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Transition to a Spring Skin Care Routine

Hello, sunshine! As the weather warms and the sunny days begin to outnumber the dark clouds of winter, it’s important to adjust your skin care routine. Here are some tips to keep your skin glowing as we transition from the dry, cold air of winter, to the heat and humidity of spring and summer.



Lighten up
The air contains a lot more moisture in the spring and summer, and the increase in temperatures along with the potential spike in humidity means that you are more likely to perspire, which may result in oilier skin. Ditch the heavy creams for a lighter moisturizer with lower lipid composition. This will allow your skin to stay hydrated, but still be able to breathe.

Protect with SPF
You are more likely to be outdoors for longer periods of time during the spring and summer, and the sun is also stronger. While the SPF in your moisturizer or foundation may be adequate for the winter months, you’ll want to ramp up the SPF as the season changes. It’s best to use a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 that is separate from your lotion or makeup. In addition, while sunscreen may only be needed on the face during the winter, you’ll want to get in the habit of applying sunscreen every morning to the rest of your body – arms, legs, shoulders, chest, etc. Be aware that many medications and the use of retinol products will increase your sensitivity to the sun.

 

Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer, and sunscreen use can significantly reduce this risk. Everyone should have yearly skin checks by a dermatologist to screen for early signs of skin cancer. If skin cancer is caught in the early stages, it is usually very curable. Put it off and those cancer cells grow, and you may be faced with a much more serious situation that can be life threatening. Treatment for more advanced cases of skin cancer often involves disfiguring surgery.

Exfoliate
The skin is constantly sloughing off old, dead skin cells and replacing them with new cells. When you exfoliate the skin, the dead cells on the outer surface are removed, which paves the way for new, healthier cells to appear. Exfoliation also makes it easier for other products to penetrate the skin, thus increasing their effectiveness. Dryness is less of a problem in the summer, so you may not need to exfoliate as often.

 

There are many different kinds of exfoliators. Your skin type and its condition will determine which one is best for you. Physical exfoliation actually rubs off the dead cells of the skin. This could be with a washcloth, a complexion brush, or a scrub. Be especially careful that whatever you use isn’t too harsh, especially on the face. Chemical exfoliators penetrate the skin and dissolve the “glue” that binds the dead cells together. Chemical exfoliators can help to correct sun damage, clogged pores, and minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles. There are many different types of chemical exfoliation methods that vary greatly in strength and PH. Using one that is too strong for your skin can do more harm than good. Also, remember that after the skin is exfoliated, it is much more susceptible to sun burn and damage.

Spring clean your makeup
Old makeup and skin care cleansers do have an expiration date! Makeup brushes, sponges, and applicators can be riddled with bacteria. Toss anything that appears smudgy or crusty. Mascara should always be tossed after three months. Check the expiration dates on any bottles with labels. If your SPF is greater than one year old, discard and purchase a new one. You don’t want to take a chance that the SPF you bought last year is no longer effective!

 

With the myriad of skin care products and treatments available, it’s best to consult a dermatologist or skin care professional who can evaluate your skin, recommend the proper products, and provide professional services so your skin will look it’s best all year round.
    
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Dermatology and Mohs Surgery Institute at 309-451-DERM(3376) or visit dermatologistbloomington.com. Dr. Leone and Dr. Schupbach are board-certified dermatologists specializing in medical and cosmetic dermatology, including the treatment of skin cancer, moles, acne, rashes, warts, and all skin disorders. Dr. Leone is one of the few Mohs-trained surgeons in the area. Their practice is located at 3024 E. Empire St., 2nd Floor, in the Advocate BroMenn Outpatient Center.


 

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