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As summer approaches, many of us look forward to sunny days, summer holidays, and enjoying the warm weather. Alongside these activities, our desire to look our best often leads us to consider various aesthetic and cosmetic treatments. However, it’s crucial to understand that some treatments may not be suitable during the summer months due to increased sun exposure and other factors. Here’s a guide on what treatments you should avoid to ensure your skin stays healthy and radiant all season long.

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Chemical peels

Chemical peels, which involve the application of a chemical solution to exfoliate the top layers of skin, can leave your skin more sensitive to the sun. During the summer, when UV radiation is at its peak, your freshly treated skin is at a higher risk for sunburn and pigmentation issues. The sun can also cause further irritation, inflammation, redness and generally feel uncomfortable after a chemical peel.

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Gentle exfoliants

Consider gentle exfoliation methods such as scrubs or superficial chemical exfoliators. These include alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), which work by shedding the surface of the skin. Unlike the more intense chemical peels used in clinics, these products have limitations on the concentration of the active ingredients. It’s also important to note that if you choose to use a chemical exfoliator, you should be more vigilant with applying SPF to reduce any potential damage or irritation to the skin.

Learn more about chemical peels here.

What gentle exfoliants should I use?

Gentle exfoliants are a better choice than chemical peels in the summer due to their reduced risk of sun sensitivity and skin irritation. Chemical peels remove deeper layers of skin, making it more vulnerable to the sun’s UV rays, which are more intense during the summer. This can increase the risk of sunburn, hyperpigmentation, and other damage. In contrast, gentle exfoliants, such as mild scrubs or low-concentration alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), provide a safer way to refresh and smooth the skin.

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Laser treatments

Laser treatments, including laser hair removal and laser skin resurfacing, can make your skin more susceptible to sun damage. Post-treatment, your skin needs time to heal without the added stress of intense sun exposure, which can lead to hyperpigmentation, burns, irritation and redness.

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Polynucleotides involve minimal downtime, with mild redness or swelling that subsides quickly, allowing for a swift return to normal activities. Unlike laser resurfacing, which can cause burns, hyperpigmentation, and require extensive recovery, polynucleotide treatments are safe for all skin types and tones, and can be performed year-round. They enhance skin hydration and elasticity by stimulating collagen production and cellular repair, providing subtle, natural-looking results.

What polynucleotides should I use?

Here at Refine Clinical Wholesale, we have a range of polynucleotide products available to help regenerate your skin for a healthier looking and feeling complexion this summer. A current customer favourite is Nucleofill 20 that works by intensely hydrating the skin, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin and increasing cell renewal. It has long lasting qualities, reduces signs of ageing and hyperpigmentation too.

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Liposuction requires a significant recovery period, often involving substantial bruising and swelling which can be exacerbated by the summer heat and humidity. Post procedure also involves wearing compression garments that can be highly uncomfortable in the warm weather. This heat increases the risk of infections and complications and ultimately interfere with any summer plans or outdoor activities.

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Fat dissolvers

Fat dissolvers offer a minimally invasive alternative to liposuction that doesn’t require extensive surgery. With reduced downtime, you can return to your daily activities almost immediately and enjoy your summer without discomfort. While there may be mild side effects such as temporary redness and swelling, these subside within a few days, making fat dissolvers a safer and more convenient option during the summer.

What fat dissolvers should I use?

A popular fat dissolver here at Refine Clinical Wholesale is Lemon Bottle. It is a fat dissolver that can be used on both the face and body such as the hips, chin and abdomen. It contains many key ingredients like vitamin B2 and Bromelain which are vital in triggering fat breakdown and stimulating fat metabolism. These ingredients naturally boost your metabolism and also improve collagen and elastin productions to create a firmer and contoured silhouette.

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