Tips for Healthy and Beautiful Skin
Your skin has similar needs to the rest of your body. However, because of your skin’s unique barrier functions, your skin requires its own nutritional support to maintain its balance and to keep it young and healthy.
Your skin also needs regular maintenance to keep the outermost layers of your epithelium looking smooth and even and for optimal skin health. These periodic treatments are needed every four to six weeks because your skin cells turn over and rebuild themselves every 28-40 days (depending on your age).
Topical Ingredients for healthy, beautiful skin:
- For even skin tones= lightening agents, chemical peels
- Nutrition and balance= anti-oxidants and other cosmeceuticals
- Cell life extension= stem cells
- Building block of skin=peptides (proteins)
- Exfoliation/cell turnover= AHA’s/BHA’s/Microdermabrasion
- Collagen building=retinols, chemical peels, mesotherapy, sonotherapy
- UVA/UVB protection= SPF moisturizers
Tips to keep your skin healthy during the winter.
- As the air gets cooler and dryer, keep your skin hydrated by adding an additional proper moisturizer for your skin type, to your daily skin care routine.
- Moisturize your hands every time you wash, otherwise they will become dry, cracked and your nails will split.
- Use a humidifier during your sleep. Your skin nails and hair will benefit from the extra moisture provided by the humidifier.
- Exfoliate your body gently at least once each week to slough off your dead skin cells.
- Do not take long hot showers to avoid dryness of your skin.
- Apply moisturizer on your skin after every shower.
- To prevent your lips from chapping, use lips exfoliator, followed by a lip balm.
- UVA is dangerous even during the winter, and it can penetrate through glass. Avoid the harmful UV rays by applying SPF sunscreen on exposed parts of your body.
- Whenever it is possible, but at a minimum of at least once a week, immerse your feet in warm water for 10 min with drops of almond oil to keep them from cracking.
- Stronger Chemical peels are best done during winter months, and should be performed at least 4 times a year depending on its strength.
Tips to keep your skin healthy during the summer.
- Gently exfoliate for clearer, smoother skin.
- Light chemical peels are best during summer.
- Moisturize after sun exposure
- Use antioxidants and collagen and elastin stimulator ingredients to help minimize any skin damages that may occur as the result of the UV radiation exposure. The destruction of your elastin and collagen tissue from photodamage is the major cause of sagging skin and wrinkles.
- Use SPF when sun bathing. Over exposure to sun causes most of the wrinkles, “hyper” and “hypo” pigmentation and age spots on your face. Over sun exposure is the number-one cause of premature aging because the sun's ultraviolet (UV) light results in Elastosis (the destruction of the elastic and collagen tissue (causing lines and wrinkles).
- Avoid using products containing chemical acids; they may cause irritation and hyperpigmentation.
- Do not apply perfume on your décolleté and then expose it to sunlight. This sequence of events can cause dark spots (hyperpigmentation).
- Change your pillow case frequently, oily skin produces more oil during the summer.
- Avoid long hot showers. Apply moisturizer on your skin after every shower.
- Sensitive and rosacea skin are prone to breakouts during the summer because of the heat, a soothing or cooling masque should be applied once a week to calm your skin.
How Does the “over exposure” to the Sun damages the Skin?
Over exposure to the sun causes:
- Fine lines and deep wrinkles
- Discolored areas of the skin, called mottled pigmentation
- Benign tumors
- actinic keratosis (Pre-cancerous)
- basal cell carcinoma (cancerous)
- squamous cell carcinoma
- skin lesions - caused by loss of the skin's immune function
- Elastosis (the destruction of the elastic and collagen tissue (causing lines and wrinkles)
- Telangiectasia (the dilation of small blood vessels under the skin)
- Sallowness (a yellow discoloration of the skin)