Skin Care Update for Spring

Sunrise SolutionFinally, the weather is getting better.  The days are getting longer and it feels wonderful, warm and comforting to be outside, smiling as you enjoy that delightful walk in the late afternoon sun.  It’s the perfect time to be outdoors. But… more time outdoors means you need to take care of your skin in a slightly different way.  So now’s the time for a seasonal update to your homecare regime.

Cleansing:  Warmer weather means you may, all of a sudden, be producing more oil.  This means adjusting your cleansing regime to include a detergent free gel cleanser in the morning.  Skin tends to purge toxins at night while you sleep, and gel cleansers are better for this type of deep cleaning.  Milky cleansers work well at night for effective makeup removal, but now it’s time to switch to a lighter formula.

Toning:  In the same vain, you should try a slightly more clearing toner to prevent clogged pores and breakouts that some people experience with the change of season.  Still, stay away from alcohol based toners that not only dry out your skin but create a hardened surface that only adds to a clogging problem. If you’re skin is still feeling tight and dry even though winter is over and spring has sprung, you may want to try a new type of gel toner that is rich in glycoproteins.  This wonderful new ingredient acts like a moisture magnate, drenching your skin in water and drawing it in for instant hydration.

Moisturizing:  That super emollient moisturizer you loved during the winter may now be just too rich for your skin.  Try instead a humectant based moisturizer containing Hyaluronic Acid. It’s my favorite hydrator because of it’s superior ability to grab onto moisture.  It feels light and soothing on the skin.  When reading labels, don’t forget that you now need more than your winter dose of antioxidants to protect you from aging free radicals from the sun. Moisturizers that contain Vitamins A, C & E are all helpful in this regard.

Specialty Serums:  Speaking of antioxidants.  The best way to rev up your antioxidant protection is from a specialty serum.  Specialty Serums contain higher potency antioxidants (like Vitamin C) which are more concentrated than those found in a moisturizer alone.  The best quality serums also contain sophisticated delivery systems to target those antioxidants to penetrate deep into the skin. New to the market are mega antioxidant formulas which contain super fruits like Acai Berry, Gogi and Noni fruits, Mangoes, Pomegranate and Coffee Berry Extract.  If you spend any time out in the sun you need to look into these outstanding super fruits and take advantage of their powerful skin protecting capabilities.

Sun Protection:  Reexamine your daily use of SPF.  Protection from damaging UV rays is imperative this time of year.  I recommend switching from a 15 SPF to a 30 SPF, especially if you have fair or sensitive skin, or you spend time out doors.  My favorite sunscreen is a mineral based physical sunscreen.  I like it because it is less sensitizing for sensitive skins. Look for ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.  You can double up on your sunscreen protection if you wear a mineral based foundation that also contains an SPF.

Exfoliation:  Skin cells turn over faster in warmer weather so you may need to increase how often you use your scrub.  If you spent time outside, stop exfoliating during the day, it can make your skin more sun-sensitive.  Try adding a mild AHA product based on Lactic Acid to your scrub at night if you’re dehydrated.  Mix it directly into your scrub for gentle exfoliation that is also hydrating.  Thicker skins can start to use a more potent AHA blend.  Be careful to stop shy of irritating your skin, over exfoliation can lead to increased free radical damage.  If you’re in the sun a lot discontinue use of retinols for the summer.  A competent esthetician can offer you sound advise on just how much exfoliation is right for your unique skin type.

Now that you’re ready to update your products for spring you can build an effective anti-aging arsenal to protect against environmental damage while keeping skin moist, clear and looking young.  Start the season off right by visiting an expert esthetician at Elizabeth Renee Esthetics.  We will remove those dull dry cells left over from the winter and replace important hydrating and skin repair ingredients.

Once upon a time there was soap.

Cleanser BottlesOnce upon a time there was soap.  This foamy thing you used to was your face.  It may have worked okay when you were a kid (but even then it made your skin feel tight and sometimes itchy).  Of course, at the time you were more oily and you thought the solution was to dry everything up.

Today, its important to know that anything that foams contains detergent.  Harsh surfactants that rob your skin of moisture and leaves a hardened sludge on the skin’s surface that causes oil and bacteria to back up in the pores and contributes to breakouts.

If you still produce some oil you might prefer a gel cleanser to wash your face.  I don’t recommend this if you wear makeup.  Milky cleansers are much better at emulsifying makeup instead of binding it to the skin.  You could start with a milk, then follow with a gel cleanser to cut excess oil.

Most of my clients use a detergent free gel cleanser in the morning which is great for removing impurities given off during peak skin metabolism which happens while you sleep.  The key ingredient to avoid in a gel cleanser is Sodium Laurel Sulphate (a super harsh and very dehydrating detergent).  Other members of the sulfate family can still be drying.  A simple rule is to look at how much the product foams up.  A little foaming – a little detergent.  A lot of foaming – a lot of detergent.

These clients use a milky cleanser at night.  Milky cleansers soften the skin, hydrate the skin and are great makeup removers.  Make sure your milky cleanser is water-soluble.  Anything that just tissues off is going to clog the pores.  Makeup wipes are usually just mineral oil plus fragrance.  The residue they leave not only clogs the pores but also leaches oil soluble vitamins from the skin, leaving your skin nutrient deprived along with giving it a dull look and adding to clogged pores. Cleansers that are too rich and do not rinse off easily also trap heat in the skin which makes you more prone to rosacea and redness.

Always finish your cleansing process with an alcohol free toner.  Toners not only rinse the skin to keep it looking fresh, they remove all the junk found in tap water.  Chlorine, sodium, fluoride and bacteria found in tap water when left on the skin, dulls the skin and prevents important actives in your treatment products from getting deep into the skin where they are needed to do their important work.

Find out more about Elizabeth Renee Esthetics Cleansers.  we have a broad selection, one is perfect for your unique skin type.