“Back to School” with Skin Care Basics
That subtle end-of-summer change in the air is a great signal for us. The change of season is the perfect time to reassess our techniques and our supplies for the near “school year” ahead.
As life-long skin care students, we encourage you to grab your sharpest pencil and make a list of things you might need to take notes on this fall.
Factors That Affect the Skin
The skin is the largest organ and a critical barrier protecting the body from alien chemicals and infection. The skin barrier is also the delivery system for “food” to the skin cells. While overall skin appearance and certain skin conditions can predispose individuals by our DNA, there is also plentiful research showing that environmental factors can play a factor in activating those genes. Factors that we can have a choice on may include stress, sleep, diet, exercise, your daily skincare routine, and sun exposure.
Make a short chart; can any of these areas be changed or altered to better promote skin health?
- Sleep 8 hours a night
- Skin Care Routine should include a minimum of daily cleansing and moisturizing with professional services throughout the year to maintain optimum skin health and appearance.
- Use daily sun protection with a minimum SPF 15-30
- Exercise daily for optimum blood flow to the heart, brain, and yes the skin!
- Eat a diet rich in antioxidants and vitamins; a daily intake of fruits and vegetables.
Vitamins A, C, E, Antioxidants, and Peptides
Vitamins A, C and E = Retinol or the prescription form Retin-A is infamous for being quite harsh on the skin. The more soluble and friendly elemental derivative retinyl palmitate is an effective Vitamin A molecule. Environ uses this gentle yet effective Vitamin-A form within a “step-up” system where increasing amounts are utilized. The reason for this is so that the skin could slowly be introduced to the healing and youth-indistinguishable properties of Vitamin A without negative side effects. Voila.
Antioxidants = Combat effects of free radical activities of the cell
Peptides = Work in synergy with Vitamins and Antioxidants to improve the look of smooth, youthful-looking skin
Professional Tools and Services: Cool Peels, Facials, and Microneedling
Cool Peels =
Combine LED light therapy with exfoliating, hydrating, and toning serums to treat everything from general signs of aging to blemishes. During your consultation, we’ll determine the right peel for you from among the four leading varieties.
Facial options range from calming, moisturizing, targeting signs of aging, or to improve radiance. A comprehensive 60-90 minute facial is sure to meet your maintenance of good skin care. 30-minute “touch-up” focus facials are also available. Our professional facials on their own act together with other non- and minimally-invasive treatments to maximize results.
In your early years, cuts and bruises seemed to heal overnight. But as we age, our body slows its natural production of collagen, resulting in lingering wounds, unhealed scars, and oddly textured skin. Thankfully, by tricking your skin into delivering a localized flood of collagen, microneedling can finally deliver the healing you’ve been waiting for. The before and after results speak for themselves.
Microneedling is a more intensive procedure within the office setting, though at-home rollers are available for an effective yet gentle version of this incredibly effective treatment.
Mixing In Products
The essentials include a cleanser, a toner, a moisturizer, and an eye cream. Common “add-ons” or products you may want to mix in include masks, enriched serums, or products specifically created for targeted goals (like the mela-fade creams and serums for pigmentation).
- Read more about masks in our blog, Masks and Exfoliants: Love Your Skin All Year
- Ask your skin care professional about add-on products such as Retinol Serum level 1, 2, or 3, that would complement your specific skin care needs.
Check these out in the meantime:
- Chemical Peel Treatment: The Shocking Benefits That You Might Not Know!
- Hyperpigmentation: Everything You Need to Know.
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