Is your skin looking a little dull and more spotty than before summer started? Here’s how to get gorgeous, glowing skin again!
As summer’s coming to a close it’s time to seriously revamp your skincare regimen. All that playing in the sun can wreak havoc on your skin leaving it dull and extra spotty. Here, celebrity dermatologist and Chief of Dermatology at Skincare Physicians of Beverly Hills, Dr. Susan Evans shares her surefire tips for reversing and preventing further skin damage.
What kind of damage does the summer do to one’s skin?
Dr. Evans: “Summer sunrays contain ultraviolet light that can penetrate into our skin cells. Ultraviolet rays (A and B) cause sunburns and tans. They are both dangerous because the result is DNA damage of the cellular structure of our skin, as well as an increase in the potential for the formation of precancerous lesions.”
How can one start to reverse the damage done to one’s skin during the summer?
Dr. Evans: “The first step begins with protection from the sun. Everyone that is exposed to the sun’s rays, both directly and indirectly, should cover themselves with an SPF of at least 30.
Then, good exfoliation two to three times per week. Exfoliation is required because sun damage leaves dead skin cells on your skin surface. Your exfoliating compounds should contain glycolic acid, AHA, salicylic acid or papaya based enzymes. Once you have adequately resurfaced your skin, step two should be directed towards rebuilding the damaged cells. Use Retin A based compounds. Topical Retin A compounds and its derivatives are known to improve collagen build up, promote healthy cell turn-over and encourage cell growth.
Your final approach is to use a daily moisturizer. A moisturizer is important in sun-damaged skin because the sun will dehydrate and shrink the skin cells. Your moisturizer should contain natural oils, fruit or nut based (that won’t clog your pores) such as avocado, grape seed or almond oils. Once these steps are implemented, you are on your way to restoring a natural, healthy glow.”
What should your skincare regimen be like in the AM and PM to do as much damage control as possible?
Dr. Evans: “In the am your skin regimen needs to contain a sun block, oil free moisturizer and hydrating compounds with hyaluronic acid.
In the PM, use compounds that are directed towards exfoliating, removing dead skin cells like papaya derivatives, salicylic acid, and AHAs followed by repairing and rebuilding (ingredients like retin A compounds.”
Why is it important to take these steps in your 20’s and 30’s?
Dr. Evans: “The best skincare regimens work when started early. Numerous studies have confirmed that the majority of premature aging (almost 90%) is attributed to sun damage and smoking. Prolonged sun damage leads to cell damage, premature wrinkling, precancerous lesion formation and ultimately cell death. Therefore, an effective skincare regimen must be started early if you want to remain looking young, vibrant and wrinkle free.”