Spring Skin

The transition from winter to spring can wreak havoc on the skin, often causing excess oil production, according to Rachel Tenzer, licensed esthetician at The Spa at Equinox Westwood and Sports Club LA. To combat this, your skincare regimen should change with the seasons. Below, Tenzer’s insights and suggestions. LIGHTEN UP YOUR PRODUCTS. Because the skin produces extra oil in warmer climates, which can lead to breakouts, Tenzer tells her clients to swap out heavier products (which can compound the problem) for lighter ones. Here are a few of her favorite’s for spring: - A middle-of-the-road cleanser, like SkinCeuticals' Soothing Cleanser or Special Cleansing Gel by Dermalogica, isn’t overly hydrating or drying. - Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen is SPF 40 and water-resistant, and it feels light on the skin. - A light moisturizer, like SkinCeuticals’ Daily Moisture, won’t clog pores. SCHEDULE TIMELY TREATMENTS. “I am fully obsessed with the HydraFacial for any time of year,” Tenzer says. In essence, “the HydraFacial pulls dirt and oil out of the skin while simultaneously infusing it with serums,” she explains. And for spring specifically, Tenzer recommends dermaplaning, which removes the dead skin and peach fuzz from your face. While you can schedule this treatment during the winter, your skin tends to be dryer and more sensitive at that time of year, so it isn’t optimal. INVEST IN TECH. There are a few different devices you can purchase to perform your own skincare treatments between Spa sessions, Tenzer says: An LED mask comes with both blue light (anti-acne) and red light (anti-aging) settings. And handheld high-frequency devices can kill bacteria, which might be beneficial for when the skin is oilier and prone to breakouts. “Also, having a mini steamer at home is really great to put on while you’re washing your face,” Tenzer explains. “It’s going to open up pores and give you much better results than you would get just washing your face regularly.”


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