As the weather warms up and the grass gets greener, our skin naturally goes through some changes as well. Much like the way we groom our garden or landscape and prepare it for seasonal changes, we also (or should) prep our skin for seasonal changes. In the winter months, we typically become dry due to the lack of moisture in our air. However, the winter we had in Louisiana this year was extremely mild. Lately, I’ve seen a lot of clients who suffer from dryness and flakey skin. One thing that a lot of these people have in common is that they don’t moisturize appropriately. Even though the more humid months are approaching and more moisture will be in the air, the importance of hydrating our skin is imperative! Why, do you ask? Well, moisturized skin will help prevent fine lines and wrinkles as well as other inevitable signs of aging. But that’s not the only reason why we should stay moisturized over the summer. We will likely be spending more time in the sun than any other time of the year and any type of UV exposure WILL dry out the natural oils that our skin already produces! So all you “oily” people should still moisturize every AM and PM. All you “dry” people should over compensate and use a generous amount of moisturizer every AM and PM.
If you’re concerned with aging and looking for quick fixes to help restore your skin, I have some recommendations for you. It’s always important (no matter what season) to create cell turnover. This is a process in which the dead skin cells are exfoliated or sloughed away so that new skin cells can be produced, leaving you with balanced and restored skin. Like I mentioned above, this should be a constant process that your skin is experiencing, no matter what season or climate you’re in. It is especially important to create cell turnover when you’re skin is experiencing dryness. If those dead skin cells are lying on your skin without proper exfoliation, then new skin cells can’t be produced. So, you’re basically sitting there stagnant. That’s why I’m putting a strong emphasis on cell turnover in this blog post because the summer months are almost here and the sun will be drying out our skin. The sun not only extracts the oils out of our skin, but it is a huge contributor to aging. Which brings me to the most important thing…SPF!
When looking for an SPF, I always recommend 50 or higher. I’m one of those that used to worship the sun and now I’m having to use products to reverse the damage. I’m starting to embrace pale skin and I try to convince myself that pasty is beautiful on a daily basis. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. So, when you’re looking for an SPF, search for one that contains both Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. These are the two most important metals that we need to block the harmful rays (UVB) that cause skin cancer. You’ll be happier in the long run when you’re skin is pale and sun-spot free, resulting in a more youthful appearance. If you’re worried about your face being too pale over the summer, look into a tinted SPF!
As far as treatments you can do for cell turnover, Dermaplaning is an excellent choice. This treatment is quick and easy giving you an instant result. Not only are the dead skin cells exfoliated, but all that nasty peach fuzz is gone as well with this treatment. Once you’re exfoliated, your skincare products such as moisturizer and any boosters will soak into your skin flawlessly. This treatment paired with a Chemical Peel for double exfoliation is highly recommended as well. This will speed up the cellular turnover process even more. There may be a little bit of downtime depending on your skin’s sensitivities to exfoliation, but once healed you’re skin will be glowing.
Call me for a free skin care consultation or to schedule you’re next appointment at The Skin Suite. I look forward to hearing from you!
Owner of The Skin Suite in Lafayette, Louisiana