How Skin Ages

I talked briefly in my last email about the effects of aging on the skin. One thing we all have in common is that, as we age, our skin cells degenerate and lose elasticity. But what’s different among us all is how we choose to accept the changes (if we choose to accept them at all!), what we do about the changes, and how our skin responds to the aging process.

There are many ways you can help your skin looks its best as the years march on, so keep the following in mind:

1. Sugar is bad for your skin, too!
We’ve been told to limit the amount of sugar we take into our bodies – but what you may not know is that a high sugar intake can also lead to inflammation of the skin. It’s called the glycation process, and it can result in wrinkling, stiffness, loss of elasticity, and accelerated aging. Skin care specialists are seeing more and more women in their 20s with 40-year-old faces. Yet another reason to put down the sugar spoon!

2. Here comes the sun, do-do-do:
Yes, the evil sun and its evil ultraviolet light. The reason we skin care folk ask you to USE SUNSCREEN (IN CAPITAL LETTERS) is because of what the UV light does to your skin over time. It breaks down fibers in the skin called elastin – and that’s why your skin gets saggy, bruises and tears more easily and takes longer to heal. Though nothing can completely reverse sun damage, your skin can sometimes repair itself. And you can help it along with treatments such as microdermabrasion or peels, which remove dead skin and restore a smooth, youthful glow – or with routine facials that keep your skin hydrated and firm. (source: Webmd.com/beauty/aging/effects-of-aging-on-skin)

3.Dare I say dairy?
You don’t have to be lactose-intolerant for dairy to have a negative effect on you. Dairy is a common allergen that can have a direct effect on your skin. If you have hypersensitivity to the proteins found in cow’s milk, your skin will respond with irritation and inflammation. And if you are prone to eczema or acne, consuming dairy can worsen your condition.

4. It’s easy – don’t stress:
Yes, we know, stress is bad – we’re told that so much we end up stressing out about not stressing out. But you can add bad skin to the list of reasons you should try to limit stress in your life. Stress is the number one cause of acne, and it can cause wrinkles, broken capillaries, and dehydration in your skin. So – practice your inner Namaste – and come to me for a nice relaxing facial! I’d love to help you overcome the signs of aging or any skin concerns you may have. Call or text me at (480) 221-8111 to set up an appointment. You’ll leave refreshed, glowing, and ready to face the world!

What Treatment is Right for You?

When you are looking for a skin care specialist, you want someone you’re going to feel comfortable with. But you also need someone who knows what they’re talking about – and is not out just to give you a relaxing facial and maybe sell you some products. We all have different skin types, and you want someone who knows which treatment will offer the best response for your skin condition. Skin also reacts differently to aging, and should be treated based on how your skin adjusts to age. For some, the aging process may mean more fine lines and wrinkles. For others it may mean an increase in pigmentation or a loss of elasticity. There are treatments for all of these conditions.

As I try to decide which treatment is right for you, I first want to know your skin goals: Are you looking for clearer skin? Do you have pigmentation you’d like to lighten? Are you looking for anti-aging remedies? Help with firming and tightening? Would you like to limit the effects of rosacea? The treatment I recommend to you will depend on both your goals and how your skin reacts. Here are some examples:

  1. If your goal is to bring back a youthful glow to your skinMicrodermabrasion buffs away layers of dead skin and is the fastest way to get a healthy, youthful glow. It utilizes a stream of micro-crystals projected onto the skin, which are then gently vacuumed away. You may see some redness in your cheeks for a short time after, so this is a treatment you should not schedule on the day of a big event.
  2. If you’re looking to clear up fine wrinkles, age spots or acne scars: Peels leave your skin brighter, firmer and glowing. They treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and can reduce the appearance of mild scars and acne. These are generally recommended for people with a lighter skin tone, but they can also work on those with a darker skin tone. I can help evaluate if a peel is the right treatment for you.
  3. If you’d like to prevent breakouts: Facials and scrubs will give you a deep-pore cleanse, meant to calm and cleanse your skin. Some facials may also be followed by a smoothing exfoliation. You can add enhancements to all facials based on your needs. These include: retinol, excellent for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles; hyaluronic acid, a powerful liquid which holds 1,000 times its weight in water and will bind your skin with moisture; and a collagen eye treatment, which infuses skin with collagen to banish puffiness and rejuvenate tired eyes. Depending on your skin conditions, you may want to consider scheduling facials every few weeks, to keep your pores clear and replenish your skin.

There are many other options to treat any skin condition you have – call or text me at (480) 221-8111 to schedule your appointment and together we can bring back your beautiful skin!

Treat or Treatment?

Earlier, I sent you an article on facial myths debunked, and I wanted to expand on something mentioned in the article – facials as an occasional luxury,or as treatment for a skin concern. Both are beneficial, and it’s based on your skin needs and how your skin reacts to treatment.

Facials are certainly a wonderful treat, but if you have specific skin conditions or concerns, consider keeping up with a regular facial schedule. When you have conditions such as acne, rosacea, melasma or exzema, you need to train your skin cells in a way that limits their response to external factors. Regular facials – such as every few weeks or once a month depending on how your skin responds – are the only way to treat these types of conditions. In this way, facials become more preventative. They keep your skin healthy and toxin-free, and, when added in with a treatment plan at home, you can get rid of – or greatly reduce – any of these unwanted conditions.

If you don’t have any skin conditions that concern you, an occasional facial can be a way to return a radiance and youthful glow to your skin, and it also rejuvenates your mind and spirit. The massage that accompanies a facial increases blood circulation, soothing the skin and relaxing the muscles in the face, head and neck. Your mood affects your complexion, so the restorative benefits of a facial cannot be overlooked.

In upcoming emails I’ll go more into the treatments I offer and how we choose your treatment based on your skin goals. If you’re ready to make an appointment, please feel free to call or text me at (480) 221-8111. Thank you again. I hope to see you soon!