Starting 2019 in Australia with the great Aussie sun and outdoor lifestyle can long term be the downfall of our skin health and appearance. The impact of the sun can be both immediate, with sun burn, dryness and itching, and long-term years later with the signs of skin cancer, brown spots, red discolouration, dryness and wrinkles.
To help protect the epidermis from Ultra Violet harm the skin is continually producing melanocytes. However, as we age the skin loses lots of its natural resources it needs for repair and protection
During the summer period the skin is in a constant state of protection, which drains these natural resources.
Therefore, it becomes even more imperative to help replenish them and support the skin during these summer months. This is needed both at home with a regenerative skin care protocol along with in clinic treatments for the boot camp boost for greater longevity of a radiant youthful appearance.
The goal in the treatment room is to combine both brightening and skin building ingredients which will correct sun damage issues and reset the skin on the right path. There are a number of skin brightening enzymes, acids and hydrating formulations to address both hyperpigmented and dry creepy skin. Some brightening treatments may include the use of AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and TCA (Trichloracetic Acid) blends. This will assist to breakdown dead surface cells and stimulate regeneration. Adding a peptide peel will support the correction, repair and rebuilding of the skin after the UV degradation. Melanin suppressant formulations added to all of this, work in tandem to brighten, provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support and will improve overall texture to the skin. Once the skin has been lightly exfoliated with the above acid cocktails, it is time to hydrate intensely with an infusion of hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, grape seed hydrating serum and growth factors via a combination of both oxygen and a cooling alginate mask. The skin is left plump, refreshed and radiant, ready for any New Year’s Eve party.
To help support the clinical boot camp treatments a home care system should be designed to keep the skin cool, hydrated, protected and radiant. This may include cooling, brightening, hydrating, correction and protection. Cooling spritz formulations contain a heavy water (D2O) which has a heavy molecular weight. These will deliver moisture deep into the skin, preventing trans-epidermal water loss and also resist free radical transportation. For a potent brightening pigment control, turn to ingredients like daisy flower, retinol and GABA to name a few. These may be included in products such as a scrub, cleanser, toning lotion and brightening serum. In addition to heavy water formulations for deep hydration, the application of a hyaluronic serum, grape seed hydrating serum and a concentrated brightening moisturiser can be applied to keep the skin healthy and put an end to the itchy, dull and peeling skin. Colour correction is often included in a serum formulation applied once or twice a day. This can help to reduce the brown marks created after a day in the sun. Finally one of the most important and so often forgotten steps in a daily home care routine is protection. Mineral based blockers like zinc will block UV rays, while reducing the risk of skin irritation following a corrective treatment.
Diagnosing and repairing sun damaged skin is not a one size fits all. There are a number of tools at our disposal both at home and in the clinic in order to achieve healthy, radiant, youthful skin. When both are combined you have the opportunity to reveal the best version of You for 2019.