Summer Skin Concerns

Sunflowers and model

What else is summertime notorious for, other than having fun?

We all know about summer tans and the long-lasting damage it causes to our skin. But, do you know about other summer skin concerns that go hand in hand with summer?

Summer Skin Concerns:

  • Clogged Pores – In the summer, as humidity and heat increase, so does the production of sebum in our skin. The heat opens your pores more and sebum, debris, and bacteria can build up and increase the likelihood of pimples and blackheads.
    What can you do to minimize clogged pores in the summer?
    Add a gentle exfoliation to your skincare routine. We love products such as Jan Marini Skin Zyme Mask and Revision Skincare Black Mask; use them once or twice a week for best results.
    Apply a nighttime lotion to exfoliate dead cells. We love the SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight as it promotes exfoliation, fortifies the skin barrier and enhances the skin’s radiance.
  • Uneven Pigmentation – Because your skin might not be renewing itself as fast as it could, debris and dead cells are accumulation on the surface causing uneven pigmentation.
    What can you do to minimize uneven pigmentation?
    Skin exfoliation again can help by removing the dead skin cells and debris, but something that helps even more, is using a brightening product such as Revision Skincare C+ Correcting Complex, ZO Skin Health Exfoliation Accelerator, Jan Marini Luminate MD, ZO Skin Health Brightalive Non-Retinol Skin Brightener or Skin Medica Lytera 2.0 which help control skin pigmentation.
  • Dull skin – Dead skin cells, dehydration, and environmental aggressors can be causing that dull look.
    What can you do to unveil radiant skin and revive dull skin?
    Use gentle exfoliation to start so the dead cells and debris are removed, then make sure you use antioxidant-rich products every day. Antioxidants can give you extra protection from the sun’s UV rays and environmental aggressors such as pollution, blue light, and can even boost the efficacy of your sunscreen. Antioxidant-rich products are a must if you are serious about your skin! Some of our favorites are SkinMedica Lumivive, SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF, Revision Skincare C+ Correcting Complex, and Jan Marini C-ESTA Face Serum.
  • Dry and Dehydrated Skin – Yes, even in the summer, your skin can get dehydrated. Airplane travel and air conditioners are notorious for drying your skin. Besides using a great medical grade moisturizer, remember to carry a spray to add a boost of water during the day. We love Colorescience Hydrating Mist, just close your eyes and spray away the dryness.

Remember to always apply broad-spectrum SPF and enjoy every second of this amazing summer!

What Causes Hyperpigmentation in the Skin?

Image of model with hyperpigmentation and freckles

Before we learn what causes hyperpigmentation let’s learn about skin pigment and hyperpigmentation buzzwords: Melanocytes, Tyrosinase, and Melanin.

In our skin, we have cells responsible for producing pigment. These cells are called Melanocytes. An enzyme inside the Melanocytes, called Tyrosinase is responsible for the formation of Melanin. This is the pigment that colors your skin, your hair, and your eyes.

Most medical grade lighteners and brighteners ingredients in skin care work by inhibiting (or stopping) Tyrosinase from starting the Melanin production.

How Does Hyperpigmentation Happen?

Hyperpigmentation happens when there is an overproduction of Melanin in one spot or patches on the skin.

Fotofacial in Scottsdale at Rejuvent

This Rejuvent patient was prescribed a skin care regimen with skin brightener ingredients such as Retinol, Vitamin C, and Hydroquinone. She also had Photofacials, Microneedling and Chemical Peel treatments. Her skin in the image taken after treatment is brighter, more radiant, has much better tone and texture and her hyperpigmentation has faded

What Causes Hyperpigmentation?

The main causes are:

Sun Exposure
When your skin is exposed to the sun and its UV radiation, it triggers a protection mechanism in the form of increased Melanin production, this causes the skin to darken creating a tan look. When your skin is tanned, it is in fact damaged.

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)
Occurs as a response to a skin injury or trauma. When the skin heals it leaves a flat area of discoloration behind. This type of hyperpigmentation is common with acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, and Atopic Dermatitis. It can also be triggered by cosmetic procedures such as dermabrasion, laser treatment, and chemical peels.

Hormones
Changes in hormones can cause Melasma, which looks like large patches of dark skin. Melasma is a hard to condition to treat but at Rejuvent, we have proven effective treatments to completely transform your skin.

