3 Things to do now for healthier summer skin

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Summer months in Arizona can be harsh on our skin and new research shows 90 percent of skin aging is due to sun damage. But a Scottsdale-based medical spa says some of that damage can be prevented or even reversed by using some over the counter skin products.

“It seems like we’re always saying this, but the number one thing people can do to protect their skin from the sun is use sunscreen,” says Alisa McDaniel from Innovative MedSpa & Cosmetic Surgery Center. “But beyond that, keeping your skin healthy in the hot summer months comes down to exfoliating the skin and hydrating the skin.”

McDaniels says there are a few key things we can do to get our skin looking its best this summer.

“The more we can break down the barrier on the surface and allow the serums to get through the surface of the skin, the more we can hydrate the skin and really get that radiant glow,” she says. “This targets those fine lines and wrinkles that we all hate so much.”

First, McDaniels says the most effective ingredient for hydrating the skin is hyaluronic acid, which can be found in many over the counter skin products.

“It sounds intimidating, but it’s not a chemical peel, it’s not painful,” McDaniels says. “It basically binds with water and helps your skin get hydrated and stay hydrated.”

Of course, McDaniels says, the best results come from having the product administered at a regulated spa. 

Second, add some extra Vitamin C to your diet.

“Vitamin C is really about nourishing,” McDaniels says. “It works to combat those extra free radicals in our system that really do age us.”

Third, focus on the season.  We sweat more in the summer and face dry skin issues in the winter.

“We really want to make sure we’re doing the right regimen for the right time of year,” McDaniels adds.

She also adds, that her spa is seeing a new trend in men coming in for skin care treatment.  They’ve even designed a new line of care for the men to deal with their different skin types and needs.