Spring clean your pores with a professional facial
Without a doubt, the most effective way to clear out blackheads and clogged pores from the skin is to have them manually removed with a professional facial. Then to maintain the results, use a concentrated, alcohol-free AHA serum. (Try Renée Rouleau AHA Smoothing Serum 17% to penetrate into the pores to help keep them clean.)
Lighten up your moisturizer
The heavy creams required during the winter aren’t as necessary in the spring. Switching to a lighter-weight cream will allow your skin to breathe better, while still giving your skin the hydration it needs. Take the skin cream test. Apply your moisturizer and wait for five minutes. If after five minutes, you touch the skin and you can still feel the moisturizer, it means it’s too heavy. Your skin acts like a sponge. It takes in what it needs and the rest sits on top. Moisturizers that are too heavy can suffocate the skin and caused clogged pores. Try our Sheer Moisture.
Don’t neglect your neck
Wearing scarves during the winter can cause dryness and irritation to the skin on the neck. Now that the spring is here and you’re revealing more skin, give your neck some TLC by exfoliating with scrubs (not acids).
While looking upward to keep the skin taut, apply a facial scrub to the front and sides of the neck and massage lightly in circular motions for 60 seconds. Since the skin on the neck is delicate, it’s important to use a facial scrub (try Renée Rouleau Micro Crystal Cream) that doesn’t contain natural grains such as walnut husks, apricot kernels, seed or shell powders as they can scratch and irritate the skin. We also recommend not applying a lot of pressure when using a scrub. Rinse well and wipe with facial sponges or a baby washcloth.
Brighten up your skin
The dry air of winter can make the skin look dull, tired and sluggish. Look for serums or moisturizers with ingredients like Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is best for sensitive skin) and Bilberry Extract work to brighten the skin to fade and even out discoloration. (Try Renée Rouleau Vitamin C&E Treatment)
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Wear sunscreen daily
You should have been using a moisturizer with an SPF all winter long, but in case you didn’t, now is the time to start. Sun exposure is the #1 cause of skin aging, so using a sunscreen moisturizer on both your face and neck will be sure to keep your skin protected. Look for chemical-free ingredients like Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide, which provide excellent protection while feeling lightweight on the skin. (Try Renée Rouleau Daily Protection SPF 30)
Out with the old, In with the new
Chemical Peels are all the rage. The cold, dry air builds up layers of winter dryness on the skin, so a good intensive exfoliation with a chemical peel will peel away dullness to reveal younger-looking, fresher skin. (Try an at-home skin peel like Renée Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel)
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