It’s nice to bask in the warmth of the summer sun, especially after a long and frigid winter, but you don’t have to be an expert to notice the toll it can take on your skin. Major skin revitalization is necessary to save your skin from the dark spots, redness, scarring, and increased fine lines and wrinkles caused by your time in the sun.
In this day and age, most people know to slather on sunscreen, but they may not be using the right amount or applying it as often as they should be to prevent damage. Luckily, there’s more than one way to achieve skin revitalization in these postsummer months. Here are some recommended skin-saving solutions to provide you with that fresh, healthy glow you crave.
Exfoliate at Least Twice a Week
Your skin is made up of several layers, and it goes through a constant process of renewal, replacing old skin cells with new ones. In this process, dead skin cells left over from the outermost skin cell layer are left on top and need to be removed through an exfoliation process. That residue can leave spots and imperfections on your face, which can make your skin look a little dull after the summer months. Other products, such as self-tanners and moisturizers, can also build up on your skin.
Exfoliating with a scrub, gel, or mask can help remove these dead skin cells and let you flaunt the beautiful new cells underneath. Besides, exfoliating your skin is an important beauty step any time of the year. Look for a product that contains nourishing ingredients that will be gentle on your skin during these dry, cold months, such as plant-based enzymes like papaya and pumpkin and nonabrasive beads like jojoba or apricot.
Use Products Containing Skin Lighteners
Certain skin care ingredients, such as kojic acid, especially when used in combination with hydroquinone and tretinoin, can help reduce the effects of sun damage on the skin, according to an article published in Clinical Interventions in Aging. More specifically, these skin lighteners can help fade the appearance of dark spots, though their effectiveness depends on several factors, including your age, frequency of use, and your skin’s natural behavior. While some people find these ingredients to be effective, not everyone will see the results he or she desires from topical use alone.
Consider LED Light Therapy
Certain over-the-counter, handheld devices you can buy help reduce sun damage, though they’re best used for the treatment of acne, according to the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. These electronic light sources, known as light-emitting diodes (LEDs), are often portable versions of treatments that were once only available in-office. You can purchase them at your local drugstore or beauty store. Though they promise to target all side effects of sun damage, they’re often best used to treat light areas of damage, as opposed to more severe hyperpigmentation.
Give Lasers a Try
Lasers have long been used for tattoo-removal procedures, thanks to their ability to target and eliminate pigment on the skin, but more recently they’re being used to enhance all areas of the skin. PicoSure® is one of the most highly regarded laser treatments by both dermatologists and patients. Laser technology may not only help make your skin glow, but it could also restart its natural production of new collagen and elastin. Through this process, you could get younger-looking skin.
The best part about this procedure is that it doesn’t interrupt your life. Most appointment takes about 10 to 15 minutes, so you can even go during your lunch break! This also means no missed days at work, appointments, dates, or family events while you recover.
After having a laser treatment, it’s even more important to avoid direct sunlight (so winter is the perfect time to try). You’ll also want to be cautious about keeping your skin clean. To do that properly, use products that contain nourishing ingredients like alpha hydroxy acid, vitamin C, coconut oil, and jojoba oil. Ask your dermatologist if you have any questions about a particular skin care product you’re using.
Be Good to Your Skin
Remember your skin is your body’s largest organ. Keeping it healthy is incredibly important, not only to your physical appearance but also to your overall health. When you’re a friend to your skin, you won’t just feel good on the outside—that confidence will boost how you feel on the inside, too. There’s no better way to beat the winter blues.