It turns out that your clothes, makeup shade, and decor aren’t the only things you should switch up when the seasons change; your skin requires some special attention, too. While healthy skin shouldn’t change much with the climate, there are some key summer skin care rules to mind.
Southlake Plastic Surgery & Medspa helps patients make sure their summer skin care is in order with product recommendations, in-office aesthetic treatment recommendations, and general skincare tips to ensure a healthy, radiant glow all summer long.
Keep reading for everything you need to know about summer skin care in Dallas & Ft. Worth.
Extra summer sunshine naturally changes the skin’s environment. This requires us to take extra measures to ensure proper protection. More hours spent in the sun make it absolutely crucial to apply (and re-apply) adequate UV protection to avoid skin cancer, brown spots, wrinkles, and sagging skin.
Thanks to summer heat and humidity, you may also feel more sweaty, oily, and shiny than you did during the drier winter. This requires you to switch up your skincare and makeup products to avoid meltdowns, breakouts, and adding any more unwanted oil—while also providing the beneficial moisturization and SPF protection your skin needs.
While many think of tanned skin as a “healthy glow,” skin actually darkens when exposed to sunshine as a protective measure against UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays.
Skin cells make themselves thicker with melanin (what we see as “tan”) to prevent UV radiation from penetrating deeper into the skin. This keeps your internal tissues and organs safe from damage to the DNA in your cells. That tan you see? It’s pure damage.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “UV exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer.” In fact, UV exposure directly causes most cases of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.
The experienced skin experts at Southlake Plastic Surgery & Medspa, alongside the AAD, encourage everyone to practice safe sun this summer. That’s why we made properly applying SPF our number one summer skin care tip for patients in Dallas & Ft. Worth.
You probably do not have fond memories of sunscreen from childhood. It was a greasy, messy hassle that could cause painful burning in and around your eyes (and likely kept you from fully enjoying the pool and other outdoor activities).
The good news: There are now sunscreen formulas in just about every texture and delivery method imaginable. If you need a tinted sunscreen that also protects the skin from free radical damage and gives you a dewy glow, you got it. If you have extra-oily skin in the summer and need a mattifying sunscreen mist, there are some out there! You can also find extra SPF protection in most makeup foundations and powders.
In 2021, there is no excuse for not wearing a minimum of SPF 30 daily on your face, neck, decolletage, and any other areas regularly exposed to the sun (and don’t be afraid to layer SPF products, too).
Southlake Plastic Surgery’s medical grade sunscreens are specially formulated without PABA or preservatives—the main culprits in causing breakouts and allergies. Try these sunscreens in tinted and untinted versions to protect your skin.
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Sunscreen works by using a combination of two main types of active ingredients: organic and inorganic. Inorganic molecules, like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, form a physical barrier on the skin, reflecting or scattering UV waves trying to penetrate the skin. Organic components, like oxybenzone, absorb UV radiation and release the energy as heat.
A wide-brimmed hat is where function meets fashion in the summer. If you hit the lake or beach, go the extra mile to protect your scalp, hair, face, and neck from the sun’s damaging rays with a wide-brim hat. We recommend bringing an extra large umbrella to lounge beneath, as well.
The only safe way to get bronzed skin is to opt for an out-of-the-bottle solution. Just as sunscreen has evolved tremendously, so too have self-tanning options. Gone are the days of looking unnaturally orange or blotchy after applying a self-tanning cream or gel.
Do your research, read lots of reviews, and go for products that offer a gradual or buildable tan to provide more control over how dark you look.
Make a habit of thoroughly examining your skin, head to toe, every month. If you notice any new or suspicious spots, in addition to any new itching or bleeding, it’s time to go see your dermatologist.
Even if you haven’t noticed anything suspicious in your monthly self-exams, it is vital to schedule annual professional skin exams with a dermatologist to be doubly sure.
Sometimes, no matter the lengths you go to prevent them, sunburns happen, especially under the Texas sun. Unfortunately, the damage to the skin is already done, but there are measures you can take to ensure you don’t suffer.
