With dropping leaves, summer flowers shriveling, and swimming pools being drained, autumn could easily earn a bad rap as a season of death. But in the skincare world, it’s actually a time of renewal. That’s because it comes after a season that can be pretty hard on our skin and therefore is high time to do a little pampering and recovery.
Exposure to the summer sun’s rays can cause a build-up of dead skin cells. You’ve got to send them marching. For normal to dry skin, go with dermabrasion. If you have acne-prone skin, you’re better off with a chemical peel. For either skin type, laser resurfacing can work miracles.
Now is also a good time to think about getting a photofacial. Skin becomes hypersensitive to the sun’s UV rays during a short period following this light-based therapy. That’s why many people avoid trying it during the summer, when they’re likely to be at the pool, tennis courts, or golf courses. But when the leaves turn and the jackets are donned, it’s time to reconsider. Photofacials can significantly reverse the sun damage you accumulated while swimming, swatting tennis balls, and sinking puts on the back nine.
All of these treatments will not only battle summer damage but also prepare your skin to better receive nutrients and moisture. That’s important because fall days are cooler and dryer, making now a good time to move from light lotions to heavier facial creams. If you’re concerned about using a heavy cream, gel moisturizers are a great alternative.
Not sure what your skin needs this time of year? Make an appointment for a customized medical facial. And always remember: Sunscreen is a year-round must!