Finally! It's the time of year we can shed the winter layers and show off some skin. While fresh air and outdoor activity are vital to our health and well-being, they can also leave skin exposed to the destructive effects of solar radiation and free radicals. According to the education team at COSMEDIX professional skincare, here are some quick and easy tips on how you can take care of your body's largest organ as we transition into warmer months.
Q: What external dangers threaten my skin during the warmer months?
A: The skin and body change with each season, especially from winter to spring. It is important that we adjust our skin care program to reflect those changes. When spending time outdoors, wear a hat, apply sunscreen and keep hydrated by drinking plenty of fresh water. Geographic location also plays a large part in choosing how we are to take care and protect the skin. The closer to the equator we live, the stronger the sun’s rays. Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes prior to sun exposure.
Although we have to be aware of environmental conditions such as pollution and strong sunlight, it is also important to spend time outside away from inside stale air found in offices and homes. Spend more time in the gardens, parks woods or in areas away from road pollution.
Q: How can I restore radiance to skin?
A: Early spring is still a fantastic time to correct the skin through a series of professional programs such as facials and peels coupled with a home care regimen. Look for a skincare professional that offers skincare protocols that are gentle on the skin and not harsh such as chirally correct clinical treatments. One of the most popular peels available is created by COSMEDIX called Benefit Peel. This treatment, along with a home care regimen consisting of a gentle cleanser such as Benefit Clean and a topical serum such as Define, will help rebuild and strengthen skin tissue. The professional product boasts encapsulated retinol, vitamin C, enzymes and anti-inflammatory ingredients, all formulated in a gentle way to effectively restore the skin.
Q: What additional steps can I take to help prevent skin damage?
A: Beauty begins from within. The immune system is a remarkable mechanism that consistently reacts on our behalf. It protects us from outside interlopers and assists in keeping us healthy. The body should be kept in a state of alkalinity. This can be achieved through a diet rich in vitamin C and antioxidants€”found in fresh fruits and vegetables€”to help boost the immune system and balance the acidic effects of meats, refined sugars, alcohol, soft drinks, artificial colors, sweeteners, coffee, and cigarette smoking. Fifteen minutes of daily walking helps increase circulation, boosts our immune system and increases a positive state of well-being.