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Shedding Your Summer Skin

Shedding Your Summer Skin

Yes, you read that right! As heartbreaking as it is, the summer season comes to an end––and that means it’s time to flip the switch on your skin routine. Even if we are ultra-careful when it comes to sun protection, summer’s effect is visible on our skin! 

 

As we get ready for fall to roll around, here are our top suggestions for caring for your post-summer skin:

  

REINTRODUCE YOUR ACIDS

 

By restarting your acid treatments (AKA restarting AHA and BHA exfoliants) in the fall, you're assisting your skin in shedding any built-up dead skin cells and unclogging pores that might have been aggravated during the summer.

 

The fall provides a favourable environment for your skin to benefit from the effects of AHA and BHA exfoliants without the heightened risk of sun-related complications.

 

However, it's crucial to reintroduce exfoliants slowly and gradually, especially if your skin has been exposed to the sun during the summer. Always (!) use a broad-spectrum sunscreen during the day when using exfoliating acids to protect your skin from any potential sensitivity.

 

This also leads us to…

 

RESTARTING YOUR RETINOL

 

While it is possible to use retinol in the summer, if you have stopped or eased up on your frequency, it’s time to start again. 

 

Retinol is known for its remarkable ability to stimulate cell turnover and promote the production of new, healthy skin cells. By resuming its use, you're aiding your skin in shedding any sun-damaged or dull surface cells that may have accumulated during the summer months.

 

The reduced UV exposure as the summer season winds down also means your skin is less likely to become overly sensitive when reintroducing retinol, which can cause increased sensitivity to the sun. Resuming retinol in the fall also allows your skin to gradually adapt and build tolerance before the next summer.

 

GET A FACIAL

 

Opting for a facial as summer ends allows you to address any sun damage, dehydration, or congestion that might have occurred during the season. A post-summer facial can provide a revitalizing boost to your skin, helping to restore its balance and hydration levels. The skin often feels more receptive to treatments as temperatures cool, making it a great opportunity to introduce nourishing ingredients and address any concerns.

 

And of course, since UV exposure tends to lessen as summer transitions into fall, there's a reduced risk of post-treatment sensitivity or reactions to the sun.

 

Ready to book yours? Visit us at the SkinEnvie Medispa!

 

IPL TREATMENTS

 

The best time to start IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments is in the fall, as our skin is less sun-exposed, which can prevent skin sensitivity and lower the risk of post-treatment complications. The lower intensity of sunlight in the fall also means there's less potential for sunburn or further skin damage after the treatment. This allows your skin to heal more effectively.

 

Because IPL treatments often require a series of sessions for optimal results, they are spaced a few weeks apart. Starting in the fall allows you to complete the series before the next summer season, ensuring you experience the full benefits of the treatment without any risk of damage.

 

UP YOUR LIPIDS

 

As the fall season arrives, the weather shifts to cooler temperatures and lower humidity levels. This change can lead to a reduction in the skin's natural oil production, potentially causing dryness and dehydration. Transitioning to a more lipid-rich skincare routine during fall is essential because lipidic (AKA, oil-based or richer) products help to replenish the skin's protective barrier, sealing in moisture and preventing water loss. 

 

This approach ensures that your skin remains hydrated, nourished, and well-prepared to face the challenges of the drier winter climate.

 

Until next time,

 

The BSE Team

 

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