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With warmer days ahead, we’re excited to shed those extra winter layers—and this includes our wardrobes as well as our skin. “The beginning of spring is great news for our skin, as the increase in temperatures and humidity is beneficial for moisture levels as well as overall healthy appearance,” says board-certified Miami dermatologist Dr. Ileana Perez-Quintairos. Now’s the time to put a fresh face forward, and there are myriad ways to both improve cold-induced dullness and dryness from head to toe while revealing the healthy, radiant skin you crave for spring, summer and well beyond.
It’s all about exfoliation
Low humidity, cold weather and exposure to artificial heat can ca
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If you have patches of raised or red bumps on the backs of the upper arms and outer thighs that feels rough to the touch, it’s likely keratosis pilaris (KP). With an appearance that resembles chicken skin, KP is caused by the build-up of a skin protein called keratin that blocks the opening of the hair follicle. This harmless skin condition is more of a cosmetic annoyance than anything serious, but there are a variety of ways to clear KP and restore soft, smooth, touchable skin.
Glycolix Glyco-Urea 15-15 Cream ($48)
The first line of defense against keratosis pilaris is an intensely moisturizing exfoliating lotion or cream, and this potent product is up for the task. Formulated with 15
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Combine sweat, hormones and pore0-clogging beauty products, and you’ve got a recipe for breakouts and blemishes on the face and beyond. According to Dr. Sejal Shah, founder of New York City’s SmarterSkin Dermatology, “The factors that cause acne are the same regardless of location. Oil and dead skin cells block the pore and lead to P. acnes bacterial overgrowth, which causes inflammation.”
In addition to main contributors like diet and pore-clogging hair and skincare products, pressure and friction caused by tight-fitting workout gear can make matters worse by trapping dirt and sweat. Blemishes on the back are particularly bothersome come summer thanks to bathing suits, tank tops a
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Alpha-hydroxy acids, also known as AHAs, may be older than you are (at least if you’re under the age of 30)—but these exfoliators are key for youthful-looking skin. AHAs help reveal and maintain radiant skin, boost hydration and enhance firmness when used in your daily skincare regimen or in a chemical peel at your dermatologist’s office—without the side effects of more aggressive treatments.
As with many skincare ingredients, acid-based exfoliation can get a little confusing, so it’s important to know the basics. AHAs can be synthetic or naturally derived from fruit, sugar cane, milk and a variety of other sources, however they all work by loosening the bonds that hold dead ski
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