Get Skintastic: Healthy skin tips that will take you from winter to spring
The days are getting longer and the weather warmer. What better time to think about your skin?
Cornelia Zicu is the chief creative officer at Red Door Spas in NYC and an expert panelist for SpaFinder's Wellness Week, continuing through March 17.
She shared her healthy skin tips with amNewYork.
Tips for hydrating dry winter skin
-- Change your pillow case every three days to make sure no oil buildup occurs.
-- Add a humidifier to your bedroom to replenish moisture to the air, which heaters and radiators deplete. You will see dramatic results in your skin.
-- Sleep is critical for beautiful skin. Apply an essential oil lavender mist to your pillow to help you ease into a more sound slumber.
-- Extreme temperatures can actually make certain skin conditions worse. Use caution during cold days.
-- Sunscreen should be worn year-round. Apply it at least 30 minutes before you leave for the day and look for one formulated with antioxidants to protect against free radical damage.
-- Wear sunglasses. Skin around the eye area is very delicate and does not have oil glands to protect it. If it's a sunny winter day or as we head into spring, sunglasses can protect against fine lines forming from squinting at the sun.
-- Don't ignore your hands or lips. Treat them as you would your face. Protect against chapped skin with ultra-moisturizing hand cream and invest in a high quality and lasting lip balm.
Tips for getting ready for spring
-- Take the proper steps to cleanse, exfoliate and hydrate your skin.
-- A spa visit is a great place to begin. Visit a professional to transition your skin and routine for the new season. A facial will slough away dead skin cells accumulated from winter and help reveal radiant skin.
-- An effective spring skin care routine should also include a cleanser for morning and night, a toner to remove oil, makeup and dirt, a serum or moisturizer containing antioxidants and vitamins and a moisturizer with SPF.
-- Your skin will benefit from a vitamin C product, which increases surface skin cell turnover for optimum skin radiance and luminosity. We recommend the new Red Door Spa Professional Illuminating vitamin C Activator.
-- Drink lots of water and load up on spring's bounty of fresh produce like carrots, lemons, papaya, beets and pineapple.
-- Remember, your skin care regimen should be consistent for at least a few months to give the products time to show their results. The skin regeneration cycle lasts 28 days, and it needs at least three consecutive cycles to show any kind of improvement.