Fall skin careThe arrival of any season requires some degree of change in your skin care regimen. Your skin tends to accumulate oil during hot, summer weather while colder weather dries the skin. As we welcome the fall season, be sure to keep the following skin care tips in mind for a radiant glow.

Moisturize and Exfoliate

As the air gets drier, your skin will need extra hydration. An oil-based moisturizing serum can deliver nutrients (like vitamins A and C) that are essential to keeping your skin looking refreshed. Equally important is exfoliating with a gentle scrub to smoothen skin and repair discoloration. It’s recommended you exfoliate only once or twice a week; over-exfoliating can lead to skin irritation.

Keep Wearing Sunscreen

Sunscreen should be a part of your skin care regimen year round. Here’s why: the sun’s UV rays can penetrate through clouds and reach your skin even on overcast days. Sun light reflects off snow, sand and water, increasing your chances of sun damage. To protect your skin, use broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least 30 SPF. It is also wise to stay out of the sunlight during peak hours (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.).

Protect Your Hands and Lips

Your lips and hands are two body areas that are often ignored when it comes to skin care, but they are susceptible to a large amount of damage in the fall and winter. Cold, windy weather can make the lips and hands look and feel dry and flaky. Carry lip balm and a hand moisturizer in your bag to keep your lips and hands hydrated at all times.

Try a Skin Rejuvenation Treatment

Even people who take immaculate care of their skin can see unsightly blemishes or signs of premature aging. The effects of the sun can accumulate over time and lead to wrinkles, sun spots and crow’s feet. Additionally, the face loses muscle tone and the skin starts to sag due to the effects of aging. To combat this, consider a skin rejuvenation treatment with Dr. Joseph Michaels. He offers several nonsurgical skin rejuvenation treatment options to keep the skin beautiful and supple. Microdermabrasion sloughs away layers of dead, dull skin to make way for a layer of healthier skin. A chemical peel achieves the same result, but with a solution that is absorbed by the skin to exfoliate dead skin layers. The regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled. This, in turn, allows a new, healthier layer of skin to surface. Chemical peels can also improve skin discoloration, leaving a more even skin tone.

To learn more about the skin rejuvenation treatments Dr. Michaels offers, schedule a personal consultation. Please call (301) 468-5991 in Bethesda or (703) 957-8610 in Fairfax today.

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