What a fantastic time of year as we say goodbye to winter and hello to spring! We start to head outdoors more as it heats up and we also tend to have more social events filling up the calendar. Great skin is essential.
As our environment changes around us we are exposed to different elements, there are inevitably changes that occur in our skin. The heat rises and there is greater exposure to UV light. This can cause increased oil production, breakouts and congestion, as well as darkening of pigmentation (freckles).
To tackle the excess oil production, it’s great to swap your cleanser over to a gel based one (if your skin can tolerate it). Gel based cleansers or cleansers that contain Salicylic acid will help to ‘degrease’ the skin and remove excess oils. The Catalyst cleanser from the Rationale range is a great option and one we use ourselves at Skindepth. It’s important to remember that some skin types simply cannot tolerate gel cleansers if the skin is dry or sensitive. In that case just stick with your cream cleaner.
Another option to tackle excess oil production is a stronger vitamin A product with a higher percentage of retinol. Retinol or vitamin A works by shrinking the skin’s grease glands that are responsible for oil flow. We recommend the Biopelle Retriderm Retinol range which includes options of 0.5%, 0.75% and 1%. When getting started on Retinol products, always stick to a lower percentage to avoid any reactions within the skin. You can then increase the concentration over time. The addition of retinol or vitamin A in your skincare will help minimise blackheads and breakouts. Make you sure you combine with an SPF the next morning.
To help prevent pigmentation (freckles and discoloration forming), it’s best to invest in a tyrosinase inhibitor skincare product that will help to block the production of melanin and disbursement of pigment within the skin. We recommend Mela cream by Dermaceutic Laboratoire as the most effective option – we all love this product and use it when we spend more time outdoors.
If you want to get started with some skin treatments to assist your skincare routine, a great option is a Carbon Peel (also known as the China Doll Facial) with Laser Genesis. This will help to quite literally remove that dull winter layer of dead skin and reveal a new brighter healthier complexion. This treatment is fantastic because there is no downtime at all, so you can get back to what you need to do without worrying about side effects. Close to all skin types can have these treatments and both the Carbon peel and Laser Genesis treatments are non-invasive and painless. The combination of these two treatments work on different layers of the skin so provide a wonderful boost to stimulate new and healthy skin.
If you’re not sure whether these treatments and products are right for you, come in for a consultation at Skindepth with our Dermal Clinicians Lily or Amelia. They will assess your skin type and provide a skin and treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.