Skin care for spring and summer: tips from dermatologists


They cut back on the retinol

The fountain-of-youth drink that promises to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, strengthen the skin barrier and even out your skin tone is safe to use all year round, but can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. “This hypersensitivity has to do with the way retinol works on your skin,” explains Joel Schlessinger, MD, a dermatologist in Omaha, Nebraska. “Retinol stimulates cell turnover, which means it removes dead skin cells and replaces them with new ones — and these healthy, new cells are more sensitive and prone to burn from the sun’s rays.”

You can still use retinol in the spring and summer months, just try applying it at bedtime rather than in the morning. “If you become irritated with retinol use, reduce the frequency to just once or twice a week,” suggests Dr. Shainhouse for. “And be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen during the day and a wide-brimmed hat to reduce sun exposure on your face.” (Find out what experts are saying about bakuchiol, an alternative to retinol that is gaining popularity.)

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They refresh from the heat with mists

Throughout the day we collect and spread bacteria all over our face, but even more so in the warmer and warmer months when sweat traps that bacteria and we are more likely to wipe it off with unwashed hands. “I like hypochlorous acid facial mists because it is known to fight bacteria and help cleanse the skin,” says Dr. Engelman. “As an antimicrobial and antiviral agent, hypochlorous acid also stimulates healing by signaling oxygenation and epithelial knitting, while working to reduce scarring.” Check out these 8 facial mist sprays that can hydrate your skin.

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They use sunflower oil to soothe eczema

Up to 10 percent of adults have eczema, an inflammation of the skin that results in scaly red patches. The condition may be more common in the spring. “People tend to flare up when they have eczema, especially when they’re outside,” says Dr. bow. “Sunflower oil is a great remedy for that.” For a mild flare-up, apply sunflower oil at bedtime. If your skin remains red or irritated, apply a thin layer every night after showering. The oil is an anti-inflammatory and helps stimulate the body’s natural production of ceramides, fats that help strengthen the skin barrier.

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