My top Spring Skincare Tips
Spring has finally sprung! Not only does this mark the end of winter, it means getting ready for warmer weather and with that comes a new skincare regime.
For me, this means time to get rid of all that dry skin and dead skin cells and get my skin glowing again. Not only is exfoliation and hydration on my beauty list but so is getting a handle on my hyperpigmentation. If you are dealing with these issues too and you want some tips on how to help improve your skin then I suggest you try some of the things that are listed in this post as it might be beneficial to you. After doing quite a bit of reading on these subjects I’ve found some interesting information that will hopefully help.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a dermatologist, beautician or skin specialist. All of the information that you find here is based on extensive research and from personal experience. If you have any serious skin conditions or concerns please make sure to seek professional care and visit your dermatologist.
Restoring Lost Moisture using HA
Other than making sure you drink enough water on a daily basis, there are some other ways you can help keep your skin hydrated. I have two words for you – Hyaluronic Acid. According to Dr. Josh Axe, a certified doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic and clinical nutritionist (DNM, DC, CNS), this ingredient is a substance that is naturally produced by our body. It is found predominantly in the skin but also in our cartilage and is responsible for lubrication of the joints and greatly helps retaining moisture in our skin. There are numerous other benefits associated with HA, to find out more check out his article Hyaluronic Acid Benefits for Skin & Joints — Your Own Anti-Aging Acid here.
There are many ways that you can use HA for skincare purposes, some people take the acid in pill form as a supplement or as cosmetic injections such as Restylane. As for me, I will be going the topical route and will be using it in form of a facial cream or serum.
How to choose the right HA Serum?
When it comes to selecting a serum or cream, it can be a bit confusing to know which product is the best to use and what other properties one should be looking for. I’ve heard that it is best to look for a product that is plant-based (vegan) and according to dermatologists that the concentration of Hyaluronic Acid should be around 0.1%. Sometimes when you’re reading the labels you might notice that it doesn’t say Hyaluronic Acid but HA and other times you might also see the ingredient sodium hyaluronate, this is still HA it’s just that it has gone through a process to turn it into a lighter form which makes it easier for skin absorption. Lastly, make sure that the cream or serum you use is free of alcohol, parabens, and sulfates as these are counterproductive and not good for your skin. Based on the information I just mentioned I found the following products that meet these prerequisites. You can find all of these products online at Amazon, Sephora or directly at the retailer’s site.
Hydrating Products to try:
- Skinceuticals – Hydrating B5 Gel
- Vernal Skincare – Hyaluronic Acid Serum (Firm & Nourish)
- ResQ Organics – Night Serum
- Lilian Fache – Hyaluron Topical Serum
- CSCS – Advanced Face Serum
- LANCER Intensive Night Treatment with Hylaplex® and Marula Oil – Night Crème
- Dermarche Labs – Fullfill Topical Wrinkle Filler with Hyaluronic Acid
- Dermadoctor- Wrinkle Revenge® Ultimate Hyaluronic Serum
- Kate Sommerville- Quench Hydrating Face Serum
- PERRICONE MD – Hyalo Plasma Hyaluronic Acid Intensive Moisturizer
- Dennis Gross Skincare – Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion
- Caudalie – Vine [Activ] Anti-Wrinkle Serum
Next up let’s talk hyperpigmentation and how to lighten those stubborn dark spots. Essentially hyperpigmentation is when there is a high concentration of pigment or melanin concentrated on one area of your skin, making it much darker than the rest. This can be on your face, your legs or other body parts. It can be caused by a number of things such as hormones, acne, prolonged sun exposure, certain medications, inflammation, autoimmune disorders and much more.
What you can do about it
There are many ways to go about treatment. You can go and see your dermatologist who will prescribe creams, specific ointments or suggest you try a chemical peel, dermabrasion, micro needling or use of a laser to control the melanin production and even out your skin. If you are looking for a more natural way to tackle these skin conditions I suggest you search for products like serums, creams, and masks that contain the following ingredients: Vitamin C, Turmeric, Sea Buckthorn, Rice Flour and Licorice Root. All of these ingredients have skin lightening properties and both Vitamin C & Sea Buckthorn are powerful sources of Antioxidants. However, always proceed with caution and test a small section of skin before to make sure that you don’t have any allergic reactions.
Lightening Serums to try:
- Caudalie – Vine[Activ] Anti-Wrinkle Serum
- Caudalie – Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
- Skinceuticals – C E Ferulic
- Skin solutions – C + E (with Ferulic Acid)
- Serumtologie C – Serum 22
Whip up your own mask
I’ve been doing a little experimentation with Turmeric Masks (using it 2-3x a week) and I must say that YES, I do see a slight difference and improvement in the tone of my skin and it did help break up part of the hyperpigmentation but we are still a long way before it’s completely gone. The key here is continued use and patience! I will leave a link to my DIY Turmeric Mask so that you can try it but be warned, it’s best to use gloves when applying the mask as it will stain your hands and clothing. I will also be dedicating an entire post to Turmeric soon so make sure to stay tuned for that.
One more thing before I end this post, don’t forget to apply a high SPF and do your best to stay out of the sun or else those dark spots will just get worse, trust me I’ve made that mistake in the past.
I hope you enjoyed this post and that you were able to learn something new. How are you getting yourself ready for the warmer weather? Do you have some spring skincare advice to share with me? I’d love to hear from you!