Spring is here! The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and we’re here to help you keep your skin healthy and glowing. Here are the best spring skin tips from our founder and board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Sandra Lee.
1. Deep clean your pores by exfoliating!
Our pores can easily get clogged with dry, dead skin, oil, and dirt. Clogged pores lead to comedonal acne (blackheads and whiteheads) and those grey/black dots found on your t-zone often mistaken for blackheads, sebaceous filaments. According to Dr. Lee, keeping skin exfoliated with ingredients like Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid and Salicylic Acid is key to maintaining clear, unclogged pores.
For everyday — use a gentle cleanser that exfoliates, but does not strip, like SLMD Salicylic Acid Cleanser. To treat the t-zone and problem areas that get easily congested, an exfoliating toner/pad packed with acids, like SLMD Resurfacing Acne Swipes, can help.
2. Swap out your moisturizer!
It’s important to keep moisturizing daily, but you can switch to using a more lightweight, water based product instead of a cream based one. SLMD Facial Moisturizer is rich with antioxidants like Vitamin C, which will help brighten your complexion. Something like SLMD Hyaluronic Acid Serum will also give your skin extra hydration, and keep it glowing.
3. Spring Clean Your Skincare Cabinet AND Routine!
Use this time of year to go through your cabinets and get rid of products that have expired, that your skin doesn’t love, or that you never use.
“Believe it or not, my personal skincare routine is pretty simple, with a few products that are powerful and multipurpose — and this philosophy is what guided me when I first created SLMD. Reevaluate your skin — what your skin type is, what your issues might be, and what products do and don’t work for you. I always remind people that knowing your OWN skin is so important. What works well for your best friend may not work well for you, so take the time to understand your personal skin type and concerns,” says Dr. Lee.
4. Get control of your pigment issues and melasma.
Sun spots, hyperpigmentation, and age spots are promoted by sun exposure. Sun is also a big factor in the development of melasma, which is also affected by heat. There are treatments that can be done in the office to help, such as medical grade chemical peels, lasers and IPL devices, micropen, etc. Using topical treatments with exfoliating acids like Resurfacing Acne Swipes can help, and wearing sunscreen everyday is a MUST. “One of the biggest mistakes people make is not reapplying sunscreen throughout the day. If you're outdoors in the afternoon, even just driving in your car, and the last time you applied sunscreen was in the morning, you no longer have effective sun protection,” says Dr. Lee. “SLMD UV Bounce is a great, convenient broad spectrum mineral sunscreen — which is especially important and effective for preventing melasma and it can be applied multiple times in the day, over your makeup.” In addition, using a moisturizer that provides protection like SLMD Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15 is a great way to kill two birds with one stone, and incorporate sun protection into your daily routine.
As we move into the spring, keeping these tips in mind will ensure that your skin and the weather are on point.