The changing of the seasons plays a large part in how our skin performs
throughout the years. What we do for our skin in the summer will not work
the same during the winter months. Maintaining a good skin routine during
the summer has always been difficult for many people, but it’s definitely not
a time to stop everything. Here is a guide to help clarify what you should
stop, and what you should substitute. Summer can still be a time to not only
maintain healthy skin, but improve it as well.
The first thing to stop is laser treatments, such as photofacials, or IPL’s. These lasers
target melanin and can make tanned skin vulnerable to undesirable changes, as well as
make skin more sensitive to sun exposure, resulting in the development of irregular
pigmentation during the post-laser healing process. In order to avoid any complications
with these lasers, avoiding the sun weeks before and after each procedure is
necessary, which is nearly impossible in the summer months.
That said, an easy “swap” that we offer at The Aesthetic Room is Vivace RF
Microneedling. This is the most advanced microneedling procedure that combines
microneedling, radiofrequency, and light therapy to help tighten skin, reduce fine lines
and wrinkles, diminish acne scars, decrease pore size and stretch marks, and even out
pigmentation. The Vivace has insulated tips which makes it safe to use on darker skin
tones and tanned skin during the summer months. In addition, the RF energy is
released at the lowest poles of the needles, limiting thermal injury to only the dermal
layer of the skin. Targeting beneath the skin results in optimal stimulation of collagen
and elastin while remaining safe to use in the summer. Unlike lasers, where you need to
avoid sun for weeks before and after, we ask that you avoid the sun for 72 hours post
procedure, and of course wear sunscreen and a hat! The downtime from the Vivace is
minimal; slight redness may occur for a few hours post procedure. You can easily have
this procedure done on a Monday, continue to work all week, and be back at the beach
by the weekend.
Swap-out number two is having a Hydrafacial instead of a chemical peel. A Hydrafacial
is a great way to combat dry and damaged skin in the summer months. Chemical peels
leave your skin more vulnerable to harmful rays during the healing period of a week or
more. Our Hydrafacial cleanses, extracts impurities, hydrates, infuses, and protects
your skin. We also offer add-on serums that specifically target dark spots, fine lines and
wrinkles, and even acne. A Hydrafacial does exfoliate the skin, so, as always,
sunscreen and a hat are a must after the procedure.
Swap-out number three is replacing your beloved retinol with Skinceuticals Retexturing
Activator. Retinols are great for reducing fine lines and improving uneven skin tone, but
they leave your skin sensitive to the sun. It is recommended to stop retinol products 4
days prior to sun exposure, and for several days after, making this a hard regimen to
follow in the summer. Replacing your retinol with the Retexturing Activator twice a day is
a great option because it increases cell turnover and exfoliates the skin while also
providing extra hydration.
Now for the summertime non-negotiables! Products that you should be using all year,
but especially during the summer months. The first is CE Ferulic by Skinceuticals. CE
Ferulic is a powerful antioxidant serum combining vitamins C & E with ferulic acid to
provide significant protection from cancer causing UV rays. While keeping your skin
safe from the harmful sun and environment, it also builds collagen to help reduce those
unwanted fine lines and wrinkles. When combined with sunscreen, this provides the
utmost protection from the sun. Lastly, and most importantly, summer skin care requires
sunscreen! Sunscreen is a must during the entire year, but especially the summer
months. The best sunscreens are those with at least 30 SPF, and that block both UVA
and UVB rays. Zinc oxide and titanium oxide are also key ingredients to look for in
sunscreens because they provide physical barriers to the sun. Our favorite is Alastin’s
Hydratint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 36.
Summer is the time of year to enjoy yourself outdoors, and with these few swaps you
can continue to protect and nourish skin throughout the sun-intense months. Fine lines,
wrinkles, sun damage, and dry skin do not have to be a part of your summer face; by
utilizing these summer-swaps and continuing regular staples, such as botox and fillers,
you can stay looking your best all summer!