After our especially harsh winter, it can be tempting to shed the layers of clothes and let your skin soak in the rays. However, the heat, chlorine, salt water and humidity will take their toll on your skin. As the temperature starts to rise, make sure you have a skin care routine to ensure your skin stays luminous all summer long.
How should I prepare my skin?
Heat and humidity can leave you with clogged pores and dead skin. The combination of the hot weather and impurities found in the air will wreak havoc on your skin’s natural radiance. Regular exfoliation is the best way to keep your skin looking fresh throughout the summer. Exfoliation has been proven to tighten your pores, scrub away dirt and rejuvenate dead skin cells.
You can keep your skin looking radiant simply by exfoliating your skin twice a week at home and then getting a professional facial every four weeks. Our licensed medical esthetician can recommend the best facial for your skin type.
If this winter has left your skin looking particularly dull, ask our esthetician if a facial peel is right for you. Facial peels remove top layers of skin to exfoliate and accelerate cell turnover. When new cells are formed, this creates a new, smooth layer of skin. Facial peels can improve skin’s texture, even skin tone, minimize fine lines and clear up acne by unclogging pores.
How can I protect my skin?
Wearing sunscreen every day, no matter the season, should just be routine. Whether it’s cloudy and cold or the sun is shining, your skin needs protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Not only are you protecting yourself against obvious risks like skin cancer, you’re saving yourself from premature aging, sun spots, discoloration and coarse skin.
To stay in the habit of applying sunscreen every day, find one that is light, fast-absorbing and goes on easily under makeup. I recommend Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant in SPF 33, which is available in our office, because it offers full protection, while hydrating skin and controlling oil.
Where can I learn more?
If you’ve got questions about what you should add to your skin care routine, come to our Spring Skin Care Open House at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery on May 6 from 5 pm – 7pm. My staff and I will be giving skin care tips, makeup and microdermabrasion demonstrations and more. We’re offering special deals for booking packages that evening and you can even enter to win raffle prizes. Space is limited, so call 765.751.1700 to reserve your spot.
Dr. Linda Camp is a board-certified plastic surgeon at IU Health Ball Memorial Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery. For more information, please call 765.751.1700 or visit iuhealth.org/ball-memorial.