Dr. Konstantin sees patients of all ages with every type of skin complexion and various conditions. Over-Exposure to the sun is not just something to be aware of for a day at the beach, it’s a life-long commitment to wearing sun-protection products and avoiding over-exposure. He recommends patients follow common-sense protocols this summer when it comes to the sun and maintaining young, healthy skin.
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery recommends five ways to fight aging this summer:
Revamp your Routine: As the skin ages and seasons change, your skin care regime may need updating. If fine lines are starting to appear, you may benefit from adding a cream with retinol—a vitamin A derivative—which rebuilds collagen levels and helps smooth fine lines. Moisture levels of your skin also decrease with age; try a heavier, ointment- based nighttime cream. And don’t over exfoliate, which can lead to inflammation of the skin. If it has been a while since a physician has evaluated your skin, make an appointment and bring the products that you are currently using. Your facial plastic surgeon will be able to tell you what combination of skin care products would be optimal.
Eat Healthy: Fight against the aging process by providing your body with the nutrients and vitamins it needs to repair cell damage and build healthy new cells. Nuts and fish, which contain Omega-3 essential fatty acids, help hydrate the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Foods high in vitamin C, such as kiwis, parsley, broccoli, and blueberries, can help protect against ultraviolet damage from the sun and reduce wrinkling. Drink green tea, which is known to fight against free radical damage and reduce inflammation. While improving your diet will not eliminate wrinkles or sagging, research has shown that it will improve the texture and tone of your skin. Eat lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables; you will feel and look better.
Get Active: Find a physical activity that you enjoy doing for at least 30 minutes and incorporate it into your daily schedule. Besides the cardiovascular benefits for your heart and lungs, exercise promotes healthy blood circulation—which is vital in delivering nutrients and oxygen to your cells so they may function properly. Your skin is a living organ and depends on good circulation to stay healthy.
Wear Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before venturing outdoors; this allows time for the active ingredients to bind to your skin and protect it. Use at least an ounce of sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 30 to cover your body entirely. Doctors recommend using at least a teaspoon for your face, ears, and neck. The protective strength of the sunscreen dissipates over time; reapply every two hours for extended time outside or more often if you are swimming or sweating.
Consult a Professional: Maybe you are putting forth the effort already with a skin care routine, healthy foods, exercise, and sunscreen protection. The next step is to talk to a facial plastic surgeon. There are plenty of minimally invasive techniques available to rejuvenate and revitalize your look. Protect your skin this summer.
Dr. Konstantin’s office is in Manhattan, and he can be reached at (212) 380-3634