As temperatures creep higher, your wardrobe isn’t the only thing that needs a refresh. You’ll also want to adjust your skincare routine to handle the new changes in temperature, increased sun exposure, and outdoor activities you’ve planned this season.
Here are some fun, simple, and effective tips on how to refresh your skincare routine:
First, Clean Up Your Routine
If you use this time of year for annual spring cleaning, make sure you don’t forget about your skincare pantry. Many of us tend to hold onto older products from years ago—with some well past their expiration date. This annual cleaning is also essential if you’re relying on foundations or other products for SPF protection. If the bottle has been left open, cracked, or it dates back a few years, it’s time to say goodbye and start fresh.
Second, Switch to Oil-Free Cosmetics
We tend to use heavier moisturizers during the colder months—and for good reason, too. Between the dry air and freezing Minnesota temperatures, our skin needs all the protection it can get. But as we switch seasons, we should also switch to lighter, oil-free skincare products. Think of it this way: when the heat rises, our bodies begin to sweat, and if you’re still wearing the same moisturizer from January, there’s a higher chance of clogged pores and acne breakouts.
Pinnacle Dermatology recommends using the following light-weight moisturizers:
Epionce Renewal Facial Lotion: Your face will instantly feel refreshed after using Epionce Renewal. Its light-weight formula helps visibly improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and other signs of premature aging for a more healthy, radiant appearance.
Revision DEJ Face Cream: Discover this oil-free, comprehensive moisturizer infused with rich antioxidants to reduce the appearance of aging. Absent of parabens, alcohol, and artificial dyes, this organic option is a great fit for any skin type.
SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator: SkinMedica’s rejuvenating formula helps smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, supporting the skin’s natural ability to replenish its own hyaluronic acid for overall improved skin health.
Third, Exfoliate on a Schedule
All too often, men and women tend to overindulge in the sensation one can only experience after exfoliating. Removing dead skin cells from our body is essential to maintaining a healthy, radiant glow and even makes our skincare routine more effective. What you want to be mindful of is how much you’re exfoliating each week. Too much can cause irritation and strip your skin of its natural oils (Glamour). Instead, it’s recommended that you exfoliate only 2-3 times a week to improve your skin’s look and feel.
Pinnacle Dermatology recommends using the following exfoliating products:
Revision Skincare Finishing Touch: This scrub helps removes dead, dehydrated surface cells from the skin, leaving a soft, smooth appearance without the drying effects of other exfoliators.
SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser: A Pinnacle Dermatology’ favorite for many years, this elegant-feeling formula gently scrubs away dead skin and creates a smooth, polished finish.
Fourth, Increase Your SPF Protection
Though you should continue to use skincare products with SPF protection throughout the year (yes, even in winter!), you’ll want to ensure your foundation contains at least 30 SPF. Also, and just as important, remember to never rely on foundation for sun protection alone. Incorporate sunscreen application into your daily skincare routine, as well, and wear a hat before heading to the lake or lounging on an outdoor patio.
Pinnacle Dermatology recommends using the following SPF-infused products:
Revision Intellishade: This tinted sunscreen comes in three varieties: matte, original, and its newest formula, TruPhysical. All the Intellishade formulas offer a unique, 5-in-1 anti-aging moisturizer with advanced SPF protection.
Epionce Daily Shield: This second tinted option is great for those long, hot summer days spent outdoors. It provides some of the best protection possible and is formulated using rich antioxidants that help hydrate your skin. If you’re looking for the perfect summer glow that’s also water-resistant, this product is right for you!
Fifth, and Finally, Hydrate Your Skin
Last year, we discussed the importance of keeping your skin healthy and hydrated all summer long. So, remember to drink plenty of H2O, clean your pores with a light cleanser, and moisturize your skin for a healthy, fresh glow.
As noted under light-weight moisturizers, Pinnacle Dermatology recommends using SkinMedica’s rejuvenating hydrator for daily hydration.
After surviving another harsh Minnesota winter, you owe it to yourself to refresh your skincare routine and show off your bright, beautiful complexion. For more skincare tips, subscribe to Pinnacle Dermatology’ monthly eblast. If you’d like to try out these products yourself, visit our Pinnacle Dermatology Spa M.D. in Edina to check out our SkinBar and talk to a Pinnacle Dermatology specialist about your skin concerns and goals.