Hello Spring! As the final few days of cold come to a close, off come the coat and gloves as we get ourselves out of hibernation. And what better way than to put your best face forward? Read on for 4 steps to getting your skin Spring ready.
Start your day off with a clean start with a good cleanser that’s specially formulated for your skin type: oily, acne-prone, dry, sensitive, or combination skin. For oily skin types, a glycolic acid-based cleanser gently sloughs dead skin cells, while removing excess oil.
For sensitive and dry skin types, I especially like using cleansing oils. Oil for the face? Yes! I discovered cleansing oil about a year ago, and have loved it since. Cleansing oils have been around for a looong time, and is highly popular in Asian countries like Japan and Korea. Cleansing oils work because they are compatible with and bind sebum and residue, which allows the oil to loosen it and lift off easily. The best way to use cleansing oil is to massage it in the skin well (at least 2 minutes). The massage action stimulates facial circulation and dilates the blood vessels to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin. Plus, it feels great!
Bring out the brighter skin in you by exfoliating your skin every so often. Exfoliation is important because it helps to promote cell renewal to reveal healthy skin cells. There are various ways to exfoliate the skin: manual scrubbing, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels.
Manual scrubbing includes loofahs, exfoliation gloves, and wash-off scrubs. I prefer to use this method on the skin on the body, rather than the face because the particles used are tiny jagged fragments that cause micro-lacerations in the skin. For sensitive skin types, this may not be the best method on facial skin because it leads to irritation.
Professional microdermabrasion involves a scrub-tipped wand connected to a vacuum-like chamber that sucks up dead skin cells as you glide the wand across the surface of the skin. The vacuum sucks up the dead skin and sebum as the wand exfoliates. This method is great for monthly exfoliation when you visit your skincare professional. At-home microdermabrasion kits are usually scrub-like creams that contain aluminum oxide, and work pretty much the same as manual scrubbing.
Chemical peels are my favorite form of monthly exfoliation. Light (superficial) chemical peels are great for most skin types, and yield a bright, even toned complexion. They work extremely well with discolored skin, since there are many types of peels that contain skin lighteners. So really, it’s a 2-in-one benefit: exfoliation and inhibition of melanin to combat dark spots.
To maintain the results of your exfoliating treatment and keep your skin smooth, use skincare products that contain retinol (Vitamin A) or its derivatives. Retinol in serums and creams aid in cell turnover to help the skin produce more healthy skin cells to replace the old layers removed.
Keep the skin on your face well-hydrated by using a moisturizer. Combination skin types benefit from lighter, gel-based moisturizers. If the skin is super oily moisturizing can be used sparingly or skipped altogether. Those with normal or dry skin can use a creamy moisturizer to fight off dehydrated skin. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, palmitoyl pentapeptide-3 (Matrixyl), and collagen are superstars at keeping skin cells plump and moist.
Keep delicate skin around the eyes looking fresh with a hydrating eye cream. Look for ingredients like vitamin K and caffeine to reduce dark circles and achieve that well-rested look.
Sunny days mean exposure to harmful UV rays, so don’t forget the most important part of your skincare regimen: KEEP YOUR SKIN PROTECTED! Use SPF 30 protection, and remember to re-apply during the day as needed. Mineral makeup also contains protective benefits so you can color and protect in one step!