Spring Cleaning Your Skin Care

Spring is officially here. Have you cleaned up your skin care routine yet? If you haven’t, here are four spring clean-up skin care tips you should follow:

Stronger Cleansers – In the cold winter months, your skin needs cleansers that also provide moisturization. Cleansers that also have hydrating agents are a bit creamier. As spring arrives, make the switch to a more normal and stronger cleanser. A normal cleanser means it’s a non-soap based cleanser that has a well-balanced pH level. With the warm weather coming in Florida, normal cleansers are the best for skin that’s not too oily. If your skin is oily, you could opt for a foaming cleanser that can remove extra oils while preserving moisture in your skin.

Exfoliate More – During the winter, your skin becomes drier and more sensitive than usual, so exfoliating once a week is recommended. However once spring comes along, dermatologists recommend exfoliating twice a week to get rid of the built up layers of dead skin you’ve accumulated over the course of the winter months. Exfoliating more allows for topical treatments you use to be absorbed quicker because there are less barriers of dirt and grime coated on your skin to delay the process. However, if you do notice your skin becoming more red or sensitive as you increase the amount of exfoliating you do every week, ask your dermatologist for another method, or decrease the number of times you do exfoliate.

Chemical Peels – If you want to renew your skin even further, look into getting chemical peels in the spring. For a treatment like this, a chemical solution is applied to your skin, causing the topmost layer to peel off. This allows your younger and less wrinkled layers underneath to come to the surface, rejuvenating your complexion. For maximum effectiveness, chemical peels are usually done in tandem with bleaching treatments to lighten any age spots and brown spots. There are many types of chemical peels, and it’s best to talk to your dermatologist about what’s right for you.

More Sunscreen – In the spring, you’re out and about a lot more often so it’s important to be very vigilant about applying your sunscreen regularly. Yes, that means even if it’s cloudy outside, you still need to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF rating of 30 or higher. Whether you’re at the beach, tending to your garden, or having a picnic at the park, it’s important to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Apply every morning, and reapply every two hours. Other things to keep in mind for skin protection is clothing, hats to provide shade for your face, and sunglasses to protect the thin layers of skin around your eyes.

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