Spring is finally here! After months and months of cold weather, snow, freezing temperatures and chapped skin we at last welcome the warm days as the first rays of sun soothe our skin. Spring is not only about the change of wardrobe or make-up tones, it’s also quite important not to neglect your skin! It's time to prepare your tortured-by-the-long-winter skin for climate shifts - rising temperatures, increased humidity and exposure to the external influences of nature. The shift from bitter cold to warm temperatures can have a negative impact on your skin and make it dry and wrinkled, or even inflamed. After months of being used to fresh air, now the heat, low humidity and warm air can be a real shock for the skin.
Here are some dermatological advices for you to cope easier with the winter – spring shift:
Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse! Exfoliation is the key to the smooth skin. The effect of exfoliation is especially on point when the skin is dry.
Cleansing the skin this way will help remove the dead keratinized skin cells that build up on the surface of the skin itself. This will also reduce the occurrence of acne and blemishes. Use gentle exfoliating cleansers that will help clean the clogged pores and get rid of the dead skin cells. Doing this 3-4 times a week will lead to optimal results for your skin and it will make it smooth and glowing, as it will reduce its dull appearance. You can find the optimal product for you among those made by Bioderma, Avene, Dr. Hauschka, etc.
After the skin’s been used to the months of dry weather, it lost a lot of moisture and now is the time to replenish it! Choose the perfect moisturizer for you by the type of your skin. For instance, people with dry and sensitive skin that requires extra moisture can choose between a number of products. Some of them and of good quality are: Aqualia Thermal Rich Hydration by Vichi; Cicaplast Baume by La Roche-Posay; Physiogel Moisturizing Lotion by Stiefel; for very dry and very sensitive skin – Atoderm Cream by Bioderma. Pierre - Fabre’s Dexeryl Cream will also help you with ichthyosis, atopic dermatitis and xerosis.
Obviously, with the sunnier days we will spend more time outside. As the sun is starting to gain its dangerous strength, keep your skin safe from the harmful UVA and UVB rays by using creams that contain SPF. Apply the cream every morning, even if it’s cloudy, and use it again after a few hours. The sun can do great damage to the skin - it causes premature aging of the skin and careless exposure to it even causes cancer, so its severity must be taken seriously.
Here are the products we recommend: for high protection of normal and combination skin - ANTHELIOS XL by La Roche – Posay; Hydrance Optimal by Avene that will protect you from the sun while providing hydration; for tailored/normal/dry skin – Photoderm MAX Cream by Bioderma, and for maximum protection: Heliocare's Gel Ultra with SPF 90.