With the change of season, your skin and hair care routines should change as well to adjust to the warmer weather. These tips will help you to be glow naturally!
Hair: in summer, the sun may weaken hair by damaging its protein bonds. Use hair-specific sunscreen or, for product-free protection, use scarves, headbands, or head wraps. Also, a healthy scalp leads to healthy hair. Rinse hair as soon as possible after swimming and apply a deep conditioning treatment once or twice weekly, preferably one that helps hair to retain moisture and prevent dryness.
Facial skin: with warmer temps and higher humidity, switch your facial moisturizer from a cream to a lighter lotion or gel. To avoid any heavy feeling of putting too much “stuff” on your face, use two-in-one sunscreen and moisturizer or mix sunscreen with moisturizer. Also, oily skin is not necessarily well hydrated skin. Inquire about the Vitaglow treatment (painless vitamin micro-injections) that contain super-hydrating hyaluronic acid.
Neck and chest: these parts of the body are often forgotten in the daily skin routine. Extend application of facial moisturizer and sunscreen onto the neck and skin. Wrinkles in the decolletage may sometimes be managed with Botox or Dysport injections.
Hands: colds and flus can be year-round. Reduce chances of these nuisances by using good hand hygiene and washing hands as often as needed. After hand washing, apply a moisturizer with sunscreen. This keeps hands soft and less prone to aging “sun spots.” “Veiny” hands or hands with deep wrinkles may be improved in appearance by using injectable fillers to plump up the volume.
Torso: one of the best ways to complement a bikini-ready body is to have a toned abdomen (“belly”) by eating well. Increase your metabolism in part by increasing your intake of whole plant-based foods as green, leafy vegetables (for fiber and protein) and vibrantly colored fruit (for vitamins and antioxidants). Beauty, maintained with a more holistic approach, from the inside-out, is captivating and long-lasting. Also, for those who will invest in plastic surgery, a healthy body responds better to the needle and the knife and typically recovers better from procedures. After all, recovery is a mindset that is based on preparation, a well body, and a sound mind.
Thighs: if cellulite is an issue, recognize that it is the result of a number of factors as stress, excess fat, variegated fat distribution (even in absence of excess fat!), reduced skin elasticity, decreased lymphatic circulation, and others. To manage cellulite in time to be “summer body ready,” it is helpful to begin treatments at least 6-8 weeks in advance. In general, there are a number of therapies that may be undertaken together as a part of a complete protocol to help produce a better result, including liposuction, mesotherapy, skin tightening laser, manual lymphatic drainage, topical creams, nutritional adjustments, and stress management techniques. Ask your plastic surgeon for which you are the best candidate.
Body skin: touchably soft skin is appealing in any season. Skin is your best “accessory,” even as it is vitally important organ! Exfoliate skin of the body in the shower with a loofah at least once weekly and follow up with a moisturizer (daily) containing rich emollients (for added smoothness) or alpha hydroxy acids (for sloughing non-viable skin cells).
Feet: formaldehyde in nail lacquers may discolor nails. Allow your nails to “breathe” from time to time by getting a “bare pedicure”, no polish. Also, wearing flip flops potentially exposes feet to more elements— environmental and non! Prevent cracked heels, which may pose a risk for infection, by keeping feet clean, and moisturized.
Dr. Shirley Madhère is a plastic surgeon who practices “holistic plastic surgery” in New York City. She is an Associate Adjunct Professor of Surgery at New York Eye, Ear and Throat Infirmary. For more information regarding her practice and for additional tips on beauty and plastic surgery, please visit her website, [thenewaesthete.com] or [drshirleymadhere.com]. For a paperless “visit,” an e-consult online, go to [click-lift.com].