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Play It Safe With Summer Treatments

By: Rhonda Allison
Posted: April 30, 2013, from the May 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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To ensure clients are maintaining the progress started in the treatment room, and to keep the skin supple, toned and glowing all summer long, be sure to send them home with a face or body care regimen from your retail area that can be used between treatments, as well as guidelines to help ensure compliance.

Summer is definitely the time to modify a client’s daily regimen. Reduce the strength of corrective topicals, include more serums that are formulated with skin-builders such as peptides, and increase humectant support with hyaluronic acid. Also increase topical antioxidants and advise clients to finish with an SPF before going out for the day.

Exfoliation.This is an essential component because it stimulates the skin and cell turnover, lifts dead cells and begins the regenerating process. Physical exfoliators scrub away dead skin cells, refresh and hydrate, while enzymatic and acid exfoliators blend fruit acids with vitamins and minerals to activate cell renewal and give skin an antioxidant boost. These can be used in tandem or on their own.

Nourishment. After the skin has been broken down following corrective treatments, it needs to be rebuilt with nourishing ingredients. Some of the most vital nutrients for healthy skin include peptides, essential fatty acids, growth factors and amino acids, to name a few. These supply energy to the cell, activate collagen production, detoxify skin tissues, hydrate, soothe and support the rejuvenation process.

Nutrients will also help counteract the effects of damaging free radicals. Boosting antioxidant, amino acid and essential fatty acid support through topical applications and proper nutrition will help clients keep photoaging at bay.