Summer is great for relaxing, having fun, and enjoying meals with friends outdoors, but it’s really hard on your skin. The sun’s rays might have given you a glow, but there’s a price for that tan: freckles and age spots, wrinkles, and even skin cancer.
It’s very important to protect your skin from the sun as much as possible when you’re enjoying time outside. You probably already know how important it is to wear sunscreen and to do what you can to avoid sunburns, but how do you take care of your skin once you’re out of the sun?
If your skin could use some extra TLC as summer winds down, here are some tips for going into fall with a gorgeous, glowing complexion.
Rethink Your Skincare Regimen
Do you use the same skincare routine all year? If so, it might be time to rethink that strategy. Your skin has different needs depending on the weather and other factors. It’s a good idea to have a few different routines you can use depending on how your skin is looking and feeling.
If your skin feels dry and dull after summer, consider adding more moisturizers into the rotation. If hot weather makes your skin sweaty and oily, you might need to change up the cleanser you use. Regardless of which skincare steps you take, however, it’s important to use high-quality products. If you struggle to achieve healthy, glowing skin, then you might even want to consider switching to medical-grade products.
Let Your Skin Breathe
Skin needs a chance to breathe, which is why it’s so important to wash off your makeup and sunscreen at night. After you’ve been slathering on the sunscreen, your skin might need more time than usual to breathe and restore itself. Try going makeup-free for a few days if you can, or at least switch to formulas that won’t clog your pores. Just letting your skin “be” sometimes is important for getting a glowing, breakout-free complexion.
Exfoliate and Moisturize!
As summer winds down, dull, dry skin is common. It’s important to exfoliate and moisturize throughout the year, but it’s especially important after summer. Gentle exfoliation helps to remove dead or damaged skin cells for a brighter complexion, while moisturization soothes and nourishes sun-damaged and dry skin.
It’s important to tailor your exfoliation and moisturization routines based on your skin’s attributes. If you have dry, sensitive skin, you’ll want to exfoliate less often. For oily skin, choose a lighter moisturizer. You need to really get to know your skin and its individual needs to take proper care of it.
Celebrate Your Natural Complexion
Lots of people love a “sunkissed glow” and will sometimes even resort to tanning salons to get it. You probably know that this is a recipe for skin cancer and should be avoided, but it can be hard to change your mindset on tanning. Need more motivation to celebrate your natural skin tone? Sun exposure can lead to premature aging, brown spots, wrinkles, and leathery-looking skin in addition to skin cancer. If you’ve always been a tanning fan, think about changing your ways after this summer for the sake of your skin.
Consider a Professional Skin Treatment
Your skin probably needs a reset after spending so much time in the sun this summer. Consider booking a professional skin treatment for the fall to reset your complexion and to give your facial skin a little TLC. There are tons of options to choose from, depending on your goals, budget, and the condition of your skin. Some options include:
Microdermabrasion—a gentle exfoliating treatment that uses a diamond-tipped tool to remove and vacuum away damaged and dead skin cells. It’s totally non-invasive, safe for all skin types, and can rejuvenate the skin after a series of treatments.
Chemical peel—there are many different types of chemical peels, but all are used to resurface and rejuvenate the skin using safe chemical solutions. Light peels will gently remove dull, damaged skin with no downtime and few side effects, while deeper peels involve some downtime and more dramatic results.
Laser resurfacing—Different laser treatments, like Fraxel and Laser Genesis, can be used to resurface skin that needs some TLC. Today’s lasers are safer and more effective than ever and can treat a range of skin tones and types. Laser resurfacing is a great option for patients who want a skin “reset” after a long summer.
IPL—many people develop dark spots and sun damage after summer. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) can be a great option for patients who want a more even skin tone and a glowing complexion. This gentle treatment is safe for all skin types and can help to restore skin for a more youthful appearance.
SkinPen—most skin treatments work by initiating the body’s own rejuvenation systems through controlled irritation or injury. SkinPen, a microneedling procedure, works by applying tiny needles to the skin and creating microchannels that facilitate skin healing. The treatment not only stimulates collagen but can also work well with topical treatments for enhanced results.
Talk to a Skincare Expert
Ready for a skin reset? Talk to a skincare expert today at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique in Houston. Texas summers are long and hot, and your skin could probably use a little pampering and TLC. To schedule a free consultation and learn more about your options with one of our experienced aestheticians, give us a call today at 281.810.9083.