It’s that time of year. Summer is over, fall is quickly approaching and all of the fun times you had outside soaking up the sun at the pool, beach or other summertime happy places have had a direct impact on the health of your skin. Now you’re left wanting to repair some of the damage your skin experienced with the exposure to the sun. Well don’t stress, come in and get one of our rejuvenating facials. During which, you’ll hear expert advice on how to see improvements in your skin.
Every facial begin with a skin assessment to determine what products and techniques should be used on your face. Not sure which facial you want? We’ll add extra time (at no cost) to determine what facial is best for you by asking lifestyle questions and using a magnifying lamp to observe your skin. Our approach to skincare is to develop a relationship with you and set up a treatment plan to help you see improvements.
A monthly facial cannot overcome your lifestyle choices made in the 43,000 or so minutes between your visits to Stonebriar Spa. So be ready for some tough skin care love from your Esthetician. And be ready to make permanent changes especially if you want to combat uneven skin tone and premature wrinkles. These are some of the most common pieces of advice shared by Stonebriar Spa Estheticians:
- What you eat can make a difference. Your skin needs nourishment from the inside as well as from the outside. Protein supports collagen, elastin and other fibers your skin needs; omega-3 essential fatty acids found in fish and hemp milk can improve cell membranes and the skin’s protective oil barrier. Adding antioxidants found in foods rich in vitamins A (carrots, sweet potatoes), C (citrus, broccoli) and E (nuts, olives) as well as lycopene (tomatoes, watermelon) can also make a difference in the way your skin looks and feels.
- Dehydration is one of your skin’s worst enemies. The Mayo Clinic recommends daily averages of 9 cups for women and 13 cups for men. Increase this amount during the summer and increased activity. Stay ahead of dehydration by drinking consistently throughout the day, not just when you are thirsty. When you don’t get enough water, the skin can dry out and make it vulnerable to premature aging.
- “Unprotected, prolonged exposure to the sun is the most common cause of premature skin aging,” says Ann Humphrey, a 14-year veteran Esthetician at Stonebriar Spa. “UVA rays break down collagen, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles, dilating pores, and causing pigmentation such as melasma and brown spots. Ann always tells her clients to stay in the shade, wear a wide brim hat and wraparound sunglasses, and apply sunscreen with SPF 30+.
- Get a consistent amount (six to eight hours) of sleep. Honor your body’s personalized cycle by going to sleep at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning. Leave your window shade up so the morning sun wakes naturally wakes you to jumpstart your day. One bad night of sleep can result in fatigued-looking skin, puffy eyes, and dark circles. Consistent sleep deprivation can cause higher cortisol levels leading to acne, psoriasis, prolonged redness, and collagen breakdown.
Your lifestyle choices have a direct impact on the way your skin looks and feels. A monthly facial from your Stonebriar Spa Esthetician will provide motivation and validation that your lifestyle choices are contributing to improvements in your skin tone and texture. Their expert advice and guidance on the facial type and at-home skin care products are part of the equation. Your daily actions mean the most to the health of your skin.