Genetics
Some of us have the overproduction of melanin encoded in our DNAs.

How to Treat Successfully Hyperpigmentation?

It is important to realize that pigmentation is an ongoing process. Pigments are constantly being made and you will need a multifaceted approach to keep it under control!

1. Skincare: Inhibit Tyrosinase and the Melanin production forming in the first place. Brightening ingredients work by blocking different steps of the melanin production pathway. Some of these ingredients are Hydroquinone, Kojic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Lactic Acid, Tranexamic Acid, Niacinamide and Alpha Arbutin. Shop Brighteners

2. Skincare: Exfoliate the skin and remove Melanin deposits and increase cell turnover so pigmented cells get replaced with new cells. Some of the ingredients are Retinol, Vitamin C, Glycolic and Salicylic Acids. Shop Exfoliators
Skincare: Use antioxidants to brighten and protect the skin against UV damage. Some of the ingredients are Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid, Phloretin, Resveratrol, etc. Shop Antioxidants

3. Skin Treatments: Chemical Peels – They exfoliate the skin at a deeper level and peel away superficial pigmentation.
Skin Treatments: Remove melanin deposits with lasers such as FotoFacial IPL (intense pulsed light) which shatters melanin pigment granules. Target Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation such as acne scars with eMatric Fractional Resurfacing.

At Rejuvent, we have proven treatments and techniques to prevent and treat hyperpigmentation. Call 480-889-8880 for your appointment.

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The Best Masking Routine for Amazing Results

Amazing Mask Routine

Can anyone benefit from adding masks to their skincare routine?
Yes, absolutely! Masks are an important addition to any skin regimen and they can bring a great boost to your skin care program and they pamper like you’re at a spa from the comfort of your own home!

What is one of the most important benefits of a skin care mask?
They tell your skin to wake up and stop being so passive. What does that mean? Our skin gets used to the products we use and it gets perked up when we apply a mask. There are several types of masks, some exfoliate and help remove debris and dead cells, some will infuse the skin with moisture and hydration, some masks will add retinol to your skin, some prep your skin for other products to better absorb and some brighten and clarify.

What is the biggest difference between masks and lotions?
Masks penetrate deeply into the skin to provide greater results than most topical skin care products.

What benefits should I expect from masks?
They have many different functions, such as exfoliating the skin, drawing out impurities, absorbing excess oil, moisturizing, calming, stimulating, tightening, brightening, firming or nourishing the skin.

Can I apply different masks on the same day?
Yes, and we do recommend that. For example, the Jan Marini Skin Zyme mask exfoliates and digests dead skin, so it greatly cleans and preps the skin for the application of any other mask.

How should you apply the masks?
Gently massage the masks in your skin.

How long should you leave the masks on for?
It depends on how much time you have. Dr. Bomer leaves each mask on from 20 minutes to one hour.

Do I need to wash my face with a cleanser after masking?
No, just rinse the mask off with water.

At Rejuvent Dr. Bomer has hand-picked the masks we sell according to how they well they perform and the concerns they address.
Watch a video of Dr. Bomer introducing her Masking Routine; she will explain why she uses these masks and which order they should be used, then follow up with the video where she demonstrates step-by-step how to use the products in her Masking Routine.

Mask Routine For Success – An introduction video with Dr. Bomer

The Jan Marini Skin Zyme Mask is a great addition to your routine as it truly exfoliates and digests dead cells and debris so your skin can regenerate faster. This mask targets only dead cells and will unveil fresh skin. It also preps the skin for better absorption of other products. It is perfect for post-treatment and to digest peeling skin from Retinol or Retin-A use.

The Jan Marini Retinol Plus Mask is a retinol infused mask that speeds up cell turnover, addresses the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as hyperpigmentation, acne and sun damage. Contains Salicylic Acid to help melt sebum. Even though this mask contains Retinol, it does not irritate the skin. It brightens and smooths the skin while clearing blocked pores.

The Jan Marini Luminate Face Mask visibly improves skin tone, texture, and luminosity from the first time you use it. Multiple ingredients resurface the skin, exfoliate and brighten as well as reduce redness and provide hydration.

The SwissClinical Moisturizing Mask is exceptional at moisturizing your skin, it also targets elasticity and reduces wrinkles and leaves you with a radiant and hydrated complexion! This mask can even be left on overnight for deep penetration and enhanced moisturization.

