With summer ending (we’re not crying, you’re crying), you might be heading into the Fall season with a little sun damage. Sunburns and peeling skin never looked good on anybody. All the extra exposure to the UVA/UVB rays may have attacked your glowing appearance. Here are some ways you can recover, heal, and reverse this summer’s sun damage:
Add light therapy to your skin care routine
Long, unprotected sun exposure slows collagen production and increase the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Anti-aging light therapy devices revive and stimulate collagen production, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Red, infrared, and amber lights increase circulation, reducing the appearance of redness and encourage cellular repair.
Protect skin with broad spectrum sunscreen
According to the American Cancer Society, traditional sunscreen only blocks UVB rays and allows UVA rays to penetrate deep into the hypodermis, leading to signs of aging, sagging skin, and uneven skin tones. When skin is protected with broad spectrum UVB/UVA applied sun screen, less sun damage occurs. Be sure to reapply at least every two hours.
Exfoliate to reveal youthful skin
Removing dead skin cells may help reveal smooth, bright, lustrous skin. By scrubbing gently with a textured cloth, extra layers of dead skin holding on to brown pigments can be removed, resulting in an even skin tone.
Green tea moisturizer
UV exposure encourages early onset of wrinkles and skin aging. Treating skin with a green tea moisturizer can provide antioxidants and anti-inflammatory responses in the skin, which slow the signs of aging. Pro tip: after cleansing facial skin, apply green tea moisturizer before anti-aging light therapy treatment to increase the green tea’s effectiveness up to 10 times. Catch up with our influencer, Beauty By Anne-Marie, where she shares her skin care routine to reverse sun damage:
What comes to mind when you read the word “micronutrient”? To most, it’s a foreign word, but to the nutritional community it refers to crucial vitamins and minerals that every human needs in order to function.
Common salt contains sodium, which is a micronutrient essential for human life. But it’s a double-edged sword. Consume too little salt, and you could experience headaches, nausea, muscle cramps, and worse, potentially life-threatening conditions. Consume too much salt, and you may experience high blood pressure, edema, and/or loss of calcium.
Over Indulgence in Salt = Bags Under Eyes
Excess salt intake is thought to cause the body to retain water and bloat, which can affect your under eye appearance.
What’s a person to do? First, examine your diet by recalling what you consumed and referring to the nutrition facts to determine the culprit. Pay close attention to the sodium Seriously, you have no excuse. Smart phones have made it absurdly easy to track macronutrients and micronutrients with apps available for download.
It’s also known that processed foods tend to contain too much sodium. Be aware that the frozen food section of your grocer is laced with higher levels of sodium in order to preserve the food for longer periods of time. Additionally, fatty meats, canned beans, and other foods you may can contain high amounts of sodium.
Are you serious about getting rid of those puffy eyes? Really serious? Your first step should be to prepare fresh, home-cooked meals.
After that, if you find that salt has still stolen your glow, give these home remedies a try:
- Drink water. Salt may lead the body to water retention. To de-bloat and de-bag, drink plenty of water.
- Eat potassium-rich foods. Bananas, avocados, spinach, sweet potato, coconut water, yogurt and other potassium-rich foods will reduce water retention.
- Drink a diuretic such as no-sugar-added cranberry juice. Mayo Clinic suggests that drinking a diuretic can help rid the body of excess sodium.
- Apply cool cucumber slices or tea bags over the eyes for 20 minutes. The combination of cool + vitamins soothes the skin and reduces swelling of fragile under-eye skin.
- You can also apply chilled spoons or frozen bags of peas if you’re in a real time-crunch. If you can’t find 20 minutes per day, how about 5 minutes? Your eyes will respond to the TLC, we promise.
- Our anti-aging light therapy devices can help rejuvenate under eye skin. Amber light reduces the appearance of swelling and inflammation.
For eye’s sake, put down the salt! What other life hacks do you have for treating under-eye bags?
It’s the morning of your big event. You have so much to look forward to: the hair, the makeup, the dress of your dreams, the photo opportunities. Everything you’ve planned is coming together and it’s time to celebrate. You’re feeling confident and absolutely nothing can bring you dow- is that a ZIT?
How your appearance impacts your self-confidence falls on a spectrum. Some people may be affected more than others. Understanding how psychology and appearance is linked can help you identify how you’re feeling and ways to cope with an unexpected blemish.
Psychodermatology: the mind behind the skin.
Psychodermatology is a relatively new concentration studying the link between mind and skin.
Kristina G. Gorbatenko-Roth, PhD, featured in “The Link Between Skin and Psychology”, notes “The skin is the most noticeable part of our body that could be impacted by psychological factors….” How clear and youthful our skin looks may reflect how we view and values ourselves. Inconsistent skin changes could trigger inconsistent, stressful emotions. Professionals recommend working with a dermatologist and a psychiatrist to manage skin issues on a physical and mental level.
Stopping the cycle
While professional help to manage a serious situation can be the best route, here are 5 simple coping habits you can apply in the moment for when you’re feeling down about the way your skin looks.
- When we find ourselves in stressful situations, very rarely do we stop to take in a deep, cleansing breath. Breathing has the power to change your state of mind and clam you down.
- Realizing that you may not have total control of how your skin reacts before a big event or in your everyday life will be the first step in accepting an acne flare-up or a breakout.
- Make a plan
- Once accepting that you’re experiencing a breakout, come up with a plan on how you’re going to move forward. Will you apply a cold compress to soothe the redness? Will you treat yourself to light therapy? Find out what you can control. Hint: complaining about it won’t make the problem go away.
- Focus on the big picture
- Shift your thoughts on the main event, the person being celebrated, or the philanthropic theme. These people or ideas being recognized are looking to you to show your full support.
Acne will come and go and with each flare-up or breakout, you will learn better and healthier ways to manage your stress. Just remember your current situation is not your final destination.