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As spring approaches we are teased by up and down temperatures. Every season we discuss how to adjust your skincare regimen and spring can be particularly tricky due to the unstableness of the weather. Hydration is still a major concern during the spring but sunnier, clearer skies lead to more sun damage and pollution.

When discovering how to change your regimen it is important to know your skin type. Below are the most common skin types and a few seasonal changes to try.

Combination Skin

Combination skin simply means there are two or more skin issues occurring at the same time. Combination skin is usually oily in the T-zone (forehead and nose and chin), while other areas are dry and/or flaky. This is a very common skin type. Signs that you have combination skin would be large looking pores, shiny skin and blackheads. The term ‘combination skin’ can also be used when referring to the presence of wrinkles, rosacea, dryness or breakouts that are present in certain areas of the face.

Dr. G says:

“Remember the most important step in a combination skin regimen is exfoliation. Exfoliation helps fight the build up of dead skin cells and bacteria and will help ward off breakouts, excessive oil and large pores.”

Changes to try:

  • Flip-flop your exfoliation products. If you usually use a physical scrub, try an acid peel or wipes and vice versa
  • Use anti-oxidant serums to spot treat the different problem areas of the face. Warmer weather means the skin can withstand more aggressive treatments.

 

Oily Skin

Oily skin types usually display dull or shiny skin, a thick complexion, blackheads, pimples, or other blemishes. Oily skin types are very prone to acne.

Dr. G says

“The good news for oily skin types is that they tend to develop fewer wrinkles as they age.”

 

The best way to take care of oily skin is to exfoliate frequently. Look for AHA cleansers (lactic, glycolic or fruit acids) or a BHA or Salicylic acid (would be most appropriate for acne sufferers). Clay masks can also be very helpful in controlling oil production. There is a misconception that oily skin doesn’t need to moisturize. If the skin is very oily an oil free moisturizer will help keep the sheen of the skin down. However facial oils, especially silicone free and dry oils can also be beneficial.

Tips to try:

  • Invest in an oil free SPF
  • Reintroduce an oil free moisturizer during warmer months (especially if you live in humid climate)
  • Try a clarifying mask-look for soothing ad detoxifying ingredients Camphor and Sulfur

 

Dry Skin

Dry skin types can be defined as skin that itches, has scaling, redness or dry patches. Dry skin types may also just feel tight, itchy and lacking in hydration. During the spring, dry skin can still feel in need of extra hydration. Introducing a multi-tasking oil to your daily regimen can be beneficial. Look for oils that hydrate and brighten, which are good for coming out of the dead of winter and targeting dull skin.

Dr. G says:

“Eating a diet high in omega fatty acids and hydrating fruits will help internally to battle dry skin.”

Tips to try

  • Place a small humidifier near the bed while sleeping
  • Only exfoliate 1-2 times per week
  • Try a creamy cleanser

 

Smack dab in the middle of autumn your skin goes haywire. Skin can be dry, flaky and sometimes itchy due to lack of hydration. Whether you are experiencing any of the above or not, ‘seasonal smart skincare’ is the way to go. With winter fast approaching and temperatures and humidity levels dropping, it is important to have your ‘winter regimen’ in place. Whether you live in a freezing cold climate or a mild balmy one, skin needs more hydration during the winter months. With just buy levitra odt spc a few minor adjustments and additions you will be able to ensure a dewy, glowing complexion all winter long.

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Autumn truths

  • Humidity levels drop during the winter
  • Hot showers dry skin out
  • Covering your face with a scarf will protect against environmental elements (wind, snow, sun)
  • Oil is a friend to your skin
  • Hydration after bathing is imperative to soft, healthy skin-
  • Seasonal regimens makes sense- don’t be afraid to switch it up

Ideas to try

  • Invest in a humidifier. Humidity levels drop during the winter months, thus drying out skin, eyes and hair. Add in artificial heat and you’re doomed. By adding humidity back into the air, you can reverse some of the damage. Cool vapor is the best bet to not only feeling better but looking better too. We recommend leaving it on all the time so that your home maintains an even level of humidity, but if tats not possible, at least sleep with it on!
  • Try to introduce warm showers instead of steamy hot ones. If you’re thinking a hot shower will feel good after a brutally cold day, a good trick is to turn the shower on very hot and let the bathroom steam up. Then step inside the bathroom and get warm. Then turn the shower back down to a warm temperature.
  • Staying hydrated from the inside out is also crucial. Make sure to increase your liquid ingestion during the winter. Think teas, juices, water and healthy soups.
  • Always apply moisturizer to damp skin. Post bath or shower; try moisturizing your skin while still damp. This allows the skin to capture and seal in moisture.
  • Take a look at your cleansing regimen. If you’re an exfoliation junkie particularly with physical scrubs, decrease the frequency during the winter. Instead try a chemical exfoliator once a week, like Fresh-A-Peel. On the other days try our gel-based cleanser, Pure Start. Pure Start contains just enough grapefruit exact to keep skin clean, balanced and soft.
  • Switch up your serum. Trade your Vitamin C serum (which can be aggressive + drying) for a serum that also contains Ferulic Acid and Vitamin E (both hydrating). Our NEW launch Brightening Elixir delivers brightness, anti-pollution protection and hydration all in one.

