The summer season calls for being outdoors and spending time under the sun. It sounds like a lot of fun, but in terms of skin health and beauty you should take extra care – use sunscreen every day and increase your dose of antioxidant ingredients.
Moreover, during the hot season, you need to avoid some beauty treatments that can increase your skin photosensitivity and promote the formation of dark spots and wrinkles. But don’t panic; it does not mean that you have to wait until fall to let your aesthetician pamper your skin. Here, we have prepared a compilation of the best beauty treatments that are safe in summer and will make your skin glow.
Botulinum toxin has been the most loved cosmetic procedure for years. You see all the celebrities that look so chill and never age; almost all of them use Botox. It is a neurotoxic protein that causes paralysis of the muscles where it is injected. Therefore, wrinkles relax, dynamic lines disappear, and new lines cannot get formed because the muscles do not contract.
The procedure is simple and painless. Your doctor will inject the toxin in the aimed areas, commonly frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet. In 2 or 3 days, you will see the improvement and in 2 or 3 weeks, the full effect. You will see how your expression lines disappear from your face or become less visible.
The results usually last 3 or 4 months. It is recommended to wait a minimum of 3 months before repeating the treatment.
Be aware that the first time you do Botox you can feel a bit funny the first days while you get used to having less control of some facial muscles. This sensation is normal and lasts no more than one or two weeks. Also, you gain mobility as weeks go by, but not enough to form wrinkles.
Dermal fillers are also highly popular among all beauty lovers. They can rejuvenate your skin and correct volumes, including scars.
There are many types of fillers, but the best liked are those made of Hyaluronic Acid. And there is a good reason for it. HA is a natural skin constituent, so complications or adverse effects are extremely rare. Plus, they are 100% reversible.
They are commonly used to:
These fillers are temporary because HA is gradually absorbed by the skin, leaving no trace after some months. However, visible results last from 4 to 6 months, sometimes more, depending on the skin and the filler itself.
The best of mesotherapy is that it can treat several concerns. It is a technique that uses intradermal injections of different ingredients (depending on your needs) to improve your skin condition.
It can delay or reverse, to a point, the signs of skin aging and improve specific concerns.
- Attenuate wrinkles
- Fight skin laxity
- Enhance moisture and elasticity
- Fade hyperpigmentation
- Reduce fat and cellulite
- Treat alopecia
- Improve specific skin conditions
Mesotherapy is always performed with a tiny needle. However, it can be more or less painful depending on the areas to treat, the solutions to inject, and your sensitivity. The number of in-office sessions may vary in every different case.
If you want to improve your skin appearance but the techniques cited above are too much for you, you can always try microneedling.
This technique uses a rolling device with very tiny needles to perform micro punctures on the skin. The needles are so fine (0.5 – 3 mm depending on the area to treat) that the procedure itself is not painful but uncomfortable. Nevertheless, a numbing cream is normally applied before starting. The procedure lasts no more than 20 or 30 minutes.
Microneedling helps aesthetic solutions to get deeper into the skin. It means that, as it happens with mesotherapy, microneedling can be used to improve several concerns, not only in the face but also body. Moreover, these micro punctures stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis.
All in all, this therapy effectively improves skin texture and appearance.
Be aware that microneedling causes micro-wounds on the epidermis. They are not visible but can make your skin photosensitive, so remember to avoid heavy sun exposure for at least one week after treatment.
WHICH BEAUTY TREATMENTS SHOULD YOU AVOID IN THE SUMMER?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, for it depends on how strong the sun is where you live or how much you like sunbathing. You can actually use any aesthetic procedure all year round if your skin is not usually exposed to the damaging effects of UV rays.
Nevertheless, the general recommendation is to avoid at least the following beauty treatments during the summertime:
- Laser treatments
- Mid/Deep chemical peels
- Depigmenting treatments