We caught up with some of Los Angeles’ most influential skin aficionados to get advice on how to keep your skin glowing all summer long.
Exfoliate & Use Retinol Products
"Using topical retinol products is a fantastic way to encourage exfoliation on the face, chest, arms, and other commonly sun exposed areas to minimize brown spots, even the texture and tone of your skin, and make your skin radiant. You may want to treat yourself to a chemical or laser peel, which will more aggressively and effectively do these things, but plan accordingly. The deeper the peel—the more significant the skin improvement—but the longer the downtime." — Dr. Sandra Lee aka Dr. Pimple Popper
Microneedling Facials Are A Must
"Microneedling is a gentler anti-aging therapy than other forms of skin resurfacing. By encouraging your skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin, microneedling can actually stimulate your skin’s amazing ability to heal itself. It helps by reducing the appearance of lines, wrinkles, sunspots, scars, and other signs of aging. This incredible, long-lasting solution works in conjunction with your body’s natural rejuvenation process. Microneedling greatly facilitates the healing impact of topical creams, gels, and serums by enabling them to penetrate deep into the skin. It is also great to remodel scars and diminish stretch marks." — Nina Carla, Aesthetician
"Sunscreen is important every day, but especially during the summer time when the Ultraviolet (UV) light index is more intense. Sun damage from UV light not only leads to skin cancer, wrinkles, and aging brown spots, but also suppresses the immune system in the skin not allowing our skin’s natural barrier to do it’s best job at fighting off infections on the skin surface.
When looking for a sunscreen, it’s not only important to look at the SPF (a measurement against UVB rays), but also to make sure that the label shows that it protects against UVA rays (which go deeper and can cause more damage). Some sunscreens now also include antioxidants in them to help protect against free-radicals created from sun and environmental damage. For sensitive skin and after procedures, physical blocking sunscreens, with zinc and titanium dioxide as their active ingredients are often well-tolerated. For acne-prone skin, sunscreens that are oil-free or labeled “non-comedogenic” are helpful. Non-comedogenic means that it’s been tested so it doesn’t clog your pores." — Naissan O. Wesley, M.D.
Hydrate & Eat Antioxidant Rich Foods
"Water is essential to skin health. Don't love plain water? Add some cucumber, lemon, and oranges. We call this spa water at my clinic. Summer is here and we want to let our hair down, which means travel, BBQ's, sun bathing, pools, and usually—booze. Hydrate!
Antioxidants work to prevent free radicals, which promote skin aging. I like to keep dark berries, nuts (particularly almonds and walnuts), and grapes in my beauty swag bag. Plus it helps to keep you from making a mad dash to the nearest concession stand if you get hungry." — Vance Soto, President of Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa
"Glutathione is a naturally produced antioxidant but after your early 20s you produce less and less. It detoxifies, clears acne and can even boost your immune system. Incorporating it into your routine can be as easy as one capsule a day or—like my celebrity patients—add it straight to your Vitamin IV." — Dr. Ehsan Ali aka Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor