Climate changes in the Southwest regions have changed drastically and are projected to change even more by mid-century. Temperatures have increased by almost 2°F over the last 25 years and it is projected to increase anywhere from 3.5°F to 9.5°F by the end of this century (www.2epa.gov).
We know that the climate changes are affecting our surroundings and our skin. Our winters are getting colder and our summers are getting hotter. Arizonians are dealing with a drying effect to their skin as the weather gets colder. This changes how we manage our home care regime. Not every product is effective for each season. Arizona is known of the hot, dry heats that generally occur from May through October. Without consistent, effective habits, people may find themselves struggling with acne, clogged pores, and rashes to name just a few conditions.
There are five key habits that everyone should consider integrating into their life style to adjust to the climate changes and their skin.
1. SUNSCREEN!!! The UV ray’s are getting worse with each year that passes. If we are in direct sunlight, we need to be reapplying sunscreen every 2-3 hours. For women, using sunscreen in make-up is not enough. I sell Skin Scripts Sunblook (30) which I mix with moisturizer in the morning or after each facial to protect skin.
2. Home skin care regime Sadly, I’ve educated hundreds of people of varying ages about skin care in between facials. They say it takes 21 days to establish a routine. To start, I ask my clients to cleanse, tone and moisturize in the morning and evening before bed. There are so many pollutants that the human eye can’t see, but my mag lamp can detect in an instant. Consult with your Esthetician to figure out the best cleanser, toner (which acts as an antiseptic) and moisturizer. Often people with oily skin, don’t think it’s necessary to moisturize, however, moisturizer can help reduce sebum production (which can cause black heads) and add better texture to the skin.
2. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate Once you have your home skincare regime down, it’s time to add an exfoliate. Exfoliation helps shed dead skin cells, acne, and clogging pores. I usually recommend exfoliating 1-2 times per week, however, it depends highly on your skin type. Serums are also necessary vitamins that help with collagen and elastin production to promote anti-aging.
3. Regular facials by an Esthetician you trust! Getting on a good home care regime is crucial to healthy skin, however, scheduling regular facials will help combat those unwanted effects of the sun, aging, and acne. Your treatment should include a cleanse, professional strength enzyme or exfoliate, extractions, professional strength mask, serum, moisturizer, and sunblock. I personally add an upper body massage and scalp massage to make your treatment relaxing. Ideally, everyone should get a facial every 4-6 weeks. If on a budget, then I recommend at the very least, one facial per quarter (4 times per year). Please visit my page for examples of facials and hair removal treatments at www.incandescentskin.com
4. Diet–moderation is the key! As a skincare specialist, it is my job to educate you on life habits that might cause adverse reactions to your skin. Its true. Sugar, soda, chips, and that dollar burger down the street all contribute to acne and poor skin health. Living in the Southwest region, I can’t say it enough. WATER, WATER, WATER! Our bodies are depleted by water with the heat. Replace that morning caffeinated beverage with water with lemon or cucumber slices. Instead of getting fast food for lunch, make a little extra dinner from the night before so that you can take healthy left over’s to lunch. I’m not saying to cut all sugar, fats and carbs from your diet, however, moderation is the key.
As an Esthetician and skin care specialist, I read all the literature I can get my hands on. Experts are now advising people as young as 18 to start using anti-aging products. It’s never too soon to learn a new habit that in turn will keep you and your skin healthy that builds great confidence and self-esteem.
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