Don’t Let the Sun Take Your Shine

While summer provides a perfect outlet for family fun in the sun, it can also be the perfect recipe for dirt and oil buildup, resulting in acne flareups and greasy skin. So, what is the remedy for maintaining your healthy glow during the summer months? Do we need to tweak our skin care regimen with the changing of the seasons? Our Licensed Esthetician, Heather, walks us through all the ways we can keep the beautiful shine in our skin (the good kind, of course)!


Twice per day, no exceptions. Cleansing in the morning removes the nighttime sweat, oil and debris. Evening cleansing removes environmental toxins, sweat, oil and makeup accumulating throughout the day. ZO Gentle Cleanser and ZO Exfoliating Cleanser are incredible choices.


Antioxidants and broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 to 50.

Antioxidants provide additional environmental protection by scavenging the free radicals that damage and mutate our healthy cells. Skin Benefit Essential C and ZO Daily Power Defense are great products for this type of protection

Daily sunscreen is the best way to protect our skin and prevent future damage. Many patients state, “I don’t lay out” or “I’m never in the sun,” however, UVA rays can penetrate through windows. So, whether you are in your car or sitting near the window in your home or office, you are exposed to the damage of the UVA rays. At the park or at the lake, the rule is still the same – you need a sunscreen to protect that exposed skin. A brilliantly formulated facial sunscreen is as elegant on the skin as makeup. CSPS offers great options for men and non-makeup wearers as well. My favorites are Elta MD and Skin Benefit Reflect. For the body, we have Elta MD Sport (water resistant) and Elta MD UV Lotion, which is a lovely body lotion that contains SPF 30.


Skin can get super bogged down with heat and humidity in the heat of the summer. Therefore, we need to be diligent about exfoliating the skin, including cleaning out the pores. My go-to is the ZO Complexion Renewal Pads, which contain gentle hydroxy acids to smooth, soften and exfoliate the pores. The ZO Pore Refiner is another must when cleaning out the build-up of dirt and softening the skin.

It is also beneficial to switch to a hyaluronic acid-based hydrator to keep the skin soft without adding oils and pore clogging ingredients to the skin. We offer two options from SkinMedica –  HA5 and the Hydrating Complex.


In-office treatments are a great way to freshen up the skin and can even prepare you for treatments performed during the fall and winter months. I typically suggest chemical peels and microneedling. Depending on the chemical peel, you may need to be out of direct sun for a short period of time. Sun restrictions with microneedling typically include three to four days out of direct sun. Both options will offer rejuvenation and the refreshment your skin needs!

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This summer, don’t let the sun take your shine; but rather, maintain your beautiful glow!

Call (615) 771-7718 to order your product or to set up your personalized, complimentary consultation with our skin care exerts!