6 Spring 2022 Skincare Trends to Try This Season: Slugging, Light Therapy and More

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Spring Skincare Trends 2022
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The beauty consensus is in: nourished, minimalistic skin is having a major moment this spring. From products like lightweight moisturizers and healing retinol body lotions, to TikTok trends like slugging and light therapy, no skincare technique is off the table. 

And since you've likely been investing more in your skincare than ever before — especially while dealing with the brisk, often dry winter temperatures of the last few months — a spring skincare refresh feels like the perfect opportunity to embrace the new (thankfully warmer) season, and tap into some of the year's biggest beauty trends while you're at it. 

Whether you're the type of person to go all-in with spring cleaning each year or not, there's no doubt that cleaning out a cluttered beauty drawer or closet is always worth the time — especially when it leaves you with more space for a new arsenal of products.

Just as you would transition your wardrobe from winter to spring, adjusting your skincare routine for the changing seasons is a natural shift. And for anyone who spent the coldest days of the year layering up on thick, protective creams — the jump to lighter products (like face oils, fresh lip balms and dewy moisturizers) will be a welcome one.

Not sure what to add to your updated spring beauty routine? The ET Style team has pulled together the very best spring skincare trends and accompanying products to try in the new season — along with a few dermatologist recommendations, as well. From icy skin-sculpting tools and clarifying face oils that lock in moisture, to nourishing SPF remedies for dry skin and celeb-loved light therapy technology, there are so many fun (often TikTok- and Hollywood-approved) beauty products and skincare trends that will help to take your spring beauty routine from good to great.

Check out the six best spring skincare trends and products to try this season — from slugging to light therapy, body retinol lotion, lightweight moisturizer staples and more.

Spring "Skinimalism"

This season, less is definitely more. While 15-step skincare routines and products jam-packed with ingredients were once believed to be the keys to radiant, glowing skin, TikTok's skinimalism trend says otherwise — arguing that a more stripped back approach, comprised of "multitasking products," is both easier on the skin and far more sustainable too.

Glossier's cult-favorite and creamy face wash is formulated with five skin conditioners for all-in-one nourishment.


With a wide-array of thoughtfully incorporated ingredients, the True Botanicals Resurrection Radiance Brightening Eye Cream works to target fine lines and wrinkles, all while addressing dark circles with anti-aging properties and ingredients.


Those with sensitive, acne-prone skin will love Sunday Riley's lightweight and versatile face oil. Simply massage the product into your skin after cleansing for a natural, minimalistic glow.


SkinCeuticals — the brand behind one of the most popular, beauty lover-adored serums on the market — has a new Vitamin C serum with salicylic acid to add to your spring skincare routine. This product is said to help with early breakouts and prevent future ones from happening. What could be better than that?


Korres' one-step cleanser works away any makeup that's typically tough to get off. And, because it's a soap-free cleanser, it'll clean up clogged pores and leave you with fresh skin without stripping away your natural oils. In other words, there won't be any drying out with your new spring skincare practice.



In the case of weird and wonderful skincare trends, slugging certainly tops the list. As with most of TikTok's viral beauty techniques though, the skincare hack falls on a spectrum. There's the extreme: see skin-tingling videos of snails crawling on people's faces for proof. And then there's the real, more achievable: smothering the face with an emollient cream (such as Vaseline) as the slimy (yet surprisingly hydrating) final step in your skincare routine.

"While slugging is trending on social media and seems like a new skincare hack, it's not a new practice," says Dr. Anar Mikailov, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist and Founder of KP Away. "Medical professionals have been recommending slugging, or applying a thin layer of an ultra-occlusive product — typically 100% petrolatum on your skin — for extremely sensitive or eczema prone skin, after surgical procedures, skin rashes, or cosmetic lasers and injections to promote skin healing."

Vaseline has always boasted moisture-locking benefits for skin. But thanks to the slugging trend taking over TikTok, Vaseline's Original Healing Jelly is proving to be a new, derm-approved skincare staple for many.


Treat your skin to this fragrance-free, fast-absorbing gentle emollient from KP Away.


CeraVe's best-selling skin protectant relies on hydrating ingredients and three essential ceramide ingredients — all of which help to relieve dry, cracked skin.


