Summer is here and its time to shed your winter skin woes. Everyone knows there is no better way to do that than spending time outdoors. But before you head to the beach or hit the hiking trail, there are some steps you can take to start making yo...
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Dr. Neal Schultz: Hello, I'm Dr. Neal Schultz and welcome to the DermTV. Summer is almost here, so here is your five step crash course for really beautiful skin in the summer. Step one. Let's start with your face. It's time to regain your faces brightness, luster, clarity and color, and this is done with a very simple routine of five topical Skincare products consisting of cleanser, a toner, sunscreen, antioxidant and an exfoliant, any major brand will do and these products are all available at your local stores like a CVS or duane reade and they are available for $40 or less. In the morning, start with your cleanser, your cleanser is to get your skin ready and to remove oil and debris. Then follow with the toner, the toner synergizes with the cleanser in achieving that all important oil and water balance and also in making your skin fresher. Next use your sunscreen and I recommend a product with an SPF between 15 and 30 that's marked also with UVA protection and that's appropriate for your oil and water skin balance. And a very, very important is put that sunscreen on before your moisturizer, not moisturizer before sunscreen. In the evening, use your cleanser and toner in the same way, and then follow that with your topical gentle chemical exfoliant containing the salicylic acid or glycolic acid to make the skin smoother and follow that lastly with your topical antioxidant, I prefer vitamin C products, they help to protect the skin and further to renew. Use this routine daily for two weeks and within that time you will start to see improvements in color and texture, luster and brightness; and a lot of my patients tell me within that same period of time they consider this to be a bonus, but they also see that they need to use less make up to cover and the make up goes on much better. If you are inclined to address lines and wrinkles with those toxic fillers May and June is the perfect time to this because the results will last all summer long. Summer again, higher temperature, higher humidity and if you are already using a skincare routine involving topical products. Then step two for you involves an adjustment to lighter weight products because of the higher temperature and higher humidity, if you don't want your products to be too heavy or clogging. You should be making this adjustment every year, twice a year for summer and for winter. So the adjustment for summer is to lighter products, water based, and oil free products. Step three, it's time to clear up those blemishes on your chest and back that had been hiding under your clothes all winter along. The easiest way to do this by using an acne cleanser twice a day on these areas using a spa treatment with salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide twice a day on these areas and if you really want to push the process ahead, then also use the topical exfoliant with glycolic acid everyday. And again, these products are all easily available and inexpensively available at your local stores. Step four, use a self tanner to start your season a little bit ahead of the crowd with a tan look and what you are going to do this on your face or on your body, its very important to prepare the area with topical exfoliant everyday because self tanners work by staining dead cells and you want to make sure that the layer of dead cells on the surface of your skin is even, so you will get a nice even color from the self-tanner. To prepare it to your face, I recommend glycolic acid, a lot of my patients tell me for their body they prefer to use physical exfoliants, things like luffa or exfoliant granules because say it feels like its doing something, that's fine, the chemical exfoliants work just as well. For step five, its time to plan how you are going to manager unwanted body hair that's the less covered in the summer particularly bikini hair and underarm hair. Its not too late to get one or two more laser hair removal treatments, which become more difficult in the summer when your skin is tan. For

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