Whether we are leaving summer behind with fond memories or wistful regrets, with longing for good times or with a sense of “good riddance,” one thing that summer is almost surely leaving us with is some degree of skin damage. Even if we have practiced every piece of advice about sun protection – and most of us have not – the UV radiation we receive from the sun often finds ways to leave its calling card on our bodies’ largest organ, the skin.

Long sleeves, hats, and high-SPF sunscreen are excellent tools for protection, but they are not fail-safe, especially in the hands of sun-loving Southerners. Down at the beach, out on the boat, or enjoying our priceless Atlanta Beltline, there is no doubt we have been exposed to some degree.

High-Stakes Prevention

The first remedy we propose is awareness. A yearly skin cancer screening is, in a way, your best protection of all, because early detection has proven to be the best way to avoid the worst kind of sun damage. And because skin cancer is the most common form of the disease, the stakes could not be higher. Coming in for a professional once-over is the beginning of real protection.

Cleanse and Hydrate

Because the earliest visible damage from the sun usual shows up as dry skin, many people begin their summer salvation with our patented HydraFacial treatment. It’s been called three steps to the best skin of your life.

HydraFacial first cleanses and exfoliates to uncover a fresh layer of skin. The extract and hydrate phase of the treatment removes debris from pores with painless suction and applies moisturizers to nourish and quench parched skin. Finally, antioxidants and peptides are applied to saturate the skin with good things that work with your body’s own processes to heighten and keep that brilliance.

For an Even Skin Tone

IPL treatments, using intense, pulsed light are sometimes used in concert with HydraFacial to help erase freckles, sunspots, or uneven skin tone. In certain instances, microneedling can dispel persistent discoloration while also stimulating collagen and elastin growth, your skin’s own processes for presenting a youthful surface.

When Damage Lies Deeper

Adding radiofrequency energy to the microneedling process via a treatment called Morpheus8 is a way to address issues lying deeper within and under the skin. RF treatments such as this have proven effective in restructuring the layer of fat that naturally supports the surface of the skin. The objective of RF treatments such as Morpheus 8 is to give the skin a more favorable foundation, and thousands of patients praise the results they gained from this minimally invasive treatment.

The Best Care is Every Day

The resourcefulness, expertise, and variety of treatments for the damage that summer sun has left behind is impressive. Yet what we do every day is also a key to getting and keeping great skin. Moisturize and protect. And don’t forget that hydrating your skin starts from within. Drinking plenty of water every day is one of the most effective and least talked about treatments your skin can receive.

Let’s get together and start from a good beginning to make sure the summer just completed is one that your skin will remember fondly.