Summertime is gone with the wind and whether you are ready for fall or not…your skin should be. After long days at the beach and vacations spent in the sun, your skin is thirsting for revival. Whether it’s helping clear up sunburn, managing rosacea flare-ups, or hyperpigmentation, we have you covered with great tips, products and treatments for healthier, more even-toned skin.
New Research Says Taking This One Vitamin 60 Minutes After Sun Exposure Can Soothe a Painful Sunburn
Nothing can ruin a vacation like a bad sunburn. When you look as red as a lobster and your entire body feels on fire there is no doubt that everyday things like wearing clothes and taking a shower become extremely uncomfortable. Despite the constant reminder to apply and reapply sunscreen to prevent sun damage, many of us still soak up way too much sun without preventative care. New research published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology has found that high doses of vitamin D taken after overexposure in the sun can reduce the effects of a painful sunburn.
Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University’s Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center gave 20 study participants a placebo pill or 50,000, 100,000 or 200,000 IU of oral vitamin D one hour after creating “sunburn” on their inner arm using a small UV lamp. Skin biopsies were collected from the patients 24, 48, 72 hours and one week after the experiment. It was found that those who consumed the highest doses of vitamin D had less redness, skin inflammation and swelling 48 hours after the sunburn. The researchers also found an increase in gene activity associated with skin barrier repair.
According to the lead study author Dr. Kurt Lu – “We hypothesize that vitamin D helps promote protective barriers in the skin by rapidly reducing inflammation. What we did not expect was that at a certain dose, vitamin D not only was capable of suppressing inflammation, it was also activating skin repair genes.”
Although this study is pretty impressive, vitamin D should not replace your daily sunscreen regimen. But in the event that you find yourself with a sunburn, Vitamin D could be your “go-to” supplement!
Managing Rosacea: Summer Flares Be Gone!
Warm weather, beach trips, outdoor fun with friends and family in the warm sun are all enjoyable summer activities. Even though the summer is winding down, those who have rosacea are struggling to keep flare-ups at bay. Rosacea affects people year-round but there are some peaks related to heat in the summer which causes people with rosacea to flush more frequently.
Rosacea is a very common skin condition that is typically found in those with fair skin between the ages of 30-50 years old. In fact, 1 in 2- Americans are impacted by rosacea (over 16 million people). Rosacea causes redness on the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead. Some people may get little red bumps and pimples on these red areas which can become irritated and sore. Read on for solutions to these bothersome rosacea symptoms.
Suggested Sunscreen Products for Patients with Rosacea
We always encourage sunscreen for those with rosacea (and everyone else) as their complexion is lighter and more prone to sunburn. Sunblocks with titanium and or zinc are great choices as they do not irritate the skin. Our rosacea patients love the EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46. Oil-free EltaMD UV Clear helps calm and protect sensitive skin types prone to breakouts, rosacea and discoloration. It contains niacinamide (vitamin B3), hyaluronic acid, lactic acid and zinc oxide. Not only does this product offer superior hydration it protects against UVA/UVB sun exposure. We love how lightweight and silky the texture is as it may be worn with makeup or alone.
Find Your Calm
Another amazing product that is supported by the National Rosacea Society is the NEW All Calm Clinical Redness Corrector SPF 50. This proprietary blend of specialty ingredients provides ongoing relief from sensitivity and the appearance of redness. This 3-In-1 Solution soothes and calms skin, while neutralizing and balancing redness. Chemical-free active ingredients protect the skin from harmful UVA/UVB exposure.
“When your skin needs to chill out, give it a calming dose of this lightly tinted formula, which contains green undertones to neutralize redness and mineral sunscreen to help prevent further inflammation.”
– O, The Oprah Magazine’s
Clear Up Sun-Induced Red Spots and Melasma
IPL Photofacial is one of the greatest and most effective treatment options for sun damaged skin and works great on the face, neck, chest or hands. An IPL Photofacial stands for intense pulsed light. These light pulses not only target superficial pigmentation or redness, but also penetrate to the collagen-stimulating layers of the skin. Fantastic for the treatment of sun-damaged skin, rosacea, redness caused by broken capillaries and sun-induced freckles. Some patients love the IPL so much, they treat red and brown spots throughout the entire body!
If you are Melasma prone and brown spots are more of your concern then you have to try the PICO Glow at La Chelé. The PICO Glow targets excessive pigmentation to break up the added melanin, and remove it from the treated area.
It is the time to wipe away the “sins of summer” from your skin by treating sun damage effectively. With the latest in laser technology and results driven medical grade skin lightening products, we are giving out best effort towards an even toning, glowing complexion.