Every year about this time, my skin starts to freak out for no reason, totally out of the blue. I can never figure out why this is happening at first, but then I realize I’m using the same thick cream I used to brave 15 degree weather. When it’s pushing 70º, changes are definitely in order. So I went to skin expert Joanna Vargas, Celebrity Facialist and Founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection, to get the scoop on what we should do (and not do) to help our skin get ready for spring and summer. Here are her tips:
1. Exfoliate More: During the winter months, skin can be sensitive, dull and almost grey. “Once the weather changes, you can step up your exfoliations to twice a week and get your glowing skin back,” says Vargas. This applies to your body too. Vargas recommends dry brushing your skin before you get in the shower. “Two minutes a day of dry brushing will exfoliate, stimulate collagen, and firm your booty in time for the beach,” says Vargas. Try: Olay Skin Smoothing Cream Scrub, $7 and Earth Therapeutics Far Reaching Body Brush, $9
2. Ditch Heavy Creams: “It’s a good time to switch out your heavy creams and lotions in favor of a lighter serum,” advises Vargas. The weather isn’t as harsh and drying, so you don’t need so much heavy moisture — plus there is more humidity in the air (in most places, at least). A daytime serum is also great to apply under your sunscreen, adds Vargas. Try: Joanna Vargas Skincare Daily Serum, $85
3. Wear Sunscreen Every Day: I’m serious. Every. Day. Vargas loves the mineral powder SPF’s on the market right now. “Most are SPF 30 to provide protection from sun damage and are great over makeup, she says.” They are also easy to reapply throughout the day and they help eliminate shine on the skin when the weather is hot and humid. Try: Colorscience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 30, $15.
4. Ditch Your Retin-A: Any product with a retinol can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. You also risk major sun damage as the result of overuse, explains Vargas. Protect your skin by laying off for the summer months.
Now, go out and enjoy the weather!
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