How to Get Your Best Summer Skin
Between the heat and sun, caring for your skin in the summer months requires several considerations. To achieve your best summer skin, you can use a combination of changes to your at-home routine and professional med spa services tailored to your skin type and environmental factors for the season.
Prioritize Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful ingredient that is useful in your skincare routine year-round but can be especially important during the summer months. One of the easiest ways to incorporate vitamin C into your routine is to apply a vitamin C serum between your cleansing and moisturizing steps. The antioxidant helps to prevent or reduce hyperpigmentation, encourages collagen production, and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Remember to Exfoliate
Spending more time outdoors, sweating in the summer heat, or facing oily skin can easily clog the pores during summer, causing acne or other issues. While it’s important to avoid over-exfoliating, in the summer it can be beneficial to remove dead skin cells and debris more frequently. At home, you can use products with ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acid to gently exfoliate a few times a week. Or, you can try med spa services like dermaplaning or microdermabrasion to thoroughly cleanse and exfoliate.
Don’t Skip SPF
You should be wearing SPF daily no matter the time of year, but it’s especially important during the summer months. Sun exposure is one of the biggest contributors to signs of aging like hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and loss of elasticity. What’s worse, harmful UV rays also increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
For some, it’s easiest to choose products that are multipurpose to ensure they’re incorporating SPF. You can try moisturizers that have at least SPF 30 for the summer, for example. If you’re sweating or swimming, just remember to reapply as necessary.
While most people need heavier creams and moisturizers in the winter, it’s important not to skip out of hydration during the summer. You can keep the skin healthy with at-home masks and light daily moisturizers to keep the skin healthy and glowing during the summer. Ensuring you drink plenty of water on hotter days is also crucial.
Treat Sun Damage with Professional Services
Sun damage can occur if you were previously unaware of how to care for your skin, and even with proper care, the elements can take effect over time. Thankfully, professional med spa services can improve most signs of sun damage on the skin.
Photofacial, or IPL treatment, is a laser skin treatment that targets unwanted pigmentation. This makes it a great option for those facing sunspots or age spots.
A custom facial treatment can also be beneficial for a range of skin concerns, such as dryness or acne, which can be worsened in the summer.
Microneedling can also create firmer skin with renewed elasticity and more even tone and texture. While microneedling patients should avoid sun exposure immediately following the treatment, it can be a good option for those facing more mild symptoms of sun damage.
Schedule a Consultation
If you’re interested in professional services or want advice on a summer skincare routine from an expert, contact Dominion Women’s Health Med Spa in Richmond, VA. Call (804) 447-2303 or request an appointment online.