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Spring Clean Your Skincare

By Amy Bailey — June 30, 2014

According to the glorious temperatures that we’ve enjoyed recently and the ubiquitous yellow powder blanketing every outdoor surface, spring has sprung. The trees are sprouting new leaves, the grass is starting to grow green and bright, and the wild daffodils are in full bloom. What better time to refresh your skin and your skin care regimen?

As the seasons change, it is a reminder that it’s time to reenergize your skin care regimen to meet the demands of the transforming environment. When winter is over, it’s time to put away the heavier creams that provide extra moisturization and barrier protection when the weather is dry and cold and refocus on exfoliation, proper cleansing and sun protection.

Each season presents it’s own unique environmental changes that require special consideration in order to select skin care products to maintain your glow.  While the season dictates changes to help your skin adapt, the fundamentals of good skin care remain the same.  Here are a few suggestions from Dr. Corey Hartman to get you started:

Skin Medica Sensitive Skin Cleanser:  This hydrating cleanser is ideal for anyone with skin that seems easily irritated by other products.  It gently cleanses, while allowing skin to hold on to essential moisture.

Obagi C Rx C-Cleansing Gel:  Enriched with Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant, this gem by Obagi cleanses appropriately while helping to even skin tone and erase hyperpigmentation and other signs of aging.

Skinceuticals LHA Cleansing Gel:  The secret to Skinceuticals LHA Cleansing Gel is the perfect amount of hydroxy-acids to gently aid in exfoliation without over drying or causing unnecessary irritation.

CeRave AM Lotion SPF 30:  CeRave proves that a skin care regimen does not have to break your budget.  This silicone-based, light formulation provides UVA and UVB protection without the greasiness.

Obagi Nu-Derm Sun Shield SPF 50:  Easily my favorite daily moisturizer with sunscreen, Obagi Nu-Derm Sun Shield is a broad-spectrum, UVA/UVB moisturizer with sunscreen that leaves a smooth, matte finish and leaves all skin types free of that annoying grayish tint.

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Cream SPF 30:  If your skin is prone to breakouts, this light Aveeno product will serve you well while protecting you from harmful rays.