Ever wonder why your skin pigments during the summer even though you’ve been fastidious about applying sunscreen? At Elizabeth Renee Esthetics we’ve noticed this ourselves and have been researching plausible theories as to why this is happening. In the past we’ve put the blame on the fact that people just don’t apply the optimal amount of sunscreen or reapply when necessary. We’ve also put a lot of the blame on hormone changes because we know that estrogen is a natural anti-inflammatory that interferes with pigmentation due to sun exposure. When estrogen levels drop we observed that “heat plus hormone changes equals pigmentation” even when your skin is protected by sunscreen. This means if you are post-menopausal all of a sudden pigmentation seems to appear from no-where . One way to start to limiting pigmentation brought on by heat, is to choose a sunscreen based on physical instead of chemical screens (like titanium oxide and zinc oxide found in Advanced Protection SPF 30) because they do not heat up your skin when used. This is still great advice, but we now know that there is so much more to protecting your skin from free radical damage that contributes to aging from sun exposure.
First of all, don’t give up your sunscreen. Sunscreens still protect you from two of the sun’s most dangerous rays (UVA & UVB light). But, now we know there are other rays that cause pigmentation and free radical damage contributing to aging. Infrared rays account for 53% of the total rays reaching the earth from the sun. The heat caused by infrared rays is enough to literally “cook” your skin cells, tissues, collagen and elastin fibers that keep skin strong and firm. Infrared heat damage is often seen as brownish-red, blotchy patches on the skin. It not only increases inflammation that leads to pigmentation but it also increases skin’s sensitivity and “leaky capillaries” which is associated with redness and rosacea. In addition, Infrared rays damage DNA, which forms mutations to future skin cells and may be a major contributor to the increased incidence of skin cancer.
The newest research recommends you apply potent antioxidants daily to limit the effects of free radical damage caused by both UV and Infrared rays. Rather than adding antioxidants to sunscreens (which is not very stable and lacks the proper delivery system) you should apply your antioxidants separately under your sunscreen in the form of a concentrated serum.
While traditional antioxidants like Vitamins C & E have been shown to control outbursts of free radicals when skin is exposed to UV and Infrared rays, skin that has more than minimal exposure to the sun should consider mega doses of newer antioxidant formulations found to be most effective against prolonged infrared damage.
Elizabeth Renee Esthetics had just introduced Sunrise Solution, our newest antioxidant serum, which contains a total of 18 mega doses of high-powered antioxidants including antioxidants from six “superfruits”, green tea, ergothioneine (mushroom extract) and a super potent enzyme from the sea which protects against heat activated free radicals (called thermos thermophillus). This combination of antioxidants is unsurpassed at protecting your skin from sun induced accelerated aging of the skin.
As good as this specialty serum is at protecting your skin, when the damage is already done you need a repair serum. For that I recommend Revitalize Cell Therapy, under your night crème. This is our optimal serum for cell repair. If your skin is showing signs of sun damage that appears as redness or rosacea you might also want to add Tranquility Serum to your regime.
Finally, to insure that your treatment products are able to get into the skin make sure to keep up with your exfoliation program throughout the summer. However, during the summer we recommend that you limit your exfoliation to nighttime use. With proper diligence we are confident that you can protect your skin enough to keep it looking youthful and radiant for years to come.