Winter Skin Tips

Winter Skin Tips

The winter months bring frigid temps, dry winds, and dry indoor heat that leaves skin feeling like leather. These cold months present a challenge to keep skin feeling soft and supple. Old man winter shows no mercy when it comes to our skin. Consider these simple winter skin tips suggested by the American Academy of Dermatology to add a little moisture to your life.

Warm is the new hot!

With colder temps outside, a hot bath or shower sounds pretty tempting, right? Curb your enthusiasm and turn down the water temperature to warm, and limit your shower to 10 minutes; your skin will thank you (for this reason, this is one of our favorite winter skin tips!). Use a gentle fragrance-free cleanser and apply just enough to remove dirt and oil; avoid a thick lather. Blot your skin dry with a towel and generously apply your favorite moisturizer. To trap this much-needed moisture, apply lotions or creams within a few minutes after a shower, or after washing face or hands. If your skin is dry, stop using deodorant soaps or products that contain alcohol, fragrance, retinoids, or alpha-hydroxy acid. Lastly, don’t forget your feet. Smooth away calluses and dry skin with a hydrating scrub or pumice stone. After your warm shower, while feet are still damp, apply a thick buttery moisturizer and put on a pair of socks. Wake up in the morning with soft toes and heels.

Winter wardrobe necessities

Lip balm is an essential part of the winter pro-skin line-up. It feels good on dry irritated lips and can help prevent future chapping. Choose a lip balm that feels good on your lips; if your lips sting or tingle after you apply, switch to another balm. Apply lip balm after eating, drinking, or as needed to keep lips feeling soft.

Gloves are your hands best friends. Our hands get a lot of abuse during winter. They dry out easily from simple tasks like washing our hands or being outside in cold temperatures. To prevent drying, wear gloves anywhere you may encounter harsh conditions, including the kitchen sink. When washing your hands, use alcohol-free and fragrance-free soaps and cleansers.

Sleepwear and sheets can impact skin in the cold months. Fabric like cotton and flannel are good for sensitive skin types. Avoid cotton blends and synthetic fiber for nightwear or sheets, it may be irritating to dry skin. Even your laundry detergent can make a huge impact on your skin. Use detergents labeled hypoallergenic to ensure a comfortable garment. Wear cotton or silk under your winter wool items to avoid itchy irritation.

Getting cozy by the fire…not so fast.

Sitting in front of an open fire or a heat source can dry your skin out fast! It feels good after a long day outside, but the heat source will pull the moisture right out of your skin. Back up and enjoy the fire from a safe and comfortable distance. With all the heat inside, it’s likely to pull the moisture from the air too. Add moisture to the air by using a humidifier. Check your home heating system – you may already have one. If not, purchase a stand-alone unit that simply plugs into the wall. Moisture in a dry indoor climate will benefit your skin, sinuses, voice and less static in the air and your hair. 

If you have more winter skin tips, please share them in the comments below! If you experience moderate or excessive dry skin, take advantage of a free skin consultation with Vivia Center to see what treatment options are available to make you look and feel your very best.


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How To Soothe Dry Skin

How To Soothe Dry Skin

How To Soothe Dry Skin: Our Favorite Skincare Tips

Judging by the vast array of cosmeceuticals available, many women are searching for ways to treat their skin problems. Dry and chapped skin is one of the most common complaints. And though sufferers may have to deal with dry skin throughout the year, it’s usually during the winter months when dry and cold air sweeps in that the problem gets even worse.  Fortunately there are simple ways to give your dry skin the loving care it deserves all year round.

1. Drink plenty of water. Drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day will help keep your skin soft and supple. Some experts claim that filtered water is better than tap water so use filtered water if possible. Water is essential for replenishing moisture and also flushes away harmful toxins that attach to your skin from the environment.  The result is your skin appears clear and lustrous. If it’s hard for you to get your eight glasses in each day try to make a habit of keeping a glass of water within reach all the time.

