Summer skincare is no less important than winter skincare, but it does require a different approach. When warmer weather hits, most people need to shift their focus from fighting dryness to dealing with excess oil and avoiding UV radiation. By using the five tips below, you can keep your complexion flawless all summer long:
1. Put prevention first.
Though the sun can create a temporary glow, its long-term effects are anything but flattering: Researchers estimate that up to 90% of the visible signs of aging result from UV damage. UV radiation causes essential proteins in the skin, like collagen and elastin, to break down. Over time, this harmful process weakens the skin, leading to the development of wrinkles, sagging skin, and texture and pigmentation problems. Preventing UV exposure should, therefore, be the foundation of any summer skincare routine.
Despite the prevalence of sunscreen use, UV damage remains a significant threat. Most people apply the wrong type of sunscreen to meet their needs or forget to apply sunscreen often enough. Habits like intentional tanning also increase your risk of harmful exposure, even if you use sunscreen. (No sunscreen can filter out 100% of the sun’s rays, so using physical barriers like hats and clothing is necessary for complete protection.)
To really get the most out of your summer skincare routine, you should discuss sun protection with a professional, like a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Our doctors can recommend an effective medical-grade sunscreen that’s guaranteed to meet its stated SPF value, like Colorescience Sunforgettable. This chemical-free, all-mineral tinted sunscreen offers full-spectrum SPF 50 protection and even provides defense against environmental toxins.
2. Know what to do if you get a sunburn.
Mistakes happen, especially when we’re busy and distracted. Most of us have spent too much time on the patio with friends or fallen asleep on the beach, only to end up with a red, painful burn soon after. Though prevention is the best treatment for UV damage, there are steps you can take to limit the harmful effects of a sunburn:
As soon as you notice redness developing, apply a thick layer of aloe vera gel to the affected area, and take an NSAID pain reliever to reduce inflammation. Keep the burned area covered with soft, lightweight fabric until the burn heals. When your skin has healed, ask us about skin resurfacing options, like the Alumier Light Peel. This gentle chemical peel can dissolve damaged skin cells and help your skin renew itself, counteracting the unwanted effects of UV radiation.
3. Control oil for blemish-free skin.
After UV damage, breakouts are the leading cause of summer skin woes. During the warmer months, the sebaceous (oil-producing) glands in the skin become more active. When combined with sweat and other irritants, the excess oil they produce can clog your pores and cause acne.
To prevent summer breakouts, we recommend switching to a lightweight moisturizer that’s rich in antioxidants. Using a nightly cleanser that contains salicylic acid can also be helpful. If your acne symptoms persist despite taking these steps, try a chemical peel that’s specifically formulated for deep exfoliation, like the BHA 20 peel.
4. Use a cooling mask in the evening.
Applying a soothing mask at night can reduce heat-related redness and irritation, leaving you with a fresh glow in the morning. Clay masks and gel masks that contain chamomile can be especially effective for this purpose.
5. Take extra care of your lips.
Sun exposure, chlorinated water, and heat can all take a toll on your lips. Reduce damage and dryness by frequently applying a lip balm with SPF, antioxidants, and natural oils.
If you’d like to make your lips fuller while also fighting collagen loss, dermal filler injections might be a good choice for you. Fillers like Juvederm contain hyaluronic acid, a compound that supports cellular growth and healing for flawless, line-free lips.
For more summer skincare advice, contact Dr. Grace and Dr. Tutino. As two of Burlington’s top plastic surgeons, they can help you select the right products and procedures to overcome even the most challenging skin problems.