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You and Your Skin Care In The Sun

Skin Care In The Sun: The Negative Results of Prolonged Suntanning & Sunburns With summer nearing an end, I have found that many of my clients are dealing with the aftermath of a suntan or sunburn from being outdoors during the past few months. As years go by, the negative results of getting a suntan or a sunburn are evident, and can be seen showing up as hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, broken capillaries and loss of elasticity with wrinkles. I believe the article below explains in depth what really does happen to the skin, and how a suntan is actually our body’s natural defense to help prevent the damage that is occurring. Many of my clients come to me for facials hoping that peels or microdermabrasion can be a “quick fix” to repair the damage that has been done. Although these treatments do create a smoother texture and a short term lightening effect, they do not correct the damage that has accumulated over the years. There is an overwhelming demand in the Dermatologist’s and Plastic Surgeon’s offices to “turn back the hands of time” and repair sun damaged skin by the use of lasers and injectables. These treatments can work, but not everyone will see the same results. Usually these treatments for sun damage are best done in the winter months when exposure to the sun is limited. Here is my best advice, since we know so much more about the sun and it’s damaging affects on the skin. Wear sunblock daily, reduce exposure, and have a yearly check up to be sure no skin cancers are present or forming. We do need the benefits of Vitamin D, which occurs from limited sun exposure, but I [...]

Skin Exfoliation Part 2: Microdermabrasion Results

Microdermabrasion Results & History Microdermabrasion is another form of exfoliation. This is a process best performed by a licensed skin care therapist.  It uses a “physical” form of exfoliation as opposed to a chemical form. Microdermabrasion became popular in Europe in the late 80’s and early 90’s. It was a much gentler form of exfoliation in comparison to Dermabrasion, which was always performed by a doctor. Microdermabrasion results is the technique of using fine crystals that are blasted on to the surface of the skin to perform exfoliation. Simultaneously, a vacuum device is also working to pull away the excess crystals and dead skin cells. It is important after the treatment to hydrate the skin, as in any exfoliation treatment to prevent the skin from feeling dry and irritated. During the day it is essential to apply a full spectrum sun block after any exfoliation treatment, since the skin will be very vulnerable to becoming burned and or hyper pigmented. Reaction to Hydroxy Acids Not all people can use alpha hydroxy acids without having a reaction. People who have eczema, rosacea and extremely dry skin can have an adverse reaction to any form of exfoliation. That reaction may include extreme redness, dry patches, flaking and itching. When in doubt it is always a good idea to have a patch test done first to see if there will be a negative reaction to the exfoliant. Another reason for the patch test is because not all exfoliants are the same. Their ph values and percentage of active ingredients may vary. This could result in having a positive result with one form of exfoliant and a negative reaction with another. Applying the exfoliant to a small area not too [...]

What Is Exfoliation? Should It Be Part Of My Skin Program?

I’ve decided to post a 3 part series of blogs on Exfoliation. Today I will explain in simple language what is Exfoliation and how important Exfoliation really is for the skin, as well as provide a brief history on Exfoliation and talk about the recent boom in the industry and technological advances. What Is Exfoliation? Exfoliation is the removal of the oldest dead skin cells that cling to the skin’s outermost surface. When done correctly, exfoliation leaves the skin feeling smoother and fresher looking. Exfoliation also makes penetration easier for facial products like serums. There are two forms of exfoliation: Mechanical Exfoliation - Mechanical Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells by physically rubbing them off with an abrasive. Examples include salt glow, a body scrub that might use sugar or coffee grounds; or possibly skin brushing. Chemical Exfoliation - Chemical Exfoliation loosen the glue-like substance that holds the cells together, allowing them to slough away. Facial peels area form of chemical exfoliation. They can either be very gentle or very aggressive. Why Is Exfoliation So Important? The skin is constantly generating new skin cells at the lower layer (the dermis) and sending them to the surface (the epidermas). As the cells rise to the surface they gradually die and become filled with keratin. These keratinized skin cells are essential because they give our skin its protective quality. But they are constantly sloughing off to make way for younger cells. As we age the process of cell turnover slows down. Cells start to pile up unevenly on the skin’s surface, giving it a dry, rough, dull appearance Exfoliation is beneficial because it removes those cells that are clinging on revealing the fresher, younger skin [...]

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