Summer is in full swing, and the Florida sunshine is calling us outdoors for endless beach days, pool parties and fun-filled activities. But as much as we enjoy the summer season, our skin often bears the brunt of the sun’s scorching rays. However, with the right knowledge and a touch of self-care, you can protect and nourish your skin, ensuring it stays healthy and radiant all summer long. At the Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay, we explore the best strategies and treatments to help you save your skin from the Florida summer sun.
Embrace the Summer With Sun Protection
We all know that protecting our skin from the sun is important, but why is it crucial during the summer months? The sun emits harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, including UVA and UVB rays, which can cause various concerns such as premature aging, sunburns, dark spots and even an increased risk of skin cancer. That’s why when it comes to safeguarding your skin from the Florida sun and maintaining its overall health, a reliable sunscreen is your best friend.At the Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay, we offer a range of SkinMedica products to defend against harmful UV rays. However, no matter which brand of sunscreen you use, look for a broad spectrum SPF of at least 30 or higher and reapply often for the most protection, especially if you’re spending time outdoors. Below are some of our top recommendations.
SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair Broad Spectrum Sunscreen (SPF 34)
SkinMedica’s Total Defense + Repair Sunscreen not only helps protect you from the sun’s harmful UV rays, but it also improves your skin’s overall health and appearance. Additionally, it absorbs quickly and easily, doesn’t feel greasy and won’t leave any residue behind.
Essential Defense Everyday Clear Broad Spectrum Sunscreen (SPF 47)
If you’re looking for something stronger or want a formula that won’t clog pores, SkinMedica’s Essential Defense Everyday Sunscreen has you covered. This high-SPF sunscreen offers the best protection against UVA/UVB rays and is ideal for oily or combination skin.
The Best Med Spa Treatments for Healthy Summer Skin
In addition to a solid sun protection routine, incorporating the right med spa treatments into your summer skin care regimen can provide extraordinary results. At the Vein & Cosmetic Center, we offer a variety of nonsurgical treatments to help you achieve and maintain a flawless complexion all season, including microneedling, HydraFacial and laser resurfacing.
Renew Your Skin With Microneedling
Microneedling is a minimally-invasive treatment that stands out as an excellent option for maintaining a healthy summer complexion. This procedure uses tiny needles to stimulate the body’s healing response and increase collagen production, which offers a multi-dimensional approach to skin rejuvenation. Microneedling can address a variety of concerns, including wrinkles, acne scars, enlarged pores, sun damage and more, leaving your skin looking smooth and radiant. At the Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay, we also offer Morpheus8 microneedling, which incorporates the use of radiofrequency (RF) energy to tighten, smooth, brighten and remodel treated areas, delivering even more dramatic results.
Make Your Skin Glow With HydraFacial
HydraFacial is one of our most popular summer treatments, offering a deep cleanse and intense hydration to revitalize your skin. This noninvasive procedure uses advanced technology to extract impurities, unclog pores and nourish your skin with serums that provide essential nutrients. HydraFacial is perfect for combating summer-related issues such as congestion, dullness and dehydration, but this treatment can be personalized to address your exact concerns and give your skin a healthy glow no matter what you’re dealing with.
Renew & Revitalize With Laser Skin Resurfacing
If you’re already experiencing the effects of sun damage, laser skin resurfacing can help revitalize your appearance and reduce the appearance of dark spots, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and more. These procedures use laser technology to precisely target and remove layers of damaged skin, promoting the growth of new, healthy cells. However, laser treatments can make your skin more sensitive and vulnerable to sun exposure, so it’s important to wear sunscreen and keep your skin protected while it's healing for the best results. Our team can help determine the best lasers to use during the summer months.
Other Ways to Keep Your Skin Healthy & Glowing This Summer
In addition to using high SPF sunscreen and incorporating rejuvenating treatments into your skin care routine, there are a few other ways you can keep your complexion healthy during the summer months, such as staying hydrated, wearing protective clothing and developing a post-sun routine that soothes, nourishes and repairs your skin after a day of outdoor fun.
Quench Your Skin’s Thirst
Staying hydrated is essential for your overall health, but it also plays a vital role in maintaining a vibrant and youthful complexion. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and try to limit coffee, soda and alcoholic beverages, which can have a dehydrating effect on the body. If you’re active in the sun, be sure to increase your intake to replenish the fluids you lose through sweating. You can also give your hydration routine a fun twist by infusing your water with fresh fruits or herbs for added flavor. Sip on refreshing watermelon-infused water or indulge in a citrusy burst with a mint and lemon concoction. Hydrating from the inside out will help you feel your best and contribute to healthy skin that radiates with summer vitality.
Dress for Success
In addition to using sunscreen, protective clothing can also shield your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Whenever possible, opt for long-sleeves and lightweight clothing with UV protection built-in, being sure to look for labels with a high UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) rating. Additionally, you can wear wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses to complete your ensemble. This summer, you look stylish and safeguard your skin from the Florida sun.
Develop an Aftercare Plan
After a day in the sun, it's essential to have an aftercare care plan to keep your skin happy and healthy. Aloe vera can help reduce pain, inflammation and redness if you do get sunburnt, in addition to helping your skin heal faster. To indulge your skin more, try a DIY summer mask with natural ingredients like oatmeal, cucumber or yogurt for an extra dose of nourishment. For more aftercare care tips, ask our skin care experts for recommendations that will leave your skin healthy, glowing and ready for your next summer adventure during your appointment at the Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay.
Embrace the Sun & Protect Your Skin at the Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay
The Florida summer sun is a force to be reckoned with, but armed with the right knowledge and tools, you can enjoy the season while keeping your skin healthy and radiant. At the Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay, we’ve passionate about helping our patients look and feel their best year-round with targeted treatments that address a variety of concerns. If you’re ready to soak up the sun and keep your skin rejuvenated, schedule an appointment with our highly trained team of skin care specialists and aesthetic experts today. Get started by booking your appointment online or calling our office at 813-694-1092.