Here in Atlanta we just survived a serious heatwave, I mean one day we actually hit 110 (WTH). Experiencing that kind of heat made me think about how our clients’ skin would be affected. Many clients feel that sun protection is only for days when they are going to be “out in the sun,” but we have been desperately trying to communicate that if you leave the house or even open a curtain or blind you are “out in the sun”!
So our Zen Skin Tip for today is to reinforce the fact that sun exposure happens even when you aren’t laying out on a beach towel or doing a lengthy outdoor activity – and there is a hefty price to pay for that! Sun protection should be used daily to keep the skin healthy, youthful and even-toned. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY! Even if you have a darker skin tone – I say it with love to my pigmented people, we are not exempt!
Sometimes clients come into Harlem Zen to get a microdermabrasion facial or other skincare service focused on evening out the skin tone and admit that they have not been diligent with applying sun protection. We always inform them that they are literally throwing money out of the window because all of the hyperpigmentation we worked to remove will be back with a vengeance. If you are going to invest in beautiful skin it just makes sense to protect your investment.
For those who are still skeptical that the sun can damage the skin when you are inside, you only need to see our example of the truck driver. After driving trucks for 28 years this photo was taken of his face. The left side where he daily suffered harsh rays from the sun via his truck window looks about 20 years older than the right side. There are pronounced lines, sagging skin, wrinkles and unwanted pigment that was totally avoidable. Of course, this is an extreme example, but it is happening to us daily on a smaller scale.
This example inspired our video about the use of sun protection in the car. Now you can see I was really hot and struggling a bit when we taped the video, but hopefully it still gets the point across. Take time to apply your sun protection 15 minutes before you leave the house so it has time to absorb and make sure to reapply because the sun protection factor (SPF) is only fully effective for two hours after you put it on (grab a travel size to keep in your bag). According to the American Academy of Dermatology, if you wait until you are in the sun to apply sunscreen your skin is unprotected and can burn. Here at Harlem Zen, we ask that our clients use an SPF of 30 or higher…but we will settle for 15 if that’s all we can get out of you. If you wear foundation that contains SPF no need to double up.
Signing off from Harlem Zen, where we partner with you on getting Zen Skin. Reach out to us with your skincare or hair removal questions and concerns. We also offer complimentary consultations daily if you’d like to come in and speak with one of our skin specialists.