Summer Skin Tips
by Rene Sacchitella
If you are anything like me you are always chomping the bit for summer. Maybe it’s all the conditioning from when we were all in school but the months from June to August have this enigma about them that exudes fun, laughter, and freedom. In this aura we take exotic vacations, grill with friends, swim at the pool or start up hiking. And yet, we seem to forget about our taking care of our skin and hair or avoid the activities all together out of fear of ruining our investments. So here is a comprehensive list of all the tips to help make your summer enjoyable and still keep your confidence.
Swimming pools are a great way to condition your body with low impact, a great way to have fun and cool off during the summer. However, since we live in Colorado the majority of our swimming pools are kept to heath standards with chlorine. Chlorine does have some debilitating effects on our skin and hair since the chemical itself strips away sebum or “natural oils” that help maintain hydration levels. This drastically effects the PH levels of our hair and skin leaving them dry or irritated. To protect your hair from these affects you can enter a pool with already wet hair from the faucet. By saturating the hair cuticle, it will lessen the amount of chlorine that can enter the hair shaft. You can add another barrier by covering you saturated hair with a cap too. If you don’t want to wear a swimming cap you can also layer an oil or silicone based hair product to counteract the depletion of sebum. Coconut oil especially, is a natural way to coat your hair in hydration without leaving residue in the pool. When it comes to protecting your skin you want to make hydration and environmental defense the key. Using a good noncomedgenic body oil like jojoba or almond oil for the body with a vitamin booster can be very effective. Vitamins C and E are especially effective because vitamin c will combat free radical damage to your skin cells while vitamin e promotes hydration. Applying Yonka’s Crème 28 before and after swimming is also a really easy way to deliver these nutrients back to the skin. Lastly make sure you take a shower after to help your skin’s balance.
America loves air conditioning. Form our office buildings to our homes, it is very common in our culture to keep the house a perpetual 68 degrees during the summer months. Prolonged exposure to air conditioned environments however dehydrates the skin. It can even flair up skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis because exposure to cold dry air compromises our skins defense system or lipid barrier. It also depletes our immune systems from the shock of going from the hot outdoors to an air conditioned. So what can we do about it? First and foremost, limiting our exposure to air conditioning if possible. Secondly, hydration is also key to combat irritated skin from air conditioning. You can start using a humidifier set at 35%-55% humidity to help your skin or adopt a good body oil.
Whether its enjoying music festivals, taking up hiking or grilling outside with friends if we ignore our body’s needs it will reflect onto our skin. Dehydration comes into play a lot here. Being expose to heat causes us to sweat and become dehydrated faster than normal. Start by focusing on drinking half your body weight in ounces to start combating this effect. Keeping a water bottle that isn’t made from plastic with you will help this. Plastic water bottles are not recommended because plastic degrades in the sun and we don’t want to be ingesting even minute amounts of it. Sunscreen is also very important. We all know by now that sunscreen is the number one preventative measure for anti-aging and against skin cancer. The hard thing is reapplying sunscreen every two hours. At Denver Laser solutions we always recommended first applying a moisturizing sunscreen in the day like Image’s hydrating moisturizer SPF 30 in the beginning of the day and reapplying with either a spray sunscreen like Image’s Ultra Sheer Spray SPF 45 or a mineral sunscreen like Colorescience’s Sunforgettable Loose Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30. The fast and portable application process seems to make reapplication an easier process. You can also take supplements that help you be less photosensitive in conjunction with a good sunscreen. These vitamins include astaxanthin, Vitamin B complexes, astragulus, and adaptogens to name a few.
To reverse the damage to you skin from previous years we here at Denver Laser Solutions recommended coming in for a Vital Facial to boost your skin of antioxidants to combat free radicals and rehydrate the skin. You can also schedule a Photofacial to lift the pigmentation from unprotected exposure from previous summers. Call or book today for these services or a complimentary customized consultation for more information. Have a great summer and I hope these tips help keep your skin beautiful all season long.