Correct and Protect Your Skin

December 18, 2015

The estheticians at Truffles Fayetteville and McDonough offices have the knowledge and the products needed to keep your skin clear and glowing all year long. But if there is one suggestion that they make to each and every patient that walks through the doors it is this: Correct and Protect.

What do they mean by “correct and protect”? They mean 1) correct your current skin problems and 2) protect from further damage. Two ways that they suggest you begin to correct and protect are by daily application of both vitamin C and sunscreen.

Vitamin C is not a sunscreen, it’s better than that. When applied topically it is absorbed into the skin and protects you from the inside. Vitamin C is the “Corrector”, it helps to correct pigmentation issues like dark spots or acne scars, and works to correct the damage that has been done to your skin that may not be visible to your eye. Oftentimes, the damage inflicted on your skin by the sun does not come to the surface until years later. A daily habit of applying vitamin C will help to:

Reduce the appearance of brown spots and other types of sun damage.

When vitamin C is applied to the skin directly, the antioxidant neutralizes the free radicals that age you. Vitamin C is a classic brightening ingredient because it not only works to lighten the hyper-pigmentation you already have, but it also helps prevent further spots.

Boost healthy collagen production.

Vitamin C helps keep your skin strong and firm. While minimizing the appearance of fine lines, vitamin C also helps the surface of your skin appear smoother and firmer by activating cells called fibroblasts that make new collagen.

Increase the effectiveness of your sunscreens.

It helps prevent sun damage and boosts your skin’s defense against UV exposure. When skin is exposed to UV light, damaging molecules called free radicals attack cells and collagen, your skin’s support structure. This triggers inflammation and leads to wrinkles, sunspots and sometimes even skin cancer. A potent antioxidant, vitamin C neutralizes free radicals before they wreak havoc and reduces inflammation, minimizing its effects.

Sunscreen is a dicey subject. Many feel that sunscreen is overrated and a non-essential unless you’re perched on a beach towel. But you know what? THEY’RE WRONG. Sunscreen is a MUST, and it is undoubtedly a daily practice of anyone who has flawless-looking skin that you admire.

In a new study, Australian researchers report that people who apply sunscreen everyday show 24% less skin aging compared to participants who only used sunscreen part of the time! If that doesn’t convince you to take the time to apply sunscreen a few times each day, nothing will.

Overexposure to the sun can lead to sunburn, premature aging, fine lines, and then wrinkles. Prolonged sun exposure is also linked to skin cancer. It’s important that you take steps to protect your skin not only in the spring and summer, but all year long. All sunlight exposure has the power to damage unprotected skin, especially when you are using products like Retin-A, Retinol, or are taking medications that increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Learn about Intellishade anti-aging tinted moisturizer with sunscreen 

Today there is no excuse to not apply sunscreen. Many makeups and moisturizers come with built-in formulations that help to block some of the UVA or UVB rays that cause us to age more rapidly. But the best way to ensure your face is protected and has the best chance of aging more slowly than those who aren’t willing to opt for sunscreen–it to apply that trusted SPF each and every day. At Truffles we have multiple SPF products that offer daily protection to our patients, because we know how essential it is to keeping your skin looking its best. If you are tired of dark spots, fine lines or a dull complexion, Truffles has treatment and product offerings that can help. Make an appointment at our Fayetteville or McDonough office to talk with any of our estheticians about which vitamin C and sunscreen combination is best for you!