English: An Ounce Of Skincare Prevention

JUNE ENGLISH, LE
Los Alamos

Clients normally visit Estheticians to correct a skin problem rather than to prevent issues from occurring. Prevention is the first line of defense when it comes to skin Health and slowing down the aging process, but many are missing this step.

Clients too often wait until their skin appearance and health get severe, at which point they wind up in their esthetician’s treatment room expecting 15 years of damage to be removed in one session.

The good news is it might not always be like this moving forward. Men and women are finally realizing the importance of preventative care to maintain their skin’s health, and are starting at a younger age. It is important to help clients of all ages to understand that preventing is just as important as correcting, and that once their skin is corrected, they will need to maintain the results by continuing to prevent.

So as an Esthetician, my job is to help correct my clients’ skin. Here are four main topicals that will help prevent and correct damaged skin during and after their in-office treatments.

Sun Protection
While most Americans know how important it is to use sunscreen, many are still falling short. Maybe when they realize that 90 percent of extrinsic aging comes from the sun’s powerful rays, they may put forth more effort of using at least a 30 SPF broad spectrum sunscreen on a daily basis.

Antioxidants
Once a client has been educated on the different sunscreens, it is important to add a daily antioxidant. Antioxidants are important because they restore damage that has already happened and prevent further damage from occurring. Topical antioxidants have also been shown to reduce free radical damage, which can lead to collagen and elastin breakdown. Vitamin C topicals are excellent because they are a two-in-one type of product. They are both corrective and preventative.

Exfoliation
Exfoliation is key to new skin health. All skin types can benefit from proper exfoliation, and this includes those looking to prevent and correct. As humans age, skin renews itself less frequently, resulting in sallow and dull complexions. This also can lead to dead skin buildup, making the appearance of age spots more apparent. Exfoliation can be manual or chemical. If using manual it is best to use a gentle scrub, one that has gentle rounded beads and not jagged edges.

Pigment Control
The last preventative measure is a topical product that prevents and corrects the production of melanin in the skin, preferably a tyrosinase inhibitor such as Hydroquinone. Chemical Peels as treatments can be very effective, as well.

In office procedures are an important office tool to prevent and correct the signs of aging and skin health. While aging never stops, getting great services along with at-home care products helps slow that process down. Look at it as insurance for your skin. It is an investment one must make to maintain the health and balance of our skin.

June English is a licensed Esthetician and owner of Professional Skin Care Choices at 1247 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos. Contact her at 505.507.0124. www.myskincarechoices.com.

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