What are the best end-of-summer skin care tips from the dermatologist? How can you get your skin in shape for fall quickly? The last day of summer isn’t officially until September 21st, but to me, the unofficial end of summer always feels like Labor Day. That means summer feels like it is over and my focus is changing, including how I take care of my skin!
You know that your skin changes with the seasons. Your skin care should too. Now is the time to plan your skin care for fall and winter, and to decide what improvements you want to make to your skin over the winter.
Post-summer is the best time to lighten age spots, to soften rough skin, and to reverse some of the wear and tear that your skin takes during the summer.
The lazy days of summer are great for your psyche, but they are hard on your skin. Plus, your anti-aging skincare usually takes a back seat to your “fun in the sun.” Late summer and early fall are the best times to start getting your skin back in good shape and to give your skin the much-needed attention it craves, including:
- Treat some of the skin problems left over from summer
- Prepare your skin for the cold of winter
- Tackle some of your skin rejuvenation goals
- Get your skin looking its best for the holidays
These 8 tips cover everything from healing chapped lips and softening hard, dry feet skin to rejuvenating sun-damaged skin and lightening sun spots – it’s my head-to-toe post-summer skin care!
The 8 Best End-of-Summer Tips to Get Your Skin in Top Shape this Fall
End of Summer Skin Care Tip #1: Address sun-damaged skin including your age spots and freckles
Frustrated that you have more freckles, blotchy skin tone, and darker age spots after the summer? Even your best efforts at sun protection don’t keep the sun off your skin 100%. Fix pigment problems by using targeted pigment-fixing products.
The simplest approach is to add a professional-strength glycolic acid cream to your skin care routine. Glycolic acid is one of the most powerful non-prescription skin care products for fast results. It helps to get rid of hyperpigmentation skin problems. Glycolic acid will also smooth skin texture and help fight fine lines and wrinkles. Get the best Glycolic acid formula in my Glycolic Acid Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream. This is powerful glycolic acid skin care.
If you are eager to get the fastest results and treat even the most stubborn uneven skin pigment problems, dull skin, crepey texture and wrinkles consider my Ultimate Pigment and Sun Damage Repair Kit. This is the skin care that I design for my patients. It incorporates all of the best scientifically proven age-fighting ingredients into one complete skin care routine. I have you use pigment lighteners that include hydroquinone (the best pigment lightener), retinol, glycolic acid, antioxidants, the best broad spectrum sunscreen and a combination of supporting products so that your skin responds well to the routine. Results rival those of Obagi NuDerm and also take advantage of the many advances in skin care science that have happened since this time-honored system was created.
End of Summer Skin Care Tip #2: Exfoliate for smooth and attractive skin fast.
Skin is always dull and rough after a summer full of sun and outdoor activities. When your skin surface is covered with dry, dead skin cells it needs more than a deeply hydrating "advanced formula" moisturizer to make it feel soft again.Exfoliate to reveal the smooth skin underneath and to improve the absorption of your other skin products. The simplest way to exfoliate your body skin is to use physical exfoliation with a body scrub or the Salux Shower Cloth. However, if you want even more results use a professional glycolic acid routine along with the physical exfoliation. This will help treat age and sun spots on your arms and legs. It too will soften rough skin to give your skin a smooth, dewy look and feel. I combine physical exfoliation, an AHA/BHA body wash and a powerful glycolic acid body lotion to get the job done in my Ultra-Fast Triple Action Body Smoothing Kit.
To exfoliate your facial skin and reveal a fresher and brighter complexion, you can very simply use a Facial Exfoliating Sponge to add physical exfoliation to your favorite cleanser. For deeper physical exfoliation, you can use my Bamboo and Clay Thermal Exfoliation Scrub twice a week. Another option is the daily use of the Triple Action Exfoliating Cleanser that comes in my Ultra-Fast Triple Action Body Smoothing Kit. It's a beautiful sulfate-free pH balanced cleanser perfect for both body and face!
