Getting skin healthy!
It’s that time of year again! For many of us, this is the time when our skin begins to look drab and dull. Most people assume that this change from glowing skin to skin that is a little duller is due to the change in temperature and plummeting temperatures. Although it is true that colder weather forces our skin cells to constrict in order to conserve heat in the body, this is not necessarily the cause for dry skin. Dry skin is more a by-product of multiple layers of dead skin cells, just hanging around on the skin’s surface for far too long. This layering is caused by activity that starts deeper within the skin… where our summer tan begins. When you tan, all of those pigment fragments become a thick “sludge” surrounding the cells, slowing down the receptors when reproducing new skin cells efficiently and in a timely manner. As sad as it is to see the summer days ending, it is important for the skin to rid itself of this excess pigment before it causes deeper havoc and premature aging, the fall is the perfect time to do so.
What can be done?
There are many things that we can do to get the skin back on track before it causes premature aging.
Peels are an incredibly efficient way to start sloughing off those excess layers of dried up dead skin cells. Once you initiate this exfoliation process, the skin’s mother cells will begin reproducing new cells and skin renewal begins. Depending on how much accumulation you have, it can take three to four peels in order to get full cell turnover in the epidermis and bring back that healthy glowing skin.
Incorporating a daily dose of topical Vitamin C to your regimen. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that will not only help support healthy collagen production, but an added bonus of topical vitamin C is also its ability to assist our bodies’ natural forming enzymes by breaking up pigment granules so that these enzymes can easily digest and metabolize them. Ascorbic acid (which is the scientific name for vitamin C) is a very delicate molecule. So delicate that it is neutralized when introduced to water. Once neutralized, all of those amazing benefits become void. It is for this reason that you want to ensure you are investing in the most usable/efficient Vitamin C serum for your skin to keep the molecule intact and unexposed to water or other enzymes in the skin that will break it down before it reaches those deeper layers where it is most required. Anhydrosis formulations mean that they are not suspended in water and have membranes surrounding the ascorbic acid which keeps it active until it reaches the desired target area. Ask your skin health practitioner about your products’ delivery system before your next purchase. This will ensure that you are getting the best product for your skin that will be most beneficial.
Pigment regulators will help slow down those overactive pigment-distributing cells. When we put pigment cells on overdrive with excess UV exposure, it is difficult for them to regulate themselves and slow down their production. This can cause those cells to migrate into clusters of pigment. We see these clusters as Sun Spots. There are different types of regulating products designed for different types of skin pigmentation problems. Ask your skin health practitioner what would be best suited for your skin’s needs.
SPF on a regular basis is essential to achieve healthy glowing skin. Applying your SPF., 365 days of the year is a very easy way to protect and prevent premature aging to the skin. Although some SPF formulations can be considered toxic overload for the body, there are many healthy options that will keep your skin and your body, safe. Look for mineral only SPF for the face, neck, and chest on a regular basis. Mineral SPF’s will bounce the UV rays off of the skin, rather than absorbing them and neutralizing them from within as the chemical SPF’s do. A good rule of thumb to follow; don’t try to skip a skin care step by combining your moisturizer and SPF in one product. The SPF factor in these types of products is never high enough to truly protect your skin. Always keep your SPF separate and apply it at the very end of your skin health routine.
Healthy skin is glowing skin. Give your skin a little post-summer TLC!