While summertime is perfect for outdoor activities and fun in the sun, there are some cosmetics procedures we highly recommend you avoid. In fact, because our skin is more sensitive to damage during the hottest months of the year, it’s important to adjust our beauty regimens accordingly. Here are the cosmetic treatments dermatologists recommend to put off during summertime.
1. Chemical Peels
We all know how Chemical Peels work, right? A chemical solution, determined by your dermatologist based on your specific skin’s needs, is applied to your skin. Then, your skin literally sheds off a layer, revealing an untouched and smooth brand-new layer underneath. Now, that might sound amazing (and it is) but to be honest, peels are not recommended during the summer.
Performing chemical peels in summer months limits their effectiveness because skin doesn’t have a chance to heal properly. In fact, the more you avoid the sun, the better you prevent re-pigmenting the skin (which is one of the main reasons why you get a peel!). It’s better to wait until it’s colder, when is easier to let your skin heal.
2. Laser Hair Removal
The issue with laser hair removal in the summertime is that your skin is darker than it normally is (even if you don’t tan). Because laser hair removal works via specific wavelengths in our skin, targeting melanin pigment. When our skin isn’t its normal shade it can be difficult for your dermatologist to see where he or she left off. This can complicate things when you go in for the next round.
3. Intense Pulsed Light for Hyperpigmentation
Ever look down at your hands or glance in the mirror and notice some sun spots? Sun spots are flat brown spots that develop on areas of your skin that are exposed to the sun. Sun spots worsen with age, and while you might want to remove them now, I suggest waiting until fall.
While intense pulsed light (or IPL) is typically an effective treatment for dark spots, most professionals won’t offer it during summer because you’re more likely to create new sunspots, thus defeating the purpose.
4. Prescription Retinoids for Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Maintaining a youthful complexion, many swear by prescription retinoids because they're typically more potent and help you get faster results than their over-the-counter versions. Prescribed retinoids can be part of your beauty routine year-round but I do recommend to go easy on them in the summertime. Retinoids, especially Rx-strength, can make your skin burn more easily. Instead, switch to a gentler, over-the-counter version and only use it at night.