With the summer season about to arrive comes the eager anticipation of a busy social season in the great outdoors. Summer is often the time for major events like weddings and reunions, as well as small gatherings of friends around a pool or barbecue. If your skin needs a little help getting into the summer swing of things, we have a few tips to help your skin care transition from spring to summer so you can put your best face forward throughout the season.

The Winter Toll

New York winters take a tough toll on the skin. Harsh wind and freezing temperatures combined with forced heat when you head inside leaves skin dull, dry and lifeless by the time spring rolls around. Cold air can lead to skin redness and irritation, while drier air means suppleness may be stripped from your complexion. In order to greet the summer with renewed, refreshed skin, a little extra TLC may be needed.

Exfoliation is an excellent way to get your skin ready for summer by stripping away those dead outer skin cells that are interfering with your natural radiance. Chemical and laser peels are an effective way to provide full skin exfoliation at the precise depth you need to get your summer glow on. These treatments are performed on an outpatient basis by Dr. Sherman and can be tailored to your specific needs and desired results.

Changing Climate, Changing Skin Care

Over the winter, it is likely you switched over to rich emollient cleansers and lotions to pack some hydration back into your dried-out skin. Once summer arrives, you will probably need to switch up your skin care to accommodate the hotter temperatures and humid air. Look for lighter, oil-free formulations that will give your skin just enough moisture without causing breakouts or that greasy appearance. Consider switching from your usual foundation to a powder variety or go foundation-free for the season and sweep a little bronzer over your skin for a sun-kissed look.

The Importance of Protection

Sun protection is essential all year long, but it becomes even more imperative during the summer months when you spend more time outdoors. With many sunscreens on the market today, it can be difficult to know which one will give you the best protection. Opt for a formulation with an SPF 30 or go a bit higher if you plan to spend a significant amount of time in the sun. Look for a label that promises “broad spectrum” or “full spectrum” protection, since these products will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. Apply before you go outdoors and every two hours if you are outside for an extended period of time.

Getting Ready for Big Events

If you have a big event coming up this season, now may be the time to give your appearance that little extra enhancement to boost your self-confidence. Dr. Sherman offers injectable treatments like Botox and dermal fillers that can mask a host of imperfections and significantly turn back the clock on your skin. In addition to smoothing away fine lines and wrinkles, these procedures restore youthful volume to areas like the cheeks, plump up the lips or add definition to the jawline.

Now is the perfect time to shape up your skin care program in anticipation of the upcoming summer season. With these tips in mind, you can rest assured this summer will be your most beautiful. To learn more about any of these treatments, contact Dr. Sherman’s 5th Avenue office at (212) 535-2300.