Sins of Summer
Summer and the sun make for a beautiful time of year, but it can be like a backhanded compliment. Every moment you spend outdoors can potentially damage your skin. But the sun also provides your skin and body with the ability to produce Vitamin D, an essential part of the calcium absorption process. While it’s not possible or desirable to completely avoid sunlight, your clients may not have protected themselves as directed. Too much sun exposure can lead to numerous health and skin concerns, including skincare, immune health risks, and cosmetic changes to the skin.
If your clients have visible signs of sun damage to the skin, you as the esthetician may be able to help alleviate the sins of summer with a range of treatments. Some of the most common ways estheticians reverse sun damage include chemical peels, LED light therapy, laser treatments, and building a solid foundation of home products.
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”block” ihc_mb_who=”all” ihc_mb_template=”3″ ]During warmer weather, we are prone to sweating a bit more. This sweat mixed with our oil, humidity, and skincare products can cause underlying congestion or breakouts. Flushing out these impurities with hydration and exfoliation will be essential. Providing your clients with a professional exfoliation experience, such as a chemical peel, in your facial treatments will be a game-changer. Incorporating gentle acids like lactic acid or a cocktail of acids, including kojic acid or glycolic acid, is a great choice. Exfoliation will encourage cell renewal, brighten your client’s complexion, and aid in flushing out those impurities.
Extended duration of time in the sun or indulging in extra cocktails during the summer are major culprits to skin dehydration. We know dehydrated skin is when we lack moisture, aka water, and it can take on a leathery, dried appearance. Reclaiming your clients’ skin from desert-like texture and appearance will create an instant and much better environment for their skin to thrive.
Typically, light exfoliation can rid your clients of cuticle build-up on the skin and theoretically enhance topical product penetration. This is where in-office and home treatments come into play. There are tons of options, from toners to serums. Hyaluronic acid serums can improve hydration in the skin and prove to be truly successful in getting the skin back into balance.
Of course, you can boost a serum that contains this holy grail ingredient with tons of modalities such as an ultrasound or a galvanic device for maximum penetration and product delivery. Drinking water and boosting their intake internally is excellent, but you can even elevate that by having them incorporate an essential fatty acid supplement.
One of the most prominent conditions we see after summer, aside from dehydration, is inflammation. This includes but is not limited to redness, sensitivity, and heat in the skin. Of course, we know a broad-spectrum sunscreen is non-negotiable, but you would be surprised at how many of your clients didn’t wear their SPF.
Lack of sunscreen and exposure to the heat for long periods will wreak havoc on the skin. An easy and effective way to relieve skin stress is by introducing a series of LED light therapy treatments.
Summer is known to bring on unwanted pigmentation, so you can surely expect that your clients will want that addressed as well. Giving clients an LED session or series can be another staple when treating hyperpigmentation. Overproduction of melanin is typically a response to inflammation. Incorporating anti-inflammatory practices like LED will make all the difference. Specifically, infrared LEDs are known for their ability to treat inflammation.
Some great tyrosinase inhibitors include L-ascorbic acid, kojic acid, and azelaic acid. L-ascorbic acid can be used as lightening and brightening agents and provide antioxidant protection from UV rays. Azelaic acid is a gentle exfoliant best known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
When it comes to the causes of skin damage and aging, sun exposure is one of the main culprits. If your clients spent a lot of time outdoors this summer, you might be wondering how you can repair their skin and prevent further sun damage. Summer is such a beautiful season filled with gorgeous weather, but with good times usually comes skincare sins that need correcting. With these tips, you and your clients can face the autumn season confidently.