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5 Tips to Spring Clean Your Skin Care Routine

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The days are finally getting warmer here in Boston, crocuses are starting to bud, and almost all the dirty snow has melted. Yep! That’s right, spring is here! With the seasons changing, now is also a good time to make important changes to your skin care routine. Here are some tips!

1. Most skin care products only last three or so months after opening, so now is
a good time to use up or throw out any old products.

2. The spring air has more moisture than that in the winter – so it’s a good idea to transition to a lighter, season-appropriate cream for your face.  If there’s a cream you apply in the winter and just a bit remains in the bottle or jar, use what’s left to moisturize your hands and feet.

3. Exfoliate! Your skin is dynamic – it changes with the seasons and adapts to your environment. Get your skin prepped for the warm weather by shedding your outer dead layer of skin through a medical-grade microdermabrasion.  Between microdermabrasions, do some at home exfoliation with one our masks by Image Skincare (such as the Vital C Masque, Ageless Glycolic Masque, or the Clear Cell Salicylic Masque).

4. Protect your skin! Perhaps this should be number one! I highly recommend that all my clients wear sun block every day (even in the winter). Dermatologists estimate that 90% of aging is due to the sun. The spring is a good time of year to check expiration dates on your sun blocks and purchase any new ones if needed. If you’re looking for a daily moisturizer with sun block that goes on super smooth, we have several favorites to choose from.  To get the fullest benefits of your sun block, make sure that it is stored in a cool dry place (so keep your sun block in a cooler when you’re at the beach).  Safe and effective ingredients that I always recommend for my clients include titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide.

5. Give yourself a boost of Vitamin C! If you don’t use a daily Vitamin C serum (10% concentration or higher), I highly encourage you to do so.  Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that aids in reducing free-radical damage to your skin. Topical Vitamin C has also been shown to improve your skin’s resistance to the damaging effects of the sun when combined with a sun block.  Studies have also indicated that topical Vitamin C acts as a collagen biosynthesis regulator as well as skin lightener.

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