End of Summer Skin Care Tip #3: Treat acne now
Some types of acne get worse in the hot and humid summer weather. Others get worse with summer’s diet of ice cream and hot dogs! Learn more about the type of acne that flares up with sweating and humidity by reading my post on Pityrosporum folliculitis.Treat Pityrosporum folliculitis with my P. acne Kit.
For regular acne, use traditional acne products such as my professional strength Ultimate Acne Solutions Kit.
End of Summer Skin Care End of Summer Skin Care Tip #4: Switch your sun-protection strategy to fit the fall UVA rays
Make sure your sunscreen is broad spectrum to block the UVA rays, which are the most prevalent non-summer sun ray causing damage to your skin this time of year. UVA comes through windows too, so you’re never totally safe from sun damage. just the gentle fall and winter sun too.
Mineral zinc oxide products provide the best non-irritating UVA protection, in my opinion. Click here to see all the broad spectrum zinc oxide sunscreens that I trust.I personally wear my Sheer Strength Pure Physical Matte Tinted SPF 50+ Sunscreen on my face 365 days a year. It is tinted with iron oxide that also blocks visible light that can darken skin pigment problems.
I wear my Sheer Strength Pure Physical SPF 50+ Spray Sunscreen on my neck, decollette, back of my hands, ears and all exposed uncovered skin 365 days a year too. That's because I know sun damage happens even when the sun feels gentle in the fall and winter. Yep, even the incidental sun exposure during the course of the average day adds up 365 days a year and leads to sun damaged skin. My Sheer Strength Spray sunscreen is light weight and never feels greasy or discolors my clothing.
Don’t forget to cover the delicate skin of your neck and chest with a lightweight scarf, sun protective clothing, and the shade from a wide-brimmed hat when you’re spending longer periods of time in the sun.
End of Summer Skin Care Tip #5: Soften your Rough Feet
Just about everybody gets dry, hard, and rough skin buildup on their feet from wearing sandals all summer long. Thick, rough foot skin is especially a problem on the heels and soles of your feet. Get my “turnkey” foot fix with my new Smooth and Soft Feet - Rough Skin Remover Kit.
End of Summer Skin Care Tip #6: Re-hydrate and repair your lipsWeathered, chapped lips tell the tale of your outdoor adventures, but they’re also painful, cracked, and vulnerable. With cooler temperatures just around the corner, you’ve got to get your chapped lips healed as soon as possible. Use a deeply hydrating and hypoallergenic lip quencher like my Natural Lip Balm. This deeply hydrating lip balm is free from the usual list of culprits that create lip balm addiction due to allergic reactions that feel and look identical to chapped lips! For sun protection, use Vanicream Lip Protectant.
End of Summer Skin Care Tip #7: See your dermatologist
I always find more skin cancers on my patients' skin after summer. Self-skin exams and professional skin exams done by your dermatologist save lives. Learn what to look for on your own skin and schedule an appointment with your doctor.
End of Summer Skin Care Tip #8: Get your diet back on track
What you eat matters to how your skin looks and feels. Brush up on the facts, then tweak your diet accordingly. If you eat poorly, your skin will show it. And, don’t expect that taking a supplement will give you a “dietary bypass;” there's no substitution for getting the vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber that you need for optimal skin health by eating a diet composed of whole foods, fruits, and veggies. Download my free eBook. It's free - really. I want you feeding your skin from the inside out and taking good care of your skin on the outside too. Click here to go to my eBook page where you'll find my eBook on diet for healthy skin.I want you to love the skin you are in - year-round! - Dermatologist Dr. Cynthia Bailey
The bottom line is that like the weather, your skin's needs change with the seasons. Fall is a great time to make changes in your skincare regimen that un-weather your skin and get it ready for winter. Start by adding some key products. Look for ways to nourish your skin from the inside out and to replenish moisture from the outside in. By taking some time out of your week to care for, and do some deferred maintenance on, your skin, you’ll see improvements as the leaves start to change color in the early days of fall.
Photo: Thanks and Gratitude to Tela Chhe