Spring is a great time to pamper your skin. Coming out of a long cold and dry season, your skin may not be looking its best – and that’s okay. Your dermatologist can help guide you through personalized skincare solutions for the spring and treat those stubborn skin, hair, or nail issues that have troubled you through the winter. And now, with SkyMD, you can visit the dermatologist from anywhere, online!
For now, here are our top tips to help you ‘spring into the season’ with healthier, vibrant skin.
Up your SPF
While you may have used a moisturizer with some built-in SPF throughout the winter, spring is a good time to gear things up and switch to a dedicated sunscreen with 50+ SPF. Protecting your skin from UV radiation is the key to preventing burns and premature aging. With warmer weather, you may be switching up your wardrobe to clothes that leave more of your skin exposed. Keep this in mind as you apply sun protection for the brighter days ahead!
Get ready for spring cleaning
Is your medicine cabinet or makeup bag full of old skin care products? Check out our expiration date guidelines for guidance on which products are good to keep and which should get tossed. Consider whether a product is likely still effective (based on shelf life) and – most importantly – whether it is still safe to use. Old tubes, palettes, and bottles can actually accumulate oils, dirt, and bacteria that you don’t want on your skin. This same guideline holds true for product applicators and makeup brushes as well. Your skin will thank you later.
As always, keep your specific skin type in mind when picking out products. Look for moisturizers labeled noncomedogenic – these products are formulated specifically to avoid pore blockage and will help you avoid skin irritation this season.
Avoid causes of irritation
While we support trying out new products and making informed changes to your skincare routine this season, know your skin and do your best to avoid irritating it. If you’re unsure whether a new product is well-suited to your skin type, spot-testing first is never a bad idea. Educate yourself on common skin irritants and allergens, particularly plants like poison ivy, which can cause significant and often severe allergic contact dermatitis and that you may encounter outdoors in the springtime.