It’s no secret that the summer sun can wreak havoc on our skin. From dark spots to breakouts, new freckles to moles, fine lines to deep wrinkles, lots of UV light isn’t doing our skin any favors. What can a facial do for your skin after a long, hot summer?
Just about everyone loves the warmth of the sun and the longer days that summer brings. But if we don’t take care of it properly, our summer skin can actually be even more unhealthy or damaged than in other seasons.
Besides the risks of skin cancer that come with increased exposure to the sun’s UV rays, excessive heat and light can cause a whole host of other issues. Acne is one of the biggest complaints during the summer months. Breakouts happen when sweat and bacteria combine and clog pores, causing blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and pustules. Chlorine from pools and constant exposure to air conditioning can also dry out skin, leaving it rough.
Additionally, this year we added a new type of irritant to the face: the face mask. As we’ve all been taking precautions to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, our personal protective equipment can harbor bacteria that causes breakouts, and exacerbate existing conditions like eczema and rosacea.
Dermatologists recommend getting a facial at least once a month to maintain skin’s health and vibrancy. A facial can exfoliate and smooth the skin’s surface, clear out pores, and add extra hydration in ways that a day-to-day skincare regimen simply can’t.
Depending on your biggest summer skincare concern, a facial can help in any number of ways. First, a facial’s exfoliation process can remove the topmost layer of skin -- where dead skin cells have collected, causing dullness. This is important for anyone, but especially vital for those who may have suffered a sunburn and experienced the peeling after-effect. A professional facial can access pores down to the root, providing a deep clean, and extracting any dirt or pus build-up.
A facial can also provide some much-needed hydration. The HydraFacial in particular starts by gently exfoliating with a cleansing agent, followed by application of a serum containing glycolic acid. This removes impurities that lead to clogged pores and breakouts, using a proprietary vacuum technology. Then, medical-grade hydrating serums are applied to the exposed pores, nourishing the skin with plenty of moisture. A finishing serum seals this hydration in.
It’s true: exposure to sun ages our skin more quickly than any other factor. Regular facials with high-quality, anti-aging products can help resurface skin, smooth out surface wrinkles and fine lines, and give skin a boost with ingredients like collagen or hyaluronic acid.
In addition to a regular anti-aging skincare routine, receiving facials about once a month can do wonders for your skin long-term. As exfoliators slough off dead skin skills periodically, the appearance of dark spots and freckles can decrease. Skin tone evens out overall, pore size decreases, and skin appears firmer and more youthful.
Vanguard Dermatology serves those in the greater New York City area who are looking for solutions to their skincare concerns. The experts on staff perform a variety of in-office facial treatments, including the HydraFacial, to combat summer skin issues. Give us a call to set up an appointment and discuss your options!