Spring Skincare Update
After months of snow, slush, and frigid temperatures, spring is finally on the horizon. Winter has left the building (well, almost), taking with it our dreary moods and dry, itchy skin. And while we’ve spent the first part of 2020 layering serums, balms, and oils, warmer air and increased humidity mean our skin is about to be in for a shock. How, then, to prep the face for sunnier days ahead? We spoke to New York City dermatologist Patricia Wexler, M.D., for her tips on getting healthy, gorgeous skin just in time for summer.
“Swapping your moisturizer for something a little lighter is key,” says Wexler, who recommends a hyaluronic acid-or water-based formula when the weather warms up. “Our skin tends to hold more water in the spring and summer, so you won’t need as much protection.” While using a moisturizer with an SPF 30 is fine for winter, Wexler stresses the importance of a sunscreen—separate from your lotion and makeup—that’s at least SPF 50.
At Fountain of Youth Medical in Farragut, Tennessee - Lynne Worthington suggests one of these specialized treatments to spring your skin into shape.
Micro-Needling Rejuvepen - Who doesn't need more elasticity? Collagen is the key to getting rid of any skin concern. Completing a series of this procedure will help bring back both collagen and hyaluronic acid naturally! At Fountain of Youth Medical we have on-going specials with Microneedling by Rejuvepen and would love to see your skin look and feel 10 years younger!
The ThermoClear systems allows you to remove unwanted imperfections in seconds with minimal discomfort. This radio frequency machine (low and high radio frequency) will help you remove sun spots, age spots, moles, acne scars, injury scars, cholesterol deposits, sebaceous hyperplasia, keratosis, fibromas, skin tags, cherry angiomas and spider capillaries, among others.
Shaving your face isn't just for men! In fact, it could be the key to get smooth, glowing skin. But we're not talking about using a regular razor, Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation that gently and safely scrapes off the top layer of dulling dead skin cells in order to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. It also eliminates that annoying peach fuzz that cakes up in makeup, allows for greater penetration of skincare products and creates a flawless canvas for makeup to glide on.
Quite possibly the most important piece of the puzzle is spring-cleaning. “Throw out anything over six months old,” advises Wexler, who adds that old products can host a buildup of bacteria, leading to clogged pores and dull skin. Makeup brushes, too, are often overlooked, and can store unwanted germs and viruses. Wexler recommends washing brushes at least once a week with regular hand soap and drying them with a blow-dryer. “Something that’s so simple can have a huge impact on the overall health of skin,” she says.