Freshen up your skin for spring
If your skin looks dull and dry right now, it may just be waking up from the cold and gloomy days of winter. Now is the time to freshen it up for spring season.
The first step is moisturizing. The importance of a high-quality moisturizer to your skin can never be emphasized enough. Hydration keeps the skin from getting dry, flaky, cracked, itchy, and irritated and prevents bleeding, infections, and inflammation. While drinking plenty of water is important to hydrate the body, a moisturizer is vital to keep the epidermis, the top layer of skin, hydrated, smooth, and supple.
Heading into the sunny season, we should pay more attention to sunscreen. Dermatologists recommend a sunscreen above SPF 30 to protect the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Not only will it prevent the skin from getting burnt, discolored, and prematurely aged, it will also protect from skin cancers. For best results, sunscreen has to be applied daily, even if you stay indoors and even if it is cloudy. It has to be reapplied every two hours, especially if you have been in the water.
If you still have spots and discolorations from the previous summer, now is the time to rid your skin of them, and laser treatments are one of the most effective solutions. Dr. Amanda Lloyd of Skin and Vein Institute recommends ExcelV and Fraxel Dual lasers to rejuvenate the skin. Laser treatments are preferred by most patients as they are non-surgical, non-invasive, painless, precise, and effective.