It should come as no surprise that our skin changes with the seasons, usually reacting to outside factors like weather changes. However, summer often presents us with a unique set of challenges as the hot wind, dry weather, and air-conditioned indoor rooms can be the cause of a dehydrated and dull complexion. Due to these unfortunate factors, creating a good summer skincare routine is one of the best things you can do to prevent dry, dull, and aging skin. Here are 7 tips that might help you maintain a healthy and glowing complexion all season long.
1. Prioritize Sunscreen
Whether it’s a hot summer day, a gloomy summer storm, or you work inside at a computer screen all day, one of the most important things you can do for your present and future skin is properly protect is from damaging sun rays. Apply SPF 30 or higher every morning as the last step to your skincare routine for proper sun protection. If you’re going to be outside for an extended period, swimming in water, or sweating, make sure that you reapply every 2 to 3 hours.
2. Find a Cleanser for Your Skin Type
During the summer, our skin tends to produce more oil, and the more time we typically spend outdoors during the summer, it can also lead to dirt and grime accumulating in our pores. The combination of these factors means that our summer cleanser needs to be more focused on keeping our complexion clear. Gel-based cleansers are recommended for those with oily skin and hydrating cream or water-based cleansers are recommended for those with dry skin.
3. Schedule an Exfoliating Treatment
Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells and built-up debris that can lead to congestion. It also allows your skin care products to penetrate deeper into the skin, leading to an even, healthy, and radiant complexion. Schedule an appointment for a dermabrasion treatment or a custom chemical peel.
4. Incorporate Vitamin Serums into Your Routine
Some vitamin serums that you can include in your skincare routine include:
Vitamin C: Brightening, even skin tone, hyperpigmentation, and sunspots
Vitamin E: Moisturizes the skin at a deeper level
Ferulic acid: An antioxidant that works to boost the effects of other antioxidants. When used in serums or moisturizers, it helps to protect the skin’s overall integrity.
5. Switch Out Your Moisturizer
If your go-to moisturizer isn’t doing what your skin needs it to do, it might be time to find a new one. First, it might be a good idea to reset your skin with a Hydrafacial to help cleanse, exfoliate, and nourish the skin. Then, talk to a skin expert about what kind of moisturizer will benefit your particular skin type during the summer to keep it looking clean, glowing, and fresh.
6. Don’t Forget Your Lips
While we’re focusing on our complexion this summer, it’s important that we don’t forget the smaller parts of our face like our eyes, lips, neck, and ears. Make sure to cleanse these areas carefully, exfoliate the lips, and apply an SPF lip balm daily.
7. Know How to Treat Damaged Skin
Even if all protective measures have been made, people with lighter complexions are still likely to experience some damage in the form of sunspots or sunburns when spending time in direct sunlight. If you’re starting to notice these imperfections on your skin, it might be time to consider having a treatment to give your skin a reset.
Microneedling exfoliates and induces collagen production in the skin to break apart hyperpigmentation, sunspots, and age spots to help revitalize a more youthful complexion.
Laser Skin Resurfacing uses focused laser energy to restore skin quality, texture, and laxity effectively. Learn more about how to get your skin summer ready or reverse sun damage from summers past by calling Dr. Guy Facial Plastic Surgery at (832) 956-1040 and schedule your appointment.