Tricks for Undoing Summer Skin Damage
One way to help make your skin younger is to trick it --
Did you get more sun than you meant to this summer? One way to help make your skin younger is to trick it — to make it think it needs to produce new cells. Use one of the many skin creams that contains alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). It removes old, dry, dead cells from the surface, which convinces your skin to quickly replace them with fresh, smooth, new cells, making it — and you — look younger.
You don't need to spend a lot of money on expensive face creams to get this renewal effect; any product that contains AHA will work. The expense of some products comes from other ingredients — not the ones that actually do the work. Use an AHA-based cream or lotion once or twice a day. It may tingle at first, but that's the acid at work; just don't overdo it. In a few days you'll look in the mirror and say, "Oh, that's better."
If you really overdid it, you may want to consider a laser procedure like FotoFacial. There are other options as well, like Thermage, Dermabrasion, or UltraPeel Resurfacing, depending on your skin type and the amount of damage. Call your dermatologist for a consultation to determine which is best for your situation.
Of course, nothing keeps skin looking fresh like a healthy lifestyle. In general, what's good for the inside — not smoking, eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water — is good for the outside, too. Above all, protect your skin from the sun with sunscreen, clothing, and common sense. And don't stop after summer. There are still plenty of ultraviolet rays bouncing around, especially at midday.
And, finally, don't fret about damage already done. There's no sense worrying about every line or wrinkle; you'll only make those forehead furrows permanent if you frown about them.