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.
Reveal fresher skin via microdermabrasion
tcsaba/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.
Upgrade your moisturizer
Rido/Shutterstock After exfoliation, you need to hydrate, especially after spending a summer swimming in chlorinated pools and salt water, which can dehydrate the skin. “It’s best to match your skin-care regimen to the current season to provide the ultimate nourishment and hydration to your skin,” says Garcia. While gel moisturizers are ideal for summer, cooler temperatures call for a richer, heavier creams to help lock in the skin’s moisture, explains Garcia. How do you decide which moisturizer is best for you? First, determine your skin type (oily, dry, or combination of both). People with oily/acne-prone skin should look for a non-comedogenic facial moisturizer that won’t clog pores while people with dry skin should opt for moisturizers with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, which has been shown to help increase the skin’s hydration and elasticity. Age also plays a role in finding the right moisturizer. “People in their 20s should opt for lighter, oil-free moisturizers while those in their 50s will need thicker textures such as oils and balms to combat dryness and volume loss,” says Garcia.