healthIssue 34

Summer Skin Care

By Noel Daniel

Summer’s on the wind. Dry air, baking sun, and dehydrating heat hit in full force. This is an especial problem in the Central Valley, where the natural climate is already dry. Don’t start packing your bags just yet, though—we’ve asked local skin specialists to crack the code on smooth, healthy summer skin.

Your first step in keeping skin happy and healthy is, of course, sunscreen—especially in summer! For those with acne or acne rosacea, it’s especially important to remember to use a non-comedogenic sunscreen and moisturizer. A comedone is a whitehead or blackhead—and it’s an important word to look out for on labels. We recommend moisturizing in the morning with a non-comedogenic sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30.

Remember the SPF only applies to the UVB rating, so make sure your sunscreen also has a UVA block. Water resistant options are great and many even come tinted. Many ‘total blocks’ contain zinc oxide. Clothes and wide-brimmed hats also work well.

Your second line of defense should be a spa day. No, really! Spas have skin specialists that can help you find the perfect blend of masks and moisturizers so you can get your glow on while the sun is doing the same thing.

One of the hardest skin types to keep in line is combination skin. Reneé Matias, owner of Renee’s Day Spa and Salon, explains that combination and oily skin needs more maintenance. She recommends exfoliating two to three times a week—and to keep the skin protected by hydrating it with oil-free moisturizers.

“No matter what type of skin that you have, I would always recommend moisturizing,” said Carly Stanger, Aesthetician at Mena & Co. Salon. “Heavy for dry skin, light for oily skin. Try doing an exfoliant and a hydrating mask at least once a week.”

You’ll also want to drink a lot of water, as staying hydrated helps with keeping the skin itself hydrated and happy. Stanger recommends their “Dual Exfoliation” facial that consists of their skin refiner and plant peel—double the exfoliation, but no irritation.

“You’ll leave feeling refreshed and moisturized,” Stanger promises.

Reneé recommends skin peels to help shed off the damaged skin from the summer.

“This treatment will brighten, tighten and lighten the skin and good for all skin types and ages,” said Reneé. “Depending on skin type and how healthy the skin is, I would recommend at least three to six treatments monthly. There is skin peeling with this treatment that usually lasts three to seven days—depending on the health of the skin.”

Hopefully these helpful tips have inspired you to keep your skin healthy when the sun’s got other ideas!

Skin Care Resource Guide

Mena & Co Salon
3900 Pelandale Ave. Ste. 425, Modesto

Renee’s Day Spa and Salon
1245 McHenry Ave., Modesto

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