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Giving Skin a Break During Hot Summer Months

To say it is dry out is a big understatement. Summer finally arrived and the monsoons can’t get here soon enough. The climate is overly dry and in desperate need of moisture. That also means our skin is in need of moisture and TLC. The dry Arizona environment takes a toll on our skin, which is often neglected. The skin is the largest organ of the human body and requires care to keep our bodies healthy and protected.

Good skincare isn’t only for women. Men of all ages and professions can and should benefit from daily skincare. After all, the damaging sun rays and weather don’t discriminate between men and women.

There are various options that are effective in reducing acne and acne scars, sun damage, fine lines, redness and brown spots. Finding which treatment will be the most effective can be a challenge as increasingly more products and treatments are becoming easily available. The most important consideration is whether the products and procedures are safe. The next considerations are cost, effectiveness, availability in your town and recovery time.

Fortunately, some of the most effective procedures are safe, effective, easily accessible and have short recovery times. Here are a few to consider:

Most of us are familiar with the daily regimen of cleansing, toning, hydrating and protecting (sunscreen, hats, etc.) our face, neck and other exposed areas. Though these are some of the most important habits one can form at an early age and carry throughout life, there are additional means to protect and care for the skin, especially the face and neck area that are always exposed.

Basic facials focus on removing dirt, oils and dead skin cells; unplugging pores, and then soothing, hydrating and protecting the skin. These facials include the face and neck and may also include the back. Most facials take about an hour and should be performed by a licensed esthetician (skincare professional). Basic facials are recommended monthly or as often as desired or necessary.

Beyond facials are more extensive treatments that are meant to go deeper into the layers of skin and provide long-lasting effects. Two of the most effective and common skin treatments are microderm infusion and chemical peels. What’s the difference and which might be right for you?

Microderm infusion is a safe, non-invasive treatment that improves fine lines, aging skin and brown spots. The treatment removes dead and old skin cells from the epidermis, or the outermost layer of skin. The procedure buffs the skin by gently exfoliating the surface. It’s performed with a handheld device that uses micro-crystals to exfoliate away the outermost layer of your skin and infuse it with a hydrating serum at the same time. Removing the dead skin cells produces new, fresher-looking skin. Most people experience a recovery time of one to two days. Some people have just one treatment and are satisfied with the results; others prefer several treatments throughout the year and on a consistent basis.

Chemical peels, like microderm infusion, improve various skin blemishes. The main difference between the two is that chemical peels can penetrate deeper into the layers of the skin. Light to mild chemical peels treat the outer layers of skin, heal quickly and produce a minimal change to the texture of the skin. Strong chemical peels penetrate deep into your skin’s surface, impacting the various layers of skin. This allows the peel to address more severe issues, such as acne scarring or other scars.

During the treatment, a chemical solution is applied. The chemical components exfoliate the skin and cause the skin to shed or peel to reveal smoother, younger-looking skin. The stronger the chemical solution, the greater the resurfacing. Recovery times are dependent upon the strength of the solution and skin sensitivity. Because the skin is peeling for a few days, it is best to avoid the sun and limit social events during the healing process.

Whether you are considering a basic facial for the first time or have one on a regular basis, or are considering more advanced skin treatments with longer-lasting results, it is important to consult with an expert licensed anesthetist. It is important to keep in mind the treatment, results and recovery time vary depending on the procedure and skin sensitivity.

Massage Envy’s licensed anesthetists are skilled in all areas of skincare. Each session is customized to meet individual needs and desired outcomes. Skin treatment procedures can be scheduled for 60- or 90-minute sessions. FBN

By Mark Love, FBN

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Mark Love is the franchisee of Massage Envy Spa Flagstaff, located at 1235 S. Plaza Way in the University Plaza Shopping Center next to Safeway.


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