Spring Skin Care Tips

During the winter months, your skin is exposed to harsh conditions such as strong wind and subzero temperatures. These harsh weather conditions can skin conditions such as frostbite, irritation, inflammation, and dry skin. Fear not because the experts at Short Hills Dermatology have gathered helpful tips to ensure that your skin will bloom beautifully this spring!

Repair Damaged Skin

Spring cleaning your skin starts with collagen repair! During the winter, your skin is exposed to harsh conditions. The harsh winter weather can cause cracked skin and damage to collagen. For skin repair, consult your dermatologist for rejuvenation treatments that work best for you. For example, the Radiesse treatment specifically helps repair collagen by augmenting the skin’s natural supply of collagen. It is a long-lasting alternative to injectable collagen and other dermal fillers, which can smooth wrinkles while adding volume and contour to your face.

Cleanse Often

When the temperature increases, your body is more prone to sweat. From March through May, your skin constantly replenishes natural oils; therefore, experts suggest washing your skin twice a day. Washing in the morning helps remove dirt and bacteria while washing at night will remove makeup, particles, and pollution that buildup throughout the day.

Remember to Exfoliate

Be sure to exfoliate twice per week! Exfoliating helps unclogs pores, rejuvenates and brightens your skin while allowing moisturizers to penetrate more deeply. If you suffer from tight or flaking skin, exfoliating can help alleviate some of the common symptoms. If you don’t begin to see an improvement, consider scheduling an appointment with your dermatologist, as this may be a sign of an underlying condition.

Change Your Diet

Your diet and eating habits have a direct impact on your skin health. Why not couple a change in seasons with a diet change? Spring gives us wholesome fresh fruits and vegetables such berries, oranges, squash, eggplant, tomatoes and much more. Increasing your fruit and vegetable intake can fuel collagen, improve skin elasticity, and lighten your skin. As you begin to plan your new diet, make sure you are getting enough essential vitamins.

  • Vitamin A: This can help improve wrinkles and brown spots. You can find Vitamin A in oranges, carrots, cantaloupes, leafy greens, eggs, and low-fat dairy foods. In addition, Vitamin A is a retinoid, which is common in over the counters treatments for acne and other skin conditions.
  • Selenium: This mineral helps protect skin from cancer, age lines, and dry skin. Selenium is found in food such as; Brazil nuts, button mushrooms, shrimp, lamb, red snapper, cod, halibut, tuna, salmon, cooked beef, light turkey, oysters, sardines, crab, and whole-wheat pasta.
  • Vitamin C: This can help protect your skin from harmful UV rays while repairing collagen and elastin. Vitamin C is found in red bell peppers, citrus fruits, papayas, kiwis, broccoli, greens, and Brussels sprouts.
  • Vitamin E: This is an antioxidant, which helps prevent cell damaged caused by the sun’s harmful rays.

Wash Your Sheets

If sheets are not washed often, your bed can be harmful to your skin. Research shows that old feather and synthetic pillows contain anywhere between 4 to 17 different species of fungus. Likewise, pillows contain sweat, dead skin cells, dandruff, and oil. Experts recommend that you wash your sheets and pillows once a week. To ensure your skin stays blemish free and healthy, be sure to wash your sheets and pillows at least once a week.

Treat Your Acne Breakouts

Getting rid of acne and scarring before spring can be stressful when you have exhausted your options. Whether it’s blackheads, whiteheads, pus-filled pimples or cysts, treatment options for mild to chronic acne include topical acne treatments, oral medications, laser treatments, and chemical peels. A consultation with your dermatologist will allow you to select treatment options that work best for your condition.

Reduce Makeup to Reduce Clog Pores

When the harsh winter months are over, heavy makeup is longer needed. Consider swapping liquid based foundations for more light mineral powder ones. Mineral powder makeup has natural hypoallergenic ingredients and easy application. Meanwhile, powder-based products will you help achieved a spring glow that is promised to last all day. Don’t let heavy makeup hold you back this spring!

Spring Has Sprung

Following the winter months, skin care can become stressful. But with simple lifestyle changes, you can flaunt your beautifully radiant skin this spring! Contact Short Hills Dermatology to set up an appointment regarding skin treatment today.

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