Great skin care is truly a worthy pursuit that you will be glad about for years and years to come. As your skin continues to age and is exposed and damaged by the elements, it takes diligence and year-round commitment to care for it correctly. And when you know what causes damage and accelerated aging then you have the power to reverse and correct it. I know that skin care can be confusing and sometimes overwhelming, so to clear up any confusion around this I'm going to break it down for you. Here are four of the most important elements to prevent rapid aging and deterioration of the skin.
1. COLLAGEN & ELASTIN
As we age we start to produce less and less collagen and elastin. By the time we are 30 years old we are losing 2% every single year. YIKES! To prevent this, we want to alert the Fibroblast cell (the mighty creator of collagen and elastin) to get back in gear and produce more, rather than less. We can do this with Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion but my major go-to for this is Micro-Needling and LED Light Therapy, often together. These treatments flood your skin with good ol' collagen and elastin, keeping your skin tight and bouncy. Just the way we like it! ;) We can also set you up with the best of the best collagen and elastin producing products to use as home. Together they work like magic!
2. CELL TURNOVER
Yay! Yet another thing that slows down as we age, lol. It's okay though, because we know exactly how to speed up the shedding of those pesky dead layers of skin. You might be wondering why it matters that the dead skin is sloughing away. Good question! Months, or sometimes years of damage and discoloration are sitting in those skin cells. So we want them to slough away regularly so that we can expose the brand new, healthy, glowing skin cells instead. You with me?! Increasing your natural cell turnover rate can be easily done with Chemical Peels or Microdermabrasion treatments, and we can show you the very easiest ways to accomplish this at home to improve your results.
3. SUN PROTECTION
Most people know that they should be wearing sunscreen regularly however, here are the most common mistakes being made:
• Only applying sunscreen during the summertime or when at the beach, pool, lake, etc. Sunscreen should be worn every single day, rain or shine, and in hot or cold weather.
• Applying once in the morning and then calling it good. Sunscreen actually breaks down in the skin after about 2 hours and therefore should be reapplied as often. If you're wearing makeup it's best to use a powder with sunscreen in it, that way you can just dust that on throughout the day.
• Using SPF 80 or 100. Listen, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using SPF 15 for daily use or up to 30 for longer sun exposure. The reason is because SPF 15 protects at 93% and SPF 30 at 97%. Using SPF 100 is just a bunch of unnecessary chemicals and added heaviness. The key is truly just re-applying often.
I know that most sunscreens feel heavy and greasy and that that's the LAST thing you want to smear all over your face every day. That is why we carry the most incredible lightweight, sunscreens in a gel. You will fall in love after the very first use, we promise! We also carry beautiful, high quality makeup with sunscreen built in.
Okay this is a fun one because not a lot of people know anything about this topic. Here's what you need to know. Free Radicals are in our environment and attacking our skin on the daily. They are literally mutating our cells causing them to function incorrectly or even die off. The awesome part is that it's such an EASY fix! You just need to apply a topical antioxidant morning and night and this will terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged. We offer one of the most powerful antioxidants in a delicious, lightweight serum at the spa. VOILA!
I hope this was helpful to you. If you have any questions feel free to email us. You can also book an appointment online. We will be a trusted friend and resource to guide you through the confusion of skincare, and help you reach your goals. After all, when our skin is healthy and vital, it's amazing how that allows us to walk through our days with more confidence and joy. And that's what it's all about.