Summer doesn’t officially end until September 21st, but for many people, Labor Day tends to feel like the last hurrah. The end of summer marks a change in seasons, and that means it’s time to take a good, hard look at what the summer sun may have done to our skin. Even if you made it through the last few months unscathed, the fact that the weather will soon change invites you to prepare your skin for what’s to come. Here, we offer a few suggestions for post-summer skin care.
Be Sure to Treat Your Sun Damage
Did you know that heat can make sun spots and freckles look more pronounced? This may be why you’re noticing splotchy skin more after warmer temperatures have become the norm for the time being. The thing about sun spots, age spots, and uneven skin tone is that these issues lurk below the surface of your skin – sometimes for years – before they show up. For this reason, it is wise to take notice early on and even start treating your skin before discoloration appears. Lighter sunspots might be treatable with chemical peels or microneedling. However, IPL and laser treatments may achieve better results in fewer sessions.
Remove Dead Skin Cells
The sunshine, sweat, heat, and sunscreen that go hand-in-hand with summertime can leave your skin looking dull and feeling rough. The way back to smooth, beautiful skin is through exfoliation. A certain degree of improvement can be achieved with home treatments, but professional chemical peels are even better. Chemical peels are customized to your needs and preferences and are performed in a manner that reduces the risk of irritation.
Don’t Forget to Take Care of Your Lips
The lips take a beating in the summertime because they may not be treated the same as the rest of the skin. If you don’t apply a lip balm with SPF every time you leave the house, you may be noticing that your lips are chapped and look deflated. Cooler temperatures aren’t necessarily going to be kinder to this delicate skin.
Rejuvenate your lips with gentle homemade sugar scrub rubbed on every morning or evening. We suggest following this up by a nourishing and deeply hydrating lip treatment. If you want a boost in volume to offset the deflation that has occurred, visit our Sonterra or La Casita office for lip enhancement with dermal fillers.
Schedule a Consultation
There are a number of reasons to see your dermatologist after summer. Not only can Dr. Bucay prepare you for winter, but she can perform a thorough skin cancer screening long before next summer. Call us at (210) 692-3000 for out La Casita office, or at (210) 370-9995 for our Sonterro office.