FACE – Shape up sun damaged skin
Despite your best intentions this last summer, you may still end up with photo damage.Start a skincare routine that includes alpha- or beta-hydroxy acid products or retinols to help restore abnormal cells, diminishing fine lines and creating a better overall skin texture. A moisturizer with vitamins A,C. or E can also help slow down the effects of free radicals that may still be lurking in the skin.
BODY – Get a mole checked
Make an appointment for a skin cancer screening with your dermatologist, who can check those areas you can’t – back, buttocks, scalp and behind your ears. See a dermatologist as opposed to a primary care physician. They are quick in their ability to recognize Melanoma, the most common form or cancer among women ages 25-29.
MAKEUP – Re-create the summer glow
Nothing instills a rosy complexion like being active in the great outdoors. Just because you’re spending more time inside doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to a radiant glow. Apply a bronzer all over the face (not just the cheeks) to achieve the most natural look. Try a moisturizing bronzer for dry skin, a lightweight gel for oily skin or, if you want long-lasting coverage, try a powder. Lighter-hued bronzers are good for pale complexions; darker shades are best for olive-tone complexions.
SUNSCREEN – For all seasons
UVB light may taper in the Fall but UVA rays are present year-round. Avobenzone (aka Parsol), the FDA approved ingredient in sunscreens, offers the best protection against UVA rays, but make sure it is combined with UVB-blocking ingredients such as cinnamates. So that you won’t forget to apply it every day, use a moisturizer or foundation with an SPF 30 or higher. The latest formulations are sheer and weightless so they won’t clog the pores. If you choose to apply sunscreen separately, make sure you put it on first – before foundation or any other cosmetics.
June English is a licensed esthetician and owner of Professional Skin Care Choices LLC., at 127 Eastgate Dr. Ste. 212-D in Los Alamos. For more information, go to www.myskincarechoices.com or call 507-0124.