Freshen up for fall

Now that fall is around the corner it’s time to erase those sun spots and fine lines that may have crept up over the summer. The summer is a tough time to undergo skin procedures that increase sensitivity to the sun. Now is the time to start a skin care program to have your skin shining by the holidays.

A few procedures and topicals to consider for the fall:

1. Peels. Peels are a great way to freshen up the skin. They can treat acne, brown spots and fine lines. Stay tuned for a future post dedicated to peels. Peels are what I miss most over the summer.

2. Laser and intense pulsed light. Often you need more than one treatment (over several weeks) for optimal results, so start early to have your skin ready for the holiday parties.

3. Laser hair removal. Skin cannot be tan for this procedure.

4. Retin A (and retinols) and bleaching creams. You may have taken a break for the summer. These creams take a few months to work so start soon (though start gradually because Retin A can cause skin irritation if you use it too often).

Now is the time to get back to the skin care regimen!