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By: Grace Greenwald 

Aesthetic Nurse Injector & Owner of Refine with Grace Aesthetics

There is a belief held by many skincare enthusiasts that you must pause your skincare regimen during the summer. Even though you may be shelving retinols, avoiding chemical peels and other more aggressive treatments for the season, that doesn’t mean you still can’t attain visible results. What is changing is your environment and those changes bring new challenges to our skin. 

Think about the summer season. You experience increased sun exposure as well as heat and humidity. These things can cause skin concerns such as excess pigmentation, sun damage, dryness and sensitivity. Living an active lifestyle and enjoying all that Lake Oconee has to offer means more time in the sun. Some patients complain of freckles, sunburn, dehydrated skin, oily skin, rosacea outbreaks, and/or acne flare-ups. These are all natural skin responses to being exposed to natural elements. Fortunately, there are numerous methods available to treat these conditions safely and effectively during the warmest months.

Protect your skin this spring and summer with these tips from Grace Greenwald (Owner of Refine with Grace) \


No matter the time of year, always make sure to cleanse, exfoliate, and tone. Not only do these steps help maintain your skin health, but following a daily regimen can restore skin barrier function, reduce excess surface pigment, and minimize surface oils and debris. If you don’t already have a regimen of your own, you can schedule a consultation at Refine with Grace to begin a medical-grade regimen tailored specifically to your concerns and goals.


The most essential skincare product for any skin type is sunscreen. Our skin is our largest organ and deserves a lot of love! SPF protects your skin from harmful rays from the sun. When selecting an SPF product, make sure it has broad-spectrum protection from different types of light and radiation. All of the sunscreens we offer are formulated with Triple-Spectrum Protection®, and include an exclusive antioxidant blend to protect skin from free radical damage and IR-A rays. That also includes blue light from electronics, too, making sunscreen an even more important player in your regimen beyond the summer months.

Having trouble knowing which sunscreen is best? Anything is ALWAYS better than nothing! However, Grace recommends the ZO Skin Health line because of the variety of coverage and the options available to tailor to your lifestyle and preferences. For beach trips or for perspiration-heavy days, Daily Sheer Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 is a great, water-resistant option, offering a non-greasy formula with a sheer matte finish. Looking for something to add into your makeup routine or provide on-the-go coverage? Sunscreen + Powder Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 provides buildable coverage with color-enhancing pigments + light reflecting minerals for a gorgeous, luminous glow.


If dealing with pesky dark spots is one of your skin health goals, products that are clinically proven to increase luminosity, visibly improve skin clarity and fade the appearance of dark spots for a brighter, more even complexion are a great option to get results even when sun exposure is increasing with spring and summer activities!

For more moderate cases of excess pigmentation, pair your skincare regimen with 10% Vitamin C (not all are created equal so consult is key!). This potent dose of Vitamin C helps brighten the complexion while also providing protection from environmental triggers. Combining the antioxidant, hydration and anti-aging benefits of photosensitivity-safe products will keep your complexion radiant all summer long without causing sun sensitivity.


Beat the heat by storing skincare products in the refrigerator, or purchase a mini cosmetics fridge to keep at your vanity for a convenient, cooling, calming experience! Hydration is also key for maintaining healthy, beautiful skin so don’t forget to ask about our IV Hydration Therapy options to get ahead of dehydration as the temperatures rise. No matter your skin type or skin concern, Refine with Grace has your skin health, aesthetic appearance, and wellness covered this summer and beyond.

Still curious about how to maximize your summer skin routine? 

Give Grace a call or text to set up a consultation at (706) 338-0433.

Refine with Grace is conveniently located within Lake Country Medical Group and Lake Country Medical Concierge in Harmony Crossing.