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Published on March 30, 2015

Five Ways to Get Your Skin Ready for Spring

The dry air and harsh winter winds may soon be disappearing, but they’ve likely left you with dull skin.

“Thanks to cold temperatures, dry indoor heat, and the dehydrating effects of those long, hot showers that warmed us up, we may not all be ready to shed those layers and expose our skin to the world. But there are steps you can take now so when the temperatures warm up you’ll be ready,” said Gail Mullett, medical aesthetician at Rejuva Skin and Wellness Center, which is located at the Wheaton Franciscan – Elmbrook Memorial Campus Pavlic Center.

She offers these five tips to get your skin a healthy glow by Memorial Day:

Exfoliate

Mullett says the best way to get your skin ready for spring is with regular exfoliation. This gets rid of dead, dry skin cells. She advises to wet your entire body in the bath or shower and apply an exfoliating cleanser to a loofah or washcloth, and scrub, using gentle, circular motions.

Moisturize

After you exfoliate, moisturizing your winter dry skin is key. If your skin is only a little dry, you can use a liquid moisturizer but if it's very dry, use a cream moisturizer. Mullett likes the physician grade NeoCutis and SkinCeuticals skin care lines, available at the Pavlic Center. When the weather warms up, make sure your moisturizer is noncomedogenic, meaning that it won't clog your pores and cause breakouts.

Sunscreen

The most important thing you can do for your skin is use sun protection so you never get a burn.
Everyone should wear a sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher with a broad-spectrum agent that protects against UVA and UVB rays and apply it generously.

Exercise

Exercise is a great way to give your skin a pick-me-up because it increases blood flow, which keeps cells healthy.

Eat a healthy diet

For the best skin health possible eat foods rich in vitamin C which can protect the body by reducing damage from free radicals, and vitamin B which is crucial to the formation of skin, nail and hair cells. Citrus fruits and vegetables are good sources of vitamin C, and vitamin B and can be found in seafood, red meat, cheese and eggs. Avoid foods high in carbohydrates and simple sugars, as well as salty foods, which can cause bloating, leading to tired-looking skin.

Taking care of your skin now through exercise, basic skincare, and a good diet will help you look your best this spring and summer.


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Five Ways to Get Your Skin Ready for Spring