Q: Winter did a number on my face -- my skin is dry, flaky, and irritated. How can I give it a fresh start for spring? continued...
Exfoliate only a few times a week. Every other time, wash with a gentle cleanser like CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, which has epidermis-softening ceramides to help skin retain moisture.
At night, apply a moisturizer with glycolic acid, lactic acid, or salicylic acid, which helps the gentle sloughing away of dead skin continue while you sleep. Try Vivité Night Renewal Facial Cream. Be sure to moisturize soon after washing your face, when the skin is still hydrated from the water it absorbs during cleansing. This technique locks in more water than when you apply lotion to dry skin.
For smoother-looking skin, Bare Escentuals i.d. bareVitamins Skin Rev-er Upper is a must-try. Apply this primer lotion, infused with salicylic and glycolic acids, before makeup. Finally, always use a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher to prevent sun damage and skin cancer.
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Skin Product Expiration Guidelines
Ensure your beauty stash is fresh with these when-to-toss guidelines from dermatologist Roberta Sengelmann, MD, of the Santa Barbara Skin Institute in California.
The FDA requires sunscreen makers to post expiration dates on the packaging. Toss any SPF product that is expired or more than three years old.
Chuck it after three months, or sooner if it has changed colors, smells funny, or stings when you put it on.
Keep for up to a year unless it stinks or has changed colors.
The eyes are very sensitive to dirt, debris, and bacteria, so toss after three months.
Lipstick doesn’t penetrate the skin, so it’s safe in your makeup bag for up to two years. The color and texture may change slightly over time.
Liquid foundation and facial moisturizers
Whether packed with antioxidants and alpha-hydroxy acids (glycolic, lactic, malic) or not, they're good to go for up to six months.