How to Care for Your Skin after Summer
Summer is wonderful, but it is rough on the skin. In our last blog post, South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery discussed non-surgical treatment options to rejuvenate the face and reverse common signs of sun damage (e.g., wrinkles, pigmentation). However, our patients wanted to know if there are things they can do at home to rehab their skin after summer. Here are a few summer skin care suggestions we can share:
Did unexpected, unprotected sun exposure leave you with angry, inflamed skin? If you’re in the middle of a nasty sunburn, aspirin or Advil can minimize the pain. Cold compresses will soothe the burned area and a topical hydrocortisone cream can speed up your skin’s recovery.
Lighten Sunspots and Freckles
Perhaps your sunscreen didn’t have enough SPF (or you were careless in your application), and as a result you have noticeable sunspots and freckles. Try an over-the-counter retinol product that will increase cell turnover and lighten spots. Or, look for a serum with skin brightening ingredients like vitamin C.
Exfoliation is a critical part of any skin care routine, especially a routine to rehab damaged and dry skin. Exfoliating removes layers of tired, dead skin cells (that would otherwise clog pores), kick-starts your skin renewal process, and helps creams and serums penetrate the skin more easily.
Tweak Your Diet
Following a Mediterranean-inspired diet restores much-needed omega fatty acids and antioxidants to your skin. Incorporate plenty of fish, fruit, vegetables and olive oil and watch your skin start to glow!
Moisturize Dry Lips
Too much sun and not enough hydration can leave the lips looking like a dry, rough mess. Use a gentle scrub to exfoliate dead cells, and then pamper them with a moisturizing balm. Another great way to revitalize chapped lips is to use honey (it has natural healing powers).
When to Seek an Expert Opinion
If your post-summer skincare issues are more serious — for example, you have deep wrinkles, stubborn discoloration or leathery skin texture — our experts can help. (If the summer has caused an outbreak of a medical issue like eczema or rosacea, call your dermatologist for an appointment.)
At South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we offer a range of treatment options to rehab your skin and restore a beautiful glow. Call us today to talk so we can design a plan for your needs.