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Springtime Skincare

posted 2019 Apr

Angelina Detmers, R.N.

The first day of spring has arrived, invoking a sense of renewal, inspiration and rejuvenation. It’s part of a natural cycle, and we welcome the change.

Just as we use this time to transition out heavy winter knits and pull in light, bright, airy pieces, the passage of winter is a perfect opportunity to adjust our beauty routine to meet our skin’s seasonal needs.

As the northern hemisphere leans closer to the sun, we experience higher humidity levels, warmer temperatures and higher concentration of the sun’s rays. These changes bring with them a need for oil management, sun protection and pigmentation control.

Oil management is essential when it comes to avoiding breakouts and blemishes. Warmer temperatures and humid climates increases oil production from sebaceous glands in our face. To keep our skin radiant and blemish free, it is important to cleanse with a product that removes access oils and impurities without drying the skin.

My favorite daily cleansers contain some type of hydroxyacid (preferably a salicylic acid). These chemical compounds act as exfoliators, and increase skin cell turnover.  What does that mean for the skin? The acids weaken connections between dead cells on the skin’s outer most layer, causing these cells to slough off, revealing younger, healthier skin cells beneath them. This gentle exfoliation also unclogs pores, removes oil, sweat and environmental matter from the skin’s surface, decreasing opportunities for pimple and blemish formation.

Gone are the days of slathering our skin in different oils and bronzing products, in hopes of attracting as much summer sun as possible. We are now much more aware of the harmful effects associated with UVA and UVB exposure and how essential it is to incorporate sunscreen application into our day-to-day routines.

Before entering the medical aesthetic industry, I thought sunscreen was something you applied just before making your way out for a long day at the beach. I was not aware of the damage my skin was enduring from unprotected daily exposure to the sun’s rays. Aside from causing damage to genetic material in our skin cells, increased exposure also leads to premature wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and melasma.

A common skincare goal for women and men of all ethnicities is an even, radiant complexion. In order to work toward this objective, we must familiarize ourselves with melanin and its role within our skin.

Melanin is a wonderful molecule, created in the deeper layers of the skin by cells called melanocytes. Once created, melanin is spread into the top layer of the skin and placed just above the nucleus (brain) of the cell, shading it from damaging UVA and UVB rays. This is part of your body’s defense mechanism, protecting itself from DNA damage, which can lead to different types of skin cancer.

External factors such as UV exposure and inflammation can impact this cycle in a negative way, causing a higher concentration of melanocytes to over produce melanin. This irregular production of melanin leads to patches of pigmentation, melasma and ultimately an uneven complexion.

One way to take charge of your melanin health this spring and summer season is to make sure you’re applying products with ingredients that help regulate this cycle. For several weeks now, I have started my morning makeup routine reaching for my AVYA Day Moisturizer. I enjoy applying this moisturizer after cleansing my skin and just before applying my makeup (it’s the perfect built-in primer). The formulation is light, non-greasy and the scent...is beautiful! Have you ever applied a facial sunscreen and thought, “wow, this scent is intense!” or maybe the sunscreen left you with an unflattering skin reaction? You may have been using a sunscreen formulated with various fragrances as well as oxybenzone, a potentially harmful chemical sunscreen.

The day moisturizer incorporates mineral, chemical-free, broad-spectrum sunscreen with beneficial active ingredients and natural botanicals. One remarkable natural botanical found in the day moisturizer is snow mushroom extract, an ancient ingredient located on high mountains around the globe. Snow mushroom contains small, water attracting molecules (similar to hyaluronic acid), which penetrate deeply into the skin, drawing with it skin-plumping moisture. I’ve noticed a significant difference in my skin’s texture and tone since incorporating this step into my routine.  In addition, the moisturizer contains powerful melanin-controlling active ingredients such as turmeric, Vit C, and niacinamide.

As you’re adjusting your routine this season, look for products with ingredients that improve both your skin’s health and appearance.  Opt for simple, light makeup, drink plenty of water and don’t forget the wide-brimmed hats and oversized sunglasses. Most importantly take good care of yourself and make this spring and summer your best seasons yet.