WELL-BE­ING

TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN AND YOUR SKIN WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU.

Seabourn Club Herald - - IN THIS ISSUE - By Trisha Dewey

WHERE THE SUN SHINES

Take care of your skin and your skin will take care of you.

As my friends and I were grow­ing up in the Florida sun, we never wor­ried much about the havoc we were wreak­ing on our largest or­gan at a cel­lu­lar level. Sure, our par­ents warned us, and we half-heart­edly re­mem­bered their words as we slop­pily ap­plied sun­screen maybe once, for­get­ting to re-ap­ply af­ter it wore off. Our teen years were full of good times that we would never for­get, and we had the brown, splotchy freck­les to show for it.

To­day, as a li­censed es­theti­cian, I know bet­ter — and luck­ily, I know how to re­verse some of the dam­age my younger self left me with. With a lit­tle work (which you can leave to the ex­perts) we have the re­sources to re­gen­er­ate the healthy smooth com­plex­ions we started with and to take back the lus­ter we once took for granted.

MEET THE EPIDERMIS

If you want to see an im­prove­ment, it’s never too late to start tak­ing care of your skin. The out­er­most layer of skin is made of skin cells form­ing the epidermis, and this su­per­fi­cial layer is ex­posed to all the el­e­ments of the world. Think of it as your shield against germs, tox­ins, pol­lu­tion and any­thing else you come in con­tact with, in­clud­ing the sun.

Th­ese cells do not have a blood sup­ply, and need fresh oxy­gen to help them sur­vive. From the time they’re formed un­til they die, the re­newal process takes about a month or so to com­plete. This layer, which is mostly made of in­sol­u­ble pro­tein (ker­atin), can take as lit­tle as two weeks to re­gen­er­ate in a teenager, but as long as three months in ma­ture skin. As we age, the process of skin re­newal slows, how­ever we can take some ac­tion to help speed up the process.

There are plenty of claims about new prod­ucts that will trans­form your skin overnight, or in one week, which is not re­al­is­tic. The truth is that there isn’t a magic cream that will solve all your skin prob­lems. The best re­sults take time and can in­volve some com­plex fac­tors in the quest for smoother skin.

CHANG­ING OF THE GUARD

To get your skin look­ing bet­ter, con­sider in­vest­ing in fa­cials that have “peel­ing” or “resur­fac­ing” in their de­scrip­tion. The types of peels ad­min­is­tered by a li­censed es­theti­cian are stronger than the kind you would find over the counter. Also, as we age, our skin can be­come more re­ac­tive to in­gre­di­ents, and seek­ing pro­fes­sional help will in­crease your chances of suc­cess. Cus­tomized peels ad­min­is­tered by an ex­pert fa­cial­ist are only in­tended to treat the epidermis, and are con­sid­ered non-in­va­sive with an acid so­lu­tion no more than 30 per­cent in strength. Get­ting a peel will re­move the dead skin cells of the su­per­fi­cial layer and ac­cel­er­ate the growth of new healthy ones in their place.

Have th­ese treat­ments done about a month apart un­til you reach your de­sired re­sults. Once your skin is more vi­tal look­ing, you can start go­ing less of­ten for pro­fes­sional treat­ments. The key is to have one treat­ment at the end of a cell’s life cy­cle (once ev­ery 30 days would be best) to in­crease cell turnover. Af­ter you have com­pleted a series of treat­ments, you should main­tain your skin with fol­low-ups once ev­ery four to six months to keep your skin look­ing amaz­ing. The re­sults can be life chang­ing.

DIY BEAUTY

Tak­ing care of your skin is not just about fa­cial treat­ments, though. There are other key fac­tors to con­sider. Pro­tect­ing your skin from free rad­i­cals (cell-dam­ag­ing mol­e­cules of­ten formed from out­side pol­lu­tion and sun) is es­sen­tial if you are try­ing to achieve a smooth, healthy look. In other words, once th­ese cells are re­gen­er­at­ing, you want them to re­main healthy and live as long as pos­si­ble. The best way to do this is to pro­tect them from the out­side el­e­ments.

You should al­ways wear a daily mois­tur­izer with sun­screen. Add some oil or cream with an­tiox­i­dants (such as vi­ta­mins A, C and E), which fight free rad­i­cals and are es­sen­tial for giv­ing th­ese cells the best pro­tec­tion you can. Ask your es­theti­cian to guide you with a daily skin rou­tine to help soothe and pro­tect your skin at home and in be­tween treat­ments.

There are ad­di­tional things you can do to keep skin look­ing healthy. Your skin is an or­gan com­prised of dif­fer­ent lay­ers that con­nect with the rest of your body. So there is such a thing as “beauty from the in­side out,” and I’m not just re­fer­ring to hap­pi­ness and body im­age. The body is con­nected and what hap­pens in­side will man­i­fest it­self out­side even­tu­ally. For in­stance, when some­one has an al­ler­gic re­ac­tion to some­thing they eat, the first place you’ll no­tice it will be on the sur­face.

To see long-term skin re­sults, we must take care of our bod­ies by avoid­ing sug­ary drinks and fried foods. Some­times the best things we can do for our­selves is to sim­ply drink more wa­ter and ad­just our di­ets. For ex­am­ple, in or­der to avoid poor im­pul­sive menu de­ci­sions, look at menus ahead of time and make a plan in ad­vance for what you will or­der. For meals at home, look for easy recipes that are healthy and quick to pre­pare. If you make an ef­fort and com­mit to even small changes, you will see ma­jor im­prove­ments to your overall health — and es­pe­cially your skin — over the long haul.

We all want to feel the best we can, so just re­mem­ber that your whole body is im­por­tant and that your skin is part of your body. Treat your skin well and you will feel bet­ter as a whole.

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