End of Summer Skin Top Tips

Written by Angela, 12th August 2022

Every season has skin care challenges and every skin type responds differently to those challenges.

If you are using the same skin care routine throughout the year, you may not be getting the results your skin deserves.

Your skin needs be re-evaluated every season to assess if the skin care products you are using are providing optimal skin health results for you.

The end of the Summer is one of the times of the year when your skin needs a thorough skin analysis and an adjustment of your skin care regime, helping it to recover and preparing it for the cooler months ahead.

It’s also a great opportunity for you to speak to us about a plan of action for your Autumn and Winter treatments.

Dermalogica Expert Cheshire

A good first step is to have your skin evaluated by one of our Dermalogica Experts.

Every year our Therapists have to train and study in order to maintain their Expert status with Dermalogica.

Maintaining our Expert status means that you get the best and most up to date advice for your skin.

We assess your skin visually, with touch and by asking questions about your lifestyle and skin care habits.

Areas of skin dehydration or dryness, skin sensitivity, skin tone, muscle tone, skin texture and general skin health are all checked.

This allows us to make a professional and informed decision about the products and treatments we will recommend for your skin.

Kick start your Autumn skin care routine

The Summer can be a time when you have strayed away from your usual routine.

Perhaps you have had…kids off school? family or grandchildren visiting? Been away on holiday? put more invasive treatments such as IPL/laser and peel skin treatments on hold due to increased sunshine levels?

Whatever the reason, the beginning of Autumn feels like a whole new start and getting back on track with a new Autumn regime can feel motivating and fulfilling.

Kick start your Autumn regime with an individualised treatment plan just for you!

More Beauty Sleep

Lots of our clients report how they they get less sleep during the Summer months.

When days are longer there is a tendency to go to bed later and rise earlier.

This can have an affect on your skin, as your body needs sufficient quality sleep in order to repair and replenish itself.

Remember that the most beneficial time to apply your active night serums and moisturisers is between the hours of 9pm and 11pm.

This is when the skin switches from protection to absorption mode so that your skin can benefit more from those active ingredients in your night skin products.

Solar Induced acne

Our clients who have a tendency to experience breakouts and acne, often report that their skin improves in the Summer.

A short term improvement in breakouts can be experienced during the Summer months or immediately after a sunny holiday, but often two weeks or so after sun exposure there can be a solar induced acne backlash with even more breakouts.

Solar induced acne is a very real phenomena and increased breakouts can lead to an increased risk of skin scarring.

If this scenario sounds familiar to you, we may recommend products that include actives such as

niacinamide, which works to prevent acne scarring and a salicylic acid peel or IPL to improve breakouts and improve skin texture.

Antioxidants for skin health

The Summer, with its increased light levels can have a detrimental effect on mature skin and skins that have pigmentation issues.

Even with religious application of good sunscreen, there can be an increase in dark pigmentation patches, particular in areas where the sunscreen may not quite have reached, such as the upper chest area. The skin can also start to look more dehydrated and drier due to the skin not being able to hold on to moisture as efficiently as it ages.

An Autumn regime with vitamin rich antioxidants will help to boost your skin and treatments such as Cryopen and IPL/laser will help to reduce dark patches. A course of Rejuvapen alternated with glycolic peels can help skin to function better and give you your glow back.

Laser for red vein

Increased sun exposure, hotter days and sweating can cause some skins to develop more red veins. These are particularly apparent on the cheeks, nose and chin.

When the skin becomes warm the surface blood capillaries dilate to allow heat to escape through the skins surface.

For some people, and particularly as we age, the walls of the small blood capillaries don’t spring back to push the blood back out again as we cool down, leaving behind the appearance of thread  veins or spider veins.

We offer various treatments to remove these small red veins from the skin including short wave diathermy and IPL/laser.

The Autumn and Winter is the ideal time to treat these skin imperfections, when the weather is cooler and the light levels have faded.

Sun damaged skin
You may not be a sunbather (and I hope you are not for your skins sake!) but we often get caught out by the sun.

Longer days with more sunlight, holidays, time in the garden, more walking or golf all take their toll on your skin through additional light exposure. 

Using a sunscreen liberally and frequently really helps to minimise sun damage, but if you have noticed changes in your skin due to sun exposure it’s a good time to address these.

During our skin consultation and assessment we are looking for any serious signs of sun damage and will refer you on for medical help if we are unsure about any changes that we see.

Dry Skin

As mentioned previously, skin becomes more dry and dehydrated as we age, but can also become dry after sun exposure.

The environment has a huge impact on your skin, far more than genetics.

You only need to assess photos of twins who have had different lifestyles to see how what your skin is exposed to determines how your skin ages. The twin that spends a lot of time outdoors and with no, or little, sun protection has skin that looks ten years older than her sibling.

In the autumn we go from sun to central heating which can have a big impact on your skins moisture levels.

Ensure that your exfoliation regime is on point and that you slip in a hydrating booster into your skin care routine under your moisturiser. We always recommend one with hyaluronic acid.

Autumn skin peel

The perfect treatment at the end of the Summer is a skin peel.

What ever your skin type there is a peel for everyone, unless you are contra-indicated or your skin is not in tact (think sunburn, cuts and abrasions!).

Choose from glycolic acid, lactic acid or salicylic acid to boost your skin and deliver a glowing skin.

Salicylic acid

We choose this form of peel for anyone suffering with acne breakouts, black heads and white heads.

As it is an oil soluble acid it works deeply to improve skin texture, combat spots and other skin imperfections.

It is also a keratolytic agent so it helps to dissolve substances that cause the skin cells to stick together so making the skin cells easier to shed and decrease skin blockages.

Glycolic acid

This is a firm favourite for anyone concerned about the signs of ageing.

It’s made from sugar cane and is an alpha hydroxy acid.

As the molecules are so small they can penetrate deeply into the skin to work their magic.

Glycolic acid stimulates fibroblasts in the dermis to produce increased amounts of collagen making the skin look younger, smoother and more glowing.

It alternates well with other anti-ageing treatments such as Rejuvapen (skin needling) and IPL skin rejuvenation as well as vitamin-rich facials and facial toning.

Lactic acid

This peel is always a good start if you are new to peels.

It’s larger molecule size means it penetrates less deeply into the skin but is very effective at giving back your skin its glow.

This can be just what your skin needs at the end of the Summer once the sun has disappeared.

It’s also great for skins battling with pigmentation problems and is a good first step before other treatments to reduce pigmentation such Cryopen or Laser/IPL.

Skin peel Tarporley

For more practical advice on self-care, wellbeing and any of our holistic health, beauty & wellbeing treatments get in touch today.

Originally published August 12, 2022 12:50pm, updated January 15, 2024

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