Keeping your skin healthy is an ongoing job. Having regular facials help your skin feeling and looking its best. However, results of your facial may not be noticeable immediately after treatment. After your facial, you may notice redness, blemishes and some discomfort.
Here are some things you can for some extra after care of your facial.
Wash Your Face Carefully
Scrubbing too hard and using harsh cleansers can leave skin (that has already been exfoliated) very irritated. If you just had a facial, the esthetician has already performed a deep cleansing and exfoliation on your skin. Try to cut back
on the scrubbing for 48 hours after your facial. Be sure to clean your face, but just be a bit more gentle.
Extractions are not always done, but are sometimes necessary to give you the clearest skin possible. After an extraction, your esthetician will apply a soothing protective product to help keep breakouts to a minimum. However, your skin will be vulnerable to dirt and should be kept as clean as possible.
Using the Right Cleanser
When you do wash your face, be sure to use a gentle cleansing product. Do not use a sponge or a washcloth, instead use the tips of your fingers and wash with warm water. If you normally use a toner (and you should be), now is a good time to skip this part of your regimen since the toner can sting your freshly cleaned face.
Use the Right Sunscreen
Your newly cleaned skin will need some sun protection. Your regular sunscreen may sting or be uncomfortable for a few days following your facial. Try using a sunscreen that contains titanium oxide to protect your new fresh skin. You should use this for about a week or two after your facial, the exfoliation you had during your facial will leave your skin more sensitive to the UV rays.
Work with your esthetician to develop a plan for your facial treatments. Keeping your skin looking its best, works well with a schedule. Keep a spot on your calendar for your facial treatments to ensure your healthy and beautiful looking skin.
The fall can make your skin dull and dry. If you are not supplying your body with the proper nutrients you need, your skin will start to dull and lack the luster you need to look your best. The foods you eat make a big impact on how your skin will look and feel. With autumn coming quickly here in New England, we are fortunate to have some great seasonal foods available to us that will keep your skin looking young and beautiful.
Here is a list of some foods that will help keep your skin its brightest during the fall:
Vitamin C helps firm and tone skin. Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and sweet potatoes are fall vegetables that keep skin beautiful thanks to their high vitamin C content. Eating these veggies regularly helps prevents free-radical damage and protects skin cells and helps prevent wrinkles.
Winter squashes like pumpkin and butternut squash are all rich in beta-carotene. These contain vitamin A which can help fight wrinkles and balance the skins ph levels. Beta-carotene and vitamin A both encourage new skin growth by increasing cell turnover.
Sweet potatoes are another great source of vitamin A and beta-carotene. Retinol and retinoic acid, found in many skin care products, helps keep skin smooth and keep wrinkles at bay.
Kale and spinach should be added as part of your regular diet. Leafy greens can help soothe dry skin, which is common during this time of year. Kale and spinach are good sources of vitamin E. Benefits of vitamin E come from its antioxidant properties that remove free radicals.
Pumpkin seeds and pecans are packed with skin-beautifying zinc. Zinc helps the body maintain its collagen supply, which helps give skin its elasticity, and prevents wrinkles and sagging. Pumpkin seeds and pecans are both a good source of zinc.
As always, don’t forget your water. Drinking plenty of water is very important in having healthy, beautiful, glowing skin. Including some of these foods into your regular diet during the fall season may help keep your skin looking smooth and beautiful during the upcoming winter.
School is back in session and so is the crazy fall routine. School, sports, work, homework, housework, it seems like the list will never end. It’s enough to stresses us all out. We need to learn to take some time to relax. Instead of trying to fit in an hour at a spa, (which we do highly recommend at some point), but when our schedules are booked to the max, there are a few stress relieving practices you can try out.
Try to take a few minutes of meditation per day. Mediation is a great way to help ease anxiety and can make you more resilient to stress. Sit up straight and close your eyes. Focus your attention on reciting a positive repetition. Work on letting distracting thoughts leave your mind and sync your repetitions with your breathing.
Check in with your Breathing
Take a 5-minute break and focus on your breathing. Doing a few deep-breathing techniques, reduces the effects of stress by slowing down your heart rate and lowering your blood pressure. Sit up straight, eyes closed and slowly inhale through your nose, and exhale through your mouth. Feel the breath start in your abdomen and work its way to the top of your head. Reverse the process as you exhale through your mouth.
Stay in Touch
Stay in contact with your family and friends. Use your social networks to handle stress. Talk to people throughout the day, if you can face to face, but at least on the phone. Share what’s going on in your day and keep connected.
Use a warm heat wrap and place it around your neck and shoulders for 10 minutes. Close your eyes and relax your face, neck, upper chest, and back muscles. This is a great way to warm up in the winter and really helps to reduce your stress. Another good way to remove tension is to roll a tennis ball across your back and neck for some extra stress reduction.
Summer is starting to fade away. Preparing your skin for the fall season means dealing with your sun damaged skin. You will need to adjust your skin care routine to protect and restore you skin’s natural beauty. Our aging skin gets a lot of stress during the summer months so start planning now to protect and prepare your skin for the fall.
- Use a good facial exfoliant. Using a good facial scrub is important to remove any sun damaged cells. Exfoliate once a week to rid your skin of the dead skin cells to reveal healthier and more radiant skin. Always remember to use moisturizer after exfoliating.
- Change your moisturizer for the season. You may need to use a different type of moisturizer if your skin changes with the seasons. Watch how your skin changes and change with it. If you see more breakouts or other skin irritations as the seasons change, it may be due to the weather and moisturizer combination. Always be sure to use a moisturizer that is good for your skin type.
- Hydrating your skin is always important no matter what the season. Staying hydrated by drinking your eight glasses of water everyday will flush out toxins in your body which helps in having a healthy glowing complexion.
- Don’t halt the SPF. Just because the seasons change doesn’t mean you should stop wearing your sunscreen. Sun can damage your skin during any season. Be sure to continue wearing sunscreen every single day.
- Dietary factors will also change your skin. Our skin needs res and nourishment to thrive during the changing seasons. Try to include fruits, green leafy vegetables and plenty of liquids in your diets.
Keeping your skin looking healthy during the cooler months is easy if you have the right regimen. Your fall skin treatments should be about repairing your summer skin and preparing yourself for the cold weather that lies ahead.
Here are a few reminders of what you should be doing to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun.
- Apply sunscreen every day if you will be outside. The sun emits harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays year round. Even on cloudy days, up to 80% of the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin.
- Sand, and water increase the need for sunscreen because they reflect the sun’s rays.
- Re-apply sunscreen approximately every two hours or after swimming or sweating heavily according to the directions on the bottle.
- Skin cancer also can form on the lips. To protect your lips, apply a lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Apply the sunscreen to dry skin 15 minutes BEFORE going outdoors.
Use enough sunscreen to generously coat all skin that will be not be covered by clothing. If clothing will not cover a part of your body, it needs to have sunscreen. This includes your face, ears, feet and hands. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, most people only apply 25-50% of the recommended amount of sunscreen.