6 TikTok-Approved Skincare Trends to Smoothly Transition from Winter to Spring 2023

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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 last days of winter fighting dull and dry skin, the change to less heavy moisturizers is a welcome one.

The beauty consensus is in: Matte is making a comeback this season, but with a modern, skincare-forward approach. From products such as blurring primers and nourishing lip masks to TikTok trends such as skin flooding, no skincare technique is off the table. 

Not sure what to add to your updated spring beauty routine? The ET team has pulled together the very best spring skincare products and accompanying products to try in the new season. From nourishing facial mists that lock in moisture, to SPF solutions for all skin types and TikTok-approved lip masks, there are so many fun beauty products and skincare trends that will help to take your spring beauty routine from good to great.

Like with any changes to your healthcare or skincare regimen, it's never a bad idea to consult your doctor or dermatologist. Also, test new products on a small patch of skin first.

Check out the six best winter skincare trends and products to try this season — from skin flooding to lip masking, cloud skin, undereye patches and more.

Skin Flooding

One of the biggest trends on skincare TikTok at the moment is skin flooding. Despite the dramatic name, this hack is relatively simple: by applying your skincare products to a damp face, you can allegedly improve absorption and therefore lock in more moisture to your skin. Using a hydrating mist between each skincare step makes trying out the skin flooding trend a breeze.

This toning spray from Tower28 is infused with antibacterial hypochlorous acid — naturally produced by your skin — to help soothe irritation. 


Those with ultra sensitive skin should stick to misting with plain water, such as this Evian spray.


An enrichment of aloe and vitamin E makes this affordable mist extra soothing.


This mist from Selena Gomez's skincare brand is infused with niacinamide, botanicals and panthenol to encourage a healthy glow.


Glow Recipe's watermelon-scented mist is sure to brighten up your day.


Cloud Skin

Essentially a re-branded version of soft matte makeup, cloud skin is the happy medium between 2020's obsession with all things dewy and 2016's bone-dry base. The latest TikTok makeup trend is all about matte-but-not-flat makeup with a velvety, blurred finish, and a strong skincare routine is the key to avoiding a dated look.

To achieve a modern matte look, prep your skin well with serum and a moisturizer suited to your skin type before applying a blurring primer and finishing with a mattifying setting spray.

Hydrated skin ensures your makeup looks matte, not flat. This hyaluronic acid serum helps give a plump look to the skin.


Keep shine at bay with a matte moisturizer, formulated specifically with oily skin in mind.


If you're willing to spend a little more for hydrated skin, this luxurious vitamin C-infused moisturizer is well worth the splurge.


If your skin tends towards the oilier side, add a mattifying primer before moving on to foundation.


Lightweight Moisturizers

As the weather starts to warm up, we're less concerned about protecting our skin from the harsh cold with heavy moisturizers. Instead, we're switching to lighter formulas for a healthy dose of hydration that won't leave your skin feeling greasy. Whether you prefer gel or cream, saving or splurging, there's a lightweight moisturizer out there that you and your skin will adore.

This gel-cream applies and absorbs like a gel, but provides all the hydration benefits of a cream.


Strengthen your skin's barrier with this daily lightweight moisturizer.


Benefit's top-rated moisturizer doubles as a makeup primer, blurring pores while providing a light dose of moisture.


"The perfect lightweight moisturizer," raved one happy reviewer of this moisturizer. "It’s always hard to find a balance when you’re working on clearing your skin of acne and acne marks. Treatments are always so drying and most moisturizers just add too much oil. This is magic. My only problem is I always want to use too much!"


This lightweight, oil-free moisturizer uses an infusion of vitamins to nourish the skin while maintaining its barrier with peptides.


Lip Masks

If you've been anywhere near TikTok in the last year, you've probably seen the ultra-trendy Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. Celebs such as Kendall Jenner, Brooke Shields and Kaia Gerber all swear by the shea butter and vitamin C-infused treatment. The product is made to be applied at night to hydrate your lips while you sleep, but you can use it as a lip balm during the day for extra hydration. 

While good old-fashioned Vaseline and Aquaphor are likely just as effective at hydrating your lips overnight, we can't deny how adorable lip masks are — plus the cute packaging will encourage you to apply more often. Below, we've found overnight lip treatments at every budget.

While it's not technically a mask, so many TikTokers swear by this affordable lip treatment from Aquaphor. Leave on overnight and reapply all day for best results.


Apply this lip therapy treatment before bed for long-lasting hydration.


Give lips the perfect pout with this TikTok favorite, nourishing berry-flavored overnight mask.


This lip mask is infused with berry wax to help protect your lips' barrier — locking in hydration for a smooth, plump appearance.


Protect your pout with this best-selling lip mask from cult-favorite skincare line, Tatcha. 


Under Eye Patches

There's something so luxurious about lounging around with under-eye masks. We've seen this trend all over TikTok as well as our favorite celebs — Selena Gomez, Kristin Bell and Kourtney Kardashian to name a few — and we're obsessed with anything that makes our home feel like a spa.

Whether you're looking for a budget-friendly treatment or want to go all out with a bougie 24k gold option, this is one of the most fun skincare trends of the season. Pro tip: Store these in the fridge for an extra-soothing cooling effect.

Vegan and cruelty-free, Pacifica's under-eye masks revitalize your skin with a blend of vitamin C, marine plant extracts, aloe and hyaluronic acid.


Soothe puffy eyes and reduce under-eye discoloration with these biocellulose under-eye patches. Like many of Peace Out Skincare products, the Puffy Eye Patches are completely biodegradable (and the packaging they come in is completely recyclable).


These foil patches from Wander Beauty give tired eyes a refresh with hydrating ingredients that can help reduce the appearance of dark circles.


Kristen Bell, Kaley Cuoco and Kourtney Kardashian are all fans of these sleek, hydro gel patches which work to "firm and tone," — according to the retailer.


Selena Gomez protects the delicate skin of her under-eyes with these gel patches from Peter Thomas Roth. Made with intensely hydrating Hyaluronic Acids and colloidal gold, this luxury treatment provides a boost of moisture to instantly soothe and firm your skin.


SPF Staples

Now that we're spending more time outdoors, it's more important than ever to use sunscreen. 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 long term. 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.

Tap into the benefits of a water-resistant, skin-protecting formula with Aveeno's mineral sunscreen solution.


This two-pack of travel-friendly Neutrogena sunscreen provides ample sun protection without greasing up your skin.


Protect your skin from the sun without worrying about white cast using BOLDEN's vitamin C-enhanced sunscreen for sensitive skin.


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



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