As the cornerstone of every good skin care regimen, practicing proper sun protection is the most important thing you can do to prevent photo-aging and pigmentation issues. In most places spring brings with it higher UV index levels. So make sure to use a high quality broad spectrum sunblock with a high sun protection factor (SPF). See our guide on choosing the best sunscreen for you.
Other simple things you can do to protect your skin include wearing sun protective clothing (including wide brimmed hats), avoiding the outside during the sun’s peak hours (10am to 6pm), and not tanning (unless you’re using a great self-tanner).
With winter fading away it might be a great time to buy a good lightweight moisturizer. Thicker creams have benefits during the colder season, but in the warmer month’s light moisturizers like SkinMedica Ultra Sheer Moisturizer and Obagi Hydrate can provide proper levels of hydration without making your skin feel greasy.
Beneficial in any season, regularly exfoliating sloughs off old dead skin to make way for new youthful looking skin. Spring is a great time to exfoliate as you may have noticed an increased level of damaged skin from the effects of winter. Grab a good exfoliator like Priori Advanced AHA Invigorating Face & Body Scrub. It will leave your skin feeling smooth, looking vibrant, help you achieve a better shave, and enhance the effects of self-tanners.
Schedule Treatments Wisely
Spring is a great time to get the latest skin care treatments like chemical peels, facials, and laser treatments. However, some procedures will require recovery times or prohibit any exposure to the sun, thus in conflict with your spring plans to hit the beach or pool. Make sure to research your treatments to understand how they will affect your spring plans.
Take It Easy
Less may indeed be more while you’re on spring vacation. You should definitely maintain your basic regimen while on break, but doing a lighter “bare bones” routine for a week may actually benefit the skin (also it means less products to pack). Don’t think of skipping the sunscreen though if your plans involve outdoor activities.
Once you return from vacation it’s time to get right back to your full regimen. Achieving the full benefits of a good skincare routine is dependent on the continued use of quality skincare products over a long period. Develop a sound spring routine and stick with it until you achieve the results you deserve.
Dr. Katelyn Woolridge is a board-certified dermatologist specializing in medical, cosmetic, pediatric, and surgical dermatology. A graduate of Louisiana State University, Dr. Woolridge completed her residency at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where she served as chief resident during her final year. She is a member of the Texas Dermatological Society and the Houston Dermatological Society. Dr. Woolridge sees patients at Westlake Dermatology Houston.