We've got about 30 days until the official first day of spring. And that means it's time to get our skin-care routines ready for sunnier, warmer, and more days. From upping your SPF usage to introducing antioxidants that fight hyperpigmentation, there are a few tweaks derms say you should make to your routine during this transition.
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- Hadley King, MD, board-certified dermatologist and clinical instructor of dermatology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University
- Jeriel Weitz, MD, board-certified dermatologist in New York City
- Michele Farber, MD, FAAD, board-certified dermatologist with Schweiger Dermatology Group
- Renée Rouleau, esthetician and founder of Renée Rouleau Skincare
- Rita Linkner, MD, board-certified dermatologist
Below, shop seven skin-care products packed with ingredients your skin will love this spring from the SkinStore Anniversary Sale.
Originally $85, now $64
Though you should be using an antioxidant like vitamin C year-round, now’s the time to double down. “Antioxidants can be used all year but they may be particularly helpful during the spring and summer to avoid sun damage and hyperpigmentation,” Hadley King, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City, previously told Well+Good. “When the skin is exposed to UV rays from the sun, free radicals are generated that can damage DNA and accelerate the breakdown of collagen and elastin, and topical antioxidants like vitamin C can donate electrons to stabilize the free radicals and decrease sun damage.”
Originally $38, now $31
“It fulfills all of the criteria I prefer in a sunscreen,” says Charisse Dolitsky, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. “It has broad-spectrum, mineral-based coverage with high SPF, it’s formulated with zinc, which offers the widest spectrum of protection against both UVA and UVB rays, and it’s low in chemicals. Elta provides more physical, rather than chemical protection, which is safer, and well-tolerated by those with sensitive skin and it doesn’t clog pores.”
Originally $69, now $52
As we’re spending more time outdoors, we need to up our sunscreen usage. This SPF powder from Colorescience makes it easy to reapply sunscreen while you’re out and about, even if you’re wearing makeup. It comes in various shades to suit different skin tones. This sunscreen is a favorite of Rita Linkner, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in NYC, because “it’s like magic dust with just the right SPF.”
Originally $160, now $136
“Most people experience increased pigment production during the summer as they find themselves spending more time outside in the sun,” says Jeriel Weitz, DO, a board-certified dermatologist in NYC, which can lead to discoloration ranging from dark spots to melasma. This SkinMedica serum will help prep your skin for all the sun that’s to come, as it uses tranexamic acid, phenylethyl resorcinol, and a marine extract blend to both treat and prevent hyperpigmentation.
Originally $44, now $36
As your skin gets sweatier and you start using more sunscreen, you want a cleanser that can get through the grime without stripping your skin. This one from Murad is a perfect option. Plus, it includes ingredients like allantoin and panthenol to soothe environmentally-stressed skin, as well as vitamin C to neutralize the free radicals that cause fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration.
Originally $110, now $77
Keep your skin hydrated without clogging your pores by using this snow mushroom essence. Celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau says this hero ingredient “is known as the hyaluronic acid of the mushroom world,” because it contains five different forms of polysaccharides, which can hold up to 500 times their weight in water. Plus, this formula includes antioxidant-rich tomato stem cells and hyaluronic acid to visibly brighten and plump the look of skin.
Originally $85, now $64
“Retinoids can be used year-round, but increasing strength or frequency of use is often helpful, and more tolerable, in warmer weather to combat oil production and boost anti-aging,” says Michele Farber, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Philidelphia. This serum from Sunday Riley contains a 5 percent retinoid ester blend to help reduce wrinkles, lines, and disclolration; plus COQ10 to help improve the appearance of aging or UV-exposed skin.
For more goodies, shop the full SkinStore Anniversary Sale here.
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