Fact: Summer sun — in combination with the heat, humidity, and air conditioning — will wreak havoc on your skin. And now that we’re in the thick of Miami’s hottest month, it’s best we share some advice from Miami Beach Plastic Surgeon Dr. Leonard Tachmes. Now opening his third mini medspa in Dadeland Mall, we chat up the results-driven spa’s Aesthetician, Lakesha Carter, on getting your face into pristine condition with 5 easy tips:
1. Drink Up (No, Not Booze)
Carter says, “Hydration is essential during the sweltering heat of a Miami summer. The body loses a lot of moisture during the summer months. Drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of plain, filtered water every day help maintain critical moisture balance of the body and skin, and assist in detoxification.” This will help your skin to remain hydrated, soft and moisturized. Whoop whoop!
“After a refreshing cleanser, exfoliating the skin two to three times a week will help to improve blood circulation to the face and remove dull, unwanted dead skin, which clogs pores.” Carter adds, “Always follow a good exfoliation with a toner, a good hydrating serum and moisturizer to seal in moisture.”
3. Think of SPF as Your BFF
“The best way by which your skin is protected is with sunscreen. Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before stepping out. Choosing a sunscreen which has a combination of SPF, Broad Spectrum Protection and moisturizer will nourish the skin with vitamins and anti-oxidants for long term benefits,” Carter says. Play it safe by reapplying every 2 hours and take breaks from direct sun exposure.
4. Spritz This
For additional moisture boosts throughout the sweltering day, a spritz of rose water will keep the face cool with its natural properties. According to Carter, rose water acts as an excellent refreshing pick-me-up for the skin and can even penetrate through makeup without wiping out your look.
5. Dress The Part
Yep, you read that right. Dress accordingly. Carter adds, “In addition to wearing a layer of sunscreen with Broad Spectrum Protection, protective clothing and accessories is a great added measure of protection. Whether its a cool long-sleeved shirt, a wide-brimmed hat or umbrella, the more skin you cover, the better!”