Secrets to Summer Skin Care
By: Nicole Lavoie, APRN Summertime is quickly approaching which means our skin is going to need our help more than ever! The skin is the largest organ in the body that can get extremely damaged this time of year if not treated properly. Prolonged sun exposure without protection can cause hyperpigmentation and sunspots which can […]
By: Nicole Lavoie, APRN
Summertime is quickly approaching which means our skin is going to need our help more than ever! The skin is the largest organ in the body that can get extremely damaged this time of year if not treated properly. Prolonged sun exposure without protection can cause hyperpigmentation and sunspots which can all cause the skin to age prematurely. Not only that, but chlorine and saltwater from outdoor summer activities can also dry and dehydrate the skin. Here at Couture Med Spa, we want to let you in on a little secret of some simple and amazing skincare products. They will help protect and hydrate the skin to prevent skin damage so you can continue to age gracefully.
Secret Weapons to Summer Skincare
It is imperative to utilize a gentle cleanser in the summertime. Cleansers wash away the day and anything that the skin has come in contact with. These can include pollutants in the air, sunscreen, dirt, oil, etc. Couture Med Spa loves the Obagi Gentle Cleanser which can be used morning and night to rinse clean and soothe the skin. The Obagi Gentle Cleanser has aloe, sage, and oat amino acids that help reduce redness from a hot summer’s day and aid in calming the skin. It is a cleanser that is not going to further irritate any sun-damaged skin but rather help heal it. The cleanser can be used in both morning and evening in your summer skincare routine.
After using a cleanser, it is crucial to use toner on the skin, especially in the summertime. Toners help balance the overall pH of the skin while neutralizing impurities while powerful humectants provide hydration. Sun damage and summer water activities all dry the skin during the summer and Couture Med Spa’s Antioxidant Toning Mist has micronutrients that help enhance skin tone while using antioxidants to brighten dull sun-damaged skin. The toner can be used in the morning and evening during your summer skincare routine.
Another secret weapon for easy summer skincare is going to be moisturizing the skin. The skin gets very dry throughout the summer months due to heat, sun exposure, and water activities that have you come into contact with salt water from the beach or chlorine from the pools. Therefore, to restore the skin barrier and lock in moisture to hydrate the skin, it is important to incorporate a moisturizing product into your skincare routine. Couture Med Spa’s Hyaluronic Acid is one product that really helps with providing hydration as a serum that will penetrate deep to hydrate the skin. Hyaluronic Acid is a product that can be applied morning and evening. Another very hydrating product perfect for summer is the Obagi Lux Moisturizing Cream. The Obagi Lux Moisturizing Cream is an amazing skincare product that has synthetic peptides to tighten and lock in moisture to the skin. It also has shea butter, which is an amazing ingredient that can ease sunburns, and peeling, and is used as an anti-inflammatory to reduce that summer redness from sun exposure.
The most important skincare secret to protect the skin this summer is going to be sunscreen. A lot of people make the mistake, especially in Florida, of not using sunscreen during the summer because they are out having fun in the sun or not using an appropriate sunscreen with enough protection. Sunspots from prolonged sun exposure and hyperpigmentation cause people to age faster and look older than their true age. It is imperative to protect the skin with sunscreen, especially during the summer when the UV index is so high. Couture Med Spa has multiple sunscreens that are high in zinc oxide and protect against UVA and UVB radiation during this time of year. My personal favorite sunscreen is the Obagi Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Matte Sunscreen due to its matte finish and is fragrance-free. This Obagi sunscreen has a zinc oxide of 16.5 percent that is going to safeguard the skin in the sun compared to other sunscreens. It is important to make sure that any sunscreen is applied 15 minutes prior to sun exposure and then reapplied every 2 hours for the best protection.
Don’t let summer fun age you! Follow these easy and simple skincare secrets to keep your skin glowing and youthful this summer. Feel free to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our licensed providers to learn more about your skincare goals or needs at any of our 4 locations of Winter Park, Ocoee, Oviedo, or Lake Mary. We look forward to meeting you this summer!