2. Include skin-supporting nutrients in your diet.  Even if you’re careful about what you eat, it’s still possible your skin isn’t getting enough of the specific nutrients it needs. These nutrients are essential for vibrant skin health. If you want your skin to be as beautiful and healthy looking as it can be make sure you supplement your diet with these nutrients everyday.

Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that provides skin protection against free radical damage caused by ultraviolet light. As you probably know, exposure to ultraviolet light is a chief contributor to premature aging of your skin.

Vitamin C is a building block for collagen and elastin and is the most abundant antioxidant in your skin. Vitamin C is necessary for maintaining strong and supple skin.

Vitamin E protects the upper and lower layers of your skin. It reduces sun damage and wrinkles in the epidermis and improves your skin’s texture. In the dermis Vitamin E combats free radical damage.

3. Don’t skimp on the moisturizer.

No doubt, hydrating your skin from the inside is a crucial step for healthy and glowing skin. But drinking plenty of water alone won’t do the trick. You also have to hydrate from the outside, too. This is why you need a quality moisturizer. Once you find the right one, you’ll often see obvious results. Fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed and the skin is plumped. In addition, the right moisturizer can nourish and protect your skin making it battle ready against free radical damage.

Your skin is so much more than the outer layer of your body. It’s a shield of protection from toxins and is one of the first indicators of a healthy body. Incorporating these three tips into your daily routine will nourish and nurture your skin so it can continue to take care of you.

Vivia Center has a collection of products that can help your dry skin return to a smooth and supple texture and glow. Our Obagi skin care product line includes specialized formulations perfect for treating dry skin. Not sure if it’s right for you? Request a free skin consultation today and one of our skincare experts will point you in the right direction.

Have more tips on how to soothe dry skin? Share them in the comments below!

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What Is Keratosis Pilaris

What Is Keratosis Pilaris, or Chicken Skin?

What is Keratosis Pilaris?

Chicken skin! That is the unpleasant name given to a common skin problem known medically as keratosis pilaris (KP). The condition is characterized by small, rough areas of skin that some say resembles acne. Keratosis pilaris is usually found on the cheeks, arms, buttocks and thighs and is usually not considered to be a serious condition, according to the Mayo Clinic. It occurs when keratin, a protein found in the skin, accumulates in hair follicles resulting in firm, hard plugs. The bumps generally do not hurt or itch, and are white or pink in color.

Keratosis pilaris often affects people who also suffer from eczema or who have very dry skin.  It also appears to run in families. According to the National Library of Medicine, chicken skin is usually worse during the cold winter months, but may seem to disappear altogether during the summer. Researchers estimate that 50 to 80 percent of adolescents and about 40 percent of adults experience KP at some point. Many do not even realize that there is a medical name for the condition or that it can be treated. Individuals often outgrow the condition by age 30, however, even without treatment.

How Can It Be Treated?

Fortunately, something can be done to minimize the disagreeable appearance of chicken skin. Prescription medications, moisturizers, or laser therapy are used by dermatologists to effectively treat the condition.

The Mayo Clinic recommends that chicken skin sufferers use mild soaps and avoid vigorous scrubbing which can not only irritate skin, but actually exacerbates the condition. Instead, individuals should dry off gently, and apply a moisturizer containing glycerin, lanolin, or petroleum jelly while the skin is still damp. Topical creams containing glycolic acid, urea, or Vitamin A have also been found by researchers to alleviate KP. Many of these creams can be purchased over-the-counter, or a doctor may prescribe a stronger version. Keeping the air moist with a humidifier helps too.

Treating keratosis pilaris (and managing it) usually is an ongoing process, however. Sufferers know that bumps can begin to reform even with effective treatment. Happily, people frequently outgrow the condition by age 30, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Now that you know what keratosis pilaris is, if you suspect that you have it, check with a doctor to get a clear diagnosis. Discuss a treatment plan with the physician and follow their guidelines. This sometimes-embarrassing condition can be treated effectively. Or, make a free skincare consultation with the skincare experts at Vivia Center. We will give you a personalized plan to get healthy, rejuvenated skin.

