Goodbye Summer. Hello Autumn. While many had the best of intentions to protect their skin during the summer months, they still may have had a little bit too much sun exposure.
With the season of fall officially here, there are ways to restore and rejuvenate the skin.
“I love to start with a series of chemical peels,” said aesthetic nurse specialist Elizabeth Reed, who works alongside San Diego plastic surgeon Dr. D. Glynn Bolitho. “I think that’s a great way to remove some of the dead skin that we’ve accumulated during the summer.”
Reed shared that typically skin care professionals don’t do chemical peels during the summer months because people retreat outdoors. Now is the perfect time to start that series.
According to Reed, a great way to see real improvements in one’s skin is by implementing a series of three chemical peels which are tailored to a person’s skin type. These peels would be done every month.
“During this time, we’d also talk about a person’s skin care regimen and see what changes, if any, would be recommended,” she said. “And if someone is interested in Botox to address their fine lines and wrinkles, we would assess that to determine if they would be a good candidate. But really, starting with a series of chemical peels is a great way to fall into beauty.”
While people begin to change their skin care routine for the new season, Reed shared that there are three skin care staples that never changes. They are the following:
- Vitamin C
An application of Vitamin C in the morning and throughout the day helps hydration and photoaging protection from the sun.
“It also helps with pigmentation challenges such as dark spots, age spots or sun damage,” she said.
Reed’s second go to product is Retin-A which is a medical grade form of Vitamin A.
“Retin-A actually helps reduce some of the effects of sun damage and helps stimulate collagen,” she said. Reed added, “It will help with fine lines and wrinkles as well as exfoliating the skin to help rid it of brown spots.”
Retin-A comes in different grade levels. Reed likes to start patients off with a lower dose, and as one’s skin becomes accustomed to it, the dose level is increased.
The third item on the list is sunscreen which should be tailored to a person’s specific skin care type. A solar protection is imperative to help ward off future damage and help maintain the skin care treatments a person is receiving.
“I usually pick something that has a high percentage of zinc, because zinc oxide is our physical sunscreen,” she said.