The 5 Steps to Perfect Spring Skin
By Elise Minton Tabin , Executive Beauty Editor |
Nothing says spring like perfectly clean skin, rosy cheeks a natural-looking lip. Want to know how to get the look? We’ve got the inside scoop.
Remove Signs of Winter Skin
Exfoliation is key in removing all the dead skin that’s built up during the winter months. “Spring is the time of year to do chemical peels—have your aesthetician determine which one is best for your skin type,” says aesthetician Mandy Epley. “Exfoliation is one of the most important techniques that you can perform on your skin to resolve certain skin problems and achieve healthy and glowing skin.”
Rev Up Collagen
You can prompt your skin to stimulate new collagen year-round, but plump, taut skin definitely adds to that fresh-faced spring look. “Microneedling uses a handheld device to create microinjuries to skin," says New York dermatologist Julie Russak, MD. "These tiny interruptions, created by employing different depth needles, can target top superficial layers of skin down to deeper middle layers to cause the formation of new tissue layers, naturally catalyzing the production of new elastin and collagen for clearer, more youthful skin.”
Properly hydrated skin is the cornerstone of healthy skin. When skin is hydrated, it looks better and flaws are less apparent. “The skin is a protective barrier for our body to keep moisture in and environmental stressors out (allergens, bacteria, dust, etc.). Skin cells are layered like interlocking bricks. Dry skin causes gaps in the layers, allowing allergens in. This also results in losing moisture faster and dehydrated, inflamed skin,” says Dr. Russak.
Get a Golden Glow
We don’t condone baking in the sun to get bronzy skin, but a little self-tanner never hurt anyone. When skin has a healthy color to it, your complexion comes alive, imperfections are less noticeable and you just look better. Jurlique Sun Specialist Sunless Tanner goes on easily, doesn’t streak and gives you a natural, believable tan—not one that looks fake and orange. Plus, it’s loaded with good-for-your-skin ingredients like vitamins, minerals and amino acids to help protect your skin.
Switch Up Your Color Palette
Once you’ve gotten your skin in tip-top shape, the last step is to add in some color that’s appropriate for the season. “Dark, rich hues are more complementary in the winter months and can be overpowering come spring,” says Desiree Eaglin for Yon-Ka Paris. “Soften your makeup by adding in more soft pink and peach colors.”