General Skin Care

The start to healthy glowing skin is a good skin care regimen. Maintaining healthy skin is the key to looking and feeling good about one’s self. It is also crucial to prepare the skin before cosmetic procedures and provide on-going treatment after the procedures. This will enhance your final outcome.

Cleanse, exfoliate, tighten, tone, hydrate, and protect!            

So what products are best for your skin? Let us start with some of the basic products that will change your skin for the better.

Cleansers should be used morning and evening to deeply cleanse pores and take off the excess oil and debris, such as make-up.

Hydrate your skin daily with a moisturizer that will help heal the skin and boost the skins ability to retain moisture. Use a non-comedogenic moisturizer if you are acne prone and if you are especially dry use a hydrating mister several times a day. Hydration will make your skin look supple and balance the pH of your skin.

And last but not least Protect your skin. Protecting is two-fold. First apply your sunscreen daily before you leave your house in the morning. And if you are out for the day reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours. Second apply an antioxidant one to two times a day. Antioxidants, such as Vitamin C will protect your skin from free radicals. Free radicals breakdown the healthy proteins in the skin, collagen and elastin, leaving you with photo damaged and wrinkled skin. Together these two products are your barrier and protection from the elements.

Your skin is the largest organ of the body and it is also your first line of protection against infection and the elements. It is important to take care of your skin and keep it healthy and fit. One of our experienced healthcare professionals or skilled aestheticians will consult with you on the right skin care that best fits you.

Cleansers…for a healthier more radiant skin

Don’t give dirt, grime, oil, bacteria, sunscreen, residue, environmental pollutants, dead skin cells, sweat, or day-old make up a fighting chance. Keeping your skin free of debris allows products to function properly. Doing so further permits skin to be more responsive to your skin care regime which is meant to nourish, heal, rejuvenate and protect this exposed area. And one more reason to wash your face: we cannot forget that 84% of households host dust mites–they love the dead skin cells on our pillows.

Using just water to cleanse only removes about 65% of oil and dirt, thereby setting you up for outbreaks, clogged pores and other problems. Using cleansers promote a healthy, rash and irritant-free surface. Choices range from foams, creams, pads/towelettes to oil-or soap-free solutions, as well as unscented, sensitive and acne formulas.

And the last reason to wash your face with a reputable cleanser daily: skin repairs itself at night, builds new cells and re-hydrates while you are resting. At night blood flow in the skin increases, thereby allowing for greater penetration of products. This is why many treatments say “use at night for better results.” If makeup is left on, the skin is deprived of oxygen-necessary for all skin repair and cellular growth.

Moisturize immediately after washing to trap extra water molecules and to maximize your facial product’s effectiveness and absorbency.

Remember: keep sheets and pillow cases clean washcloths should be changed frequently

Sunscreen

Half of adult population under 30 say that they have had a sunburn at least once in the previous year. UV rays are the main cause for the overproduction of free-radicals, which oxidize or damage skin at the cellular level by diminishing our body’s store of antioxidants. When metal oxidizes, we call it rust–when skin oxidizes, we call it aging.

There are so many varieties of sunscreens that it sometimes seems as if we are following a confusing maze. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has partnered with dermatologists to simplify all of the SPF numbers, terms, and ingredients used in labeling. Gone are the words sunblock–now sunscreen, water proof–now water resistant, and if a sunscreen is labeled broad spectrum, it must filter both UVA/UVB rays. Gone too, are the misleading SPF values, where it was assumed that higher was better. Maximum sunscreen protection is now achievable in a more realistic range of SPF 30-to-SPF 50. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, SPF 30 is 97% effective and SPF 50 is 98% effective.

What is Ultra Violet B or UVB radiation? Think of it as the rays that burn and that cause redness, pain and damage the skin’s surface or epidermis. It can be a factor in skin cancers.

What is Ultra Violet A or UVA radiation? Think penetration deep into the skin where blood vessels and connective tissue reside. UVA rays are present year-round, pass through windows and clouds, and are responsible for 95% of the radiation that reaches the skin. These rays not only suppress the immune system, but account for up to 80% of the skin’s aging process. UVA rays also contribute to skin cancer, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and sun spots.

What do you need in a sunscreen? At a minimum, the first line of defense is a UVA/UVB broad-spectrum product that will both “reflect and deflect” rays. The second line of defense is a sunscreen supplemented with antioxidants, which specifically intensify protection from UVA rays, moisturize and shield against cell damage.

Remember:
It takes 15 minutes for most sunscreens to become effective. Don’t leave sunscreen in a car– heat degrades and shortens shelf-life. Replace old sunscreen after three years. Snow reflects 80% of the sun’s rays. Medications can be sensitive to heat and light: some antibiotics/chemo drugs, retinoids and NSAIDs – all may cause rash or easier sunburn. Don’t forget to use UVA/UVB-protected sunglasses. Be vigilant and reapply and lather all exposed body parts.

 

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