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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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Antioxidants work to disable free radicals and prevent cell damage by inhibiting the oxidation of other molecules. An interesting fact, however, is that antioxidants are actually oxidized themselves, which is what enables them to effectively terminate oxidation chain reactions.

Topical formulas easily absorbed by the skin allow for the optimum delivery of antioxidants to the deeper skin cells to tone, firm and refine lines. Good home-care topical formulas might include:

  • Vitamins A, C and E;
  • Bioflavonoids;
  • Polyphenols;
  • Ascorbic acid;
  • Tocopherols;
  • Retinoids; and
  • L-lactic acid.

Protection. Sun protection becomes even more vital following any corrective treatment when the skin is most vulnerable. Not all sun care formulas are created equal, however, and you will need to take into account the type of work you are doing and your client’s daily skin care regimen.

For instance, if a client is on vitamin A-derivatives, or other acid-based correctives and lighteners, or she is receiving skin-peeling treatments or microdermabrasion, consider the protection level, as well as how that sunscreen will interact with the disturbance to the skin, and exposure to sun and heat.

Hats, clothing and shade work well, but also remind clients to opt for an SPF of at least 30. Mineral-based sunscreens, such as those using zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, work well to protect against the full UV spectrum and are less likely to irritate the skin after the treatment. Look to formulas that also deliver antioxidants, because they will further support the fight against free radical damage. Some skin types can be sensitive to chemical-based sunscreens.