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Summer Skin Do’s and Don’ts

Posted June 14, 2017 in Skin Care

It’s finally summer, and you are as bikini-ready as you’ll ever be. You’re ready to sit water-side, soak up those rays, and maybe indulge in a drink or two (it’s ok, we won’t judge). But all this time in the sun can affect your skin and your beauty. Here are our do’s and don’ts for summer skin care that will leave you looking gorgeous well into fall.

woman relaxing on a cruise boat wearing knitted dress Do… Use Sunscreen

Long gone are the days of the ‘80s when many would rub down with tanning oil or baby oil and lie out for hours without a care. While getting some color seems like it is unavoidable in warm climates like Houston, it is always recommended that you still use a broad-spectrum SPF every day. You get damaging sun exposure at times that you don’t even realize, like while driving or walking to and from your car. This may prevent you from achieving a tan, but it will also protect you from getting wrinkles, sun spots, and skin cancer in the future.

Don’t… Get Laser Hair Removal

It’s not until summer hits that you realize just how lax you got on your hair removal upkeep. You may be thinking that now is the perfect time to undergo laser hair removal because you want those legs permanently smooth. However, this isn’t a good idea because laser hair removal isn’t suited for people who have tanned skin. We perform hair removal when you are at your lightest color to achieve the best results without creating pigmentation issues.

Additionally, you want to keep your skin cool for a week following treatment. This can be hard to do when the temperature outside reaches over 100 degrees. And, you probably won’t see great results until fall anyway because six to 12 treatments spaced four to six weeks apart are needed to achieve ideal results.

Do… Stay Hydrated

When summer becomes a scorcher, it can be harder to stay hydrated. Dehydration can make your skin appear dry and dull. Many people ask if such a simple thing really makes a difference, and it actually does! Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the summer to ensure your health and a beautiful summer glow.

Don’t… Choose Skin Resurfacing Treatments

Skin resurfacing treatments, like laser or chemical peels, leave your skin sensitive for days or weeks following your procedure. This combined with sun exposure can leave you with increased pigmentation. So skip the deep resurfacing treatments this summer. Properly protect your skin with sunscreen, and then undergo resurfacing in the fall or winter to erase any ill effects from the sun’s summer rays.

Do… Maintain Proper Hygiene

Everyone sweats during the summer. Even if you don’t have oily skin, you may see an increase in acne breakouts during the summer. It’s important to maintain a good cleansing routine that doesn’t dry out your skin. Wash your face morning and night with a gentle cleanser to help minimize breakouts.

Don’t… Use Topical Treatments

Topical treatments that are used to help with acne or improve dark spots can make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure. If you are using Retin-A, a retinol, or glycolic acid, you will want to avoid sun exposure. Give your skin a break over the summer and talk to a skin professional about gentler products and serums to help your skin this season.

The Most Important Do… Enjoy Yourself

Summer is a time to have fun and take a few moment to relax and enjoy yourself. Maintain your skin’s health throughout the summer months, but know that any minor issues can be improved during the fall and winter months. Don’t stress; it’s summer, and you’re beautiful.

For more tips and information on protecting your skin this summer, call Dr. Angela Sturm’s office. You can call us at (713) 526-5665 or contact us online.

Posted in: Skin Care