With the arrival of spring, many people feel the need to dress a little lighter, abandon warm clothes, and expose their skin to the first rays of the sun. However, after being covered up for quite some time, it is essential to know the skin’s general health status and degree of aging. Late winter weather can cause the skin to appear seborrheic or dry due to dehydration or insufficient sebum and sensitivity to atmospheric aggressions, particularly those of the sun.
Physicians explain that the quality of skin conditions between late winter and early spring depends on several physiological parameters. Among these factors are the state of the hydrolipid film, the natural protective layer of the skin consisting of water and sebum, typical pH acidity, the proper hydration, the right thickness, good quality of collagen fibers, elastin and the fundamental substance of the connective tissue, and good capillary circulation. Any alteration of these skin parameters, when prolonged over time, can promote premature skin aging.
Skin and Spring: The Necessary Examinations
The skin’s condition can be determined through a clinical dermatological examination and observation. A noninvasive instrumental test called “skin check-up” can also determine the skin’s needs and which aesthetic treatments are indicated for each situation.
What is a Skin Check-Up, and How Does it Work?
A skin check-up consists of three phases:
- In the first phase, the specialist collects information about the patient’s lifestyle, medications taken, personal cosmetic habits, any skin problems, as well as how the patient responds to weathering.
- In the second phase, a 3D multispectral camera analyzes the skin.
- Finally, in the third phase, measurement of skin function takes place.
The goal of this examination is to formulate an aesthetic diagnosis that will allow a personalized cosmetic education program to be set up.
This examination helps plan hygiene measures, starting with choosing personalized cosmetics, smoking cessation, and the need for photoprotection. It determines the most suitable treatments for the patient, such as peels, fillers, and dermal revitalization.
This check-up should be performed every two years when one is young, and as menopause approaches and sebum production decreases, it should become an annual check-up.