Summer Skin Care How-To

Summertime in Texas means shedding winter sweaters in favor of showing a little skin. Whether you’re heading to the pool or just trying not to melt, you’re probably still hoping to look your best in the season’s more revealing clothes. A gorgeous summer glow goes a long way toward boosting your confidence — and that starts with top-notch skin care to help you put a fresh face forward. At the Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Centers of El Paso, our skin care experts can work with you to rejuvenate your skin and keep you looking happy and healthy all summer long. Consider taking these few key steps for your summer skin care routine, and don’t hesitate to visit our offices for the best quality advice and services in the El Paso area.

Step 1: A New Start

El Paso is dry year-round, but the cooler months bring particularly low humidity levels. In the winter and early spring, your skin might be suffering more than you realize — dry air causes water molecules in your skin to evaporate, leaving you looking dehydrated, flaky or dull. The layer of damaged skin cells left behind can result in fine lines and rough patches that won’t go away despite piling on your best moisturizer.

If you want to slough away winter dryness, your best course of action is a solid exfoliation routine. You can also consider choosing an exfoliating facial or peel, which can do wonders in just one sitting instead of waiting weeks or months for skin cell turnover. The Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center of El Paso is particularly excited to offer HydraFacial, a brand new treatment that exfoliates, hydrates and protects the skin with gentle yet effective skincare technology. It’s the perfect start to summer skin care — it gives you a clean slate to work with and keeps you looking hydrated and healthy for months to come.

Step 2: Lighten Up

With your skin refreshed and ready for an updated summertime routine, your next step is to swap out some of those heavy winter products. Thick creams with ingredients like oils and silicones create a barrier over your skin — in the winter, this can help trap moisture, but in the summer they may cause breakouts by attracting dirt and sweat. The warmer weather means you can let your skin breathe a little, so we recommend trading these products for lighter-weight formulas or serums. The hottest skincare ingredients these days include Vitamin C for brightening, hyaluronic acid for moisturizing or Vitamin A for anti-aging — these nourishing nutrients will get you glowing without weighing your skin down.

Step 3: Safety First

As any doctor or dermatologist will tell you, the most essential step in your summer skincare routine is an effective sunscreen. UV rays are the top cause of skin damage, leading to problems from premature signs of aging to skin cancer. Protecting your skin from the sun will keep wrinkles at bay and prevent a new layer of dead or damaged cells from building up. We recommend looking for a sunscreen marked “broad spectrum” — these block both UVA and UVB rays for maximum coverage. Choose an SPF of 30 or above and always remember to reapply if you swim, sweat or spend hours in the sun.

Get your summer skin care routine started today — visit the Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Centers of El Paso for any of our skin services including HydraFacial, microdermabrasion and laser hair removal. We also offer a full range of skin care products. Our plastic surgeons and knowledgeable staff can pair you with just the right summertime routine for your unique skin concerns. Contact us today to schedule your consultation — for our Eastside office, call 915-855-7800; for our west El Paso location, call 915-543-5600.

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