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Summer Skincare Tips

Our Top Summer Skincare Tips

Read our top summer skincare tips! Have more tips? Share them in the comments below!

1) Preload sunscreen – Put your initial sunscreen application on at home or in your hotel before heading out. You are less likely to “miss a spot” when you are in the privacy of your room. Applying sunscreen right after your shower, rather your hitting the beach that day or not, is a great summer practice. This allows sunscreen to build up in you stratum corneum, and makes skin less likely to burn.

2) Avoid an ashy look– Many sunscreens look white or ashy on dark skin. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are typically the problem and should be avoided if this is a concern for you.

3) Wear sweat resistant sunscreen on active days – For a day of activity in the sun, be sure to wear a sunscreen that is “sweat resistant” or waterproof.

4) Scrub often – Hot, humid weather can cause your pores to look larger and more obvious. Add one extra exfoliation session per week to your skin care routine.

5) Stop redness in its tracks – Feeling flushed? Over time, chronic flushing can lead to permanently dilated capillaries on the face. To reduce redness, apply a washcloth soaked in ice water, then wrung out to the neck and face. It cools the blood that’s flowing to the face and reduces redness. You will also look and feel better almost immediately.

6) Peel away – An in-office acid peel clears up dulling, dead skin cells, which not only helps even out any discoloration but also draws excess oil out of the pores and leaves skin less shiny. Another benefit – it kills bacteria inside and slows oil production.

7) Treat sunburn – No matter how careful, it seems to still happen each season. Thy key to treating sunburn is to get the inflammation down as soon as possible to curb damage in the skin and to calm redness. Immerse a washcloth in a bowl of skim milk and ice, wring out and apply it to the area for five to ten minutes. Also, take aspirin or ibuprofen and apply hydrocortisone cream if needed.

We hope you enjoyed these summer skin care tips. Be sure to check out our products, many of which can help prevent sun damage or repair sun-damaged skin. Have fun in the sun this summer!


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How To Minimize Wrinkles

Sooner or later it happens. You peer into the mirror and see delicate lines that you don’t remember seeing yesterday. Your skin is aging. Can you slow the process? Can you erase those fine lines all together? Is it safe to try? Is the expense worth the effort? Learn how to minimize wrinkles and fine lines with our tips below.

When does skin start to age?

Skin begins aging when we are in our 20’s, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.  The production of collagen, a substance that keeps skin smooth and supple, begins to slow at that time.  Our skin’s elasticity gradually becomes more relaxed as well, and new skin cells are not formed quite as quickly.  Bad habits, like unprotected sun exposure, smoking, and poor nutrition, often speed up this aging process.  Many women do not see the evidence of these changes until their late 30’s or early 40’s, but eventually the signs of aging skin confront all of us.

Fortunately, medical science has found that some substances are effective at reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Lotions and creams that contain antioxidants are some of the most widely recommended.  Antioxidants reduce the number of free radicals (highly charged oxygen molecules) that can lead to skin damage.  Common, and safe, antioxidant skin cream ingredients include Retinol A, Vitamin C, tea extracts, grape seed extract, and niacinimide, according to the Mayo Clinic.

How can we minimize fine lines?

Hydroxy acids also can help minimize fine lines.  These substances, listed as alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids or poly hydroxy acids, work by exfoliating the skin.  Exfoliation involves removing the old, dead skin cells on the skin’s surface, and promoting the production of new, smoother skin cells underneath.

The Mayo Clinic also reports that lotions containing the ingredient Coenzyme Q10 may reduce fine wrinkles found in the skin around the eyes, and may also help prevent some sun damage to the skin.

