Most people know that the sun's rays can be damaging to the skin, but what a lot of people do not know is that there are ways to reduce the damage once it has been done. Your best defense against harmful UV rays is, of course, a high SPF sunscreen. Applying sunscreen liberally to your face and body prior to sun exposure is the best way to prevent damage to your skin. Remembering to re-apply frequently and especially if you are in the water is key to the utmost protection.
But, if you forgot to wear sunscreen or did not have a high enough SPF, there are ways to reduce damage to the skin like sunspots. If you have minor damage, you may even get away with applying a beauty product to help alleviate some of the damage.
Brightening creams are great because they work to alleviate sunspots or dark areas on your face that have resulted from sun exposure. Products that contain glycol, retinol, and witch hazel work by essentially lifting the dark spots out by gently exfoliating the top layer of your skin. Experts suggest introducing a new product to your routine gradually because new products could cause irritation.
Sun damage can mean wrinkles and no one likes wrinkles! Using a product that contains hyaluronic acid is a great option if the damage is minimal but you would still like to work to reduce the wrinkles that have resulted from that exposure. You can find products with hyaluronic acid at your local pharmacy in the skin care section.
In addition to sunspots, the sun can drain the moisture from your skin, which can make wrinkles show up more than they would if your skin was hydrated. Using a serum is a great way to keep your skin moisturized and healthy. Look for formulas with both vitamins C and E to boost collagen production and keep the moisture in the skin.
If the damage is the result of long-term sun exposure, a professional treatment may be better for your skin. There are many treatments available that can help reverse the effects of sun exposure.
Chemical peels are often used to help with skin damaged by the sun because it works to remove the top layer of skin that could be damaged. This reveals a new layer of skin underneath that is often clearer than the top layer and thus leaves the client with better-looking skin.
If your skin is mild to moderately damaged, microdermabrasion may be a great option for you. Microdermabrasion consists of a vacuum-like tube that removes damaged skin and promotes fresh skin growth. This procedure is gentler than dermabrasion but you may need multiple treatments to get the maximum results from the treatment.
Filler injections are another option if you are looking for a professional treatment. These injections work by replacing the collagen that has been lost because of the damage. There are different kinds of fillers available depending on your needs. In general, fillers can help with wrinkles, facial lines, and scars.
Microneedling is the process of using micro-sized needles to puncture tiny holes in the top layer of your skin. Similar to other skin procedures mentioned on this list, micro needling helps to increase collagen production and help promote new skin growth. Microneedling can reduce the appearance of both fine and deep wrinkles as well as the appearance of scars. Specifically, microneedling can help with sun damage and discoloration such as hyperpigmentation.
Remember to always wear SPF when you will be exposed to the sunlight. If you have sun damage, use these tips and consult a professional to determine the right routine for your unique skin.
by Carissa St. Rose
Based on my experience as a skin care professional, I understand a daily single cleanse can be a lot to ask for, so please don’t write me off because of my recommendation to double cleanse.
If you’ve ever received a professional skin treatment, you’ll notice the Aesthetician does a two part cleanse to properly remove oil and debris (sweat, makeup, dirt, etc) from your face. The first cleanse is typically an oil-based cleanser, which is ideal for breaking down excess oil in the skin and gently removing makeup. The second cleanse is a cleanser best suited for your skin to address any concerns you may be faced with – i.e. brightening, antibacterial, calming, etc. This double cleanse ensures your skin is prepped for exfoliation and ingredient penetration via serums and masques.
Double cleansing at home preps your skin in the same manner, as it ensures no debris is left behind to wreak havoc on your pretty face. Most women who wear makeup already incorporate that first cleanse method via makeup wipes, so replacing that with an oil based cleanser is a simple task. The oil-based cleanser is gentler to the skin than cosmetic wipes and also provides a more thorough makeup removal – a winning tradeoff in my opinion! You would then want to complete your cleansing routine with a nourishing cleanser containing ingredients that address your skin concerns.
Dermaesthetics has an incredibly soothing and refreshing cleansing oil that not only removes makeup and excess oil from the skin, it smells delicious too. DBH also has a great range of cleansers to tackle your skin concerns and get you on your way to a healthier and more radiant complexion.
To identify the perfect cleanser for your skin, simply click on the product image to learn more about it. Adding a simple step to your cleansing routine can make all the differnce in the health of your skin. You can also give us a call or shoot us an email to schedule your consultation with a DBH Aesthetician. Remember, great skin doesn’t happen by chance, it happens by appointment!
Step 1. Cleanser
Removing daytime dirt, debris, makeup, oil, sweat and more is a must step one so your skin can breathe! This is a day and night routine. Don’t forget, at night our skin is repairing and pushing out toxins and waste out through our pores. Be sure you’re using a cleanser made for your skin code, so you don’t cause damage to your barrier.
