Spring Skincare Tips with Dr. Brooke Jeffy

We caught up with one of our advisory board members, dermatologist Dr. Brooke Jeffy, on ways to care for your skin as we head into spring.

How does skin change as we transition from winter to spring?

The transition from winter to spring is often a positive change for the skin. Harsh colder weather leads to dryness and irritation which can promote breakouts and eczema. Warmer, more humid temperatures increase moisturization of the skin surface which tends to keep our skin microbiome a bit happier reducing the tendency for breakouts and dry patches.

How is this different from how skin changes going from warmer to colder weather? 

As winter approaches, we need to prepare skin for exposure to colder, drier air by increasing moisturization and ensuring adequate water intake. You may need to reduce use of exfoliants or retinoids in your regimen. 

What are common skin issues you see during this time of year as a result of the seasons changing?

I tend to see many patients with eczema flares as their skin has finally gotten to a tipping point at the end of the winter season. And if eczema is not flaring simply due to the dry cold environment it just spent months in, the spring often brings environmental allergies which can cause flares of eczema. I also see a lot of folliculitis in the transition from winter to spring. People may be working out more to get ready for the summer or they are spending more time outdoors and just sweating more which can contribute to folliculitis. 

Which foods or ingredients would you recommend to support the transition to spring? Or ingredients that are always good for skin?

Season changes are always a great time to reevaluate your skin care routine. As we transition to spring, heavier moisturizers may be traded for lighter options. It is also incredibly important to reevaluate your sun protection measures. Of course sun protection is important year round but you want to be prepared with products that can meet your needs with potential longer outdoor exposures. Vitamin C containing products are great year round, but especially important for morning use in the summer to help protect our skin from ultraviolet damage in conjunction with sunscreen. 

A good for the skin diet is a year round commitment. Focus on eating colorful vegetables and fruits so your skin cells have the antioxidants they need to cope with ultraviolet damage. Consider minimizing animal products and sugar to support a healthy gut microbiome which in turn reduces the inflammation in the skin that can promote breakouts and eczema. Green tea, especially matcha, is a powerful antioxidant and my absolute fav ingredient for amazing skin and overall health. I drink it all day! Foods rich in collagen and hyaluronic acid are also important for glowing, supple skin.

What’s your skincare routine these days?

I am always trying new things but currently I am using Bioderma Micellar Water and LaRoche Posey Toleriane hydrating cleanser at bedtime followed by either Herbivore Bakuchiol serum or Zo Wrinkle+Texture Repair. Then I top with Zo Renewal Cream. In the morning, I use Goop Beauty 20% Vitamin C serum followed by Dermatologica Skinperfect Primer. Weekly I use either the Immunocologie Vital Clay Mask or Obagi Professional-C Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask. That seems like a lot but I do not usually wear makeup so less time and investment there!

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