Let Your Beauty Blossom This SpringFebruary 28th, 2017 by Dr. Michael Glass
Tips for Springing into the New Season
Winter is coming to an end, and with it the cold, sleet, and snow, too. This winter was particularly bad due to last year’s El Niño that brought lots of snow and rain. We’ve had to stay bundled up for quite awhile, but now that spring’s here, it’s time to open up like daisies and blossoms and enjoy the sunshine.
This means attending to all the grooming and beauty care we’ve neglected these last few cold months.
Here are some tips for getting back into the swing of spring.
Refreshing Your Skin
The change in weather can have dramatic effects on your skin, especially in Nevada. Dry air and cold winds can leave skin rough and cracked, and those layers of clothes we wore all winter can clog up pores.
Now that skin can breathe again, it’s time to rejuvenate and exfoliate.
Adding certain foods or vitamin supplements to your diet can help repair damaged skin.
Vitamin B3 will help with redness, while Vitamin C reduces blemishes. Vitamin E will restore moisture and elasticity to your skin, while also protecting against free radicals.
The change in weather can also make skin sensitive. The sudden exposure of sunlight can cause sun rash, which can leave the skin red and irritated. Avoid excessive sun exposure too quickly after the clouds part, and make sure to break out the sunscreen that’s been gathering dust in your medicine cabinet. The two most important things you can do for your skin during the seasonal transition are hydrate and protect.
Reviving your skin with moisturizers and vitamins isn’t the only way to welcome springtime. Regular exfoliation removes dead skin cells and other impurities that pile up under winter clothes.
Microdermabrasion treatments like the SilkPeel Dermalinfusion can go deeper than traditional exfoliation techniques, removing dead skin as well as brightening dull skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines, sun damage, and acne scars.
Microdermabrasion is a great way to clear the skin’s palette, restoring the smoothness and glow that was hidden all winter.
Don’t Neglect Your Nails
Your nails have been hiding all winter, too, stuffed inside of mittens or heavy boots. Now that spring is here, it’s time to add some soft pastels or bright acrylics to your fingers and toes.
A simple mani-pedi is a perfect way to enter the new season.
It instills confidence in those of us still peeking out our heads to see if winter is over, and it’s often the first step in unveiling your spring self. Break out your pumice stone, your filer and clipper, and trim your petals for the sunshine.
Your Hair is Done Hibernating
Springtime is also when we trade in our beanie for a sunhat. Some people embrace the increased humidity, teasing out their hair and using that frizz too add some volume. Others are looking to shape and color their hidden locks.
There’s also some hair we’d rather not show off. Winter weather makes it easy to hide unwanted hair growth under layers of clothing, but when the sun comes out, it’s time to exchange those long johns and overcoats for sundresses and tanks.
Spring is the best time to think about laser hair removal, since most of us become paler in winter.
This means the contrast between our skin and melanin in hair follicles is greater, and this makes laser hair removal more effective. It’s also a great alternative to springtime shaving, since the change in weather can affect the texture of skin, creating goosebumps and rough areas that won’t easily take a razor.
A cold, snowy winter has many of us eager for spring. We’re ready for bright skies and warm days on the grass. Remember to ask yourself this spring whether or not your skin, nails, and hair are ready, too.