Your spring skin routine
It’s astronomically spring. Most Minnesotans say they’re ready for a change of season – needing longer amounts of daylight and warmer temperatures. As our snow melts, we can feel sun, warmth, humidity and hours of fun outside coming our way.
Minnesota winters challenge our skin. Your spring skin care routine should focus on recuperating vitality lost during the winter months. Our liver is purging the stored protective winter fat and all the toxins it accumulated. A professional level exfoliation will clear the winter debris, open clogged pores and detoxify your skin.
For your home spring facial routine, I recommend the following:
1. Start with a cleansing oil to dissolve makeup, oil, sunscreen and pollution. Apply to dry skin and then add a little water. The cleanser turns milky and lifts from the skin without an oily residue. It helps remove dirt and debris from your pores when gently using a soft cloth. Oil-based cleansers maintain your skin’s natural levels, giving you a clearer and brighter complexion. I recommend Precleanse from Dermalogica and Wildflower Cleansing Balm from Éminence.
2. Do a second cleanse according to your skin type. You want your cleanser to leave your skin balanced and radiant. If you have spring allergies, be sure to use a gentle cleanser to help soothe red, puffy and irritated skin. Two of my favorites are Sweet Red Rose Cleanser from Éminence and Special Cleansing Gel from Dermalogica.
3. Use serums, boosters and oils to address your specific concerns – anti-aging, brightening, acne fighting, hydrating, exfoliating and repairing/renewing. The market is filled with choices, so my next blog will help decipher options.
4. Your cleansing process should finish with a moisturizer. Consider a lighter-weight moisturizer for the spring/summer when our climate is more humid. Your skin still needs the added support specific for your skin type. Moisturizers range from the lightest gel (oily skin type) to the richest cream (dry, mature skin type). A good consultation will answer any questions you might have on the appropriate moisturize for your skin.
No matter the season, a broad-spectrum sunscreen is vital to your skin health. UVB
rays damage the connection between your top layer of skin and the underlying structure of your skin resulting in deep lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness. UVA rays penetrate all the way down to the birthplace of skin cells and can cause damage to the foundation of your skin.
How much time do you spend in front of a screen daily? HEV (blue light radiation) can cause damage deep within your skin structure, resulting in damage to collagen and elastin and hyperpigmentation. It is easier to protect your skin than to correct potential damage.
If you need more information on sunscreen and SPF, read “Making sense of sunscreen” to help you make the right choice.
At Lustre Skin Care, we believe healthy skin is beautiful skin. You always want to nourish, moisturize and protect your largest organ – your skin. In the long run, you’ll be grateful you did. Happy spring!