Moving From Winter To Spring – How To Adjust Your Daily Skincare : Jaime’s Interview In Waterways Magazine

1.) What changes should I make in my daily skincare regimen as we change seasons?

Great question! The first thing to take into consideration is where you live. If you live in a seasonal environment such as the east coast, then changes will most often need to be made as the weather drastically changes from season to season. If you live in a more consistent climate such as Florida – you may not need to change anything. For those of us who experience colder winters leading into warm, humid springtimes there are simple adjustments that can be made. If you live somewhere where you’ve been running indoor heat during the wintertime, chances are your skin gets more dried out during this time so your daily skincare routine needs to be more hydrating and moisturizing. Active products such as retinol and alpha and beta hydroxy acids don’t always play well with dry climates and can cause a lot of irritation. The opposite is true when the climate becomes more humid. Skin tends to do wonderfully with active ingredients when there is humidity in the air. I call humidity “nature’s moisturizer”. If the weather around you becomes warmer and more humid in the spring you can lighten up your moisturizer and increase your exfoliation to brighten your skin after a long, dry winter. For some of us, the springtime humidity brings increased breakouts so adding an AHA/BHA exfoliating pad into your evening routine can keep your pores clear and prevent breakouts. Detoxifying clay masques are lovely to use in the springs since they also pull excess oil and pollutants from the pores which can easily build up in humid conditions.

2. If you can only afford to invest in one premium skincare product, what category would that be and why?

The old adage “you get what you pay for” is not always true when it comes to skincare. When you see A-List celebrities advertising skincare brands in magazines remember that you as the consumer are paying for that marketing budget. Sometimes this means that the company is putting more $$$ into their marketing than they put into the ingredients in their product. When it comes to choosing which skincare products to invest in you first want to understand what your unique concerns are and prioritize those specific results oriented products that will improve your condition. Are breakouts your main concern? If so, you’ll want to invest in your pore de-cloggers such as AHA/BHA pads or serums. If hyper pigmentation is your concern you’ll first want to identify if the pigmentation is sun damage, melasma or hereditary age spots. Once you’ve determined this you can invest in a serum containing the correct blend of pigment regulators for your condition. If you are blessed with “normal” balanced, healthy skin – invest in a topical vitamin A formula to maintain the cellular health of your skin. When you are on a budget, invest in the products that stay on your skin for hours rather than high priced cleansers, scrubs and masks that get washed off quickly.

3. Can I use my regular moisturizer for my eyes or do I need a separate eye cream? If so, why?

The skin around the eye area is some of the thinnest skin on your body. This delicate skin can be prone to milia (those little white pearls that seem to pop up under the skin seemingly out of nowhere) plus the veins and capillaries around this area show through more easily than other areas of the face where the skin is thicker. I recommend using an eye gel or eye cream that is formulated for this tender skin since it truly is different from the skin on the rest of the face. Plus, our eye area tends to exhibit its own unique set of issues such as puffiness, crepey texture and bluish pigmentation. If you are prone to milia, stick with a gel texture around the eye area rather than a cream.

4. Do I really need an A.M. and a P.M.  Face Moisturizer or can I just use one? If so, why?

If the moisturizer you are using does not contain sunscreen then you absolutely can use that product in the morning and evening. In fact, one of my personal favorite vitamin creams is designed to be used morning and night. Night-time is a wonderful time to use your more active serums since you are not competing with sun exposure which tends to oxidize some of the product sitting on our skin. I love creating simple hydrating and sun protective morning routines for my clients while focusing on a skin reparative routine at night while they are sleeping.

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