During the summer, one definitely sees more body skin. Clothes are more revealing, and people are enjoying the beach and pool more often. The most important thing to do for your skin is to remember to apply a moisturizing SPF each morning to all exposed areas. Don’t forget places like the top of your feet, the back of your neck, and your back if you are wearing more open tops. Protecting your skin from damaging UV rays is the most important thing to keep it looking good now and for years to come.
Typically, October is when I tell patients to start aggressively treating their summer-induced discoloration. Start with increased skincare products and add hydroquinone for a short period of time to really work on the pigmentation. Depending upon the person's skin type, the extent of damage, and the time he or she wants to invest, there are a lot of options to help clear up the skin. Light peels and microderms can increase exfoliation and improve the performance of bleaches.
If you use self-tanner—which I highly recommend for anyone who wants a golden glow during the summer—try this routine: In the morning, a gentle dry brush followed by an alpha hydroxy–based lotion, such as Eucerin Plus, AmLactin, Glycolix, or Environ, helps to keep your tan more even. At night, gently scrub in the shower and follow with your self-tanning product. I suggest buildable products that you use daily until you have the tan you want, then maintain two to three times per week. Jergens, St.
Using a daily moisturizer with a high SPF is a great way to keep your face in good shape. Adding topical antioxidants in the morning also helps to keep your skin protected. Removing brown spots during the summer is difficult due to the elevated UV index, so working to keep them at bay is what I typically recommend.
Leg veins are also best taken care of a bit before you need leg exposure. Sclerotherapy is still the gold standard of treatment and may require one or more treatments to get the best results. It does cause some bruising, so it is important to keep treated areas out of the sun for at least two weeks. Lasers can be used to treat vessels as well, but also require several treatments. If you have thick winding veins, a vascular surgeon may be needed to take them out or to close them with a laser put inside the vein. And, if in a rush, self-tanner is a great way to camouflage them as well.
Using self-tanning products can also make the dimples appear less apparent. Don’t go crazy—darker does not mean more improvement, but a light "tan" can help. Be aware that a real tan will, long-term, make your cellulite worse, as it breaks down the collagen and elastin in the skin, increasing cellulite over time.
However, salt baths can help to ease sore muscles, and the high concentrations of minerals help to decrease inflammation in the skin. Adding some essential oils can also add benefits depending upon the oils chosen. DoTerra makes great essential oils, and San Francisco Salt Co. makes a wide variety of Dead Sea salts and other salt soaks.
Your nighttime routine will depend upon your day. After a normal day, when not at the beach or pool, you can try a light dry brush on any flakey areas, or use a gentle scrub or brush in the shower. If you have peeling skin from a sunburn, don’t scrub it off.
For those who need aggressive treatment, my favorite plan is a morning program of a gentle cleanser, Skinceuticals Phloretin CF Gel, Skinceuticals Discoloration Defense, and Karyng SPF 50, which is a moisturizer, physical SPF, anti-aging treatment, and primer all in one; and an evening program of the same, but with a good anti-aging night cream instead of the morning SPF. If you need a less rigorous routine, try the Phloretin CF in the morning and the Discoloration Defense in the evening.
If you overdid it a bit, try a lukewarm bath with Aveeno Soothing Powder. If you got red or pink, add a calming lotion such as Aloe Vera gel; one percent hydrocortisone cream, which you can get over the counter at the drug store; or an eczema-type body lotion such as Aveeno, Eucerin, or Cetaphil Eczema Relief products to help restore the barrier.
Dermatologist Karyn Grossman is here to help with your summer skin needs. https://t.co/hC7urhB6cw— W magazine (@wmag) June 6, 2019