Summer Skin Rehab
Summer Skin Rehab
We loved walking on the beach, hanging out by the pool and basking in the sun, but now it’s time to pamper your skin after a season of salt water, chlorine, and physical blocks. Read on for important information about post-summer skin care and repair.
An ocean swim:
Rich in trace elements and minerals, and with a composition similar to plasma, seawater contains many healing properties. Many skin health benefits, such as improved eczema and psoriasis, are attributed to the Dead Sea, but these benefits don’t come from salt, but rather from the Dead Sea’s high magnesium levels.
In fact, salt water can be the skin-drying scourge of the summer. Diluted salt is almost impossible to remove from the skin with lye-based soap or non-foaming wash, so even after showering, traces of salt may remain, absorbing essential moisture. Couple this with excessive sun exposure and you have dehydrated skin with an impaired barrier function – never a great combination! Also, beware the havoc that ocean pollution may wreak on all kinds of skin types.
A day at the pool:
A necessary disinfectant, chlorine has been used to combat disease for over 100 years. But it is a toxic chemical which strips the skin of its natural lipids, causing a loss of moisture. Showering after exposure can reduce the moisture loss by ensuring the skin does not suffer prolonged contact.
Chlorine may also cause skin irritation. Our skin can absorb chemicals from water, meaning that low-level exposure to chlorine, such as in swimming pools, can cause skin irritation, even contact dermatitis. Showering before your dip will lessen the amount of chlorinated water that the skin absorbs. Ironically, water itself removes moisture from the skin!
Our Solution for Protecting your Skin from Ocean/Pool water:
Our Skin Rejuvenation Treatments (SRTs) are the ideal way to address this situation. Microdermabrasion sloughs off the dead cells and stimulates night collagen. It also enables hydrating serums and oxygen to penetrate deeper into the skin’s layers.
Melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, begins in melanocyte cells, which produce melanin, the pigment which gives skin its color. Because melanocytes are involved, most melanomas are black or brown. However, if the cancerous cells stop producing pigment, a melanoma may be skin-colored, pink, red, or purple.
Melanoma can affect any area of the body. Men are prone to melanoma on their trunks, whereas women are more likely to develop melanoma on their arms and legs.
About 30% of melanomas begin in existing moles. Skin melanoma grows quickly and can spread to any organ. Early detection is important because treatment success is directly related to the size and depth of the cancerous growth. Some melanomas grow on the skin’s surface, while others spread into its layers.
Our Solution for Melanoma:
Make sure to get checked by your dermatologist once a year for skin cancer.
A common skin problem, melasma causes brown to grayish-brown patches on the face, most commonly on the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead, chin, and above the upper lip. It can also appear on the forearms and neck.
Wearing sun protection daily (we prefer clear Zinc!) and reapplying it every two hours can prevent melasma from getting darker. Dermatologists also advise wearing a wide-brimmed hat outdoors in addition to physical blocks.
Melasma affects women far more than men. Seemingly triggered by hormones, it is also known as “the mask of pregnancy.”
Our Solution for Melasma:
Come in for a Skin Rejuvenation Treatment (SRT). We’ll evaluate the melasma and develop an appropriate, personalized course of action.
Of all skin care products, physical blocks are the most likely to cause rashes or breakouts. If you are prone to breakouts, choose a physical block with zinc oxide. For people with sensitive skin, adequate protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays is complicated. Thick, greasy lotions may trigger a breakout. Fragrances, dyes, and alcohol may cause allergic reactions. Chemical sun protectants, such as oxybenzone, may aggravate the skin. The growing market for physical blocks has taken these factors into account and offers gentler options. Natural sun protectants, which include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, are good for sensitive and acne-prone skin.
Though wearing physical block is vital in summer, many formulations clog pores. Use oil-free physical blocks, and if you have very oily skin, opt for gel-based physical blocks. Only use water-resistant physical blocks at the beach, the pool, or while doing outdoor activities that cause you to perspire. Don’t use water-resistant physical blocks on a daily basis or body physical blocks on the face. Face sun protectants are lighter, with less oil.
Also, note that acne medications make the skin more sensitive to the sun.
If you wear makeup during the summer, make sure it is oil-free and/or formulated for acne-prone skin. Use a mineral makeup with micronized zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which will absorb oil as well as protect the skin. Always make sure you have enough sun protection.
Our Solution for Clogged Pores:
Even the best physical blocks can clog your pores. We’ll specifically address this situation in your Skin Rejuvenation Treatment (SRT) in order to keep your pores clean and tight.