The long months of winter weather wreak havoc on your skin, even down here in the Sunshine State. As time passes, the dry itchy flakiness is soon replaced as the sun warms us and causes the humidity to spike. Given this, the needs of your skin during the summer are different than they are during the winter, which is true for us in Florida. With a few small changes in your daily skincare routine, you can easily prep you skin for summer.
The cooler months can cause the skin to look dull and lifeless, feel drier and have rough patches. Weekly exfoliation, 1-2 times per week, will eliminate the build up of old skin cells and also help unclog your pores. In turn, your skin will take on a fresh, glowy appearance. The newly revealed skin allows your favorite skincare products to sink further into your epidermis rather than resting on dead skin.
It is normal to experience a few breakouts along the way but rest assured, this is a temporary adjustment period. Just as the rough landscape changes outdoors so will your skin as it adjusts to the temperature changes and higher humidity levels.
Swap Out Heavy Creams and Oils
Exchange thicker facial creams for a lightweight lotion. A moisturizing serum is also an option and especially well suited for oily skin. Water based moisturizers with hyaluronic acid and aloe provide long lasting hydration without clogging your pores.
So Fresh and So Clean
Colder months call for creamy facial cleansers that aid in combating dry skin and offer additional protection against a compromised skin barrier. With warmer weather, you can switch your facial cleanser to a pH balanced normal face wash or a moisturizing foaming cleanser to remove dirt, oil, and makeup.
Give Your Skin the Ultimate Summer Glow
For deeper skin renewal go for a seasonal chemical peel! They are painless with little to no downtime. A chemical solution is applied to your face which eventually causes the top layer of skin to peel away revealing a smoother, more radiant complexion. This is an excellent solution that aids in reducing fine lines and wrinkles as well as targeting troublesome spots that include freckles, age spots, and hyperpigmentation.
Protect the Skin You Live In-
Be vigilant and dedicated to protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun! Everyone, even those with dark complexions should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection. Sun protection is especially critical during the warmer months when more skin is exposed to the sun for longer periods of time. Keep in mind that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
Drink Water and Lots of It
Adequate hydration is the foundation of a beautiful complexion. When your skin is well hydrated, it appears plumper and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. By drinking 6-8 glasses of water throughout each day, it will moisturize your skin from the inside. That doesn’t mean you can forgo a topical moisturizer. Internal and external hydration are invaluable for the health of your skin year round!
If you have additional questions about how to protect your skin this summer, visit Elias Dermatology today!