Summer Skin SOS
We totally get it, summertime is blissful. Long days at the pool and bonfires on the beach; jetting-setting to exotic destinations and lazy weekends with friends and family. Even if you aren’t taking vacation, a warm-weather state of mind does wonders for the soul. Our complexion, on the other hand, isn’t always feeling the fun in the sun. Heat and humidity can take a toil, sunburns happen, and increased oil production can result in acne flare-ups. So as the summer season come to an end, you won’t want to miss our tips, tricks, and product recommendations for tackling summer’s biggest skin concerns
The Concern: Dehydrated, Flaky Skin
“The heat and humidity in many climates can make many feel they don’t need as much hydration as they do in cooler months. They almost feel they have a built-in moisturizer.” says Keli Koniver, founder of Koniver Aesthetics. This is a common misconception that can result in dehydrated skin. Other causes of dull, sand-papery skin include swimming in chlorine or salt water, more sun exposure, air travel, air conditioning, and harsh skincare ingredients, all of which can disrupt the skin barrier.
The Solution: Mega Hydration
“I love a multi-tasking product like Neocutis Bio Cream Firm, which offers hydration as well as growth factors and peptides, so you are getting the best of both worlds: anti-aging plus hydration,” says Koniver. If it’s purely hydration you seek, Koniver’s top pick is SkinMedica HA5. This super-hydrator contains five types of hyaluronic acid, a molecule capable of holding 1,000 times its weight in water to not only replenish lost moisture—but also strengthen your skin’s barrier function and improve its ability to hold onto moisture. “It is more of a hydrator than a moisturizer, which is an important distinction to make,” explains Koniver. “Think of this way: If you jump in a pool, you are wet. We consider that moisturized. If you drink a gallon of water, however, you are hydrated.” Almost everyone can benefit from a hydrator and for many that is all they may need. For those with very dry skin, both a hydrator and moisturizer may be used.
The Concern: Sun Burn
“If there’s one thing we repeat to clients over and over again, it’s the importance of sun protection,” says Koniver. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends choosing a broad-spectrum sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher, using at least an ounce to cover the exposed areas of the body, and reapplying it every two hours and/or after swimming or sweating (whichever comes first). “We also recommend that our clients don’t rely on sunscreen alone,” says Koniver. “I like sun protective clothing as it doesn’t wash off.” That said, sunburns inevitably happen.
The Solution: Anti-inflammatories and Hydration
“The immediate symptoms of a sunburn are redness, inflammation, and heat in the skin,” says Koniver, who recommends IS Clinical Youth Body serum with anti-inflammatory antioxidants and hyaluronic acid for post-sun exposure. “It is hydrating and nourishing, but not thick and greasy,” she says. Pro tip: chill the bottle in the fridge before application. “There are also long-term negative effects of unprotected (or not properly protected) exposure to UVA (aging) rays, like fine lines, wrinkles, increased appearance of pore size, loss of elasticity, unwanted pigment, and textural concerns. Exposure to UVB (burning) rays could lead to something as severe as skin cancer, so it’s important to see a dermatologist once a year without fail to do an annual skin check,” adds Koniver. In other words: The best treatment is prevention. While your sunburned skin is healing, it’s extra important to protect it from further sun exposure. Stay in the shade, wear UPF clothing and, of course, reapply sunscreen.
The Concern: Clogged Pores and Breakouts
Increased oil production caused by heat and humidity, plus sweating and hopefully heavier sunscreen use, and you have a recipe for seriously congested pores—and increased breakouts.
The Solution: Deep Pore Cleaning
For starters, Koniver says to keep hands off the face, keep pillowcases changed, and keep cell phones clean and disinfected (and unless you are doing this regularly just use your speaker to talk on the phone). Important ingredients to have in your skincare rotation include salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid that removes excess oil and dead cells from the skin’s surface to keep pores clear, and benzoyl peroxide, an acne treatment that kills pimple-causing bacteria at the source and exfoliates pores. “I love the Obagi Clenziderm M.D. system because it contains both,” says Koniver. “I’d also recommend a retinoid, like the SkinBetter AlphaRet Clearing Serum, which can help normalize cell turnover to minimize pore-clogging and fight inflammation.”
At Koniver Aesthetics we believe that finding your true beauty begins with finding happiness in your own skin. We are committed to delivering world-class skincare advice, innovative treatments, and clinically-proven products hand-picked by our team of top clinical providers and aestheticians. Book a consultation today to start your own journey to great skin.