It seems like every summer we face a barrage of new advice on protecting our skin, protocol for how much time to spend in the sun, and guidelines for SPF, UVA, UVB, and a bunch of other acronyms. But what about the wear and tear on our skin during the winter? Freezing temperatures, lack of moisture, and decreased sunlight ravage our complexions for months, leaving our skin parched and in as much need of a good dusting and polish as your great grandmother’s antique silver. It’s time to shake ourselves out of the winter doldrums and squint our way towards the bright glory of spring. But how do we shed that sallow skin that Jack Frost left behind and return it to its natural radiance? It turns out you don’t need anything more than a well-informed, stepped-up home skincare regiment to get back to glowing in no time.
Exfoliate regularly—and responsibly
Too often, people mistreat their skin with abrasive scrubs or microdermabrasion. These mechanical exfoliants act like sandpaper and scratch the skin, causing inflammation, which leads to further damage. A better way to exfoliate is with a non-abrasive, fruit enzyme cleanser. Imagine little pac man-like particles that dissolve dead skin cells without upsetting healthy skin underneath. Try Arcona’s Berry Fruit Bar (www.arcona.com), which gently cleans and smoothes with each daily use.
Get a fruit facial
Masks provide greater concentrations of active ingredients than products intended for daily use—and bring more dramatic results. At Epiphany Skin Spa on Route 6A in East Sandwich, a Papaya Enzyme Facial with June Jacobs Sea Collection will restore the vitality of the skin. Natural fruit enzymes digest surface dead skin cells in a nourishing masque formulated with antioxidants, revitalizing the skin.
Toner completes the cleansing process and returns our skin to its natural pH balance. Use a toner that calms the skin and incorporates ingredients like green tea extract, rosewater, and chamomile. This base layer of hydration creates the perfect palette for serums and/or moisturizers and helps them penetrate into the skin. Start with Medicalia’s Gentle Toner (www.medicalia.com).