Skincare in Transition: Winter to Spring

Anyone who knows me well knows that I hate the feeling of dry skin, particularly dry hands. I work hard to take care of my skin and along the way I’ve found some products that work pretty well at keeping me from battling dry skin all the time. As we (hopefully) start this transition from winter to spring, I wanted to share some thoughts on my favorite products just in case you need to update your grooming arsenal.

Body

I think that every good skin care routine starts with a good body wash. When I want to ensure that my skin is well-moisturized, especially during less humid, cooler months, I always circle back to SheaMoisture Three Butters Wash & Scrub from their men’s line. It’s luxurious, and with three butters (shea, cocoa and mango) it always leaves my skin feeling much better than without it. It’s a great winter product that transitions through the early stages of spring.

Once we get deeper into spring and the summer months, I make the change to less creamy options. I’m looking forward revisiting with my all-year favorite (and inexpensive option) Trader Joe’s Oatmeal & Honey Soap. It’s light, yet moisturizing and I use it from head to toe.

I feel similarly about SheaMoisture’s Ultra-Rich Moisturizing Lotion (w/ Vitamin E & Aloe). This is a great all over body moisturizer that has been awesome for me during these cold, NYC winter months. It lives up to its name of being “ultra-rich” so much so that I tend to always find my way back to it throughout my day. It is likely a bit too rich for spring and summer months so instead I’ll be opting for something a bit lighter. SheaMoisture’s 100% Tamanu Oil & Organic Shea Butter Extra Dry Skin Body Lotion is also a great, and lighter, alternative.

**My secret weapon** I haven’t used this during the spring and summer months just yet, BUT I’m curious if I’ll need it because LUSH Lemony Fluttery Cuticle Cream is the business!  If you have cracked cuticles and horrible nail beds, which a lot of us gents do, this is an AMAZING product and kept my from feeling insecure about my hands during the winter months. I hear it’s also great for severely dry skin on feet and elbows too. Give it a try!

Face

I have sensitive skin and I’m very particular about what I put on my face and the products I use definitely change depending on the time of year. For winter, I’m a huge fan of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer. It just works.  But, for summer I tend to opt for something a bit lighter that provides some shine coverage, which is why Lab Series Pro LS All in One Face Treatment still gets my vote after all these years!

Generally, when you’re looking to switch out your products as the weather changes for the spring, try opting for lighter formulations that don’t include as many butters but more so lighter oils that help seal in moisture.

As with anything, we all have our personal preferences so always take that into consideration when reading product reviews or researching products.

Good luck and let me know what your favorite skin care products are for spring in the comments below!