Don’t forget to load up on hot + cool liquids, along with fruits with a high water content, as your body inside needs extra hydration too!

 

We enlisted the skin experts at LovelySkin to weigh in on the changing seasons and how we need to adjust our skincare routine with each one. Read what they had to say.

When the weather fluctuates, we naturally change our wardrobe to stay comfortable and accommodate our bodies for the elements. Shifting seasons can bring about significant changes in your skin, and just as you switch your clothes, you may need to adjust your skin care products to keep your complexion balanced and healthy.

Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 11.17.53 AMBefore we look at the skin concerns that often accompany each season, it’s important to note that everyone is different. Some individuals may not need to make significant changes to their skin care arsenal each season, while others may need to carry out a total overhaul. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all regimen, so you’ll want to examine your skin carefully—it should be able to tell you exactly what it needs. And remember, broad spectrum sun protection, like GOLDFADEN MD Sun Visor, is a must every day, rain or shine, no matter the season.

Autumn

You may begin to notice skin dryness early on in autumn as cool, moisture-depleted air begins to take the place of humidity. When coupled with sun and chlorine damage leftover from summer, this cool air has the potential to leave skin uncomfortably tight. Fine lines and wrinkles may become more pronounced and skin may appear dull and lackluster. The vampy, matte makeup styles of fall may only pronounce the problem!

Winter is also famous for inducing excess dryness, but making the proper changes in the fall can prevent dry skin from growing itchy, flaky and irritated come December. First, amp up your moisture level by switching your summer lotion for a cream. Creams are thicker and tend to provide a stronger barrier against dehydration. Applying body lotion while skin is still damp after a shower is a great way to lock in moisture and maintain softness and suppleness. You’ll also want to exfoliate with GOLDFADEN MD Doctor’s Scrub once or twice a week to remove any skin cells and dulling debris.

Winter

Harsh winds and cold, dry air can exacerbate the dryness of autumn and throw skin off balance. Excessive dryness may bring about redness, flakiness and irritation, and it may even prompt excess oil production, resulting in acne breakouts.

In addition to a day cream, you can add a rich night cream, like GOLDFADEN MD Regenerative Night Cream, to your regimen to help plump and hydrate skin while you sleep. You may also need to up your exfoliation, switching to GOLDFADEN MD Doctor’s Scrub Advanced to smooth any rough patches and encourage a brighter complexion. Hands are prone to roughness and cracking in winter. In addition to wearing gloves when outdoors, you can apply GOLDFADEN MD Hands to Heart daily. Finally, adding GOLDFADEN MD Fresh A Peel to your routine can help provide additional exfoliation and reveal a radiant complexion.

Spring

Come spring, you’ll begin to recover from winter dryness without yet experiencing the oil-inducing humidity of summer. Skin that was hidden away under pants and long sleeves during the fall and winter months will be revealed again, and you may discover rough patches on the feet, knees and elbows.

You’ll want to continue exfoliating once a week to maintain a bright, even complexion, and in later spring you can trade your cream for a lotion for lightweight hydration. Focus on rough patches in stubborn areas of the body with GOLDFADEN MD Doctor’s Scrub Advanced. Spring is a wonderful time to try new things and throw away any products that have expired. Check formulas to be sure they haven’t changed in color, smell or consistency and toss any sunscreens older than a year. Try GOLDFADEN MD Fleuressence Native Botanical Cell Oil to give skin a healthy glow and get it summer-ready.

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Summer

In summer, you may find yourself spending time outdoors nearly every day and enjoying frequent dips in the pool or ocean. Hotter temperatures can bring about heavy perspiration and oily skin, resulting in frequent breakouts. If you are prone to hyperpigmentation, sun exposure may induce dark spots and freckles or worsen symptoms of melasma.

Keep acne at bay by cleansing with GOLDFADEN MD Pure Start twice daily. You’ll also need to continue to exfoliate at least once a week to remove the bacteria responsible for blemishes and keep pores free of clogging debris. Many believe that oily skin eliminates the need for a moisturizer, but in actuality, skin exposed to air conditioning, chlorine and saltwater requires a lightweight lotion or serum. To keep skin plump and hydrated and strengthen it against environmental stressors, try GOLDFADEN MD Radical Difference. To address dark spots, you may need to add a lightening treatment, like GOLDFADEN MD Light Treatment, to your routine.

When faced with the task of rehabilitating skin between any season, choose GOLDFADEN MD Skin Renewal Starter Kit. The kit contains Doctor’s Scrub, Pure Start and Vital Boost to encourage a smooth complexion with a healthy, radiant glow.