Summer Tips to Keep Your Skin Looking Beautiful

  1. Exfoliate your skin daily. This will help to unclog your pores and will improve the way your moisturizers and other skin care products work. The sun is very dehydrating to our skin and it can actually affect the way our bodies are designed to protect us from its harmful rays. If you properly exfoliate your skin, you should notice improvement in your skin’s barrier function, and in turn will help your skin better prepare for high quality skin care products designed to keep your skin protected.
  2. Keep your skin hydrated. After exfoliating, you should use a lightweight gel-type moisturizer that will leave your skin feeling plump and supple, not heavy and greasy. Apply your moisturizers at night and in the morning. It might be time to reconsider what moisturizers you use during the summer time because in this heat and humidity, the last thing you want to do is apply a super heavy product that ends up clogging your pores and causing breakouts. For those of you who are prone to dry skin, you might be pleasantly surprised by switching to a lighter formulated moisturizer. When you come in for an appointment, ask Susan H. Weinkle, M.D. which type of moisturizer she recommends for you.
  3. Antioxidant serums are a wonderful way to protect your skin from the summer sun’s harmful UVA/UVB/Infrared rays. Susan H. Weinkle, M.D. recommends SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum, and it can be purchased here in her office. TNS Essential Serum actually repairs and restores your skin while you sleep.
  4. Wear sunscreen! Make sure that your sunscreen is SPF 50 or higher, and you’ll need to apply it every morning all over your body. If you will be spending any time outdoors, you will want to reapply the sunscreen every couple of hours throughout the day and into the early evening. Don’t forget the top of your head where your hair parts, your ears, hands, neck, and chest. This can be time consuming, but it’s better than getting skin cancer. Keep a small tube of sunscreen in your purse so that you’ll be prepared. Susan H. Weinkle, M.D. recommends Isdin Actinic Care Eryfotona Actinica sunscreen, which is also sold at her office. It not only protects you from the sun’s rays, but it also repairs previous actinic damage if applied twice daily.
  5. Susan H. Weinkle, M.D. also recommends that you wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with a UV rating when you’re outside. This is especially important during peak sun hours from 10 am to 2 pm.
  6. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day. If you infuse it with lemons, herbs and fruit to enhance its effectiveness and absorption. Not only does the sun dehydrate your skin, but it also dehydrates the rest of your body as well. Stay ahead of the game by ensuring that you’re drinking adequate amounts of water each day.
  7. Trust your dermatologist! We are here to guide you to the most excellent skin care products and beauty routines to ensure you keep your skin nourished and gorgeous for life!