Our motto? New season, new skin-care regimen. And since spring skin is probably on your mind, given that the official start to the season is just around the corner, there's no better time than the present to start prepping your complexion for the impending rising temps and sticky, heavy humidity that lies ahead. Here are the five top tips from dermatologists to help stave off vernal skin-related freak-outs.
1. Start scrubbing.
Snow, sludge, and rain can cause season-long buildup on the skin—of dead skin cells, leftover product, and environmental toxins—which is why dermatologists recommend exfoliating in the new season. To keep skin smooth and hydrated, using a mask up to three times a week.
2. Lighten your load.
Gone are the days of duck boots, fur-lined hoods, and loading up your visage with thick creams and serums to help fight off the wicked winter wind. Come spring, it's time to swap out your heavy formulas for lighter lotions. While ingredients like petrolatum help protect the skin, certain products can weigh you down especially in humid weather.
3. Apply (and re-apply) sunscreen.
After a months spent bundled up in beanies and parkas, slathering on sun protection is a must once temps start to rise. Springtime is actually a high risk time for sunburns and sun damage. Although the weather is warmer, it's still so mild you might not feel how strong the sun is. Apply sunscreen every morning and reapply it again before any outdoor activity during the day. Our SPF recommendation? EltaMD Skincare UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
It's clear zinc oxide sunscreen that also contains niacinamide to help give the skin a glow. (As a reminder, niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 that strengthens the skin's outer layers, improves elasticity, and curbs redness and irritation.)
4. Add an eye cream.
Because the sun's more prominent in the spring, people are more prone to squinting. To combat the fine lines and wrinkles that can form around the eyes, find an eye cream with a high concentration of antioxidants and peptides.
Of course, a pair of big sunglasses is never a bad idea, either.
5. Go shopping.
Since you'll be spending more time in the sun, look for makeup that offers even coverage and protection. Hit up the local OC Facial Care Center in Lake Forest or online and shop tip you drop!
Your skin is worth investing in, come see one of our many skin care specialists who can recommend the best regime just for you!