Yeah, it’s been a while. Working full time and taking grad classes doesn’t leave much time for blogging. BUT STILL…how can I neglect my blog when the class I’m taking has homework like visiting farmers markets?? So, as I visited a farmers market I’ve never attended before today, I had an idea.
Summer skincare can create multiple personality disorder in even the sanest of people. While we want to bask in the sun while at the beach, on the lake, or just a great outdoor festival, even the most conscientious skin care aficionado can come up short. So what do you do if you’ve overindulged in the sun on a beautiful day, or worse your sunscreen came up short? Here’s a list of 4 steps you can take now to get your skin back to glowing and radiant in no time!
Gentle Cleanser - Switch to a mild cleanser, or even a soap free cleanser. Using a mild cleanser will help leave beneficial oils on your skin and help your sunburn heal faster. Don’t exfoliate until after any peeling has occurred. Over exfoliating can cause major trauma to the skin and leave you with red (and even scarred skin) long after your burn has healed.
Moisturize - Use the right moisturizer. Look for more emollient creams to help keep your skin hydrated as the weather heats up. You want something light and quick absorbing, but still effective. Avoid products with water listed as the first ingredient, and instead look for products with aloe as the main ingredient. This will help your skin heal faster as you are replacing the lost moisture. Other beneficial ingredients to look for are: Shea butter, sea buckthorn oil, raspberry seed oil, and pomegranate oil. All of which will add moisture back into the skin and help repair damaged, sunburned skin.
Exfoliate - Once your skin has started to heal, its important to start to adding exfoliation back into your routine. The key is to start with a gentle exfoliator and build up. So look for an exfoliating scrub with jojoba beads or a sugar scrub (not salt scrubs as these are too harsh and will sting the skin). Start with exfoliating only 1 - 2x’s a week and build up from there. Once your skin is no longer peeling, then you can add in a glycol serum or a enzyme mask. However, don’t use a harsh mask or peel until your skin has returned to its pre sunburn state. While these mask are great for getting glowing skin, they can aggravate raw sunburned skin. So ease back into exfoliation.
Refresh with a Mask - Finally, once a week apply a deeply hydrating mask (preferably immediately following your exfoliation). Look for masks with fatty acids like evening primrose oil, black currant oil, or rice bran oil. Adding moisture back into your freshly exfoliated skin will leave you with a dewy, well rested look and take advantage of the color that has now developed as a result of over exposure. However, make sure you practice moderation, as masks with thick ingredients like these can cause breakouts if overused. So shoot for one time a week, and no more than two depending on sensitive or acne prone your skin is.
That’s it, your skin should be dewy and glowing in no time!
What’s your post-summer skincare routine? How do you get the glow back when you’ve spent to much time in the sun? Comment below, we’d love to hear from you!
Those that have light skin may be prone to discoloration, brown spots, or age spots in the summer with increased exposure to the sun. The good news is, you can prevent and even fade this discoloration by doing the following.
1. Wear Sunscreen
Its been said a million times before, but sunscreen is the number one cause of premature aging and skin discoloration. It’s crucial that you not only apply sunscreen, but apply it generously and often. The general guidelines are a tbsp for the face and 1/4C to 1/2C depending on your size for the body. If you’re acne prone, look for a sunscreen containing Zinc Oxide, which will prevent the clogged pores that titanium dioxide often causes.
2. Keep and Eye on the Clock
Its not just exposure to the sun, but also the heat the sun gives off that can cause discoloration in our skin. So even if you’re staying in the shade, you could be causing melanin activity (which causes discoloration). Go indoors regularly and limit your time outside if at all possible, when you can. This will help keep your skin even toned and bright during the summer months.
3. Stay Hydrated and Keep Cool
This is somewhat similar to #2 above, but you can take further steps to keep your skin from overheating, and thus excess melanin activity. Drink cool water, and use products that are cooling to the skin, like aloe vera and chamomile. You can also apply cool compresses whenever you feel like you’re overheated. Just grab something from the freezer and place it on your hot skin and you’ll be cool in no time.
4. Eat a Summer Skin Loving Diet
Finally, make sure you eat your fruits and vegetables. Fruits and Veggies that are high in beta-carotene (like carrots, sweet potatoes, kale and spinach) will help increase your internal SPF. Add foods with lypocene, like tomatoes and watermelon, and you could help limit your sun exposure by up to 20%. The key is, eat them regularly. A constant stream of these foods in your system will help you fight off the unwanted effects of the sun, while still enjoying the summer months!
Laser tattoo removal works by breaking up the color of the ink on the skin. The two hardest colors to remove are blue and green because the dyes used in these colors are actually metal, so when the laser hits them, it is putting “dents” in the metal and not exploding it, the way it will for other colors, like black and red. The easiest color to remove is black ink, because it is the easiest color for the laser to find. However, there’s a catch, most artist mix blue and black ink to create a richer color that resist fading. Ask your laser technician for an analysis, as they are likely able to tell if blue ink has been mixed into the black. Also, more expensive ink is harder to break up than cheaper inks, as they are richer in color and can go deeper into the layers of the skin. After the laser has broken up the ink, the ink is removed through the blood stream (not the skin as many people expect). The skin becomes sensitized because of the extreme heat of the laser and that’s why a good after laser skin product is so crucial. In fact, you can do more harm than good for the skin if you use harsh chemical products while the skin is in such a vulnerable state. Instead use products with <chamomile>, <aloe vera>, and <comfrey root>, like our Post Laser Cream, to sooth the skin and help with itching. Depending on the colors and size of your tattoo, you may need multiple treatments, but with patience and knowledgable Dr’s and staff, you’re tattoo will be gone in no time at all.
Our new website is up and running. Let us know what you think! We hope you like it, and we can’t wait to start connecting with people who are as serious about changing their communities and taking care of their skin as we are!