As summer comes to an end, it is the season to correct some of the skin damage left behind from over exposure to the sun. Even clients who diligently and meticulously lather sunscreen from head to toe may still end up with skin damage, including sunburn, sun spots, dehydrated skin, and more noticeable fine lines at the end of summer.
Now, for clients in their 20s, the skin damage may not be so apparent and long-lasting, since the skin cell turnover at this age is at its optimal level, keeping skin looking young and healthy. But, for those in their late 30s and older, the skin damage is more visible, longer lasting, more difficult to treat, and can become permanent if the proper steps are not taken.
Let us discuss in more detail how the skin care professional can treat clients suffering with pigmentation, dehydrated skin, acne, fine lines, and wrinkles this fall season. We will also cover which powerhouse active ingredients, spa treatments, and new or additional products you can recommend into their daily, weekly, and monthly beauty care regimens.
If there are any signs of a sunburn, you must first let the skin calm down and heal. Advise the client to be careful and gentle when bathing and applying sunburn-soothing products and immediately recommend that they stop using any skin care products containing active ingredients such as retinol, alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, glycolic acid, lactic acid, or any other related type of ingredient until the skin is no longer inflamed, open, or flaking. Education on the importance of using sunscreen, including method and frequency of application, along with the different types of sunscreens available on the market must be offered all year long as a precautionary measure.
Next, let’s move on to treating pigmentation and photo-aged skin during the fall and winter months following the overproduction of melanin during the summer months. As their skin loses its radiance, clients will be looking for solutions that offer a more even, clearer, and brighter complexion. The regular application of a topical 10% to 20% vitamin C concentrate or serum can be beneficial. I suggest using it at nighttime for at least three months to see a significant improvement in skin tone and texture. Combined with a weekly mechanical skin resurfacing or alpha hydroxy acid peel, clients will be very pleased with the results. Keep in mind that when using any type of brightening skin product, sunscreen protection is highly recommended during the daytime hours.
If the skin condition is not chronic and you are treating pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, back, and upper arms, you can easily recommend medicated homecare products containing retinol, beta hydroxy acids, glycolic acid, and clays combined with a series of miniature facials or a monthly skin treatment. The most important thing I can suggest as a skin care professional for this skin condition is to educate clients on the proper product selection and application of skin care products. It is very common that this type of client buys and uses the wrong products that end up aggravating the skin even further, leading to more complicated skin issues.
I am a big fan of mixing and matching products of the same product line along with other professional-grade brands. This method works well if you understand and know the function of active ingredients, delivery systems, formula textures, and product line skin care systems. For this type of client and skin type, layering of products is important. I like to keep it basic by recommending a purifying cleanser, alcohol-free toner, and either a mattifying or hydrating moisturizer for the daytime, with a medicated moisturizer containing salicylic acid and a spot treatment over that for nighttime use. Alternating on a weekly basis between an alpha hydroxy acid exfoliant and a detoxifying, clay mask will also help improve skin texture, reduce the size of enlarged pores, minimize breakouts by keeping pores clean, and treat post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Regardless of which products and treatments you recommend, remind clients that the number one rule is no picking, since this will lead to acne getting worse, scarring, and possibly permanent skin damage.
Dehydrated skin is a skin condition that anyone can experience for a variety of reasons, caused by lifestyle and environmental aggressors. Not being cautious of the frequent usage and application of harsh face scrubs, two-in-one cleansers, and multiple antiaging ingredients will eventually wreak havoc, leading to an impaired skin barrier. I find a large number of people are over-exfoliating with the wrong products for their skin type and, therefore, experiencing skin sensitivity, irritation, redness, fine lines, and some sudden acne breakouts. There is so much opportunity at hand for the skin care professional to educate clients on how to avoid these mistakes, so they can keep their skin looking young and healthy. Personally, when my skin is looking dehydrated, one of the first visible signs I start noticing is fine lines across my forehead. My first course of action is to lay off any exfoliating products for at least two weeks and start applying a hydrating serum that contains hyaluronic acid under my moisturizer, both in the morning and at night. I also like to add in a hydrating sleeping mask twice per week to add extra hydration, thus giving my skin a more plump, dewy, and radiant glow. As a bonus, I find both of these hydrating products to be safe enough for application around the eye area and over the lips to reduce skin dryness, add plumpness to the lips, and to minimize fine lines around the eyes.
There is a wide range of products available to meet everyone’s lifestyle, budget, and conscious living. Use your educational background, ongoing product trainings, and hands-on experience to make the best product and treatment recommendations and educate clients on how to take the best course of action when it comes to their skin. Customizing a personalized skin care regimen and wellness program will build up their confidence and offer long-term solutions.
Monique Enriquez is a beauty and wellness expert specializing in holistic beauty care for both men and women who want to look great and feel good about themselves. As a freelance writer, speaker, and television presenter, Enriquez shares her passion, expertise, and knowledge via magazine articles, blog posts, social media, television, and radio presentations. beautydivaglam.com