“Winter beauty” may sometimes feel like an oxymoron given the challenges brought on by the season. Cold winter air and wind, in combination with dry indoor heat, powerfully dehydrates the skin, causing dull complexions, chapped lips, skin sensitivity, and for some, even an annoying overproduction of oil as the skin attempts to compensate for the loss of moisture. No, it’s not your imagination, you actually can be oily and dry at the same time during winter! Winter is truly one of the most challenging times during the year to maintain a pretty flush in the cheeks and a supple pout!
To help mitigate the affects of winter, many of us switch up our routine to include more moisturizing products, just to maintain balance. Even those with normal to oily skin benefit from richer products at this time. Using softening toners and regularly exfoliating are also a great way to manage winter skin care issues.
When spring descends, with her sun and flowers, even a shower here and there can’t stop us from loving the change! And while chapped lips, dull skin, and dry fly away hair no longer seem to be a problem, learn how to transition your winter skincare to spring for maximum health and beauty!
DC Spring Beauty Basics
For us in DC, while our winter days tend to be overcast, spring brings back some much needed sun. And with that sun, we again need to prioritize sun protection. It’s very common for even the most skin care conscious of beauty mavens to slack off with sun protection in the winter. After all, over cast days and the sun setting before the work day ends makes “sun protection” seem excessive!
So, while sun protection is advocated all year round, the presence of full sun, more exposed skin thanks to flirtier Spring fashions, and increased sweat production due to hotter temperatures can dilute our morning application of SPF throughout the day and make us more vulnerable to UV rays than we are in the dark of winter. In fact, since so many people are unaware of the sun damage on their own skin, at Blush Med Skincare our initial consultation always includes a sun damage analysis of your skin.
To ensure your skin stays protected from the sun throughout the Spring don’t just rely on one product for SPF protection. With so many beauty products incorporating SPF, from pressed powders to eye creams, you do have more options than your day moisturizer! It’s a great idea to keep another bottle of your SPF moisturizer with you on the go, for reapplication during the day. Whether you have an alfresco lunch with coworkers or simply decide to stroll the long way home the Metro on a sunny, Spring afternoon, you don’t have to worry about an equally impromptu sunburn!
Another Spring skin care issue is how the skin reacts when temperatures first heat up. This initial reaction can sometimes come with break outs and increase black heads due to sweating. As the body takes its time to adjust, thorough cleansings in the evening and morning are important! Cooling masks are a great way to settle the skin and keep pores clean.
If you do suffer from a break out make sure you exfoliate regularly. Exfoliating helps with cell turn over for a better complexion and lightens the appearance of acne marks. Light therapy, in combination, with Vitamin E infused products are a great way to encourage healing after a break out.
But perhaps the most obvious in transitioning from winter to spring, is having to take care of havoc wrought by winter. Before you can feel comfortable breaking out skirts, sandals and sleeveless tops, we need to heal the dry and damaged skin of winter. There’s a whole winter’s worth of dry skin that needs to be sloughed away and then given some tender loving care!
Blush Med Skincare Advantage
At Blush Med Skincare we are here for you and your skin all year round! We believe in individualized treatment for the best in Blushing beauty! Founded by medical director, Dr. Arleen Lamba, we provide medical grade cosmetic procedures and easy skin care programs to maintain your health and beauty! Find out more by calling 1-877-MD-BLUSH or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.