Brighten up with a chemical peelFCG/Shutterstock
When the dewy, glowing skin you had all summer starts to turn dull and lackluster, it’s time to exfoliate. “Exfoliation is one of the most important steps to keeping your skin healthy and glowing during seasonal transitions,” says Gillian Garcia, treatment supervisor and lead therapist at The Spa at Beverly Wilshire. Removing dead/dry skin cells on the skin’s surface helps to brighten and smooth the skin, prevents clogged pores, and makes the skin more responsive to beauty products, allowing them to penetrate and work more effectively. One of the best ways to get your skin glowing again is to do a chemical peel. “A quick chemical peel can lift off the top layer and help peel away some of the sun damage and freshen and brighten the complexion,” says Rebecca Baxt, MD and Board Certified Dermatologist at Baxt Cosmedical in Paramus, New Jersey. Chemical peels come in different strengths—superficial, medium, and deep. The mildest peels use fruit acid or glycolic acid, types of alpha hydroxy acid, to rejuvenate the skin and can be purchased in lower doses over-the-counter or performed at a higher strength by a dermatologist or aestheticism.
Reveal fresher skin via microdermabrasiontcsaba/Shutterstock
“Microdermabrasion is a good treatment for the end of summer,” say Dr. Baxt. Like chemical peels, microdermabrasion removes the top layer of the epidermis to help rejuvenate the skin, accelerate the cell renewal process, improve skin texture, lighten pigmentation, smooth fine lines, and reduce sun damage. Chemical peels use acid to remove the top layer of skin while microdermabrasion does it mechanically, using tiny exfoliating crystals to sand the skin, explains George Bitar MD, of the Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute in Fairfax, Virginia. “It’s minimally invasive, and it helps those who have sun damage,” he says, “but is not recommended for those who have rosacea.” Here are 5 ways to remove age spots at home.