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April 25, 2023
For the last few cold, dry winter months, your skincare focus has probably been on hydration. But now that spring is right around the corner. It's time to start thinking about transitioning your skincare routine to embrace a new season.
Yep, that's right... just like your wardrobe, you need to switch up your skincare regimen as the seasons change.
But don't worry. Transitioning your skincare routine doesn't have to be stressful! I'll walk you through everything you and your clients need to know to keep your skin healthy and radiant all year round.
During the cold winter months, you might've been using a lotion-based cleanser for added hydration. But now that the seasons are changing and the days are getting warmer, switching to a gel cleanser might be a good idea.
Gel cleansers are typically a little bit lighter on the skin and can cut through oil—a necessity as your skin will start producing more oil as the days get hotter.
In the dead of winter, you probably gravitated towards rich, heavy moisturizing creams and masks. After all, who doesn't want maximum hydration during the driest time of the year?
While it's essential to moisturize your skin all year round, it's a good idea to shift to a lighter-weight product for the spring. I personally recommend the CBE Botanicals Fresh Face Whip or the NeoGenesis Light Moisturizer.
Because summer brings higher humidity, your skin won't be as dry, and you won't always need such a heavy moisturizer. So, moisturizing serums and gel-based formulas are great warm-weather alternatives.
Exfoliating can lead to dry skin, so you might have avoided using an exfoliant in your cold weather cleansing routine. But now that warmer weather is just around the corner, it's time to add it back to your repertoire—whether it's an exfoliating cleanser or a resurfacing mask.
When you exfoliate, you'll eliminate dead skin cells and unclog your pores... which is crucial in warmer weather. In the spring and summer, humidity increases and your skin will have build-ups of oil, sweat, dirt, and dead cells.
Exfoliate 2-3 times weekly to cleanse and unclog your pores and prevent any breakouts. If you want something more medical-grade, this is also a great time of year to try out a chemical peel and officially make the skincare transition to spring!
Antioxidants can help prevent sun damage while also brightening and evening your skin tone. So, if you want to even out dark spots and avoid getting any more, an antioxidant serum with Vitamin C will be your new best friend.
As you start spending more time outside, consider increasing your daily dose and using serums both in the morning and at night for maximum effectiveness.
Want to try something different? Goat's milk is becoming a popular antioxidant-packed additive to many skincare products and tends to be gentler on sensitive skin. Like Vitamin C, goat's milk can help prevent premature aging, improve fine lines, and brighten skin.
It's a good rule of thumb to wear SPF all year round... but we're guessing you spend more time outside (in the sunshine!) when warmer weather rolls around. So, make sure whatever moisturizer you're using has an SPF of 50 or more to accommodate the higher UV index—and don't be afraid to reapply throughout the day.
And aside from using sunscreen on your face, apply it to your neck, chest, and the top of your hands, too. These places can prematurely age, so prevention is critical.
While you're deep cleaning the rest of your house, make sure to spend some time going through your skincare collection.
Throw away anything older than six months, including skincare products, makeup, and tools like brushes and sponges. These items contain lots of bacteria, so washing and replacing them regularly is a good idea.
Whether you're a skincare fanatic or just starting, I'm here to help your skincare routine transition from winter to spring.
October 03, 2023
September 26, 2023
Some people, me included, will try anything to get rid of a turkey neck for good—even go under the knife to reclaim a chiseled jawline! But after 23 years as a licensed esthetician, I’ve worked on enough turkey necks to know that surgery is not always the way to go.
Keep reading to discover the most effective approaches to fixing a turkey neck, including my preferred nonsurgical treatments!