Spring ahead skincare! …the days are getting longer and the warmer weather is sure to follow. This month as we turn the clocks ahead, it’s a great time to think about what our spring skincare routine should look like. You may have noticed already, I know I certainly have, that with just these small increases in temperature your skincare needs can shift. So what exactly does our skin need after these long winter months?? Well, at the start of any new season, one of the best things you can do for your skin is to schedule an appointment with your professional skincare therapist. This is a great opportunity to discuss your changing skincare needs and tailor your at home skincare routine. You will also reap the benefits of receiving a professional treatment such as deeper level exfoliations and increased collagen production through massage and facial maneuvers.
From my experience in the treatment room, I’ve noticed that many clients tend to need adjustments to their routine in a few key areas. One of those areas that I feel is of high importance is Exfoliation.During the harsh winter months, our skin faces so many challenges with extreme temperatures, strong winds, and dry heat sources indoors. As those factors ease up in spring, it’s the perfect time to switch up your treatments. Two of my favorites, Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant and Multivitamin Thermofoliant! These products combine both chemical and mechanical exfoliants to refine skin texture and enhance product penetration. Daily Microfoliant is suitable for all skin types while Multivitamin Thermofoliant infuses the skin with age fighting ingredients. A perfect addition to any anti-aging skincare regimen.
The other area I start to notice many clients may need to adjust is their level of moisture. In the winter, even oily skins may need a little extra boost. Once spring and summer arrive, many of us can switch to a lighter moisturizer. After working with Dermalogica in the treatment room for many years, I have found that the moisturizers in their signature line are some of my favorites, and very easily interchangeable! The three moisturizers included in this line are as follows: Active Moist, an oil free, water based moisturizer that is ideal for oily or oily/combination skins. Skin Smoothing Cream, a medium weight moisturizer perfect for combination/dry skin, and Intensive Moisture balance, an ultra- rich, antioxidant packed moisturizer for dry skin types! As I mentioned before, they are easily interchangeable, so if you’re like me your routine may consist of Skin Smoothing Cream during the day and Intensive Moisture Balance at night!
One last thing to keep in mind as the sun becomes more bright and beautiful. If you have slacked on your sunscreen application throughout the winter months, now’s the time to get back into a daily routine! As a skincare therapist, I educate my clients about the importance of using sunscreen year round. However, I know sometimes life gets busy so I always take the first few weeks of March to encourage my clients, friends, and family to protect their skin from the sun’s harmful rays. People will often ask, ‘What sunscreen do you recommend?’ My answer is always, the one that you’re going to commit to using every day! A sunscreen that fits your skincare needs, time, and budget is the best way to go! The only stipulation, it should be SPF 30 or higher in order to provide ample protection. Happy spring!!