By Maggie McCauley
Prepping your flower gardens, updating your wardrobe, and taking your workout routine outside are all part of getting ready for spring. What about your skincare? It’s time to give your skin a drink of the moisture it’s craving. Sarah Johns, spa clinical manager and licensed massage therapist from Renew Skin Care and Laser Center, has tips for combating dry, dull winter skin and transforming it into soft, silky skin just in time for spring!
“The main causes of dryness and dullness and even signs of aging are environmental elements,” says Johns. The issue also derives from the dry air that comes from a heater/furnace and using hot water in the shower. The combination of these indoor instigators and the cold, wet winter air really drys out skin. But the good news is that these can be treated with things found in your own cabinets. Sugar is our go-to for ditching dullness. Scrubbing sugar against your skin in a circular motion will help break up dry skin. Cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil will add moisture. Combine the two for a very gentle scrub that will do wonders for your skin. Cold-pressed coconut oil is also a great formula to use as a moisturizer. Just warm it in the microwave for a few minutes for an ideal texture. Be sure to use it quickly, though, as the consistency will re-solidify. But you have to be careful that it isn’t too warm, as you could burn your skin.
“We like to empower our patients, male or female, and have them be happy and confident with their skin.” — Sarah Johns
For a longer lasting remedy, head to Renew Skin Care and Laser Center for a body wrap. For extra dry skin, they can recommend one of two different body wraps: a detoxifying wrap or a Sedona clay wrap. “Both hydrate skin and give each patient exactly what they’re looking for,” says Johns. After experiencing a relaxing wrap, a facial will really jumpstart your skin’s rejuvenation. After an evaluation using a magnifying glass and steam, they’ll see what your skin requires. From removing dead skin cells, to adding moisture, or even correcting sun damage, the experts treat your specific needs. Body wraps are most popular in the early spring, late summer, and early fall, while facials are regimented. Some people will choose to have a service every four to five weeks or 8 to 12 weeks. It depends on your skin’s needs and your budget.
“The three keys to having your best skin are to exfoliate weekly, moisturize, and protect,” says Johns. It starts with at-home care and is supported by professional services. Think of your at-home routine as your homework, and the professional services as the test. “If you don’t do your homework, then you won’t perform well on the test,” laughs Johns.
In between treatments, she loves products that are “all-in-one.” One of her favorites is Intellishade Original from Revision Skin Care. This light product covers and treats redness and hyperpigmentation, contains zinc oxide SPF 45, and tints to match your exact skin tone. It’s perfect for daily errands. Toss on some mascara and lipstick, and you’re ready to go! This is also a great primer product, too. If you have anti-aging concerns, don’t use a matte formula. It will set into your fine lines, and make you appear older. Renew Skin Care and Laser Center carries Revision, NIA24, and SkinCeuticals lines. “It’s really cool and fun having these products for sale that help people’s needs,” says Johns. Some other great products that can be used at home are SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque. “It’s so gentle, you can sleep in it,” says Johns. It’s great for weekly use, or for daily use, if you have very dry skin. For those between 20 and 30 years old, Metacell Renewal B3 is a great moisturizer. The lightweight feel helps improve the appearance of skin’s firmness and creates a moisture barrier.
“We like to empower our patients, male or female, and have them be happy and confident with their skin,” says Johns. It’s important to note that longtime results take time, and your skin just won’t change in one service. Just stick to a routine — exfoliate, moisturize, protect, repeat — and you’ll see the results.
Renew Skin Care and Laser Center, renew-skincare.com.