There is no better feeling than being enveloped by the sun’s warming glow while you relax with your favorite chilled beverage in hand. The summer season not only brings out warmer weather but also brings out the active and adventurous side of ourselves, spending more time outdoors and with others.
These fleeting months of perfect weather can be great for boosting overall morale and happiness, but your skin may be paying the price!
Summertime’s hot, sticky, and humid conditions can wreak havoc on your routine skin care regimen that you’ve maintained in months prior, as the sun’s rays introduce new challenges for your skin to combat against.
The following are 10 ways you can help revamp your skin routine as promoted by Drs. Dale and Michelle Abadir. These two doctors are highly knowledgeable and experienced in all forms of dermatologic skin care, with their sound advice helping give your skin a fighting chance against the summer sun.
Protecting Your Skin
Use Sunscreen: The simplest and often most overlooked method for maintaining skin health. Your skin is a delicate organ and can be damaged by harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. A type of electromagnetic radiation, it is the type of sunrays that in moderate amounts can produce a nice tanned appeared but also sunburns with prolonged exposure. The two most common types of skin-damaging sunrays include UV-A and UV-B rays. Those with fair skin are the most at risk for developing sunburns as they have reduced levels of a pigment called melanin; the body’s natural defense against damaging UV rays. Without adequate protection using sunscreen, you will increase the chances of developing brown spots, wrinkles, and even skin cancer.
Wear protective clothing: In order for sunscreen to be effective, constant reapplication is required. This can be quite an inconvenience for some leading to unintended UV ray exposure. It is therefore recommended to directly block out the sun’s rays by wearing weather appropriate clothing that covers the majority of exposed skin, as well as utilizing sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats to give your skin that extra layer of sun protection.
Stay Hydrated: With increased heat comes the increased need to stay hydrated. Not drinking enough water during the summer days can lead to dry skin which can be further complicated by the damaging effects of the sun.
Use a light moisturizer: Summertime can make you feel hot and sweaty while enjoying the outdoors and that heavy moisturizer you’ve been using during the dry colder months can only add to your discomfort. Many moisturizers often include sunscreen within them as stated by an SPF value. These combination moisturizers are the best choice for keeping your skin hydrated and at the same time protect you from harmful UV radiation.
Making Your Skin Looks Its Best
Retinoids: A topical form of vitamin A, this compound has been shown to have several anti-aging effects in addition to being able to reduce the appearance of age spots and softening rough patches of skin. Retinoids work by increasing collagen production; a naturally occurring protein in the body that promotes skin’s elasticity and strength. While several over the counter products contain retinoids, they are often not as effective as those prescribed by a doctor.
Exfoliate your skin: The long winter months can often lead to the development of dry flaky skin leading to a dull and less than radiant appearance. By using gentle cleansers and exfoliants you can scrub away dead skin cells, allowing your skin to look cleaner and brighter.
Going the Extra Mile for Skin Care
For those looking for more aggressive exfoliating treatments, cosmetic dermatological procedures may be just what you are seeking. The following are some cosmetic dermatology treatments that can enhance the appearance of your skin and even reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles. However, it is important to note that with the following procedures your skin will temporality be more sensitive to the effects of the sun; making the application of daily sunscreen vital for skin protection until new skin cells are regenerated.
Chemical Peels: This procedure can effectively improve the appearance of sun spots, acne breakouts, uneven skin color, scars, and even fine lines and wrinkles. A chemical solution is applied to the skin allowing for the uppermost layer of skin to be peeled off. This allows for smoother, younger looking skin to be uncovered.
Laser Resurfacing: Useful for reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles, scars, and other skin irregularities, laser resurfacing works by directing short, concentrated pulsing beams of light on affected skin areas, removing skin layer by layer. Laser resurfacing is a relatively quick outpatient procedure that can be performed on any area of the body.
Dermabrasion: A skin resurfacing procedure that can effectively sand away the outermost layer of the skin revealing smoother, younger looking skin. Dermabrasion can also improve the look of scars and the appearance of fine lines. The procedure can be used alone or in combination with other skin care techniques. Recovery time will depend on the depth of skin removed with most patients experiencing new skin regrowth within 5 to 7 days.
Photo-Facials: A procedure that can diminish fine lines and sun damaged skin, as well as improve uneven pigmentation. Photo-facials use light-based technology to boost skin’s collagen levels leaving skin smoother with a clear complexion.
Making Your Skin Care a Priority
For all your skincare needs, speaking to highly trained and knowledgeable medical professionals is your best defense against anything Mother Nature throws at you. With the guidance of Drs. Dale and Michelle Abadir you can be confident that the health of your skin is of the utmost priority. Schedule a personalized skin care consultation today in the Rye Brook, NY area at 914-937-7593.