Every year, September ushers in a new daily schedule. School and extracurriculars might mean more time ferrying the kids around. You might be buckling down at work now that vacation season has ended. Perhaps your activity levels are shifting as the days get shorter. A change of seasons means a change in lifestyle, even for those of us in sunny Southern California. As you adjust to your new routine, don’t forget to check in with your skin — stress levels, sleep schedules and atmospheric changes can all have an impact on the types of products you skin needs to stay healthy.
After a summer full of outdoor activities, you might want to hit the reset button before picking up new skincare products. At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, we offer two excellent nonsurgical options that can help you get rid of the layer of old skin cells that has built up over the last few months: laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels.
At SCCSA, laser treatments can be comprehensive or customized to target specific skin regions and concerns. They are effective in fading scars, hyperpigmentation, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. The short pulses of light vaporize highly targeted areas of skin cells, making sure that only unhealthy cells are removed and leaving behind a glowing layer of new skin.
If laser resurfacing isn’t right for your needs or skin type, ask us about medical-grade chemical peels. These use acidic ingredients to dissolve dead skin cells, making this treatment ideal for brightening dark spots and removing dull skin cell buildup.
These treatments can be scheduled by calling Southern California Center for Surgical Arts at 818-616-6685 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Elias can help determine if one might be right for you, or recommend skincare products that can achieve similar results.
Don’t Dry Out
A good moisturizer can be your skin’s best friend as the air starts to get dry. Even here in Southern California, where we can expect temperatures to stay balmy through November, the average humidity levels drop beginning in late September. When the moisture levels in the air are low, the moisture in your skin becomes more prone to evaporation. It’s important to choose a moisturizer that will replenish your skin’s water stores and protect it from the dry air. Look for moisturizing creams that list ingredients like dimethicone or squalane, or are cocoa or shea butter-based.
Wake Your Skin Up
If your new fall routine is busy and stressful, your skin might be feeling the effects. If you’re noticing your skin — especially your eyes — feeling red or puffy, you should consider adding a soothing mask or nightly eye cream to your regular skincare. Antioxidant and moisturizing ingredients like Vitamin C, Vitamin B3 (also called niacinamide) or aloe can stimulate collagen production, cool and hydrate, bringing an even tone and youthful springiness back to your skin. Be sure to avoid harsh or fragrant ingredients like alcohols and essential oils — these could irritate your eyes and make redness worse.
SCCSA wants all of our clients to have beautiful skin that makes them feel empowered and confident, regardless of the season. Call us today at 818-616-6685 to find out more about what we can do to get your skin glowing year round.