Quick Tips for Getting Your Skin Spring Ready!

Ready or not—here spring comes!

Say goodbye to bitter winds, heavy winter coats and dry, flaky skin. It’s time to embrace the new season with open arms and what better way than to switch up your skincare regimen? As the seasons’ change, so do our individual skincare needs, which is why it’s important to reevaluate your skin at the start of each season. Here are four, quick tips for transitioning your products from winter to spring:

Pop In To See A Professional

While you may not notice a drastic change in your skin, seeking guidance from a skincare professional is always recommended as they help you customize a regimen that will protect skin against environmental stressors and treat additional concerns. Whether you stop by for a facial or a more advanced peel, regularly treating yourself to a professional skincare treatment is equal parts luxury and necessity. At your next visit, ask your aesthetician about the spa exclusive, Reboot, which replenishes the skin with lasting hydration and healthy probiotics for a more youthful-looking complexion. To find a spa near you, go to the COSMEDIX spa finder!

Add Vitamin C Into Your Routine

If you’re battling with uneven skin tone, look no further than COSMEDIX’s Pure C Vitamin C Mixing Crystals. Vitamin C helps to improve skin texture and tone and Pure C is 100% L-ascorbic acid.  Add these crystals to your nighttime routine and it will boost the results of other serums or moisturizers. For application, dispense one pump of Simply Brilliant 24/7 Brightening Serum into your hand and add a few shakes of Pure C. Mix together and apply to clean skin using circular motions. Evenly distribute product onto your skin, neck and décolleté for added coverage. In no time, this product will help to neutralize free radicals, reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and improve the skin’s elasticity.

Find Your Perfect SPF

While we recommend applying SPF year-round, it’s vital that you begin implementing a powerful sun protectant before enjoying outdoor spring activities. If you’re in the market for a new SPF, we recommend Hydrate + —a moisturizing sunscreen that’s suitable for all skin types. This Daily SPF and moisturizer duo helps to protect skin from environmental elements with SPF 17 and hydrates the skin for improved elasticity and radiance. Apply this moisturizer to your face, neck, décolletage and hands 15 minutes prior to sun exposure. Reapply at least every 2 hours for maximum benefits.

Protect the Eye Area

As you begin spending more time outdoors, be sure to protect the eye area with Eye Genius Brilliant Eye Complex. Eyes are one of the first parts of our bodies to show signs of aging, so combat that with this morning eye cream. This 3-in-1 cream tackles dark circles, puffiness and fine lines with a genius formula that includes five firming peptides, Vitamin E, light-reflecting mica and PFCs.

Switch Up Your Cleansers

While many winter cleansers are formulated to help treat dry, flaky skin, we recommend finding a spring/summer cleanser that gently purifies skin and removes unwanted debris and environmental pollutants. Packed with herbal amaranth, sandalwood and grapefruit oil, Benefit Clean Gentle Cleanser compliments any regimen and is sure to soothe and hydrate all skin types.

 

 

COSMEDIX’s Guide to Using Retinol for Acne

What is retinol?

Retinol is a vitamin A derivative that has been called the gold standard of anti-aging. It is used to help improve the look of skin for a healthier and younger-looking appearance. It also has been proven to improve the look of skin of those that suffer from some forms of acne. Your tolerance for retinol depends on your skin type and condition. Over-the-counter topical formulas range from SkinMedica’s Retinol Complex 0.25 to The Ordinary Advanced Retinol 2%. When starting a retinol regimen, it is important to not start above 2% retinol formula without consulting a dermatologist or aesthetician. Skin types that are darker, thicker, and tougher will be a bit more tolerant of retinol. COSMEDIX’S Refine Rx contains a 12% retinol complex. It is only available at select spa partners after a professional evaluation.

What does it do?

Retinol helps stimulate the skin’s natural metabolism and helps encourage collagen production. This means that retinol stimulates the skin’s natural renewal system growth, death, exfoliation, new skin cells which helps the skin slough off old, rough skin cells so fresh, healthy skin can surface. This visibly reduces the appearance of sun damage, brown spots, lines, wrinkles, acne blemishes and large pores while improving the skin’s texture and tone for a smoother, clearer, more even-toned look.

What is Retin-A?

Retin-A is more potent than retinol and requires a prescription. It can improve cell turnover in the epidermis, which leads to fewer clogged pores, less breakouts, smoother skin and smaller pores. Those with severe acne may opt for Retin-A for faster results, but this option isn’t a cure-all for all acne. Retin-A works best on acneic skin with clogged pores, whiteheads, blackheads and closed comedones. Retin-A may cause more irritation and inflammation for those with sensitive, red, sore or inflamed skin.

What is a retinoid?

The term retinoid is a medical classification for Vitamin A-based molecules.

What is retinoic acid?

Retinoic acid is the acid form of Vitamin A also known as tretinoin. When retinol is absorbed into the skin and combines with certain enzymes, it converts to retinoic acid. It is often considered to be more effective in this form. Those with severe acne may have considered taking an oral pill that contains retinoic acid such as Accutane. The side-effects of such treatment can be severe and must be closely monitored by a physician. Products with an AGP Complex (short for arabinogalactan-proteins) help deliver retinol into the skin so it can convert to retinoic acid for optimal results without losing potency.

What is encapsulated retinol?

People with super-sensitive skin conditions including rosacea, eczema and inflammation caused by acne may not be able to tolerate traditional retinol treatments. COSMEDIX’s microencapsulated retinol formulas, such as Serum 16, are enriched with Vitamin E to help reduce irritation for those who have drying and sensitizing skin conditions but still want the acne-improving and age-defying results of retinol.

When should you use retinol?

Apply retinol at night and follow the instructions of your chosen product.  It’s usually a pea-size amount applied two or three times a week on the face and neck. If redness or irritation appears the next day, wait until skin returns to normal before reapplying. Two nights on and one night off is a good cadence for healthy results. After 30 to 60 days of use, stepping up the retinol level is recommended for optimized results. Consult your aesthetician for a recommended retinol regimen.

What is the downside?

Skin is more sensitive to light and thus sensitive to sunburn while using retinol. Sun protection is necessary. A high SPF, broad-spectrum sunscreen most be worn every day to protect the skin. In warmer months and during peak times of the day, a hat is suggested to keep the skin from burning. Also, retinoids are not recommended during pregnancy or while nursing. Discuss your retinol use and skin goals with your dermatologist before using a product that contains this ingredient.