Summer sun and heat can be very harsh on our skin. Dry skin can be drier and more dehydrated than in other months. Oily skin may become oilier for some, and not so oily for others. For some, blemishes seem to get better, but worse for others. The skin is a complex organ. Our skin protects us from outside aggressions, acts as a temperature regulator, has sensory receptors and as our largest excretory organ, excretes waste and toxins, and has many more functions. Most of us are born with perfect, normal skin, smooth and elastic, the perfect amount of oil and moisture content. As we age, hereditary factors, hormonal changes, stress, lack of exercise, and poor eating habits start to sink in. This means we are not receiving enough nutrients to maintain a healthy body, or skin, hair and nails. It becomes difficult for our under-nourished bodies to cope with changes in stress, hormones, etc, an this is when we start to see changes in the health of our skin.

What are we to do? Provide the best treatment you can for your skin. It deserves it!

Here are some helpful handy steps to keeping a beautiful and healthy complexion all Summer long:

Summer Blooms
Source: S. Holda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multi-VitaminsBegin or keep taking your multi/vitamin complex. If you are not currently taking a multi-vitamin, your physician may be able to help you decide which formula is right for your body. If you aren’t currently getting your 7-10 servings of vegetables and fruits per day, multi-vitamins can help your body receive the important vitamins and minerals that it might be lacking. Multi-vitamins most often contain the vitamins and minerals; A, D, E, K, Biotin, Folate, Niacin, Panthothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Thiamin, B6, B12, C, Calcium, Flouride, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Phosporous, Potassium, Selenium, Sodium, Zinc. These work to promote healthy body systems and skin in a multitude of ways.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids – Try an Omega-3 formula particularly; flax and borage combination. Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids, meaning that they cannot be synthesized by the human body but are vital for normal metabolism. Omega-3 fatty acids are also found in fish such as salmon, cod, and in krill and their oil formulas. If you are looking for a plant-based Omega-3 rich food; flaxseed, butternuts and hempseed are among the most concentrated providers. Barlean’s is a company that makes a wonderful combination made especially for women. This is good for the whole body, but a must for good skin.

Vitamin C – Remember that vitamin C builds collagen. Vitamin C can be found naturally in bright citrus fruits available during the summer months; strawberries, papayas, kiwifruits and even broccoli and bell peppers. Vitamin C is essential to the development and maintenance of scar tissue, blood vessels, and cartilage. The Emergen-C formulations contain 1000 mg of C, plus electrolytes (minerals). The formulations are excellent for a pick-me-up in the afternoon when we start to lag or lose our energy.

Carrot Love
Source: Mandy Phipps, Photographer

 

Fresh Fruits and Veggies – In summer we have an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables available, warm weather and sunshine. Eat lots of those fruits and vegetables, but don’t forget your protein. Remember fruits contain sugar, some more than others, so don’t over indulge on the fruits. Fruits and vegetables are a good source of minerals.

Water Drink 6 to 8 eight ounces of water. If you are uncertain about the correct amount of water for you personally, a good rule of thumb: divide your weight by 2. this number is equivalent to the number of ounces you should have per day. Divide that number by 8 and you have the number of eight ounce glasses of water you should have. You may substitute some of that water with green tea or herbal teas, and there are healthy bottled waters and drinks available at your favorite health food store or the natural foods aisle in your grocery store. Many of these drinks contain electrolytes (minerals) which is important anytime, but especially in the summer. Add a couple of  these to your daily intake of liquids. Watermelon contains a lot of water and coconut water has natural electrolytes.

Calendula – Calendula is a lovely marigold-like flower and is considered a vulnerary agent. Vulnerary agents help to promote healing and Calendula is often used to treat issues of the skin and wound healing. Calendula also has anti-inflammatory properties and some weak anti-microbial properties. Keep some Calendula cream or gel on hand for sunburn. If you have small children, calendula cream or gel is good for scrapes or scratches, while it doesn’t burn or sting. There is new research that found hyper-pigmentation, those brown spots we get from sun or aging, can be helped with a new natural formulation.

Calendula
Source: Wikipedia

Exercise Do some form of exercise, even a 10 minute walk is beneficial.  Walk with a friend or take advantage of some of the outdoor classes of yoga or tai chi. Do something you enjoy or you won’t do it!

Manage Stress Stress affects our body, but it affects our skin as well. When we are stressed, it immediately shows up on our skin. Have a relaxing facial with massage, this relaxes and de-stresses, you and your skin. You will feel wonderful and your skin will look great! Have a quiet time for meditation, or whatever helps you to relax and de-stress.

Sleep Get 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night. This is when the body does its repair work. The skin repairs, regenerates and detoxifies through the transpiration process. This is the most important time to cleanse the face and apply your treatment products or moisturizer.

Sun Protection – Wear a good sunscreen, designated for UVA/UVB protection. Use an SPF 30 preferably with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Apply ½ hour before going in the sun and reapply every 2 hours, more often if in and out of the water or if perspiring heavily. Don’t forget the back of the hands and neck. Wear a hat during the hottest part of the day when the sun is the strongest.

Cleansing – Use a good cleanser for your skin. A good cleanser is so important to good skin care. Many people think  just any cleanser is ok to use, because how important can it be, we just apply it and rinse it off! Just the opposite is true. You need a cleanser appropriate to your skin type, preferably with no parabens or sulfites.

Come to Aesthetics Northwest Visit us for more specialized analysis of your skin, because everyone is unique. We offer a complimentary, in-depth skin analysis to help you choose the correct care and cleanser for your particular skin type. We can also help determine the correct type of moisturizer for you and answer any other questions you may have.  We specialize in sensitive skin types including roseacea and adult onset acne. Come see us!

Aesthetics Northwest Institute wants you to enjoy life-long healthy and radiant skin. We hope that you’ve enjoyed and learned from our tips for healthy summer skin.

Find us on the web at www.aestheticsnw.com  or give us a call at 425-635-7400.

We look forward to seeing you soon-call today!

About the Author:  JoAnne Munro

JoAnne’s passion is teaching students to analyze skin for corrective, anti-aging, and maintenance purposes. Her additional focus on nutrition as it applies to skin is unique in the esthetics and nail care industry. She was one of the select group of educators responsible for introducing Loreal Paris to the United States, and the first to found a school based solely esthetics and nails west of the Mississippi.

JoAnne knows both sides of the beauty industry. She’s owned salons, and serves as a consultant to assist others in establishing successful businesses. JoAnne received her training both in the US and Europe, and integrates both approaches into the school’s curriculum.