Spring Into Beauty   The famous Punxsutawney Phil groundhog may be predicting 6 more weeks of winter but it’s never too early to start preparing your skin for those sunny warmer months. Winter takes a toll on everyone’s skin. To achieve that fresh spring look you will need to start adjusting your skincare routine now to prepare for the change in weather.   We recommend starting with a good exfoliant that contains grainy ingredients such as oatmeal, ground almonds or even sea salt. By removing the dead cells your skin will look smoother, healthier and more radiant. Look for at-home products for your skin type and make sure you use a different exfoliant for your face (ideally with alpha-hydroxy or beta-hydroxy acid) vs. the rest of your body. If you have oily skin we recommend exfoliating several times a week - dry skin only 1-2 times a week and stick with a gentle exfoliant.   We also like Chemical Peels, products such as Skin Medica's Vitalize Peel help fight the effects of time, sun damage, and environmental assaults. This powerful yet non-damaging peel can take years off aging skin. 

With more sun filled hours in the day, Spring is also the time to switch your moisturizer. Heavy moisturizers work well in the winter months to prevent dry, cracked skin. At this time of year you should be looking for one that contains sunscreen (minimum SPF15) to help prevent sun damage and fine lines. We recommend a lighter moisturizer so you can easily apply makeup over it.   Spring is big time of year for special events – Easter, Mother’s Day, communions and graduations. If you are considering having a cosmetic procedure, now is the time to put those plans in motion. Injectables like Botox and Juvederm' have little to no downtime and are an easy way for you to refresh your look for Spring. If you are considering something more invasive such as laser resurfacing you will need to factor in several weeks for the consultation, prep, procedure and recovery time.  As always make sure you see a trained professional before pursuing any aesthetician services, minimally invasive treatments or cosmetic surgery.  Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center is here to design a tailored treatment plan designed specifically for your needs.  Call us today and schedule your consultation, 206.859.5777, we are excited to help you Spring Forward!

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