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 [...]

How To Care For Sunburn

Sunburn Treatment As we are still in the summer months a sunburn can happen even with the best of intentions. Yes, wearing a sunblock with at least an spf30 will help prevent a sunburn, but it has to be applied frequently and after coming out of the water. Here are a few tips on how to care for sunburn if you have spent too much time in the sun. If you feel your skin starting to burn try to cover up with light clothing or even put a beach towel to protect the skin from further damage. Remember that you skin is really being burned so you should do your best to protect it. When showering try to keep the water very cool to bring down the temperature of the skin. Afterwards applying a solution that is gel based versus cream will help the skin heal faster. Dermalogica has a wonderful product called “After Sun” which is gel based and has Aloe, Cucumber, and Rose Flower in it, among other cooling and soothing ingredients. Things that you have in your kitchen and refrigerator can also aid in reducing swelling and take down the redness. Using a soft cloth and putting it in cold milk then applying to the burned area can help as well as applying cold green tea compresses.  Plain yogurt is also a wonderful healer. Be sure to wear loose fitting clothing for the few days that follow a burn. Never pick off the peeling skin because that can cause further damage to the skin resulting in pinkness or hyperpigmentation. Over the counter products of hydrocortisone can help relieve itching. The sun does have many physical and mental benefits for us [...]

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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 [...]