Though medical science has consistently demonstrated certain skin benefits from each of these ingredients, the Mayo Clinic cautions consumers that there is no guarantee that any product available over-the-counter will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for everyone. The organization recommends that consumers consider the following information before purchasing skin care products designed to treat fine lines or wrinkles:

  • Most creams must be used on a consistent daily basis for several weeks before results are evident.
  • Price does not automatically translate to effectiveness. Costly skin creams may not be any more effective than the bargain brands.
  • The combination of several different ingredients may not be any more successful than using a product that contains just one effective ingredient.
  • Over-the-counter skin creams contain lower doses of effective ingredients than do prescription skin creams, and results will be limited accordingly.
  • Any product can have side effects. Be sure to read and follow directions to limit problems like reddening skin, burning, or rashes.
  • Skin care is individual. Even though a product is effective for some, it may not be as effective for others.

While skin creams and lotions can help minimize the appearance of fine lines, they should not be the only line of defense.  Many dermatologists recommend limiting sun exposure by using sunscreen and protective clothing, not smoking, and eating a well-balanced diet with adequate hydration, as measures that are critical to fending off wrinkles and maintaining healthy skin.

The skincare experts at Vivia Center can talk to you more about how to minimize wrinkles and fine lines. Request a free skin consultation and we’ll give you a personalized skincare plan!

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How To Prevent Wrinkles and Fine Lines

How To Prevent Wrinkles and Fine Lines

Most everyone would love to have smooth, flawless, young looking skin. This is especially true in today’s youth oriented society. However, as much as we’d like to believe otherwise, aging and wrinkling are a natural part of life. It’s going to happen. Read our tips below for how to prevent wrinkles.

That doesn’t mean you have to just throw up your hands and accept your lines and wrinkles. Luckily, there are steps you can take to reverse the signs of aging and restore a clear and youthful complexion. A good skin care regimen is a great place to start.

But you also need to be aware of the things you do everyday that could be damaging your skin. Let’s look at a few of the common causes of skin damage and what you can do to combat the aging process.  But, first things first.

We’ll start with a lesson in skin anatomy.

Your skin is the largest organ of your body and is comprised of three layers; the outermost layer called the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutaneous tissue.

The epidermis is the exterior barrier to the harmful effects of the environment. Underneath the epidermis is the dermis, which provides the structural foundation for your skin. Collagen is a strengthening component, elastin fibers supply elasticity, and various proteins make you skin soft and plump.

The bottom layer is the subcutaneous tissue. This is where fat cells are located and are necessary for proper insulation.  They also contribute to plump, healthy skin.

Sun damage causes the epidermis to thin and lose cohesiveness. When this happens moisture leaves the skin making it appear drier. Also, your skin is less able to rejuvenate and repair itself.

By now, we all know skin wrinkles are largely due to excessive exposure to sunlight. As a matter of fact, exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays could be the cause of 90% of photo damage and premature aging. You may be surprised to learn that most of this happens by the time you turn 20.

But the amount of total damage to the skin depends on the total lifetime amount of sun exposure as well as the amount of pigment protection you have. One way the sun causes aging has to do with collagen breakdown. The sun causes collagen to break down more quickly than the normal aging process would do. You also have to consider free radical damage caused by pollution or cigarette smoke. Both can speed up the aging process.

So what to do about the wrinkles you already have?

Depending on the amount of damage and your budget, your solution could be found at the local drugstore or perhaps you would benefit from visiting a cosmetic therapist. Skin resurfacing is one treatment that is available for removing fine lines and wrinkles. This is accomplished by removing skin layers and includes procedures such as dermabrasion scrapes (scraping away skin cells) or chemical peels to dissolve the skin layers.

Everyone from Hollywood stars to soccer moms are familiar with Botox. No doubt, it is highly effective in repairing sun damaged skin and wrinkles. This injectable solution can reduce or remove vertical lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet, laugh lines on the nose, headline wrinkles, as well as horizontal lines on the neck.

