Do you want to enjoy radiant, glowing skin this summer? Would you like to minimize noticeable lines and wrinkles? Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter of Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery can help. Here, she offers tips for beautiful, healthy skin, and suggests a few professional treatments to help your skin look its best.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
Sun protection is key for beautiful, healthy skin, especially during the summer when the sun is most prevalent. If you’re going outside during the day, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 25+, and re-apply every two hours. For extra protection on the delicate facial skin, wear a wide-brim hat and wraparound sunglasses. If possible, stay out of the sun between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, when the sun’s rays are strongest. Don’t forget about super-sensitive areas such as the lips (use a lip balm with an SPF of 15 or higher) and the scalp (try a sunscreen spray along your part).
If you like products that multi-task, streamline your routine with makeup products like foundation and powder that contain SPF. Mineral makeup is a great choice that offers coverage and protection in one product.
Did you accidentally sunburn? Soothe irritated skin with cooling gels and balms, and treat yourself to a glass of red wine. Studies have shown that resveratrol, which is found in the skin of red grapes, can minimize redness from sunburns.
Slough Off Dead, Dull Skin Cells
Exfoliation is essential for smooth, soft skin. Use a gentle exfoliating scrub one to three times per week to get rid of dead, dull skin cells and shed previous sun damage. Exfoliation also helps your skincare and makeup products penetrate the skin deeper and last longer. After exfoliating, use a rich hydrating cream to lock in moisture. Be extra diligent about sun protection on newly exfoliated skin.
Chemical peels are another way to slough off dead, dull skin cells. A professional chemical peel evens out discoloration, minimizes wrinkles and improves the overall health and hydration of your skin. The skin care experts at Dr. Porter’s office offer a variety of chemical peels, including PCA Peels and Vitalize® and Rejuvenize® Peels, to address various skin concerns.
Tweak Your Product Routine
The right combination of products can stave off wrinkles and lines and minimize existing sun-related skincare problems. Ask Dr. Porter about the Environ and Lifeline product lines, which are more potent than over-the-counter skin care products. She can recommend products to suit your unique skin care needs.
Consider Botox Treatment
Do you have noticeable lines and wrinkles from years of squinting into the sun or furrowing your brow? Botox can minimize these imperfections. Treatment with the cosmetic injectable is quick, convenient and practically painless. Results last up to three months the first time, and five to six months with repeated treatments.
Try a Laser Skin Procedure
If you have moderate to severe areas of skin damage (i.e., dark sun spots, age spots, sun-induced redness, deep creases or folds), you might be a candidate for laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Porter uses the Fraxel re:pair® laser system to remove damaged skin cells and stimulate the body’s natural healing process for fresh, glowing skin. The Time Machine Procedure® is another great alternative for improving skin texture.
Learn More about Safe, Effective Skin Care Treatments
For more information about skin care treatments or products, please contact Dr. Porter at Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery by calling (301) 652-8191.
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