Summer is the season for getting out and about, enjoying sunny days and warm evenings. It's the season of pool parties, picnics, barbecues, open air concerts and many other outdoor events. While embracing the summertime social scene is a wonderful thing, it can also be hard on your skin.

Our number one goal at APT is to help you look your best all year round. We've put together a few key beauty tips to help you address some common summertime skin issues.

1. Protect, Protect, Protect!

Sun protection tops the priority list when it comes to skin care, and is especially critical during the summer season. Sun damage is the primary cause of uneven skin tone/pigmentation and other signs of premature aging including dehydrated skin, fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity. Unprotected sun exposure also increases the risk of skin cancer. These facts underline the need to protect skin against sun exposure – both UVA and UVB rays – which means applying a quality broad-spectrum sunblock product each and every day, and reapplying it often.

The reapplication part of the process – taking time out every few hours to rub in a new layer of sunblock – is where many busy people fall short, leaving them vulnerable to skin damage. Therefore it is important to choose an effective product that is also quick and easy to apply. Colorescience Sunforgettable® is a brush-on mineral sunscreen powder which is much easier to apply and reapply than traditional sunscreen creams. This product offers effective, safe and chemical-free protection to all skin types against damaging UVA and UVB rays, is available in tinted or clear selections, and offered in SPF30 or SPF50.

2. Refresh & Rejuvenate

While careful and regular application of sunscreen can significantly reduce UV exposure and skin damage, shielding your skin completely simply isn't possible. For that reason, giving your skin a bit of a boost in recovering from the exposure is essential to keeping it healthy.

To rejuvenate skin that might be showing early signs of sun damage, such as uneven skin tone or texture changes, high-quality medical grade skin care products, such as the award-winning NEOCUTIS line are very beneficial. From cleansers to moisturizers, treatment serums to eye creams, NEOCUTIS offers a range of products that work effectively to energize and nourish the skin, promoting healing and repair.

3. All About the Maintenance

Daily attention to skin health and condition is essential to maintaining a clear, bright and even complexion. Here too it is important to invest in high-quality products in order to achieve optimal results. You would be wise to invest in some professional advice to formulate a customized skin care regime – one designed for your specific needs and concerns.

ZO® Skin Health products are recommended for such a scenario, offering you and your skin care professional the flexibility to create a highly personalized regime that will both repair and maintain healthy skin for life.

Protect, rejuvenate and maintain: three essential steps for avoiding uneven skin tone and other sun-related skin issues. Following these steps daily will help ensure you look great this summer -- and for many more to come -- as you make the most of the sun and fun of the season! For more information on skin care, book your complimentary consultation with APT Medical Aesthetics today.