Summer is undoubtedly the best season in Vancouver. We have the sea, sun, sand and mountains at our disposal – and given that it is such a short season, there’s no time to waste in enjoying it!
The challenge we face when it comes to basking in the beautiful sunny days, is to protect our skin from the damaging effects of the sun.
Ultraviolet light plays an important part in our body’s ability to absorb vitamin D which is integral to bone density. But, the same rays can cause melanoma – one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer, and they’re responsible for 90 per cent of the visible signs of aging. You read that right, 90 per cent.
Our ethos at Collective Skin Care when it comes to the sun is moderation. We recently read this article which takes an anti-sunscreen approach, claiming that sunscreen use limits the amount of vitamin D in our system. We counter this point with the fact that sunscreen doesn’t sheild against 100 per cent of ultraviolet rays AND vitamin D supplements offer a safe and effective alternative to sunlight. It would seem that the benefits of protecting our body’s largest organ from the potentially cancerous and aging UV rays out-weigh the cons.
Unfortunately, despite our best efforts with sunscreen and limiting our time in the sun, we still accrue sun damage. Uneven skin tone, freckles that appear or darken, rough skin texture, loss of elasticity and wrinkles are just a few of the changes we may notice on our skin. Areas that show these signs of aging the most are our face, hands, neck, chest and arms – basically the body parts that see the most light of day. There are some things we can do to correct and repair with our home-care and facial treatments.
Ingredients that reverse sun damage:
- lactic acid
- retinol (vitamin A)
- vitamin C
- antioxidants (vitmain E, superoxide dismutase, green tea etc.)
Consult with a skin expert to find the best ways to integrate these ingredients into your routine to slow down the aging process.
Schedule a regular spa facial that includes a professional peel to deliver these rejuvenating ingredients into the skin for sun damage repair.
The CSC Summer Facial Pick: The Comprehensive Facial – 75 minutes
A classic customized facial in which key areas of premature (eyes, hands, neck and decolleté) are treated in addition to the face. This treatment integrates:
- a peel exfoliant containing multivitamins, lactic and salycilic acid
- a peptide and antioxidant rich serum
- a soothing and firming eye masque
If your skin is in need of a mid-summer pick me up – this treatment is the place to start.