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Change up your Skin Care Regime for Spring

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Winter still may feel like it is here, but it will soon pass with a new season to embrace, spring! With the new spring season, it becomes necessary to go through a bit of a beauty overhaul. With the season change includes switching to lighter makeup, hair, and nail colors, but we sometimes neglect our skin. After months of harsh weather, our skin is in dire need of a beauty revamp. The question is: Which products should we be using and which should we be avoiding? Below are a few guidelines on how to change up your skin care for Spring.

Moisturizer: After some very drying weather, we need to rebuild our skin and replenish the moisture that was lost. What exactly do you need to look for in a moisturizer? Keep an eye out for products that double as a moisturizer and a skin protectant. Sunflower oil and vitamin E work as emollients that trapsmoisture inside skin cells, plus they keep the skin hydrated. Look out for alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids, which help replenish dry skin. Another moisturizer must-have is glycolic acid, which works to gently to remove dead skin cells and leave you with glowing skin.

Exfoliate vs. Cleanse: Sometimes we feel like we have to give up one for the other as the season changes, but luckily, that’s not the case. Exfoliating works to help rid your skin of any dry, rough layers left over from the winter. When you’re looking for the best scrub, avoid walnut shells or apricot pits, which are rougher exfoliants and can therefore irritate or tear the skin. Instead look for ingredients like brown sugar, or scrubs that contain beta hydroxy acids. Where exfoliating should really only happen once or twice a week, cleansing should ideally happen twice a day (morning and night). Using a mild, unscented cleanser will help to ensure your skin won’t be irritated.

Don’t Forger The SPF: SPF is a must-have year-round, but now that the weather is warmer, we’ll all likely be outside more and therefore, there’s more of an emphasis on sunscreen. Make sure you know which works for your face and which for the rest of your body, because sometimes the formula for your body can cause the skin on your face to break out. Always keep an eye out for non-chemical sunscreens with ingredients like titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, as these do not react with skin the way more harsh chemicals do.

Spring Skin Care

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Spring Skin Care

Spring is the season of new beginnings, and this is why a lot of people tend to make spring cleaning a great way to start it off. It’s a time of “out with the old and in with the new”. This same thinking should be applied to your spring skin care regimen too. Read the following tips that will leave you looking and feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

The Ultimate Guide to Facial Skin Care – #2 Exfoliate

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This is our second installment the Ultimate Guide to Skin Care series, and we will be discussing the importance of exfoliation in your skin care routine.

Here are 5 important do’s and don’ts when it comes to exfoliating,  

Reversing the Signs of Sun Damage

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If there’s one thing Vancouverites love, it’s the sun. The general consensus is that we all hate rainy days and rejoice in the long awaited summer season. But summer isn’t all fun and games when it comes to your skin—too much exposure can cause sun damage that can have long lasting effects. Not to worry though, you don’t have to give up your fun in the sun to prevent, or even reverse, these unwelcome effects. Just keep in mind these tips and you can enjoy your sunny days guilt-free:

Wear Sunscreen

Although most people know enough to wear sunscreen when the sun is out, practicing sun protection year-round can actually prevent further sun damage and may reverse some of the damage that has already occured. Remember to wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, as this is one of the keys to healthy, youthful-looking skin.

Exfoliate

The accumulation of the dead, outermost layer of the skin can make it appear dappled and uneven. Exfoliation dissolves these dead skin cells, leaving your skin smoother, brighter, and more radiant.

Use Products with Skin Lighteners

Get rid of brown splotches with products commonly referred to as “skin bleach” – a term that encompasses a number of products which either inhibit or slow down the production of pigment in your skin. The end effect of using these products is lightening of the brown sun spots by stopping the skin’s uneven production of melanin (brown pigment) which your skin produces in response to sun exposure.

Get your Antioxidants

Hydrate and arm yourself with antioxidants. Antioxidants will neutralize free radicals thus protecting skin’s cells from cancer while also diminishing the collagen and elastin degradation by free radicals. Collagen loss is largely responsible for formation of wrinkles and age-related degradation and sagging of skin.

Phototherapy

Visit a professional and learn about your options, such as BBL Photorejuvenation. BBL is a noninvasive cosmetic rejuvenation procedure used to reduce or remove the unwanted effects of aging and sun exposure. It also shrinks the size of pores and the appearance of tiny, superficial blood vessels, thus improving skin tone and uniformity of color, leaving your skin looking more radiant and smooth.