Summer Skin Care

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summer is upon us, bringing plenty of chances for sunny days ahead—Ahh, a great and glorious thing. But whether you’re spending hours basking under shining rays with a book (and cocktail) in hand, or just walking a few blocks to work on the daily commute, your skin is being exposed to harmful effects of sun exposure.

No matter your age, it’s important to make healthy choices when it comes to skin care to prevent long-term damages. Here, AVENUE speaks with renowned dermatologist, Dr. Neil Sadick at his Upper East Side practice, Sadick Dermatology, on strategic ways to put your best face forward.

Now that summer is in full swing, what’s the best way to protect skin from everyday sun exposure?

A combination of a broadband sunscreen everyday and also there’s a new ingestible antioxidant called Heliocare. It’s a Polypodium extract that’s been shown to decrease redness from the sun or sunburn reactions and it also prevents pigmentation on the skin. You can find these products in most pharmacies or in dermatology offices.

For those who are showing early signs of sun spots, which treatments would you recommend?

For early sun spots, you can either use a very low, superficial or medium chemical peel, Q-switched laser, the new picosecond laser, or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). If you have generalized sun damage, then Fraxel is best for discreet sun spots.

As for those with sensitive skin, what type of facial treatment would be helpful that does not require much downtime?

There’s a simple, gentle, very low energy, fractional laser called Clear + Brilliant. You feel almost nothing and may feel a very light peeling for a day. You want to do these treatments once every month. Once your skin gets better, you can spread it out to once every 2-3 months, but the initial treatment would be every month.

What do you feel are some of the most common mistakes that people make when it comes to skincare, especially if they’re actively exposed to the sun?

They’ll use something that is irritating, usually in a skincare product or a facial wash. You shouldn’t use a Retin-A derivative, an alpha-hydroxy acid or anything that is drying if you’re out in the sun. Products with a high concentration of salicylic acid or sulfur could be irritating as well.

What are some tips to improve skin tone, pigmentation and prevent anti-aging that can easily be done on a daily basis?

You want to put your sunscreen on everyday. It should be applied every six hours, unless you’re going into the water or doing a sports exercise, then each time you’re out for that. You should wear a hat, sunglasses, and now there’s sun protective clothing available at the National Academy of Dermatology. If you get sunburned, you can go to your dermatologist and get a red light LED treatment—low energy laser gets rid of sunburn quickly, almost immediately. It prevents sun damage from occurring.

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With these tips in mind, it’s fairly easy to keep skin health in check. All it takes is consistency in maintenance! Take a look at some of our favorite summer skincare products here:

Nerium Age-Defying Night Cream

Quinoa migUnknownht be the miracle food du jour of the fashion world, but the popular grain is also a keystone step in protecting your delicate summertime skin against the sun and environmental stressors as well as soothing and repairing any irritation your skin might face in warmer months. Layering this cream after your usual moisturizer and serums makes for a hydrated, radiant complexion by the next morning.




Clarisonic Aria


If you haven’t already invested in this cult-favorite device, now is the perfect time to add this literal power tool to your beauty arsenal. Though it is a good exfoliant, the real power of the Clarisonic lies in its cleaning ability. After removing makeup yourself, apply a gentle face wash with the Clarisonic for a deep clean that’ll get rid of any remaining face makeup, sweat, product buildup, salt, or sand you might have come in contact with that day.





Sunday Riley Cashmere SPF 30+ Sun Defense 

54aa73afa754b_-_elle-03-sunscreen-elhAt this point in the beauty game, we know you know you need sunblock every day–and everywhere. But what you may not be aware of is how much better for you an all-natural sunscreen can be for your complexion. This 100 percent natural sunscreen is as protective as it is luxurious, mixing wheatgrass, ginseng, and stone root into one super potent cocktail of complexion-saving cream.






Hampton Sun Hydrating Aloe Mist


It happens to even the most cautious of us–the inevitable, oh-so-painful mid-vacation sun burn. Luckily, thanks to local skincare crafters Hampton Sun, extreme sun exposure doesn’t have to mean a ruined beach trip. Their chilling, aloe-infused spray is a perfect way to both soothe and heal a sunburn, leaving you free to enjoy the rest of your vacation completely relaxed.




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