle exfoliating cleanser rather than with harsh scrubs. Using clay face masks twice a week can have a huge impact on your skin as well.

Quite possibly the most important piece of the puzzle is spring-cleaning. “Throw out anything over six months old, because old products can host a buildup of bacteria, leading to clogged pores and dull skin. Makeup brushes, too, are often overlooked, and can store unwanted germs and viruses. We recommend washing brushes at least once a week with regular hand soap and drying them with a blow-dryer. Something that’s so simple can have a huge impact on the overall health of skin.

Luckily, summer’s makeup routine is perennially simple, and tinted moisturizer makes a perfect substitute for a heavy foundation.

Our final piece of advice for healthy skin?

Carry makeup wipes everywhere you go.