Spring Refresh: Reversing Effects of Dry, Winter Skin
Janell M. Hickman | Friday March 31st 2017
It’s finally time to wish Old Man Winter farewell. While we love the joy of the long-lasting holiday season, unfortunately it comes with the drama of dry, itchy skin. But, have no fear about the calendar change (hello, spring!) it means we get to experience renewal in more ways than one—especially when it comes to our skincare routine.
Think about it, everything is new in the springtime from the flowers growing in your garden to your soon-to-be new wardrobe additions. Not sure where to start? Take a few tips from these industry pros to learn about the must-haves for a #flawless complexion well into summer.
Shift From Season to Season
You wouldn’t wear snow boots in the middle of July right? Well, the same logic goes for your skin care routine according to founder of Palermo Body Jessica Morelli.“If you live in a climate that changes drastically from season to season, it’s often necessary to adjust your skincare routine accordingly.” But, don’t get nervous—you don’t need to worry about a complete overhaul. “Small adjustments are the best way to transition your skincare routine,” she adds.
Your Skin Type is Pretty Telling
In the winter, most of us struggle with dry skin. “In general the skin will feel tight, look dehydrated, and depleted,” says Mila Moursi of Mila Moursi Skin Care. The signs of dehydrated skin are apparent, you’ll notice that more fine lines are more prominent and areas that once seemed a little plump, appear a little shallow. “When transitioning skincare routines, skin will need to be nourished with oils, and hydrated with products containing hyaluronic acid,” explains Moursi. [Editor’s Pick: Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum]
Water, Water Everywhere
Even during the colder months of the year, consider water your best friend. In addition to gulping tons of water (at least 8 glasses per day), consider eating cleaner meals and getting more rest suggests Morelli. Aside from working with your body from the inside out, Moursi suggesting “finding products with key ingredients like hyaluronic acid, omegas, peptides, and essentials oils like vitamins A & E as they will also help to keep the skin moisturized.” [Editor’s Pick: Mila Moursi Rejuvenating Serum]
Heavy on Sunshine, Light on Moisturizer
As we round into spring, your skin can start to appear more oily. Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care and Assistant Clinical Professor at George Washington University Medical Center, says “the best way to cut down on excess oil is to incorporate glycolic acids into your skin care regimen with products such as a cleanser or toner.” She also suggests aiming for lighter formulations since skin tends to produce more natural oils as the weather shifts. [Editor’s Pick: Olay Active Hydrating Beauty Fluid Lotion].
Think Beyond Your Neck
If you’re not thinking beyond your face, you’re totally doing yourself a disservice. Proper skin care should extend to your body as well! Consider dry brushing spring’s new secret weapon. “Dry brushing is like a facial to the body, [it helps] increase circulation and exfoliation,” explains Moursi. “As a result, you end up with healthier, naturally hydrated skin.” [Editor’s Pick: Eco Tools Dry Body Brush]. She suggests incorporating dry brushing into your routine between 2-3 times per week, then following up with a non-drying shower gel to soothe skin.
You can also alternate using body scrub once a week. Morelli says, “Body scrubs [Editor’s Note: Try Palermo Body’s Tea Tree + Grapefruit version] are great no matter what time of year it is. Scrubs are a fast and easy way to get rid of dead skin, encourage circulation which helps skin heal, and nourish skin with the butters and oils in the product.”