Your Healthiest Summer Skin

Advice from a local expert

Summer skincare calls for different considerations than cold-weather skincare - we strive to achieve that summer glow without any associated sun damage. Further, sweat and oils, chlorine, dirt, and heat can wreak havoc on our epidermis. We wanted an expert opinion, so Bellevue Lifestyle turned to Dr. Wayne Larrabee of the Larrabee Center for recommendations. Dr. Larrabee is a globally recognized expert in aesthetic medicine and surgery who has published three books in multiple editions and languages, plus over 250 articles in the field.  Here’s what he told us:

Use a good broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or above.  We recommend that you reapply every two hours or after any time in the water.  Our aesthetic staff can recommend an individual product for you, but we especially like Alastin HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36.

Prepare your skin for the summer with a HydraFacial! It will deeply clean, exfoliate, and give you glowing, clear skin for summer fun. You can call to schedule with one of our master estheticians.

We recommend you avoid most lasers and light-based treatments in the summer to prevent unwanted pigment changes. SylfirmX is a radiofrequency needling treatment that can be used for all skin types during the summer for texture and pigmentary problems. This is a minimal downtime procedure done with topical anesthesia. When Exosomes are added the results can be enhanced even more.

Protective clothing, especially broad brimmed hats, and good sunglasses provide added protection against sun damage and are highly recommended.

Dr. Wayne Larrabee is a facial plastic surgeon in Seattle and Kirkland. He founded the Larrabee Center in 1990 and was the founding editor of JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery and the Clinics in Facial Plastic Surgery.

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