Posted October 02, 2014 in Blog
Some of the best parts of summer may be the worst things for your skin. Time spent enjoying sunny weather, taking a dip in the pool, or staying cool in the air conditioning are hot weather essentials, but a summer well-lived can wreak havoc on your skin. By the time autumn rolls around, you may be in serious need of a skin regime overhaul.
While it’s common knowledge that prolonged, unprotected exposure to the sun (and its harmful UVA/UVB rays) can lead to melanoma, the level of skin damage it can cause doesn’t stop there. Uneven skin tone, freckles, age spots, and a breakdown of collagen can all contribute to the appearance of aging skin and wrinkles.
Skin that shows signs of sun damage often looks worse during the late summer months, when the effects of being dried out by chlorinated pools and air conditioning start coming to the surface. Fine lines and wrinkles can appear deeper and more-apparent on poorly-moisturized skin. Staying on top of your skin care can be difficult when there are so many environmental factors working against you, but there are ways to fight back.
If your face is suffering after summer, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favorite ways to give your skin some post-summer TLC and reduce the appearance of sun damage:
Chemical Peels are a great option for rough and dull post-summer skin. By offering deep exfoliation and removing dead or damaged skin cells, chemical peels can even your skin tone, reverse signs of sun damage, and improve acne. Peels can also stimulate collagen growth, achieving a more plump, youthful look in areas with fine lines. With a wide variety of peels available, we can match the perfect peel to your specific needs.
Microdermabrasion: A quick and painless treatment, microdermabrasion is a great way to address a variety of skin issues. Using a fine jet of crystals to exfoliate and encourage new cell turnover, treatment can quickly reverse signs of sun damage and leave you with softer, brighter skin.
Injectables like BOTOX® and Juvéderm® are gaining popularity for their efficacy and the convenient, minimally invasive nature of treatment. BOTOX is particularly effective in treating signs of aging on the upper face by smoothing out wrinkles and lines around a furrowed brow and softening the appearance of crow’s feet from squinting in the sun. Great for the lower face, Juvéderm is an effective dermal filler that can add volume and smooth wrinkles, minimizing the appearance of deep nasolabial folds and smile lines.
GET READY FOR NEXT YEAR
Once you’ve rejuvenated your summer skin, be sure to maintain the results and prevent further damage all year long:
- Don’t be afraid to slather! Sunscreen should be worn every day to prevent incidental damage caused by simple tasks like walking to lunch, driving with the windows down, and exercising outdoors.
- Moisturize your home and yourself! Using a humidifier, especially in the bedroom, can return moisture lost by air conditioning and heaters. Combine with a good moisturizing skincare routine to avoid parched skin.
- Drink up! Hydrating from the inside out by drinking plenty of water can help keep your cells happy and healthy.
LOVE THE SKIN YOU’RE IN
Skin damage from the sun is dangerous and the look of advanced aging that results is less than ideal. Fortunately, after a season of summer fun, it is possible to turn back the clock and restore your skin to its fresh-faced, former glory. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and find out more information about how you can erase the years and restore your skin!