Beauty

A Simple 4-Step Skin Routine for Spring

Written by: Megan O’Neill

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Published on: April 16, 2024

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Photo courtesy of Marie Schmidt/Blaublut Edition

The season of strappy sandals, farmers’-market strawberries, and lighter, easier skin routines is upon us. Double down on serum, swap out your thick winter cream for an ultralight water-cream with a fresh satin-matte finish, and follow this easy routine for your smoothest, most radiant skin.

1

WAKE UP YOUR SKIN WITH GENTLE EXFOLIATION

Exfoliate consistently to make your skin look better, no matter the time of year; any serums you apply afterward will also sink in more effectively (and self-tanner will go on more evenly). This daily jelly cleanser soothes with omegas and vitamins and buffs away dead cells and debris with fruit enzymes and bitter orange peel so your skin—whether it’s dry, oily, combination, or sensitive—looks and feels instantly brighter and smoother.

  1. goop Beauty
    Cloudberry Exfoliating Jelly Cleanser
    goop, $35/$25 with subscriptionSHOP NOW

 


2

BOOST GLOW, MOISTURE, AND TEXTURE WITH SERUM

With their light, silky consistency and concentration of actives to target different skin concerns, these serums melt in beautifully under a hydrating face cream.

  1. Brightening

    Beautycounter
    Counter+ All Bright C Serum
    goop, $90SHOP NOW
  2. Firming

    Skin Design London
    Face Tight Serum
    goop, $220SHOP NOW
  3. Moisturizing

    Tata Harper
    Superkind Bio-Barrier Serum
    goop, $146SHOP NOW
  4. Wrinkle-Targeting

    goop Beauty
    Youth-Boost Peptide Serum
    goop, $150/$135 with subscriptionSHOP NOW

 


 

3

MOISTURE-BLAST YOUR SKIN

Impressively intense (it increases the hydration level in your skin for up to 72 hours after a single application) with longer-term results in terms of brightening and barrier repair, this silky water-cream is the linchpin of any warm-weather routine. It’s overflowing with nourishing ingredients: barrier-restoring niacinamide, kale sprouts for radiance, moisturizing sugar beets. And the cream is light enough to layer seamlessly—under makeup and sunscreen and over serums and concentrates. Either way, it deposits the prettiest satiny finish.

  1. goop Beauty
    72-Hour Supercharged Hydrating Water-Cream
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4

SLATHER ON SUNSCREEN

Because we spend more time outside in the warmer months, we expose ourselves to more skin-damaging UV rays. Our favorite clean mineral sunscreens are the most effective route to healthier, more supple, younger-looking skin in both the long and short term.

  1. Serum

    Mara
    Algae + Zinc Sea Kale Sunscreen Serum
    goop, $52SHOP NOW
  2. Cream

    Grown Alchemist
    Natural Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30
    goop, $42SHOP NOW
  3. Tinted Primer

    Iris&Romeo
    Weekend Skin SPF 50 + Vitamin C + Glow
    goop, $50SHOP NOW

BONUS: NIGHTTIME MVPS

The above routine is interchangeable for day and night (with the exception of sunscreen), but adding nighttime-only treatments—like a line-targeting serum and a firming near-infrared laser—can take your skin to the next level.

  1. Dr. Few Skincare
    Clean Retinol
    goop, $195SHOP NOW
  2. goop Beauty
    Dark Spot Exfoliating Sleep Milk
    goop, $98SHOP NOW
  3. Lyma
    LYMA Laser Starter Kit
    goop, $2,695SHOP NOW