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Spring has sprung. Learn how to help keep skin healthy and beautiful with great tips from Dr. Mona Gohara, Associate Clinical Professor, Yale School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology.
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Meet the Love Your Skin Dermatologist
Dr. Mona Gohara
Dr. Mona Gohara is a board-certified dermatologist and maintains a clinical faculty position at Yale New Haven Hospital, where she sees patients and teaches residents.
In addition, Dr. Gohara lectures nationally about skin health, and contributes to top national publications like Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Real Simple and more.
Dr. Gohara also serves on the Board of Directors of Women's Dermatologic Society, is a fellow of American Academy of Dermatology and is a member of the Skin of Color Society.
Skin tips for spring weather
Lighten up your moisturizer
Spring has sprung, and it's time to shed all those layers of clothing and lighten up. That goes for your moisturizers, too. In fact, as the temps go higher, your moisturizer should get thinner, so choose serums and lotions instead of creams and ointments. This way, you'll keep skin soft and smooth without clogging sweat glands with excess oils, which can lead to breakouts.
It's never too late to exfoliate
With warm weather on the horizon, you're bound to be out and about a lot more. That means you'll be active ... and sweaty! Now that you're spending long, fun days at the park, on your bike and everywhere else outdoors, it's a great time to start exfoliating more regularly to keep the excess oils off your skin ... and to follow up with a light lotion or serum to keep skin soft and supple.
Help your skin stay cool and calm
Warmer weather means the return of heat-irritated skin, especially when wearing shorts. Here's a quick way to relieve the irritation: Add a small dab of ointment or cream to the affected area, and re-apply throughout the day as needed to alleviate friction. Ah, so much better.
Yes, you CAN beat the heat
The return of warm weather also brings with it opportunities for your skin to feel hot, prickly and uncomfortable (such as at an outdoor festival or concert). A great way to ensure that you stay refreshed is to stash away cleansing wipes in your purse. When you're really feeling the heat, you can give yourself a quick swipe of refreshment, as well as gently clear away sweat and oil.
Get some sun ... and some sunscreen
Sunshine - more specifically, vitamin D - is great for your skin, so be sure you get outside! However, it's also important to shield your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. It doesn't matter the temp; if the sun is out in force, be sure you've got your SPF handy. A light moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15 can keep your skin happy and healthy all day long.
Sweat & your skin: Be gentle!
Warmer weather means more sweat, which can also mean you're more prone to breakouts. Resist the urge to go scrubbing and stripping with harsh astringents, which will only add to the irritation (and frustration). Instead, reach for a pH-neutral, gentle cleanser to calm your skin. And relax - it will all be okay!
Skin tips for colder weather
It's time to change to a winter moisturizer
As temps get lower, your moisturizer should get thicker. While summer is all about light, water-based lotions, winter means thick, rich creams to help keep skin from getting dry and itchy. Be sure you're applying regularly each day.
Get soft hands all winter long with the quick mani
As the cold, dry air sets in, don't let your hands suffer. First, be sure you're wearing adequate gloves whenever you step outside (even if it's just for a few minutes). And then, give yourself a quick mani - apply Vaseline® to cuticles and nail beds to help keep them hydrated, even in the harshest weather.
Ditch the winter itch
Itchy skin? A hot shower is not going to help, because the very hot water can actually do some damage to your skin. To help stop the winter itchiness, keep the water lukewarm and use a mild, pH-neutral cleanser as you bathe - then moisturize your skin right away. And, to add extra moisture to the air, use a humidifier in your home. Ah, now that's better.
Winter days have sun rays, so remember your SPF
Just like the water reflects the sun's rays at the beach, snow reflects those same rays on sunny winter days. That's why it's important to remember your SPF year-round - because your face is still exposed. Remember to use an SPF of at least 15 to keep those extra-bright rays from doing long-term damage, and enjoy the sunlight while it's out during these shorter days!
Keep your lips soft and smooth
When it's really cold outside, it definitely can feel like you're in constant need of lip balm. That's because lips and eyelids are the thinnest skin we have, which is why they are particularly vulnerable to harsh, cold temperatures. Daily moisturizing of lips during these cold winter months will help you avoid the feeling of dry, thirsty lips by keeping the moisture locked in.
Clean hands for healthy skin
This time of year, germs are everywhere. But here's the thing about hand sanitizer: while it can do a great job killing those germs, it can also strip your skin if it has a high alcohol content. Keep a small bottle in your purse for emergencies, but overall, choose to wash your hands with a mild cleanser several times a day to keep the germs away and your skin intact. If your skin is intact, it will be in better shape to fight off bacteria. You can help keep your skin's natural barrier intact with Vaseline - just apply a small amount after washing your hands.