Spring brings a change of weather as well as a change in our daily routine. With longer, warmer days, summer is just around the corner and our skin is about to be exposed to a lot of sunshine. Laser Artistry & Medi-Spa provides suggestions on how to prep your skin for the season change.
Increase Your Sunscreen SPF
“We recommend you wear sunscreen all year round, but a lot of people travel in the spring to warmer climates. Now is the time to change that SPF from 30 to 50,” says Sydney Smith, manager at Laser Artistry.
And just because it is overcast, your skin is still exposed to damaging sun rays. You can actually get sunburnt on a cloudy day. Raise that SPF even if you are staying in the Pacific Northwest. “We see a lot of people come in with sun damage on the left side of their body just from driving their cars,” she adds reminding people to reapply sunscreen every 90 minutes.
Choose the Right Sunscreen
There are two types of sunscreen – physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens are mineral-based and contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, Sydney suggests avoiding a chemical sunscreen.
“The FDA has tightened guidelines and made companies stop using a lot of the cancer-causing ingredients, but people should still be careful,” she advises. She also adds that “natural” or “organic” labels do not guarantee a better product. Her advice is to look for the zinc and titanium ingredients.
Laser Artistry carries the Zein Obagi Medical ZO Skin Health Line, which has a physical sunscreen mixed with a makeup primer, simplifying your morning routine. In addition, the sunscreen line is a “super screen,” protecting your skin from other damaging lights such as fluorescents and computer screens.
Stop Using Sun-Sensitive Products
Some anti-aging products contain light-sensitive ingredients. “This is the season to use alternative skin care products, if you are going to be in the sun. You will need to switch your skin care routine so that you don’t peel,” says Sydney.
The ZO Skin Health Line is safe to use in the spring and summer. “Our products do the same thing (lighten the skin) without being so aggressive as to cause damage in the sun,” says Melissa Richardson, aesthetician at Laser Artistry.
Use Safe Exfoliation Methods
Laser Artistry recommends more manual exfoliation in the spring and summer, like a scrub, rather than using harsher products that may cause damage, such as retinoic acid.
“You can also use glycolic acid that won’t cause peeling, but will help slough off dead skin,” Sydney says.
This just might be the most important part of your beauty routine, even if you have rosacea. “If you don’t exfoliate, all your products will just sit on top of the dead skin and won’t penetrate past it. Your skin may appear greasy or oily as well,” Sydney explains.
“And many people think they have dry skin when it’s really just dead skin that is flaking off because they don’t exfoliate,” adds Melissa.
Laser Artistry recommends a light chemical peel in the spring and summer, so you don’t have to skip sunny days outside.
Switch Your Moisturizers
Many product lines have a multitude of moisturizers, from light to heavy. Laser Artistry says if you do use a moisturizer, you are probably going to want to move from a heavy to a lighter one, depending on what the weather is doing. “You are definitely going to use lighter products such as serums and sunscreens in the spring and summer versus the winter,” Sydney adds.
If you really want to be good to your skin, Sydney says to ditch the moisturizer. “We actually don’t use them or recommend them with our product line,” she explains. “When you use moisturizers your skin becomes dependent on it, the same as when you use a lip balm on your lips. Yes, there is a transition period, but in the long run it’s better for your skin to not use them.” Instead, they say to lightly exfoliate every day, which will normalize your skin.
Now Is the Time for Summer Prep
Finally, spring is the time to get ready to look your best during the summer. To that end, it’s the last chance for intense pulse light (IPL) laser treatment before the summertime.
“You can’t always do IPL or hair removal on your face in the summer because you can’t have sun exposure after your treatment and you can’t be tan before treatments,” says Melissa. “This is a last call to do treatments before the sun comes out.”
The laser picks up skin pigment, resulting in white stripes or spots when the laser removes the tan. The laser also won’t see hair to remove. Laser Artistry won’t preform these treatments if there is a risk, but it can be disappointing if you were trying to look your best for a special event.
There are two laser treatments that are safe to do year round – laser genisis, which helps with texture or scarring, and radiofrequency treatment, which tightens the skin. Laser genisis is safe as long as you have not come straight from the tanning bed.
Laser Artistry also suggests Botox treatments be completed before the summer, when you will be squinting more and as a preventative measure against fine lines and wrinkles. Eyelash extensions are a great service so you can avoid mascara. It also gives you a fuller, longer lash so you wake up ready for fun in the sun.
Follow these tips and you will look your best for whatever spring throws at you – weddings, graduations, vacations – and will have a head start on looking your best this summer as well.