Yeah, yeah. April showers “bring May flowers.” But in my opinion, the fourth month of the year is special for another reason entirely. The warmer weather provides the ideal excuse to remix the contents of your beauty cabinet. Since you’re already sporting SPF all year round (right?), we asked dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, to share the winner for a fresh spring beauty routine.
Because of the stronger UV light during this glorious time of year, the dermatologist recommends doubling up on Vitamin C by applying it in the morning and come nightfall. “An antioxidant helps protect skin against free radical assaults by neutralizing oxidative stress that can cause cell damage,” explains Dendy Engelman, MD, another dermatologist in New York City. “In the springtime we are spending more time in the sun with more exposure to free radicals. It’s the perfect time to add vitamin C to the regimen.”
Amazing as this antioxidant may be, however, Dr. Gohara warns that those with skin conditions like rosacea or eczema should consult their doctor before heading to sephora.com to stock up on the serum. Same goes for those with acne, who should stick to applying the antioxidant only once a day, according to Dr. Engelman. “Too much vitamin C can be irritating and cause acne breakouts in certain skin types, so it’s best to just stick to one topical product daily,” she says.
Remember, you’ll want to smooth vitamin C serum onto your face after applying your toner and eye cream, but before you layer on the moisturizer and SPF. [Your name here] for Spring Fling Queen!
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