As the days grow colder and darker and we head into the winter months, it’s easy to miss the long, carefree days of summer. After even just a day or two of driving through a snowstorm or shoveling snow off our driveways, a little sunshine, warm weather, and fun sure sound tempting!
But for all its promise of warmth and happiness, the summer sun can have seriously negative effects on our skin. If you are struggling with dry, patchy skin that has been damaged by the harsh effects of the sun over the past summer, you’re not alone!
Here are our top tips for taking advantage of the cooler months to reboot your post-summer skin and get it back to its glowing, vibrant self.
Give Serum a Chance
Using an antioxidant-rich serum is a great way to nourish and protect your skin as well as to reverse some of the damaging effects of too many days of fun in the sun. Unlike a regular moisturizer lotion or cream, serums are highly concentrated ingredients designed to quickly penetrate the skin and deliver intensive care to problem skin.
The high concentration also means that with a serum, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck, since you need only a tiny amount of product—think two or three drops—to apply to your entire face.
Serums are sold at a variety of price points and contain a broad range of ingredients to help with various common skin complaints. Look for one that targets your specific skincare concerns and apply after cleansing but before moisturizing to get the best results.
Exfoliation is another great way to say goodbye to dry, chapped skin that has been damaged by the intense rays of the summer sun.
Whether you opt for an exfoliating scrub or a more heavy-duty method of sloughing off dead skin, like microdermabrasion or a chemical peel, the idea is the same—removing the damaged top layer of skin to renew a fresh, radiant layer beneath.
People swear by exfoliation by aesthetics OKC pros for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, minimizing scarring and damage caused by acne, and banishing dry, dull skin caused by the sun’s damaging UV rays.
If you’re not enjoying the appearance of your post-summer skin, don’t wait—exfoliate!
Say Hi to Sunscreen
OK, so maybe sunscreen wasn’t top-of-mind for you this past summer.
We’re not here to lecture you on past skincare behavior, but we do want to remind you that using sunscreen on a daily basis is the single most effective way to protect yourself from skin-damaging UV rays, not to mention serious issues like skin cancer.
Take time this winter to find a lightweight daily sunscreen that works with your unique skin profile and provides the protection you need, even in the colder months, then see how it benefits you next summer. We’ll get off our soapbox now!