This post was written by Amy Burns-Lewis, aesthetician, PPG – Dermatology.
As the warmer months approach and people venture out to enjoy the weather or go on summer vacation, exposure to the sun’s rays becomes inevitable. And while we all know vitamin D is an essential nutrient and regular sun exposure is one of the most natural ways of obtaining this sunshine vitamin, it’s important that we keep our skin happy and healthy beyond the daily sunscreen application.
Where to start
Making antioxidants a part of your skincare routine and wearing them daily can help fight free radical damage, which contributes to the breakdown of your skin’s collagen and elastin leading to premature aging. Vitamins A, C, and E, beta carotene (found in carrots), lycopene (found in tomatoes), and even dark chocolate are all powerful antioxidants that can give your skin a boost. Utilizing products containing vitamins A, C and E and sunscreen will work well as a team, giving your skin a refreshing glow while protecting it from the sun and environmental damage. Also, if you know you’ll be outside, exposed to the sun for an extended period, try wearing a wide-brimmed as an added defense against any harmful UV rays.
What to avoid
After being cooped up all winter, it’s no surprise that we all want to put our best face forward as we begin to enjoy the warm and sunny weather. However, there are specific procedures you should avoid during the summer months. Treatments that are typically more invasive include but are not limited to:
- Advanced chemical peels
- Intense pulse light treatments
- Laser hair removal
- Laser resurfacing
Getting these treatments done in combination with being outside can put your skin at risk for burning, hyperpigmentation and peeling. Using these products and treatments and exposure to the sun can make it even more sensitive due to the skin’s barrier being irritated. If you choose to get these treatments done, it’s crucial that there is no tan present on the skin. Intense pulse light treatments target specific areas, and if a patient has a tan all over their body, it could produce what is known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. And with any professional treatment, it’s important to follow post-care instructions and product recommendations by the aesthetician to ensure the best outcome for your skin.
Alternatives to treat yourself
Though there are multiple treatments to steer clear of, there are plenty of treatments you can have done in the summertime, including dermaplaning, gentle chemical peels and hydrafacial treatments. These treatments will exfoliate any excess surface cells and allow hydrating products to penetrate further into the skin, leaving a healthy glow. But as previously mentioned, following after-care recommendations and sunscreen usage is always crucial.
If you’d like to learn more about MD Skincare and their services, or book an appointment with Amy, please visit the MDSkincare page.