Brighten up with a chemical peel
FCG/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.