They use sunflower seed oil to soothe eczemaiStock/cinoby
Up to 10 percent of adults have eczema, an inflammation of the skin that results in scaly red patches. The condition may be more prevalent in the spring. “People tend to flare up if they have eczema, especially if they’re outside,” says Dr. Bowe. “Sunflower seed oil is an amazing remedy for that.” For a mild flare-up, apply sunflower seed oil before bed. If skin continues to be red or irritated, apply a thin coat every night after showering. The oil is an anti-inflammatory and helps stimulate the body’s natural production of ceramides, fats that help bolster the skin barrier. Also consider these other natural remedies for eczema.
They go to a pro for a peeliStock/pa2011
For deeper renewal of the skin, see a dermatologist for a seasonal chemical peel. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, eventually causing the outer layer to peel off. The new layer of skin underneath is typically smoother and less wrinkled. “Spring is a time when you want to remove dead skin cells so you can have rejuvenated skin at the surface,” says Binh Ngo, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at Keck Medicine of USC. “Chemical peels can also combine different brightening agents that lighten brown spots and age spots.” Talk to your dermatologist to see what type of peel is best for your skin type.
They are even more vigilant about sunscreeniStock/grinvalds
Most dermatologists apply sunscreen every morning, all year long. However, in the springtime, it’s especially important to be vigilant about protecting your skin from harmful UV rays. “When spring arrives, we all have cabin fever and spend more time outside than we did in the winter,” says Dr. Day. “The most important thing is to make sure you use sunscreen, even if it’s cloudy.” Apply every morning, and reapply every two hours. If you get wet, apply every hour. Use makeup that has SPF protection? It may not be enough. “A lot of makeup foundation has SPF 15 in it, which is not very efficient,” says Dr. Ngo. “I would recommend a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.” If you’re taking a spring break vacation, make sure you lather up with sunscreen when you’re on the beach or even if you’re just sitting next to a window—say, in a car during a road trip.