At the first sight of a pink glow on the skin, get out of the sun and indoors immediately. Begin applying a moisturizer with aloe vera, colloidal oatmeal, or soy to soothe your skin. Oral anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen can reduce inflammation and assist with comfort.
A sunburn draws fluids to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of your body, so you should also increase your water intake to prevent dehydration. To prevent extra damage, wear loose fitting, tightly woven fabrics that shield your skin from sunlight while your burn heals. Soaking in a lukewarm bath can provide some soothing relief as well.
If you’ve burned yourself to the point of blistering, this means you have a second-degree sunburn, and you must avoid popping the blisters. These blisters help your skin heal and protect you from infection. However, disrupting them could lead to scars.
Remember, changes to our Texas climate in the summer require most of us to adjust our skincare habits accordingly.
Here are a few expert tips from our skin care specialists for summer skin care in Dallas & Ft. Worth that will help you keep your skin healthy all summer:
Extra heat and humidity means it’s absolutely essential to cleanse harmful dirt and oils accumulated on the skin morning and night to keep summer skin looking matte and feeling clean.
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Regular exfoliation is key to healthy-looking skin. Find an amazing sugar or salt-based body scrub to slough away dead skin cells, excess oil, and harmful dirt and debris. Use chemical exfoliants on the face, like an AHA/BHA product or a retinol in the evening to keep bright, fresh skin shining at the surface. Note: use of physical or chemical exfoliants makes daily SPF application even more important!
Put away your rich, heavy creams and moisturizers along with your cashmere sweaters and winter blankets. Summer skin care is all about lightweight gels, nourishing serums, and hydrating body oils.
Extra UV radiation exposure in the summer leads to more damaging ‘free radicals’ on the skin. Fight this damage with antioxidant-rich Vitamin C! Plus, adding a boost of Vitamin C to your summer skincare regimen helps block the UV rays that aren’t fully blocked by your sunscreen.
Check out Southlake Plastic Surgery’s medical grade CEF-30 serum, an antioxidant cocktail of Vitamins C and E that enhance retinoid effectiveness.
There are also aesthetic treatments you can book at our office to ensure you practice the best summer skin care. The aesthetic specialists at Southlake Plastic Surgery & Medspa love keeping you looking and feeling your best all year long, no matter your skin type or concerns.
Here are our suggestions for treatments to book for the best summer skin care of your life!
A HydraFacial is an amazing way to beat the summer heat and give your skin an extra dose of hydration. Plus, it encompasses the ultra-crucial exfoliation we discussed earlier, extracts the remaining oil and dirt in your pores, and infuses deep moisture.
Serum boosters can be added which enhance the skin’s vitality and targets issues like dull skin, sagging skin, and aging skin.
Schedule a HydraFacial in Dallas & Ft. Worth with Southlake Plastic Surgery & Medpsa at the beginning of summer to help ease the transition of your skin to new temperatures. Schedule monthly recurring treatments, if you can, to maintain results and keep your skin healthy all season long.
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Summer skin care is much easier when you don’t have to worry about your makeup. If you want a more permanent solution to accentuating your lashes or Latisse® irritates your eyes, come to us for RevitaLash!
This lash treatment will help you achieve fuller, darker, and more dramatic lashes, allowing you to put away your mascara and avoid summer makeup meltdowns.
Dermaplaning is an amazing start-of-summer skin resurfacing treatment. If you have dry, uneven, rough, or sensitive skin, dermaplaning offers gentle exfoliation to reveal smooth, radiant skin.
We gently glide a razor-sharp blade over the skin to remove dead skin and vellus hairs (AKA “peach fuzz”) to give you touchably soft skin that’s ready for summer (and SPF 30+, of course).
Southlake Plastic Surgery & Medspa is proud to be the premier aesthetics destination in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. When you come to our office for summer skin care recommendations and treatments, you can rest assured knowing a highly trained specialist performs everything from your consultation to your treatments.
Additionally, we invest vast amounts of time, energy, and money in research and continuing education to ensure we offer the best aesthetic patient care possible with the latest technology.
We want you to look and feel confident in your skin this summer. If you need help to achieve healthy, beautiful skin, we are here!
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