Summer Skin

Monday August 12, 2013

Did you know most skin aging occurs in the summer? By protecting your skin with a good sunscreen (the best are zinc oxide-based ), regular professional facial treatments that cleanse, condition & hydrate, and a good home skin care routine, you are providing the best defense against sun and heat damage.

Don’t use bar soap on your face as the binders that hold a bar of soap together are in an alkaline base (high pH ) which strips the skin of water & natural oils and causes the surface to dry out. The skin needs to stay moist to be healthy, and without water, the skin produces more oil to compensate, which you may notice as a shiny look to the skin. It can also cause breakouts because of a buildup of dehydrated cells on the surface that can trap oil and clog the pores. Keeping the skin really clean by using a good pH balanced cleanser and gently exfoliating 2-3 times per week will help keep the oil under control!

Antioxidants used topically in skincare serums and moisturizers and ingested internally by eating antioxidant rich foods, such as leafy greens, tomatoes, berries, and sweet potatoes, can help your skin ward off damage from free radicals. Research indicates that these culprits increase aging by damaging the collagen and elastin in the skin, causing lines, wrinkles, and sagging.  Massage is another way to reverse free-radical damage as it has been shown to encourage production of collagen and elastin, even in mature skin!

Taking the best care of your skin with a skilled professional as well as regular personal maintenance at home will give you the kind of fresh, healthy complexion that looks radiant at any age!