Going from the dry chill of winter to the sun-drenched heat of summer can quickly take a toll on your skin. Add in the effects of salty ocean air, the steady accumulation of sweat and dirt from playing outside, and other weather-related factors, and you’ll soon be glad that you have these awesome tips for healthy skin from Aesthetics at Illinois Eye Center to help keep you looking and feeling great all summer long.
1. Be Sure to Exfoliate
Experts say that you shed an incredible 30,000 dead skin cells per minute. Still, there are many times when your body is slow to rid itself of those cells, and as they pile up your complexion can begin to look rough, dry, and dull. In summer, when you tend to produce a little more oil and sweat, excess dry skin can also lead to clogged pores—in other words, bumps and acne.
The HydraFacial® is a non-invasive skin-resurfacing technique that combines exfoliation, hydration, and nutrition for a skin care triple benefit. Get one to prepare for summer and maintain your results with regular treatments customized to your specific needs.
2. Hydrate Your Skin
Skin can dry out surprisingly quickly, especially with the sun beating down on you as you run errands, play at the beach, or take the kids to the park. Reach for double-duty products like SkinMedica®’s Total Defense + Repair SPF 50. It’s suitable for all skin types, protects against the harmful effects of UV rays, and supports your skin’s ability to heal itself—what could be better than that?
3. Drink Plenty of Water
Hydration has to come from the inside, too. Most doctors recommend that you drink 8 – 10 glasses of water per day—more if you’re especially active or spending a lot of time out in the heat. Remember, your skin is about 64 percent water and it needs plenty of H2O in order to be at its best. Pack a reusable, BPA-free water-bottle in your purse or gym bag. For an extra treat, add some lemon, cucumber, or mint for an especially refreshing flavor.
4. Repair and Treat Sun Damage
If you’ve already accumulated some sun damage over the years or end up getting unexpectedly toasted this summer, you can start to repair your skin with SkinMedica®’s Dermal Repair Cream. This ultra-rich product packs tons of intense hydration coupled with lipid-soluble antioxidants in the form of vitamins C and E. It’s great for normal or dry skin, too.
5. Always Wear Sunglasses
The delicate skin around our eyes demands some TLC. Eye creams and gentle application techniques are great for preserving elasticity and keeping wrinkles at bay, but prevention is also a must. Wearing sunglasses prevents squinting, which in turn helps prevent the appearance of crow’s-feet. Buy an extra pair or two and keep them in your handbag, briefcase, and car so you’re never caught without.
Ready to give your summer skin the extra pampering it deserves? Call Michelle Ford, Aesthetics Coordinator, at (309) 243-3875 to make your appointment today.