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 [...]
Aging In A Healthy Manner There is one thing for certain, aging. Aging in a healthy manner is something we can aspire to do. The skin ages in two ways. One is through the natural process of chronological or intrinsic aging. The other is through exposure to daylight called photo-aging. Chronological aging is determined by genetics and choice of lifestyle. Photo-aging is preventable and caused by exposure to sunlight. There are many obvious changes seen as the skin ages. They include wrinkles, hyper and hypo-pigmentation, broken capillaries, dehydration, thinning of the skin and a breakdown of collagen and elastin. Modern science is diligently working to address both the chronological and photo-aging of the skin. With the development of peptides, retinols, vitamins and green and white teas, the aging process can be slowed down and repaired in many instances. These newer ingredients, amongst others, have created a “buzz” in the skin care industry. Combine these ingredients with an effective broad spectrum sun block of spf 15 or higher, and a huge difference can be seen and felt in the texture of the skin. Speaking with a licensed esthetician is your best bet in choosing the right skin care products. Aging gracefully, is a goal to work toward in your daily skin care regimen.
Everyone wants to have soft youthful looking skin. Having a dewy complexion is easily achieved by practicing two simple steps. The first step is exfoliation. Removing dead skin cells will soften lines and even skin tone. Many ingredients such as Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Rice Based Enzymes can achieve this goal when used on a daily basis. Dissolving dead skin cells will allow your moisturizer to hydrate the fresh new cells underneath. This brings us to our second step which is hydration. Applying boosters and moisturizers to the skin will not only add hydration, but will seal in your skin's natural moisture. Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamins, and Phytonutrients are now formulated in concentrates and creams to create a smoother and softer looking complexion. In my opinion the Secret to Glowing Skin is to exfoliate often (at least three times a week) and moisturize twice a day. Don't forget you sun block whenever in visible daylight. This will not only hydrate your skin but will also maintain a youthful appearance for many years to come. Please visit my salon in Beverly Hills, California for a face mapping analysis and treatments created for your specific skin type and concerns.