Now that the summer is over, it’s time to take a good look at your skin. Even with good sunscreen, it’s easy to develop brown spots, discoloration, dullness and dehydrated skin after a summer of sun and fun. Autumn is a great time to refresh skin care routines and make healthy skin a top priority.
Here are a few suggestions to get your skin ready to swing into the holiday season looking its best.
- First, do a full self-skin exam. Time spent in the sun can weaken the immune system, allowing skin cancer to flourish. If any skin lesions are changing size, shape or color, see a dermatologist immediately for evaluation.
- Add a glycolic acid containing serum or lotion to your skin care routine. Summer sun exposure, chlorine, salt water, and wind can all increase the dead layer on the surface of the skin leading to a dull, dry complexion. Luminosity can be restored with the use of products that encourage exfoliation. Once adequately exfoliated, nourish and hydrate facial skin with a hyaluronic acid-containing night cream.
- Get a microdermabrasion or light chemical peel. To further encourage exfoliation, microdermabrasion is a great way to remove dead skin cells to reveal the fresh skin underneath. However, for patients with sensitive skin, I recommend a series of light chemical peels to gently remove dead skin layers without excessive irritation.
- For new sun spots or broken capillaries, consider Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments. The IPL can lighten brown spots and reduce facial redness after a series of treatments with little recovery time. Usually performed in a series of 3 to 6 treatments, the IPL is an effective way to even out skin tone and reduce the need for heavy makeup in appropriate candidates.
- Tame rosacea. Excessive sun and high temperatures can worsen rosacea. In my office I often see patients with a flare-up of rosacea in September or October. The best course of action is prescription medication and laser treatments to help reduce inflammation and diminish redness. It can take several sessions to calm the skin. Once the acute rosacea episode has resolved, a series of anti-inflammatory light emitting diode (LED) treatments can maintain the results.
Just as the temperatures change with the seasons, so do our skin care needs. It’s important to adjust skin care routines and treatments to correspond to seasonal changes. The reward for staying in tune with fluctuating skin needs is healthy, glowing skin throughout the year.