Transitional Skin Care: How to Take Care of Your Skin during the In-Between Months
With plenty of information out there on how to take care of your skin during particular seasons, people often don’t know what to do during the transitional months when the weather is changing and their skin is trying to keep up.
As we approach autumn, it’s important to recognize that the temperature isn’t the only change that comes with a new season (although it may be the most comfortable). As summer turns to fall, the nights become longer and the air becomes drier. In fact, according to the National Weather Service, September and October are some of the driest months in Georgia. While this makes for great hay bales and corn mazes, the weather and climate of Atlanta can take a toll on your skin.
While the heat may be winding down, it’s still important to wear sunscreen every day. Wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 can protect your skin against melasma, or dark spots caused by the sun, skin cancer, and wrinkles in sun-damaged areas. Just because the weather’s cool, doesn’t mean the sun’s damaging rays are taking a break!
For those who have forgotten to protect themselves in the past, laser skin resurfacing can help to eliminate the signs of photoaging that come with unprotected sun exposure. The fractionated CO2 laser and Erbium laser treatments emit lasers in small columns onto the affected area, the treatment allows the skin to heal itself, produce more of its own collagen and elastic proteins, and reduce wrinkles during the healing process. Laser emissions in the form of tiny columns penetrate the skin forming very small wounds that the body then reacts to heal by increasing the production of collagen and elastin, creating “new skin.” Laser resurfacing can renew and rejuvenate your skin by helping to reverse the damage caused by the sun.
Many people remember to protect their faces from the sun, but forget other body parts, especially the hands. Unprotected sun exposure can cause cancer and damages the skin’s deeper layers by breaking down the proteins that make skin elastic, causing wrinkles and sun spots. Hands are often the factor betraying our age!
Much like laser rejuvenation for facial wrinkles, hand rejuvenation can reduce the signs of aging caused by the sun in as little as one treatment. Dermal fillers like Juvederm® or Restylane® can also re-plump the volume lost in our hands as we age. Whether you choose a smoothing and moisturizing paraffin wax treatment to soften the skin or an Erbium (YAG) Laser Peel to increase collagen growth, we have a hand rejuvenation option for you.
Along with sun damage, the decrease in moisture in the air can leave your skin feeling dry and can even cause some patients to peel. Our skin analysis and pre-treatment consultations can help you determine which procedures can best keep your skin moisturized, and our trained and licensed estheticians can recommend a skin care system to ensure your skin maintains a youthful glow without being over-moisturized or dried out.
For example, an esthetician may recommend that you switch to a heavier moisturizer than the lighter summer options available. For patients with acne, the peeling caused by the drying weather can promote the clogging of pores and aggravate an already embarrassing condition. Fortunately, we offer a full line of skin care products to tailor a regimen to your skin’s individual needs.
Regardless of your skin type, Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center has a treatment or product that can help your skin weather the changing seasons. Contact us for more information on laser treatments or skin care products or to schedule your consultation. You can connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for news and updates, too.