As the weather changes, so should your skin care! Prepare your skin for its warm weather debut with the following updates to your routine:
- Cleanser - This time of year, you may be prone to more oily skin. If you normally use a cleanser for dry skin in the winter, consider switching to one for oily or normal skin in the summer. Typically a cream cleanser is best for dry to normal skin and a gel cleanser is best for normal to oily skin.
- Exfoliation - No matter how much moisturizer you use, you will never see the benefits unless you exfoliate. Shed the dull, dry skin of the winter months with acid-based products. With everything from facial exfoliators, to body scrubs and heel creams, there are products to exfoliate all areas of your skin. For an even bigger impact, try an in-office chemical peel.
- Antioxidants - If you aren't using antioxidant products already, now is the time to start! You will likely be spending more time in the sun this time of year, so you are at increased risk for UV damage. This damage can be prevented and reversed with antioxidant products.
- Retinol - This anti-aging product helps prevent buildup of dead skin cells, promotes faster cell turn-over, and stimulates new collagen formation. It is important in the warmer months when your skin becomes more oily because it is also effective at treating clogged pores. Apply this product only at night.
- Moisturizer - Choose a lightweight moisturizer for the warmer months. Your skin will not be as dry as in the winter, so there is less need to use heavier creams. Apply your moisturizer morning and night after washing your face to lock in moisture. If you need extra moisture, apply your heavier cream at night and keep the lighter one for daytime use. If you have oily skin, consider a mattifying moisturizer to avoid looking too shiny.
- Sunscreen - Of course we should use sunscreen all year, but if you have gotten out of the habit over the winter, now is the time to start again. Choose a product with at least SPF 30. The protective benefits only last for two hours so don't forget to reapply. Select a broad-spectrum product to ensure you are protected against both UV A ( the "aging" rays) and UV B (the "burning" rays). If you have acne, sensitive skin or melasma, stick with mineral-based sunscreens that contain only zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as their active ingredient.
- Spring Cleaning - Take a look at your makeup and skin care products. If any of your products are more than one year old, it's time to toss them. Old products may not match your current needs, can become less effective, or even worse... harbor nasty bacteria. If you still have it, you probably weren't using it anyway! Start fresh with the products that are right for the skin you have today, not years back.
If you have any questions about how to update your skincare routine with the change of seasons, schedule a consultation with one of our skincare experts.