Step 2. Toner
DBH toners are specifically formulated for different skin types and concerns to deliver skin targeting results, moisture and anti-aging benefits. Don’t be misled and skip the toner. Creating the right base layer will allow products to penetrate deep into your skin, providing you optimal skin love results! #DBHbeauty
Step 3. Serums
Moving forward from thinner to thickest, it’s time to apply SERUMS!
DBH serums are highly concentrated formulations of active ingredients designed to address specific concerns and conditions, such as, acne, aging, pigmentation, wrinkles, sensitive, dry, melasma and more. Serum application is a crucial step to effectively see corrective results. Multiple serums can be layered to address multiple skin concerns, delivering benefits deep into your skin layers! Make sure to allow each serum applied to fully absorb into your skin prior to applying additional products. Certain serums can even be applied on your lower and upper eyelids.
Step 4. Cream
Hydrated and moisturized skin is essential to healthy skin! It helps to create a strong barrier to keep nutrients in and pollutants out! Oily, acne, dry, sensitive or impaired skin ALL need to moisturize. Oily skin types may actually be dry. When your skin senses it’s dry, it automatically will start producing excess oil/sebum. This may actually cause additional skin concerns. Moisturizing with the right self-care products will balance your skin and the amount of sebum that is produced.
Step 5. Eye Care
DBH eye gels and creams are specifically formulated with active ingredients to address the thinnest skin and most delicate area around the eyes, producing rapid results with concentrated products. For the eyes, less is more. Simply apply a small grain size amount for each eye, tap in until fully absorbed. Don’t skip, prevent the crows feet, fine lines and wrinkles throughout the year.
Step 6. Advanced Protection SPF
Don’t leave without applying your dose of EGF SPF 50 protection! Yes, with DBH your skin gets the added bonus of Epidermal Growth Factor! “Weather” cloudy, rainy, sun shinny, apply your SPF and protect yourself from UVAging. Even if you are inside all day. Did you know UVA rays can bounce off the ground and into windows? Please don’t forget your neck and decolletage too! You can mix your SPF with your moisturizer for quick application and coverage. Added bonus, DBH tinted balm for even, light day or night coverage!
By Carissa St. Rose
Unless you have a perfect complexion, makeup is the saving grace for minimizing appearance of the flaws keeping us up at night. In addition to being an Aesthetician, I’m also a professional Makeup Artist, so I’m constantly approached with inquiries on perfecting the complexion. It is not uncommon to rely on the “quick fix” makeup provides, but failing to protect the face from the products being applied. It is essential to prep with products that infuse nutrients under makeup to combat exacerbation of skin concerns. Prepping the skin can also aid in creating the perfect canvas to apply makeup on.
Makeup application can be quite the challenge and unnecessarily frustrating when our skin refusing to cooperate. Maintaining a healthy daily regimen is the first step in a flawless makeup application, so if you don’t follow a routing yet, let us at DBH know so we can assist there. A healthy regimen and proper skin prep can aid in smoothing out texture, reducing inflammation, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, and blurring out unevenness in the skin tone. A few extra steps will ensure makeup looks airbrushed and has some real staying power!
To make your life easier, we’ve created a kit that will meet all your needs for proper skin prep. From Cleansing to blemish control, we’ve got you covered! The below products will complete the daily regimen of makeup lovers and have you on your way to a healthier complexion. Collagen Stemedic Serum will plump up fine lines and wrinkles, Caviar Eye Serum will prime and treat the eye area, Silky Base will smooth out complexion imperfections, EGF Blemish Balm will camouflage and heal breakouts, and Green Apple Cleansing Oil will ensure gentle makeup removal.
To learn more about the Makeup Essentials Kit, simply click on the photo. These products are a staple for me whether I’m applying my own makeup, working on a movie set, glamming up brides, or touring with an artist. I also incorporate regular professional treatments to properly address clients’ skin concerns, so don’t skip the facials simply because you’re camouflaging your issues. Remember, great skin doesn’t happen by chance, it happens by appointment!
By Carissa St. Rose
What’s with the hype around Collagen these days?! Well, collagen is a fibrous protein that makes up a third of the protein in our entire body, so it’s kind of a big deal, haha. In the dermis (middle layer of the skin) collagen helps create chains of proteins called peptides that promote skin elasticity and firmness. As we age, the integrity and amount of our collagen decreases, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, and less supple skin.
While you cannot produce more collagen, you can improve the health of what’s remaining in your skin. Healthy collagen promotes firm and supple skin, which ensures a more youthful appearance. There are also injectable options if you want that “quick fix”, but if you’re not prepared to explore that route, you can nourish your collagen via medical-grade skincare (cosmeceuticals). You’ll want to seek products containing “soluble collagen”, as this size of molecule ensures a reliable delivery method into the skin.
The above products will ensure you have the makings of a solid anti-aging regimen - an eye cream to protect those pretty eyes, a serum for optimal ingredient penetration, and a creamy formula as a moisturizer. You can also apply any of these products on your lips for a plumping effect! Should you wish to learn more about the benefits of collagen in skin care, don’t hesitate to ask your facial guru. Remember, great skin doesn’t happen by chance, it happens by appointment!