 

Step-by-Step Masking Routine with Dr. Bomer

What is the recommended Mask routine?
Dr. Bomer recommends you start by cleansing your face with Revision Skincare Papaya Cleanser, then apply Jan Marini Skin Zyme Mask and leave it on for 20 – 30 minutes. After you rinse it from your face, apply the Jan Marini Retinol Plus Mask and leave it on for 30-45 minutes. Or, apply the Jan Marini Luminate Face Mask and leave it on for 45 min to 1 hour. After you rinse it from your face, apply the SwissClinical Moisturizing Mask. Rinse and pat dry, then apply Neocutis Bio-Cream (for Normal to Dry skin) or Neocutis Bio-Gel (Normal to Oily Skin). For best results, you can repeat this routine once a week.

Everyone should introduce masking into their skin care regimen! If you have any questions about incorporating them into your facial care routine, call us at 480.889.8880 and we will be glad to help you!

May is Skin Cancer Awareness

Skin Cancer rates continue to climb – despite increased warnings. In the past few decades, the incidence of melanoma has risen 800 percent among women ages 18-39. Take measures to protect your skin daily, and perform regular skin checks to aid in early detection. Glamour magazine has published this self-check for seven years, and 84 readers were able to identify their own skin cancer or that of a loved one and sought treatment.  We hope Rejuvent patients will do the same!

Check yourself for skin cancer

1- Normal Mole:

A small brown spot that’s symmetrical and all one shade and that hasn’t changed over the years is probably nothing to worry about.

2- Dysplastic Nevus:

AKA an “atypical mole”. This tends to be dark with irregular borders.  It could become cancerous, so your doctor will remove it or keep a close eye on it.

3- Actinic Keratosis:

This potentially cancerous spot usually occurs on sun-exposed areas (scalp, lips, hands) and tends to look like a raised, rough, or scaly patch.

4- Squamous Cell Carcinoma:

Look for a reddish patch or wart-like bump that may crust or bleed.  Get it checked out ASAP – left untreated, it may spread.

5- Basal Cell Carcinoma:

The most common type of skin cancer, BCC forms deep in the skin and looks like a raised pink growth or a sore that won’t heal.

6- Melanoma:

This dangerous cancer has an irregular shape with blurred borders and tends to be dark brown or black in color, but it can also be multicolored.

Please visit your dermatologist if you are concerned about any skin lesions.  Annual full-body skin exams by a dermatologist are recommended for adults.


Sunscreen Q & A

How many times a day should I apply sunscreen?

Applying sunscreen in the morning will not protect you all day at the beach – or even daily errands.  Your SPF will protect you during the short times you need to be in the sun; it’s not meant to allow you to stand in the line of fire all day.  Reapply SPF 30 or higher every 60-80 minutes to protect yourself – and wear a hat!

What type of sunscreen should I buy? There are so many on the market!

Look for these words:  water-resistant, broad-spectrum, and an SPF of 30 or higher.  A sunscreen must block both UVA and UVB to be effective.

For your body, we recommend Revision Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum SPF50, and for your face, try Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 33. It doesn’t have that “sunblock-y” smell and is also available in three tinted versions to even skin tone while providing broad-spectrum sun protection.

Do I really need to wear SPF when it’s cloudy and I’m at work?

Yes!  UV rays can pass through both windows and clouds.Truck driver damaged skin
This image should motivate you to wear SPF in car!

This man is 69 years old, but half of his face looks much, much older than that. He was a trucker and, for 28 years, his face received much more sunlight on the left side, resulting on premature aging. We all know that being exposed to the sun makes you age prematurely, but seeing the dramatic difference in a single face is just stunning. 

His condition is called unilateral dermatoheliosis, from the Greek dermis   (skin) and helios (sun). It’s also called photoaging, and it results from chronic exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. In his case, it only affected the left side of his face because of his work. As he drove, he received more hours of sunlight through the left window of his vehicle.

I wear foundation with SPF every day. Is that enough?

No.  Most foundations contain SPF 15 (not 30+!), and to get the SPF printed on the label, a thick, mask-like layer would need to be applied.  We recommend following your daily skin care regimen with your sunscreen, let products soak in for ten minutes, then apply makeup as usual.