The procedure is relatively simple. A hypodermic needle is filled with a few drops of Botox that are injected into the muscle creating a wrinkle. This causes the muscle to weaken and as it does, the skin on top of the muscle relaxes. Gradually the wrinkles diminish and disappear. When done correctly, normal facial expressions are not affected by Botox treatments.

Dramatic results can be seen in as little as a few days. However, the results are temporary and repeated injections are needed after 3 to 6 months.

Unfortunately, there is no permanent solution to wrinkles. Once you stop using the product or procedure, lines and wrinkles are destined to return. Whether we like it or not, skin wrinkles. But committing yourself to a careful and consistent skincare and treatment regimen can slow down the process considerably.

If you’re interested in finding out more about how you can treat the lines and wrinkles making you look older, the Vivia Center is a great place to start. You’ll find many cosmetic treatments and procedures to choose from, including Botox to smooth away your wrinkles.


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How To Have Healthy Skin

Keep your skin healthy and youthful by following these important steps!

Who doesn’t want to have younger looking skin? Women especially are prone to pin their hopes on ‘magic’ lotions and potions in an attempt to turn back the years. And though there are some great products that can make you look younger than you are, remember nothing lasts forever.  That’s one reason why when it comes to retaining a youthful glow as long as you can, skin care vigilance is key.

Here are some important steps you can take to keep your skin looking healthy for a long time.

Protect Your Skin From The Sun

You’ve heard it countless times before but it bears repeating. Sunlight damages your skin. The ultraviolet rays of the sun affect collagen production, which leads to sagging. Sunlight has a drying effect, which leads to even more wrinkling. If it’s hard for you to limit your amount of time in the sun, you simply must be vigilant about applying sunscreen.

Get Off The Yo-Yo Dieting Wheel

Here’s something you may haven’t thought about before. Yo-yo dieting can make you look older! A constant variation in weight stretches and contracts the skin. This happens in your face as well as other parts of your body. So, in order to maintain a youthful appearance keep your body weight steady.

If You Smoke, Quit

No doubt, you’ve heard this countless times before, as well, but if you smoke, stop. Smoking reduces the amount of nutrients and oxygen your skin receives because it inhibits the blood flow to your skin. You’ve probably seen smokers who look decades older than they are. So if you need another incentive, other than your health, to stop smoking think about how it ages your appearance.

Watch Your Sleep Position

If you’ve ever woken up with indentations on your face that weren’t there when you went to bed, you can understand how your sleep position can lead to wrinkling.  If you lie on one side more than the other, you’ll see little lines etched on that side of your face as you grow older.  The best way to avoid this is to sleep on your back.

Just because your skin is aging doesn’t mean it can’t look healthy and beautiful. Wrinkles are a normal, natural part of life and give your face the character it didn’t have when you were younger.

To keep your skin healthy and youthful as it can be at any age, Vivia Center offers a complete range of services and productsTNS Recovery Complex improves the health and appearance of sun damaged and aging skin. The biotechnology of skin rejuvenation has resulted in this remarkable formulation, the very first patented by-product of a tissue-engineered process, containing growth factors found in newborn skin. Contact us to order yours today.

If you have more tips on how to have healthy skin, share them in the comments below!

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The Effects Of Sun Damage

The Effects of Sun Damage – Paying a High Price for Sun-Kissed Skin

Not long ago, many body conscious people from Hollywood starlets to spring-breaking college students worshiped at the alter of the Sun.  Showcasing a bronzed, sun-kissed body was considered the epitome of sex appeal, youth and vitality.

Not so much anymore.

These days, especially in Hollywood, folks are coming to grips with the irony of tanning.  While the short-term effect of a golden tan does lend itself to a healthy glow, the long-term effects are far from healthy.  Sometimes there is a high price to pay for immediate gratification, and when it comes to tanning, this couldn’t be more true.  The future returns of sun damage are polar opposites of youth, health and beauty.

