Summer Skincare 101: Keep Your Skin Cool and Clear in the Heat
The number one rule of summer skincare is “wear sunscreen all the time.” But beyond long term protection from sun damage, you want your skin to look good right now. That may mean changing your skincare routine to complement the season and your lifestyle.
Symone Jackson, a Clinical Aesthetician at SkinSpirit Gaithersburg, says swapping a few products and treatments can keep your skin glowing all summer long.
How does summer weather impact your skin?
Hot or humid weather can cause an overproduction of sebum—an oily substance produced in the sebaceous glands. Sebum is important for skin health: It mixes with lipids to lock moisture into your skin and help protect you from UV radiation. Too much of it, however, will clog your pores, leading to whiteheads, blackheads, and/or acne.
To treat or prevent summer breakouts, focus on cleansing, exfoliating, and leaning into lightweight products during the warmer months.
Best summer skincare products
The first step in building a summer skincare protocol is to change your moisturizer. “Switching to a lightweight moisturizer in the summer will allow you to still protect your skin barrier but not cause unnecessary breakouts,” Symone said. “SkinMedica’s Ultra Sheer Moisturizer is great because it is lightweight, won’t cause breakouts and keeps the skin hydrated.” The same goes for your eye and lip creams – lighten up during the summer months to avoid a sweaty look!
Next, consider adding a chemical exfoliant into your home skincare routine a few times a week to help remove residue from sunscreen and sweat that can clog your pores and lead to acne. Symone recommends SkinBetter Science Exfoliating Peel Pads, (which deliver salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, and retinol), and ZO Skin Health Complexion Renewal pads, (which contain salicylic acid and glycolic acid). Both are available at all SkinSpirit clinics.
Finally, Symone suggests incorporating a weekly face mask. “ZO Skin Health Complexion Clearing Masque is a clay-based mask that cleanses and clears pores while absorbing excess oil that can cause breakouts,” she said.
Just like you swap your wardrobe each season, you have to change up your skincare. A wool sweater isn’t practical when it’s 100 degrees outside, and your winter moisturizer probably isn’t doing you any favors either. Summer skin needs summer skincare products.
Best summer skincare treatments
When you notice your skin producing excess oil, it’s time for a DiamondGlow™ facial.
A DiamondGlow™ treatment simultaneously exfoliates dead skin cells and extracts impurities from your pores while infusing your skin with a corrective serum. (Each DiamondGlow™ is tailored to your specific needs, such as acne-prone skin, extra hydration, or anti-aging.) The result? Skin appears brighter, clearer, and more even in tone. In a SkinMedica study, patients noted a visible difference in just 72 hours.
Symone recommends monthly DiamondGlow™ treatments to keep your skin looking its best. If you haven’t had a facial yet this summer, now’s the time to book your DiamondGlow™ appointment.
Microneedling with SkinPen®
For Norah Gourlay, Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner at SkinSpirit Georgetown, this one is a personal favorite.
“Microneedling helps with fine lines, texture, pore size, acne scars, pigment and collagen stimulation,” she says. “It’s an ‘all natural’ approach to collagen induction therapy.” Best of all – it’s safe for all skin types and tones.
During your treatment, a cordless, fractional, automated microneedling device composed of medical-grade stainless steel is used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin, helping it produce collagen and elastin. This produces the results Norah mentioned and allows serums and make up to be applied smoothly.
Botox® for Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweat)
Say goodbye to excessive sweat this summer with Botox! You read that right. One of our favorite injectables, Botox, can help combat Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating.
When injected into areas that have excessive sweat, like the underarms, Botox temporarily blocks the nerve’s chemical signals that stimulate the sweat glands — and stops severe sweating in its tracks.
“I love this treatment because it produces outstanding results and makes my clients feel confident in anything they choose to wear,” says Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner Sabrina Caires at SkinSpirit Green Lake. So grab your favorite t-shirt – and wear it with confidence, sweat stain-free, this summer and for up to six months!
Ultherapy Skin Tightening
“Ultherapy is always in season, but it’s a great treatment for the summer since it is sun safe and requires little to no downtime,” says Montana Dillenberg, RN, at SkinSpirit Beverly Hills.
Directing sound waves deep under the skin, and in turn reaching the same tissue addressed in surgery, Ultherapy visibly lifts, tightens and tones the skin, while aiding in the creation of new collagen to help skin maintain its youthfulness – no surgery needed.
“It’s one of my favorites because it uses the skins own healing properties without any injections or foreign substances,” Montana says.
Available in select clinics only, Ultherapy is one of our best treatments for visibly turning back the clock. Give us a call for more information at (855) 383-7546.
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