The Best Spring Skin Care

A Q&A with Dr. Tanya Futoryan of Westport Dermatology and Laser Center



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Q: Are retinols safe to use in the spring?
A: If you’re already using a retinol in your anti-aging regimen, ask your dermatologist or skin care provider about this, but be sure to use sunblock in conjunction with the retinol, especially in the morning. Retinols are agents that come in creams and gels that stimulate collagen and are used for anti aging and sometimes acne. Be aware, though, that retinols also make the skin more vulnerable and susceptible to sun rays.

Q: What you can do to make your skin look better in the spring?
A: For your morning routine, cleanse skin, and after cleansing, use a serum containing antioxidants like Vitamin C, which helps protect again free radicals (unhealthy byproducts of skin’s cells as a result of sun damage). Follow by moisturizing, then applying sunblock before putting on your make up. Also, stay well hydrated by drinking lots of water.

Q: Can I just use make up with an SPF, or do I need to use sunscreen separately?
A: This is an important question. A lot of women don’t realize that most makeup products have low levels of SPF, so you’re not getting an effective sunblock. It’s best to choose a specific sunblock and use that before applying your make up, instead of relying on a makeup product for your sun protection.

Q: What do you recommend for patches of discolored skin that occur in spring/summer?
A: These dark patches are either reactions to ultraviolet light, either as a result of your skin type (darker skin tones show more pigment than lighter skin tones) or from a hormonal reaction called “hormone induced pigmentation". To prevent this, use serums for the face that contain lightening ingredients (like alpha-arbutin and kojic acid). “Is Clinical-Innovative Skin Care” has a wonderful, all-natural line of products that can help with hyperpigmentation.


Westport Dermatology and Laser Center
489 Post Road East #1, Westport; 203-226-3600

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