Over the years, when you’re overexposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays, the cumulative effective can range from a few cosmetic nuisances to more serious problems, such as cancer.

Here’s the ugly truth about sun damage – just a few ways too much sun can affect your appearance and most importantly, your health.

4 Damaging Effects of The Sun

1. Photoaging. Simply put, photoaging refers to early aging of the skin.  Unprotected sun exposure is a leading cause of this.  The result of premature aging is coarse, leathery looking skin, deep wrinkles, and saggy, bagging skin.  People with a fair complexion are at highest risk because they have less melanin pigment, which means easy burning and less tanning.  Regardless of your skin type, however, it’s a recipe for premature aging.

UVA rays of the sun are the biggest contributor to photoaging.   These rays aren’t filtered and absorbed by the ozone and can penetrate to the layer of the skin that supports elasticity and tone.  Once this layer is damaged, though you may not see the effects for years to come, the result is looking older than you really are.

2.  Unsightly blood vessels near the surface of the skin. The scientific name for this is telangiectases.   You’ve undoubtedly seen this condition.  It’s often referred to as spider veins which commonly appear on the face and legs.

Though telangiectasis from the sun causes no serious effect, it’s a cosmetic concern for many as it contributes to a fragile, older look.

3.  Epidermal pigmentation.  This is simply lighter or darker areas of skin that are the result of hypopigmentation (too little pigment) or hyperpigmentation (too much pigment).  When it comes to sun damage, usually the pigmentation shows up as unappealing darker patches of skin, especially on the face where it is easily noticed.

4.  Carcinogenesis. Though the above effects of the sun are detriments to a youthful appearance, the most serious consequence of unprotected sun exposure is skin cancer. And while it’s true that a predisposition to skin cancer can be hereditary, the most common cause is UV damage.  UV rays from the sun affect the DNA of skin cells to the extent that they become cancerous.

The three types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.  Melanoma is by far the most critical, yet can largely be avoided with smart strategies when enjoying sun and fun.  And don’t make the mistake of thinking tanning beds are an alternative to the sun.  Melanoma doesn’t discriminate between artificial rays and the real thing.

Strategies for Avoiding Sun Damage

Now that you know the effects of sun damage, the first line defense is to make sure you protect yourself with a sun block with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 when you’re outdoors.   This will give you sun protection for 300 minutes before you need to reapply.  In addition, avoid sunning between the hours of 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.  The sun’s rays are most dangerous during these hours.

Also, wear a hat for extra protection of delicate areas such as the scalp and face.

If you’re living with sun-damaged skin right now, there is good news. Safe and effective solutions are available to transform your looks, starting today. Our Obagi products are a fantastic solution for photoaged skin. To find out more, simply visit Vivia Center to discover how you can “undo” much of the skin damage you may have right now.

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How To Get Rid of Sunburn…Once and For All!

If you’re a sun lover, you may be paying a high price for good times in the sun. Excessive wrinkles and bagging skin may be making you look older than your true age. At the very least, you don’t look as healthy and young as you could. The good news is you can reverse some of the sun’s aging process. Here’s how to get rid of sunburn.

How To Get Rid of Sunburn: Essential Skincare Tips For Sun Damage

Pay attention to what you eat. The right foods can actually help nurture skin and repair the damage caused from too much exposure. Fruits and vegetables, seafood, and nuts are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Use a facial mask. By exfoliating the damaged layer of skin, the younger and healthier skin underneath is revealed. Make sure the mask you use contains safe cleansing agents, moisturizers and soothing ingredients.

Rejuvenate. Today there are many products on the market that help and enhance skin cell re-growth. This is a great way to repair your sun-damaged skin so that it looks smoother, healthier and younger. You can also find products that stimulate collagen production. Collagen is responsible for the firm skin tone like the one you had when you were years younger.

