I love summer. It's vacation and fun time with my loved ones. That's probably why I am always more preoccupied with my looks in the summer. I go out jogging every morning to make sure my muscles are well toned, I book solarium sessions to get a nice tan and I visit my cosmetician for a weekly anti-cellulite massage to make sure my thighs look good at the beach. My face also needs a boost of freshness in the summer, and microdermabrasion is one of the best ways to revitalize the skin.
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Unfortunately, professional micro dermabrasion is forbidden during the summer, as my dermatologist once told me. That's why I always schedule the full in-office microdermabrasion treatment at the beginning of the year.
Since the treatment has 10 sessions scheduled 2 weeks apart, my last abrasion takes place at the beginning of May, thus leaving enough time for my skin to recover till summer sets in. Furthermore, by the time vacation starts, my face looks younger and fresher thanks to the recent resurfacing treatment.
At first, I couldn't understand why having microderm abrasion during the summer is a bad idea (after all, what does a cosmetic procedure have to do with hot weather?), but then my beautician explained to me that any exfoliating procedure increases sun sensitivity.
As a result, recently exfoliated skin has to be kept out of the sun for at least 7 days after each abrading session, otherwise the damaging UVA and UVB rays may cause permanent scars and discolorations.
Moreover, the skin needs about a month to completely recover and reconstruct the layer of recently exfoliated skin cells. That's why the cosmetician advised me to wear high SPF lotions on treated areas every time I go out.
For me, summer means long days at the beach, strolls in the park with my kids and pool parties with my friends, and having to apply sunscreen on my face and neck once every two hours doesn't exactly fit with my vacation plans.
In conclusion, if you want to welcome summer with a beautiful complexion, I advise you to start the professional micro dermabrasion treatment in January so that the last session happens at the beginning of May. Stay out of the sun as much as possible until June, when you can enjoy plenty of beach days wearing just your usual sunscreen.
A maintenance microabrasion session at the end of August is a good idea, especially since the summer is almost over by then.
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