Fall Into Healthier Skin
Now that the summer sun has assumed a gentler position towards our island, it’s a good time to survey your skin. Long days in the sun and too many things to do in too few hours may have left you with sun spots, dark patches, uneven tone, and overall dull and damaged looking skin. Don’t fret! There are so many effective tools and products that can have your skin looking smooth, polished and bright in time for the holidays.
Our “number one, must-have, can’t-stress-how-great-this-will-be-for-your-skin” treatment is Vivace RF Microneedling. This treatment can be done year-round, but it is especially effective for repairing damaged summer skin. The combination of microneedling, radiofrequency, and blue light/red light therapy builds new collagen and elastin, resulting in less wrinkles and reduced sun damage and dark spots. It tightens, brightens, and evens out skin tone making skin appear refreshed and more youthful. Vivace is the highest rated microneedling procedure on RealSelf, and truly provides drastic results for your skin. Down time is just a few hours, and it is safe to use on all skin types.
Chemical peels are another good option for stubborn sun spots. Fall is “Peel Season” since sun exposure must be avoided post-treatment. It is the perfect time to schedule a peel to reduce melasma, dark spots, and refine the texture of your skin. Our favorite is the “Advanced Corrective Peel” by Skinceuticals. This clinical-grade peel contains a highly concentrated blend of salicylic and lactic acids, which improve skin’s texture and reduces the appearance of discolorations associated with photoaging (sun), hormones, and even post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This is a great option for anyone battling melasma. Typically, chemical peels are done in a series of three.
Available year-round, a Hydrafacial best benefits post-summer skin. If dry, flaky skin and clogged pores are a problem, this facial is for you. Hydrafacials exfoliate the outer layer of skin by applying a light chemical peel, then black heads and dirt are extracted from pores. Hyaluronic acid is infused to rehydrate and replenish dry skin. Skin transforms from dull to bright, and becomes can’t-stop-touching-it soft. Because there is no down time, Hydrafacials are great to do before upcoming weddings or events.
Now that summer is over, it’s time to get rid of those unsightly spider veins for next year. Avoiding the sun and wearing compression stockings make it nearly impossible to undergo treatments during the months when you want your legs to look their best. Schedule sclerotherapy treatments now. Sclerotherapy injects glycerin into spider veins to make them disappear. It takes several sessions, and requires wearing a compression stocking for about one week after treatment. The results are amazing… you will strut in your shorts and skirts next summer with confidence!
Lastly, daily use of quality skin care products are mandatory.
Retinols will help improve your skin’s texture, thickness and reduce wrinkles and dark spots. These products come in different strengths; it’s important to select which one is best suited for you.
CE Ferulic by Skinceuticals is one of our favorite daytime vitamin C serums that does it all. It helps build collagen, rehydrate, and even out skin tone. Pair with a retinol at night for excellent results.
Triple Lipid Restore, also by Skinceuticals, is one of the best moisturizers I’ve ever put on my face. This is great for the end of summer, as well as the winter, when we need as much moisture and hydration as we can get. It works well with almost all skin types.
HA5 by SkinMedica is also a favorite product (#1 seller) for both post-summer and cold weather months. This product attracts water and holds on to it. As we age, the amount of hyaluronic acid in our body decreases, reducing skin’s ability to remain hydrated. By age 50, only about 50% of the hyaluronic acid we started with remains. HA5 helps plump up the lines around the eyes, the crepey skin around the mouth and neck, and even works wonders on hands. Why do you need two hydrating products? HA5 hydrates from the inside, increasing actual water levels to skin, while the Triple Lipid Restore will moisturize from the outside keeping the hydration locked in.
When repairing and restoring summer skin, expertise is paramount when selecting safe and effective products and treatments. Look your best for the holidays this year; reverse the damage, and fall into healthier skin. The time to start is now!
Stephanie Corrado, PA-C