Summer isn’t over yet, but it’s almost time to get back to work and school, which means it’s time to think proactively about showing off a clear, healthy complexion. Here are four tips to help patients heal overexposed, summer-damaged skin and prepare to get back to the office or classroom.
1. Keep skin clean and pure
Skin needs to be kept clean, especially when it’s irritated or sunburned. Dead cells, impurities, and dust and pollution from the environment can cause damaged or irritated skin to take longer to heal. It’s important for patients to cleanse every day to keep skin refreshed and pores clear from irritants. Exfoliating can also help by preventing dead cells from clogging pores.
Salicylic Face & Body Wash: A cleansing micro-peel that purifies pores and removes impurities while restoring moisture with 1% extra virgin coconut oil.
Chamomile Facial Cleanser: A soothing and hydrating cleanser with panthenol, peptides, and chamomile and ginger essential oils. Recommended for all skin types.
Dual Action Toner: An exfoliant that uses a combination of alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids to penetrate pores, removing dead cells and impurities while calming with botanical extracts.
2. Nourish with helpful vitamins
For skin to heal, it needs a healthy dose of the right nutrients. Vitamins come in many shapes and sizes, and they’re all great for skin in different ways. Vitamin F helps replace fatty acids for a healthier skin barrier, while vitamins C and E are excellent antioxidants that promote and protect overall skin health. B vitamins are also great for keeping skin smooth, relaxed, and hydrated.
Green Tea Antioxidant Serum: Green tea provides a wide array of skin nutrients, and this nutrient-packed serum is excellent for calming inflammation while soothing and protecting skin with specially extracted green tea and vitamin E.
Vita Soothe: Instantly repairs the skin barrier for better hydration, plus protective antioxidants and regenerative vitamins E and F.
Vitamin K Creme: What if skin is especially damaged or bruised? Vitamin K penetrates and promotes capillary regeneration to soothe badly damaged areas. We recently upgraded this product with over 7x as much vitamin K, plus antioxidant vitamin E.
3. Protect with antioxidants
Antioxidants, which include all the vitamins, are some of the best nutrients we can give our skin because they protect from further damage. Whether it’s from UV light, blue light, or environmental pollution, indoor and outdoor sources can cause reactive free radical chemical species to attack and damage the skin barrier. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals before they can cause any damage. Sensitive, irritated, and damaged skin in particular need antioxidants to protect them while they heal.
We especially recommend an active antioxidant ingredient called Lipochroman®. Lipochroman® is the strongest antioxidant on the market today, and it’s the only antioxidant that protects against carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen free radicals.
4. Promote healthy habits
Beyond skincare, there are plenty of practices patients can follow to keep skin healthy and clear. A healthy diet can help keep skin nourished, and regular exercise and getting enough sleep can lower stress levels and reduce breakouts, in addition to countless other benefits. As always, make sure your patients are wearing sunscreen when they go outdoors, especially if their skin is already sensitive or damaged. We recommend our new Radiant Shield SPF 40, a soothing mineral sunscreen that hydrates and protects with a combination of botanicals, barrier-promoting Ectoin, Lipochroman®, and sun protectant zinc oxide.
For more best-health practices for summer, read this article.