Summer can be a dream, but if you aren’t careful it can turn into a nightmare for your skin. So many activities – including working at a computer or by a window all day – can stress your skin cells through continuous exposure to blue light, UVA, and UVB rays from the sun.  Pollutants, free radicals, and chemicals can cause even more damage that can be hard to repair.  The good news is that there are many effective ways to help your sun-stressed skin so that it is luminous, hydrated, and healthy.  You just have to begin!

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First, focus on hydration.  When your cells are dehydrated, they don’t have what they need to repair and rebuild.  Drinking enough water is key, as is using a high-quality moisturizer throughout the day.  In the evening it is helpful to use a stronger moisturizer that can also help repair – look for ingredients like retinoic acid, squalane, and hyaluronic acid to give your skin an extra hydration boost.  Peptides derived from plants can also help to lock in moisture so that your skin has what it needs to be resilient.  By hydrating your skin you will be ensuring that your cells have what they need to start the repair process.

Vitamins are also essential building blocks of healthy skin.  Incorporating vitamin A in the form of a retinol serum is a highly effective way to build resilience.  Retinoids help your skin rebuild collagen, stimulate the formation of new blood cells, and help fade dark spots.  Another great addition to your routine is Vitamin C serum.  Applied topically it acts as an antioxidant that helps protect and fortify skin.  It also improves the absorption of your other skin care products and is best used in the morning.  When you add these vitamins to your skin care routine you will be improving your skin’s ability to regenerate and rebuild.

Finally, schedule regular visits with your certified esthetician.  A professional esthetician can help soothe stressed skin by gently exfoliating with peels and Dermaplane treatments.  Your esthetician can also customize facials that are designed to provide maximum hydration and infuse your skin with building blocks to ease damage.

If you’ve loved the outdoors and its starting to show, know that you have many options to help repair your sun-stressed skin so that it is vibrant, resilient, and youthful. 


Felicia Munion is CEO of Arizona Facial Plastics. Arizona Facial Plastics is an award-winning aesthetics practice in Phoenix, specializing in plastic surgery, cosmetical procedures and sexual rejuvenation. Book your free consultation today by visit or call 480-296-0488.