Our favorite mid-summer beauty refreshers
By Kala Spivey, medical aesthetician
As much as we love summertime, the hottest season of the year is no friend to our skin! Think excess sun exposure, perspiration from unavoidable heat and a general neglect of our daily skincare regimen, thanks to vacations, weekend getaways or other fun routine-breakers. By mid-August, our skin is really needing some love!
Thankfully, there are a number of measures you can take to not only revitalize your skin, but also protect it throughout the last half of summer. Below, I share my go-to treatments and products for a quick and effective mid-summer beauty refresher!
Mid-summer Beauty Treatments
The HydraFacial is a summer must-have! During the hottest months of the year, our skin can easily become dehydrated, dull and clogged due to excess perspiration. The HydraFacial is a gentle, non-invasive treatment that both soothes and moisturizes to produce remarkably clearer, glowing skin. It works by simultaneously combining cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection, improving the appearance of fine lines, congested and enlarged pores, oily or acne-prone skin and hyperpigmentation. It requires no downtime, and the results are instant!
When it comes to mid-summer rejuvenation, the Vampire Facial is the cream of the crop. A patient favorite, the Vampire Facial can vastly improve the overall look, health and quality of your skin. It evens out skin tones, color and complexion. The procedure can also improve the texture, volume and smoothness of your skin, giving you a glowing and youthful look without undergoing expensive and invasive plastic surgery. The Vampire Facial is safe for all skin types and, unlike most laser treatments, it is safe during sun-exposure months. It is painless, and at most you will experience 12-24 hours of redness following the procedure!
Fotona Q-Switched ND:YAG Laser (Q-Switched Laser)
One thing that never goes out of style is the au natural look– i.e., no, or far less, makeup. For those who have acne-prone, hyperpigmented or severely sun-damaged skin, the thought of going out in public without makeup is enough to send a shiver up your spine. Unlike most other lasers on the market, the Q-Switched Laser is a gentle laser treatment that works by rapid firing low-energy pulses to target pigmentation, discoloration, acne, pores, texture and scars, and stimulate collagen remodeling. This device works without the heat, inflammation and downtime associated with other types of lasers. It is one of the only laser treatments that can be performed safely during the summer months, and has the power to give you back the confidence to show off the skin you were born in!
Mid-summer Beauty Products
Revision Skincare Black Mask & Finishing Touch
For patients who struggle to find time for a trip to their skin-care doctor during the summer, I recommend Revision Skincare’s Black Mask and Finishing Touch, both of which provide an excellent at-home refresher to detoxify and brighten dull skin. Though the products are different, both work to noticeably refine the overall appearance of your skin by hydrating, nourishing and helping to absorb impurities that have been brought on by excess sweat and exposure to sun.
SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
What many people don’t know is that even when it’s hot and humid outside, you can still experience dry irritated skin, which is frequently caused by sun exposure, pool water and even air-conditioning. SkinMedica’s AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser gently scrubs away dead skin, improving the appearance of skin tone and texture, and giving you a bright summer glow.
Colorescience® Tint du Soleil™ UV Protective Foundation
Sun damage is one of the primary factors that cause skin aging and, what many people tend to forget in the summer, is that there is no such thing as a “safe tan!” Any time you go outside, you should always use a medical-grade sunscreen with zinc to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Colorescience creates remarkable, all-in-one luxury makeups and sun protectants. The creamy, hydrating formula in its Tint du Soleil™ UV Protective Foundation provides fantastic, natural coverage, and contains SPF 30. It will provide great protection all summer (and year) long!
If you are interested in learning more about to above treatments and products, give us a call today and schedule a consultation!