Skin Care Tips
Healthy After Summer Skin
Everyone wants the best skin care tips to renew their summer damaged skin. Autumn’s arrival is everyone’s opportunity for post-summer skin assessment, care and repair. In all its tanned, golden glory, summer skin was once regarded as the very appearance of good health.
Today, a dark (real) tan indicates sun damage to skin, with short and long term effects, including hyper-pigmentation (brown spots), fine wrinkles and skin cancer, including melanoma. The anti-tanning lobby is powerful. But it didn’t deter millions of Americans from sunning this summer. Nor did it screen them from incidental sun damage that occurred while gardening, golfing, surfing or driving with inadequate UV protection.
The goal of skin care during September and October is extending summer’s glow, and repairing damage to skin.
After Summer Skin Care Tips
Fake It – If you aren’t ready to say goodbye to your tan, use a bronzing product or a professional body burnish.
Moisturize It – Fall means lower humidity. But don’t let that lead to dry skin. Regular application of skin type specific moisturizers after bath and shower maintain soft, supple skin.
Exfoliate It – Tanned skin eventually reveals a dull, scaly texture. Mechanical exfoliation by a loofah or a cosmetic scrub, such as Skin Amnesty Mask removes cellular debris in the skin’s outermost layers, polishing and preparing the surface for skincare.
Treat It – Where there’s evidence of sun damage, a chemical peel (ie, products containing alpha and beta-hydroxy acids) that reaches the skin’s deeper layers may be the best choice to stimulate cell turnover and to address more serious skin damage. For the best results combine a professional peel with at home products.
Restore It – Autumn is a critical time to restore collagen, elastin and antioxidants to damaged skin. Look for serums and topical applications containing Vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant to promote the synthesis of collagen while blocking collagen breakdown.
Read It – Give product labels the once over, twice. Moisturizers should be lanolin-free; Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that improves the effectiveness of Vitamin C; Squalene, (an extract of olive oil) and other plant-based products provide superior hydrating abilities.