Officially, spring has sprung, and although the warmer temperatures and flower buds haven’t yet arrived, now’s the time to think about shedding our lackluster winter skin and transitioning our skin to spring. Let’s face it, no matter how hard we tried to keep our skin hydrated and nourished, the elements were against us. Today, I’m sharing my top favorite ways to achieve a true spring skin renewal.
Exfoliate & Repair
To begin the renewal process, it’s essential that we first remove the dry, dull outer layers of skin and repair deeper damage done over the winter months. Exfoliating masks and scrubs can give you an instantly smooth feel, but they’re not nearly as effective as in-office treatments that exfoliate in addition to kickstarting your skin’s natural repair and renewal process.
Clear + Brilliant Laser treatment is a gentle resurfacing laser treatment that causes controlled mild micro-injury to its outermost layer. As the body heals itself, it replaces the old, damaged skin cells with new cells and increases collagen production for a slightly uplifted look.
For skin that’s experienced a little more wear over the winter, the Fractora device goes even deeper, combining the best of radiofrequency and microneedling to smooth and tighten skin by inducing collagen production and cell turnover. The overall result is a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, a lift in sagging skin, and baby soft skin.
Nourish & Plump
As our skin begins the repair process, it’s so important to keep it nourished for maximum effect. Lately, I’ve been loving the subtle yet transformative effects of microinfusion with AQUAGOLD® fine touch™. A perfect complement to any of our resurfacing procedures, it infuses a cocktail of super-actives directly into the skin with tiny gold-dipped needles. It can even get at those hard-to-reach places like under the eyes.
At Greenwich Point Dermatology, we create a blend based on your skin needs, but my favorite elixir to help recover from the winter skin blues includes vitamin C, glutathione, a hyaluronic acid filler, and Botox. The best part is there’s no downtime, and skin looks instantly awake and more toned. Plus, the results only continue to improve as the ingredients work their magic.
Maintain & Protect
I can’t tell my patients this enough, but what we do on a daily basis to our skin at home is even more important than any in-office procedure we do seasonally. In the winter, we rely on intensely nourishing creams and emollients that lock in moisture and protect us from the dry winter air. But as the temperature and humidity start to rise, we can switch to lighter formulations that give our skin a little more breathing room — and that fresh, dewy look.
My favorite daytime serum is Skinceuticals Phloretin Serum* with vitamin C for brightening, and at night, I reach for Neocutis Hyalis™ Hydrating Serum*. It’s formulated with a high concentration of hyaluronic acid for ultimate replenishment. For the delicate under eye area, Revision Teamine® Eye Complex* works serious magic, keeping things plump and bright.
And don’t forget the sunscreen! To keep that fresh new look for as long as possible, always choose a broad-spectrum SPF 30+. Neocutis Journee Bio-restorative Day Cream* is my go-to for its unique hydrating properties and antioxidant profile, but I also love the smooth application and flawless finish of MDSolarSciences mineral sunscreens*.
*available in our skincare boutique