Body Retinol

A truly great skincare routine aims to nourish all skin on the body — not just the face. With spring just around the corner, that means the season of sleeveless tops and other skin-baring styles is almost here. With the help of body retinols and retinol body lotions, you can target everything from fine lines and wrinkles to body acne and hyperpigmentation more easily — regardless of where it falls on the skin.

This cruelty-free formula is crafted with pure retinol, cocoa butter and squalane — all ingredients which work to target  dry skin at the source.


This fragrance-free body lotion is nourishing on its own — but with the retinol-infused formula, blended with a number of antioxidants, the Skin-Smoothing Body Treatment also helps to rejuvenate the skin with anti-aging benefits.


Address sun-damaged skin at the source with Medix's vitamin A-infused, anti-wrinkle 5.5 Retinol Cream with Ferulic Acid.


Skincare Tools: Light Therapy and Cryotherapy

If you're going to cultivate an effective skincare routine, you're going to need more than just a solid serum or toner — and skincare tools like light therapy or cryotherapy products have emerged as some of the best solutions to breathe new life into your skin this spring. From celeb-loved skincare wands to cooling sculpting tools and even popular micro-current technologies (hi, NuFACE), there are plenty of fresh skincare tools worth trying this season.

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This red light therapy wand is used by Reese Witherspoon and Sydney Sweeney — talk about a celeb seal of approval!


Ice rollers help calm, soothe and tighten skin while shrinking pores. They can also be a great tool for relieving pain. This ice roller from Esarora has almost 15,000 five-star ratings on Amazon!


To all the beauty lovers out there, if you really want to up your spring skin care game, the NuFACE Trinity will be one of the best purchases you make, whether it's for yourself or for a loved one.


Treat your skin to a cool, sculpting touch with this Silicone Ice Mold — only $12 on Amazon.


SPF Staples

SPF might not be a cure-all for eliminating fine lines and wrinkles, but it does help to protect the skin from sun damage in the longterm. Besides SPF-infused moisturizers and other beauty products, a solid SPF or sunscreen is a must-have in any daily skincare routine for spring and beyond.

This trendy Supergoop! sunscreen helps to provide SPF 30 protection via a super sheer, lightweight formula.


Better protect your skin with EltaMD's oil free, UV Clear Broad-Spectrum sunscreen.


Look, there will never be a time when you don't need sunscreen. So why not take this opportunity to stock up on a tried-and-true option from La Roche-Posay? It's truly one of the best skincare products for spring and summer.


Dr. Barbara Sturm's gentle Sun Drops SPF50 formula works to "promote skin resiliency" with ingredients like Vitamin E and Cassia Extract, according to the retailer.


Lightweight Moisturizers

After a long winter season (likely chock-full of heavy creams and extra-nourishing serums that target dry, cracked skin) the return of more airy, delicate and lightweight moisturizers is a very exciting prospect. Moisturizers are essential in any spring skincare routine for extra nourishment and, of course, moisture.

"Moisturizers are emulsions of humectants, which attract water to hydrate skin; emollients, which create a smooth surface providing cohesion; and occlusives, which form a physical barrier to reduce transepidermal water loss (TEWL)," says Dr. Anar Mikailov, MD, FAAD. "Lightweight moisturizers are formulated with more humectants than occlusives to give it that lightweight, hydrating feeling while still hydrating and moisturizing the skin effectively."

As indicated by the name, this delicate moisturizer offers a lightweight barrier for the skin.


If you're looking for a lightweight moisturizer to wear every day (before your put on SPF, of course), look to Kate Somerville's goat milk product. Whether you have dry, sensitive skin or you simply want a velvety smooth finish, this is the product to keep in your everyday routine.


OLAY's Vitamin C + Peptide 24 Facial Moisturizer is considered a skincare holy grail for a reason.


Drunk Elephant's cult-favorite Lala Retro Whipped Cream is beloved for good reason. The multifaceted cream works to replenish the skin's barrier through a "plant ceramide complex," and six African oils.


This skin-boosting moisturizer boasts an ingredient list that includes ginger, Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, aloe water and more.


Give the skin some glow with this lightweight, tinted moisturizer — which boasts protective ingredients against UV rays.


Add a plumping touch to your spring skincare routine with Tatcha's ultra-hydrating moisturizer.



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