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 [...]
Have We Become Sun Phobic? Every year, the media blasts the dangers of sunbathing and over exposure to the sun. Is it any wonder that some of us have become sun phobic? As with any other part of our lives, creating the right balance is the key. Scientists have found that people with low levels of Vitamin D intake or who avoid sunlight are biologically five years older than those with higher levels of the vitamin. Around 90% of the body’s absorption of vitamin D comes from exposure to sunlight, the remainder from foods such as fish, eggs and breakfast cereals. It only takes a short time, approximately 10 minutes without protection, in the sun to provide the body with sufficient vitamin D. I would suggest to get that 10 minutes of sun on the body as opposed to your face and to always use protection on the face. What is the right balance? How do you control the effects of the sun to ensure that you don’t overdo your exposure? The answer is to take care to prevent sun damaged skin by using sunscreen daily with an SPF of 15 or higher. A diet of foods rich in vitamin D or supplements will also help in keeping the tell tale signs of aging at bay. Speak with Joyce Marie, your professional licensed skin therapist about SPF moisturizers that can be worn comfortably under make-up, or alone to deliver defense against skin aging UV light. Better yet, ask Joyce Marie about our Daylight Defense Product Line, specifically designed to protect your skin against harmful UV light while moisturizing and keeping your skin young.