Summer Skin Care Tips From An Aesthetician
Summer is in full force this year. But while it seems to be flying by (to probably all of our dismay), the official summer season actually lasts until Sept. 22. As we make up for lost time by gathering for cookouts, hitting the beach, and tanning the day away, it’s crucial to stay aware of the power of the summer sun — especially when it comes to its effects on our skin. The hottest time of the year means using the most protection, which is why we’re here to tell you the best way to do that. Read on for our aestheticians’ tips to safe sun time this summer!
Apply Skincare To Back Of Hands
It’s easy to forget about the importance of protecting the very tools we use to apply our skincare products every day. And if you drive quite literally anywhere, your hands are most likely exposed to the sun for prolonged periods of time without you even realizing it (yep, those “10 and 2” steering wheel hands have one downside). To avoid precancerous lesions on the backs of your hands, be sure to include SPF application in these areas in your morning routine.
Make Vitamin C Your Friend
Vitamin C has multiple skin benefits like removing surface discoloration/hyperpigmentation, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, and aiding in collagen production. Getting on a good Vitamin C serum can also help your skin fight against free radicals that come directly from the sun. We love the ZO® Skin Health 10% Vitamin C Self-Activating.
But because Vitamin C disrupts the skin barrier, it’s not recommended for those experiencing breakouts. If you’re doing in-office skin care treatments with an aesthetician, he or she can give you the go-ahead to start using a Vitamin C serum when those breakouts are under control.
Apply SPF Before Leaving The House
While we often don’t consider the possibility of dangerous sun exposure when not directly outdoors, the sun is just as much of a liability to our skin through a window as it is outside (and that window tint on your car isn’t doing much, either). To properly insure you’re avoiding a burn, try applying your SPF before you leave the house — or maybe even before your morning cup of coffee. This will also help your skin to fully absorb the sunblock before whatever obligatory summer activity you have planned for the day.
Stay Hydrated (Internally & Externally)
Being active and sweaty in the summer heat is a surefire recipe for dehydration. Not only is it especially important to drink a healthy amount of water during this season, but it’s crucial to keep your skin hydrated, too. Too much sun exposure can compromise our skin barrier, which works to trap in our water, lipids, and proteins. To prevent harmful substances from entering the skin and avoid transepidermal water loss, keep your skin quenched with hydrators, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories found in our favorite skincare products.
Speaking of antioxidants, our hair, skin, and nails IV is the perfect solution for anyone looking to both up their Vitamin C intake and increase their total-body hydration. A monthly, hour-long IV visit is all you need to ensure you’re promoting a healthy glow from the inside out!
Queue Our Favorite ZO Skin Products!
Our skincare specialists are big fans of ZO® Skin Health, which is why we carry their suite of products at our practice for the benefit of our patients. ZO® Skin’s medical-grade skincare is based on innovation and the newest skin health technologies, providing products both we and our patients can use to help reach their skin goals. Our aesthetician Taylor’s favorite ZO® product this summer is the Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50, which provides multi-defense protection from UVA, UVB, and HEV light.
Another office favorite is ZO® Daily Power Defense, which strengthens the skin by stimulating collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Don’t Neglect Your Scalp
Our hairline and part line are closer to the sun than the rest of our body, so why do we tend to neglect these areas when applying SPF? Trust us, a little bit of greasy hair now is better than irreversible sun damage later. Be sure to pay special attention to the scalp, face, and ears when applying protection, as they’re some of the most exposed and susceptible areas of the skin to sun damage.
Limit Your Sun Exposure
It’s the tip we always hear — but it’s so true! Staying in the shade doesn’t mean having to act like a vampire all summer long, though. Items like wide-brim hats, protective clothing, and sunglasses are useful tools to help you avoid sun damage without having to hide inside. We all need some of that Vitamin D, after all!
Pay Us A Visit!
At Dr. Tyrone’s Aesthetic Center, our job is to make sure you’re making the best choices for your skin, especially when those choices include visiting us! Our aestheticians are here to assist you in all facets of skincare, from in-office treatments to at-home solutions. If you’re looking for skin assistance or even a personalized treatment plan, give us a call so we can help keep your skin glowing and healthy this summer mdash; and the rest of the year, too.