How to Repair Summer Skin Damage
No matter how hard we try to protect our skin with high SPF or big, floppy hats, UV rays still seem to make their presence known on our skin in the summer months.
The sun not only leaves our skin dull and dehydrated, it also increases the pigment-making cells, leaving us with blotchy, uneven skin tone.
Of course there really is no overnight remedy that will rid us of all the damage we have caused from a hot summer. There are, however, some things that may certainly get things headed in the right direction.
Cleansing skin daily is very important, especially in the summer when sunscreen and makeup can certainly pile up on our skin, along with sweat and oil. By removing all makeup nightly, skin can breathe, renew itself and better prepare skin for other products. It will also keep skin looking bright and free of blocked pores. Try using a cleansing system such as The Clarisonic (available at UW Health Transformations
). It uses a sonic frequency that can remove makeup 11 times better than hands alone and remove age-accelerating pollutants 30 times better than manual cleansing.
Slather on the Antioxidants
Antioxidants naturally protect our skin from free radicals, which ultimately can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. They also help skin to rebuild itself and function more properly to prevent a dull appearance and further damage. Try applying a topical antioxidant, such as SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic (available at UW Health Transformations),
which delivers 8 times skin's natural environmental protection against damaging free radicals that age our skin.
Exfoliate and Hydrate
Skin that has been over-exposed to the sun tends to have a dull appearance due to dead skin cells. By exfoliating, our skin sheds dull cells and more rapidly creates new, brighter skin cells. Try using a daily moisturizer that also exfoliates. SkinMedica AHA/BHA Cream (available at UW Health Transformations) is a light lotion that gently exfoliates, accelerating surface skin cell turnover while hydrating skin. It can be applied in the morning before sunscreen.
It is very difficult to avoid being in the sun at all times. However, by doing all we can to protect and repair our skin whenever we can, we'll look our best through all the seasons of the year!
Stop by UW Health Transformations, 2349 Deming Way in Middleton,
to try the skin care products mentioned here - and many more:
- Monday and Wednesday: 8am-7pm
- Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8am-5pm
Need more advice for healthy skin?
Call Jeune Skin Care
at (608) 836-9990 to set up an appointment with one of our medical aestheticians.