During this hot and humid time of the year you may question yourself, “What is the best summer facial treatment for the skin?”.
Many spa-goers are still drawn to microdermabrasions and professional chemical peels thinking that they are the answer to all skin problems. However, neither is seasonally appropriate. What should you be thinking of as the best summer facial treatment for your skin? What environmental conditions exist the most often in the summer? If you think UVR damage, then you’re thinking in the right direction. Along with that there is also free radical damage and oxidative stress. This results in the lipid peroxidation.
Oxidative stress is the loss of both oil as well as water soluble vitamins around the cell wall. Examples of these are vitamins A, C, E, beta-carotene, and essential fatty acids (omega 3 & 6).
Although vitamin E is abundant in quantity, it is a very poor anti-oxidant. It can become quickly inactive as it neutralizes only a small amount of free radicals.
The loss of vitamin E leads to lipid peroxidation. This is a deterioration of oils (phospholipids) that make up 45% of the cell membrane.
So if you are opting to receive a microdermabrasion or chemical peel in the summer you are not protecting the skin from damaging UVR and environment.
Visa-versa these treatments can accelerate even more damage because these treatments can be overly exfoliating and abrasive. Exfoliation is an important part of the cleansing process but over exfoliation can lead to a compromised skin barrier. Even dead skin cells have a function in our skin. One of these functions is that they can absorb up to 80% of UVR.
There is a misconception that peels and abrading the skin reduce wrinkles and pigmentation. However the actives required to make changes to these skin conditions are vitamins, peptides and growth factors.
The same vitamins and anti-oxidants are essential in neutralizing free radicals and protecting the skin cells from oxidative stress as well as lipid peroxidation.