Even as summer ends, we are still exposed to damaging sunlight.  No matter how you try to protect your skin from UVA/UVB rays, it’s virtually impossible to completely avoid sun damage. It’s August and you need to start thinking about ways to get skin back into shape post-summer.

The effects of the sun on skin include breakdown of collagen and elastin, causing wrinkles and skin laxity, and increased melanin production which causes dark spots to appear on the skin. These issues are both part of the normal aging process, and sun exposure accelerates it. It is important that you understand this so you can understand the treatment options.

Each person has different concerns so please schedule a consult with myself or our esthetician at the Youth Corridor Clinic to determine the right treatment plan to help you. Here is my list of top 5 at-home and professional post-summer skin treatments and tips that are important for you to know and consider.

1. IPL

Intense Pulse Laser, sometimes referred to as the Photofacial, uses light to help clear dark spots, uneven skin tone and more. When treating sun damage, IPL targets the areas of concern, breaking apart the spot, initiating collagen production and skin cell renewal, ultimately clearing the area. Our experienced laser technician will recommend the number of treatments each individual needs.

2. No Peel Peel

Dead skin cells tend to build up during the summer, leaving you with a dull looking complexion. I highly suggest our No Peel Peel every 3 weeks. This concentrated glycolic acid peel has skin enhancing benefits, is highly potent and intensely exfoliates skin. It is the perfect way to jump start the skin renewal process, delivering bright glowing skin with no downtime.

3. Use a Vitamin C Serum

You must use a Vitamin C Serum daily, made of the active form of vitamin, called L-Ascorbic acid.. This helps reverse sun damage, visually firms skin, brighten skin’s appearance and reduce the look of fine lines.

4. SPF

Continue to use SPF daily- not just in the summer. You are always exposed to sunlight and need to protect skin accordingly, especially when receiving professional treatments such as IPL or Chemical Peels. Morning use of vitamin C serum also helps protect your skin from sun damage.

5. MicroNeedling with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

If you have signs of wrinkling and skin laxity the sun can only increase the damage. MicroNeedling with PRP is a great solution to help tighten skin by making small punctures in skin which trigger collagen production. We also use the latest technology so downtime is decreased. Again, you must consult a professional to determine if you are the right candidate for this treatment.

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