By Felicia Munion, CEO of Arizona Facial Plastics
Ready or not, the summer heat is upon us! As it starts to warm up in the Valley, it is an ideal time to prepare your skin for the onslaught of summer activities. Whether you’re spending these months hiking, paddle boarding, swimming, or freezing inside in the air conditioning, you skin takes a beating. Spending a little quality time taking care of you skin will not only ensure that you start the fall looking fresh but will also prevent longer term and potentially more serious skin problems.
Hydration is key to healthy skin. When your cells are hydrated, they are better able to withstand the onslaught of pollutants and UV rays. Hydrated cells are also fuller and give you skin with fewer fine lines. The best ways to get hydrated skin are through drinking enough liquids and using a high-quality moisturizer. Many moisturizers have a barrier complex that seals moisture in and keeps pollutants out. You can also keep a hyaluronic serum in your bag and apply throughout the day if you notice your skin feeling tight or dry.
If you’re ready to take your hydration game to the next level, consider an IV therapy session at your local drip bar. These IVs usually take about 45 minutes and are a quick way to add extra hydration to your body. You can choose from boosters like glutathione that will fortify your skin for the summer heat. Finally, the HydraFacial is a great monthly treatment with your esthetician. This soothing facial gently exfoliates while infusing your skin with specially formulated hydrating serums. And it feels amazing! With so many ways to hydrate, it just takes attention and willpower to stay refreshed.
Another way to prepare your skin for summer sun is to use medical-grade skin care products. Once you’ve established a routine with a cleanser, moisturizer, and mineral sunscreen, it’s time to up your game. Adding a retinol is the most impactful way to improve your skin’s resilience and health as it encourages cellular regeneration. Start with a gentle retinol product that you apply every other night before bed. As your skin grows healthier and more resilient you can switch to a stronger product. Serums are another wonderful way to create resilience. Vitamin C serum helps your skin absorb your other products better and a hyaluronic serum gives you an instant refresh.
Are you considering something a little deeper, like a laser treatment? It’s best to put off stronger treatments like laser resurfacing and chemical peels until the fall. These can leave your skin very sensitive to sun, and too much sun exposure will impact your results and delay healing. If you’d like something a little deeper that won’t be impacted by the sun, try Microneedling with Radiofrequency. These treatments, like the Morpheous 8 and Vivace, will improve your skin over the summer.
With the right attention and care you can get your skin summer ready so you can have fun and look great!
Arizona Facial Plastics is an award-winning aesthetics practice in Phoenix, specializing in plastic surgery, cosmetical procedures and sexual rejuvenation. Book your free consultation today by visiting www.arizonafacialplastics.com or call 480-296-0488.