Of course it’s always easier to avoid damage than try to fix it. To keep sun damage and wrinkles at bay you should also:

Avoid direct sunlight during peak hours between 10 AM and 3 PM. Descendents make a sunscreen and everyday part of your skin care routine. An SPF of 30 or more gives the most protections. If you’re on the beach, take advantage of shade and beach umbrellas. Be sure you protect your eyes with sunglasses and your hair and scalp with a hat. In addition to sunscreen, a lip balm containing SPF should be in your arsenal of sun care protection accessories.

Use a body lotion or gel that contain natural emollients after time in the sun. This can help protect you from the ray’s drying effects. Natural plant oils sooth, heal, nurture, and moisturize without leaving an oily residue. A high quality night cream should also be a part of your skincare routine. Skin cells renew at a greater rate during the nighttime hours.

Vivia Center For Cosmetic Therapy offers the latest in effective skin care products that help defend your skin from the sun’s damaging effects. The Obagi-C Rx System is a prescription-strength system containing professional strength Vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant) and 4% Hydroquinone for a more even, toned appearance. Contact Vivia Center to order your Obagi System today.

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How To Protect Your Skin From the Sun

How To Protect Your Skin From the Sun: Sun Damage Prevention and Treatment For Healthier Looking Skin

Most of us enjoy spending time in the sun, whether it’s a brisk walk in the park or a day of fun at the beach. It’s one of life’s simple pleasures.  And though exposure to sunshine is crucial for both emotional and physical health, it can also wreak havoc on your skin.  The problem is if left unchecked, it can really do a number on your skin.

Sun exposure is hard to avoid completely, nor would you even want to do that.  Most of the damage we receive occurs over time – it’s a cumulative effect of short bursts of time outdoors.  And because the ozone layer no longer protects us as it did in the past, the amount of sun exposure we receive increases as the years pass by.

So the question is, how can you prevent more damage to your skin –  and what can you do to treat the damage you already have?

Sun Damage Prevention

As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The best time to start minimizing sun damage is in childhood. Protective hats and clothes that are closely woven offer the most protection.  And though it’s tempting to forego the hats once we get older, if you’re concerned about your skin, it’s wise not to do so.

And of course, don’t forget the sunscreen.

Sunscreens have vastly improved over the years and you can’t discount their effectiveness.  They work by adding a layer of protection to your skin against the sun’s ultraviolet rays.  These rays, ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B, are the rays that cause sunburns and increase skin cancer risks.  So make sure you choose a sunscreen that protects against both.

Not only does the effective use of sunscreen (that means careful reapplication while you’re in the sun, too) prevent painful burning, the added advantage is it can help prevent photodamage – wrinkling and brown spots caused by the sun.  This is really important if you want to maintain healthy and youthful looking skin as you age.

But the most crucial reason to make sure you apply sunscreen is to significantly decrease your risks of certain skin cancers.

Sun Damage Treatment

If you’re like most people, your skin may be showing the effects of sun damage.  Deep wrinkles, a leathery appearance, and unsightly brown spots – these are the price to pay for unprotected time in the sun or lusting over a golden tan.  However, don’t despair.  There are treatments available to help reverse the damage and to some degree, turn back time.

Medical treatments in the form of creams or gels have been proven to reverse skin damage to some degree.  They work by smoothing and thickening skin layers as well as reducing brown spots.  Used over a period of many months there is a visible decrease in wrinkling.

Chemical peels are gaining in popularity as they safely and successfully treat sun-damaged skin revealing a more youthful appearance.  They work by gently removing, or peeling away, the upper layer of the skin.  Some peels actually go deeper than that.  A doctor or certified skin technician applies acids or other chemicals to the skin to remove dead skin cells.  Doing this also produces new skin cells so your appearance is much younger looking.

If you are concerned about how to protect your skin from the sun, we can help. Vivia Center helps people concerned about the telltale signs of photodamage. Our Obagi products help diminish blotchy skin and brown patches so you can recapture a healthy, youthful glow.  Find out more about what Obagi products can do for your appearance, then contact Vivia Center to order them.

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