SUNSENSE and The Environment

Spring is here and summer is around the corner!  It’s time to put away the winter wardrobe including your winter skin care!  The only thing “All Season” is your sunscreen!!

Everyone is born with an innate gene pool that determines the appearance of their skin.  These inherited factors include sensitivity, pigmentation, pore size, thickness   and oiliness of the skin. Although some of these factors create a challenge, the professionals at Age Of Innocence are dedicated to keeping your skin looking its best    for every season!  “Accepting what you cannot change” is NOT an AoI option!!

We know that factors such as lifestyle, diet, environment, stressors, but most importantly, the sun can impact the skin!  Our focus is not only appearance, but prevention!  It is a known fact that skin cancers are directly related to sun damage.  The rate of melanoma has risen 800% over the past four decades (Med Esthetics, 2012,) making it the most prevalent cancer among women ages 25-29 today. Squamous cell and Basal cell skin cancers are also on the rise in people under 40 years of age.  Prevention and protection come in a small tube of sun screen with an SPF of at least 15 including UVA/UVB protection.  (AoI prefers 30 SPF or higher.)

Besides skin cancer, the sun causes ninety percent of skin aging and this damage is accumulative!  The more sun, the more damage; manifesting as dry patches, permanent redness, freckles, “brown spots, melasma (patches of dark discoloration,) and wrinkles! Adding to this skin insult, are other environmental factors such as, smoking, smog, car emissions, soot, allergens, and an array of radiation to name a few.   A landmark study in “The Journal Of Investigative Dermatology” compared women living in an urban versus rural environment for over 24 years and to no surprise found that those exposed to increased pollution had more dark spots and wrinkling!! Relocation is not a must, but proper cleansing, antioxidants and sunscreen are an easy and effective solution. These three simple steps of skin care can be the difference between skin that doesn’t look its age and skin that is older than its years!

What’s an antioxidant?  Antioxidants help prevent cellular damage by pollutants and are necessary in combating aging, both externally and internally.  A healthy diet rich in fruits and leafy greens plays a powerful role in the body’s ability to repair itself.  Conversely, the AoI skin care professionals address the external oxidation damage from the sun and pollution with cutting edge treatments and products that reverse the hands of time! These professional products are individually prescribed to customize a regimen from our AoI skin care arsenal.  Stop by and visit us at Age of Innocence for “the rest of the story” …and SUNSCREEN!

Skincare Q&A

Provided by Susan Collini and Derek Peters, Age of Innocence and The Renaissance Center For Plastic Surgery

 

1. Skincare trends seem to be headed in a more natural direction. Are there any plant-based treatments that benefit all skin types?

Most skin products are plant based.  The chemicals arise from plant material.  However, if you are attempting to treat with home remedies, try the following:

– oatmeal is a great exfoliator and moisturizer.

– cucumbers detox and reduce “puffiness” around the eyes

– honey is a natural antioxidant and can be successfully used as an antibacterial cleanser and  mask.

– lemon and vinegar are natural astringents, while apple cider vinegar specifically, tones and brings skin back to its natural PH

– witch hazel is an anti-inflammatory reducing redness and irritation.

– cold pressed extra virgin olive oil can be used for hydration

 

2. What is the most common problem patients come to you with and how can it be prevented?

There are many skin problems that we see in Age of Innocence and The Renaissance Center.  The three most common are aging skin, skin cancer and acne.  The most obvious prevention for aging skin and skin cancer is avoiding the sun and tanning beds. Using sunscreen is a MUST at all times. There are reasons why “monks” have NO wrinkles and NO brown spots.  The use of professional skin care products and treatments are tremendously beneficial and will extend the youth and elasticity of your skin.  The prevention of acne doesn’t exist but excellent treatments are available.  With professional guidance, symptoms can be controlled.

 

3. How often should we exfoliate our skin and what is the best way to exfoliate?

Skin should be exfoliated every day.  The smoother the skin; the better light reflection; hence, enhancing the skin’s outer appearance.  Exfoliation can be done mechanically or chemically or both.  Professional advice will help to avoid over exfoliation, as this can damage the skin.

 

4. Many have been told to rinse their face with cold water after washing in order to close up their pores. Does this work? Do you have any other suggestions on how to tighten pores?

Cold water does close pores for the moment, but doesn’t shrink or reduce pore size.  Unfortunately, heredity plays a major factor in the quality of our skin.  However, there are many fabulous products that can be used in the glycolic, retinol, and acid families that chemically exfoliate the pore.  These chemicals reduce debris in the clogged pore, consequently diminishing the space that makes the pore appear large.  Hence, a refined texture and smoother appearing skin.

 

5. How can you lighten the appearance of discoloration such as dark spots, acne spots and sunspots at home?  

Evening skin tones is always challenging.  But an even skin tone provides the beauty and glow that everyone strives for in their appearance.  Home treatments would consist of professional products containing glycolic acid, retinols, hydroquinone and kojic acid to name the most popular.  All of these products should be used under the guise of an expert, as these chemicals are extremely potent and can cause an adverse reaction.

 

6. What is the best way to deal with oily skin while maintaining a moisturizing routine, especially during these warm summer months?

Oily skin is not a bad thing.  It maintains your youthful appearance and skin’s integrity.  However, most young folks struggle with an over production of sebum which can exacerbate acned symptoms.  Being careful to not over cleanse, which strips the skin of its protective oils, is the best way of balancing oily skin with an oil free moisturizing routine.  Stripping the skin will cause more oil production, hence the vicious cycle of combatting oily skin.  There are wonderful non-comedogenic products available that will moisturize and absorb excess oil.

 

7. What is the best way to protect your skin from the sun?

Stay out of it!!!! Seriously, there is something to be said about the monk who sits inside all day and looks 50 years younger than his chronological age!  When that fails, sunscreen with UVA/UVB protection and topical antioxidants will help to protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays.  Besides skin cancer, the sun causes ninety percent of skin aging and this damage is accumulative! The more sun, the more damage; manifesting as dry patches, permanent redness, freckles, “brown spots, melasma (patches of dark discoloration,) and wrinkles!  PROTECT! PROTECT! PROTECT!

 

8. Besides the sun, what other environmental hazards should people be aware of?

Adding to the skin insult of sun exposure, there are other environmental factors such as, smoking, smog, car emissions, soot, allergens, and an array of radiation to name a few. A landmark study in “The Journal Of Investigative Dermatology” compared women living in an urban versus rural environment for over 24 years and to no surprise found that those exposed to increased pollution had more dark spots and wrinkling!! Relocation is not a must, but proper cleansing, antioxidants and sunscreen are an easy and effective solution for pollutant protection as well as sun protection. These three simple steps of skin care can be the difference between skin that doesn’t look its age and skin that is older than its years!

 

9. If you have to be outside in peak sun hours, what precautions should you take?

Wear a hat and sunglasses, use sunscreen with a 30 SPF or more and UVA/UVB protection and use an umbrella!!!