Record breaking temperatures are scorching city streets and the skin of city dwellers. And if you choose to be outdoors on some of the hottest days ever recorded, you will need protective skin care and spa treatments to rejuvenate your skin. Why? The intensity of UV rays is at their peak, so even with sunscreen you will need additional protection in order to preserve epidermal health this summer season.
What do the experts say about oxygen treatments?
Dr. Neil Sadick who is a practicing dermatologist in New York City says this of oxygen treatments: "It reduces inflammation." He uses it to soothe clients' skin following cosmetic procedures. Oxygen is an anti-inflammatory and has the ability to reduce irritation and redness associated with sun exposure. This has been known since WW II as oxygen was used to treat military wounds that had become infected or had trouble healing. This medical fact has been acknowledged and recorded historically.
Joanna Vargas, A New York City based celebrity facialist and skin care guru, uses serum-spiked oxygen facials to expedite recovery time, following laser skin care procedures done at a local dermatologist office. "Oxygen - along with vitamins A, C and E in the serum - is healing, and it reduces free radicals." What skin absolutely needs is preventative care before sun exposure. But it also demands the "healing" care oxygen provides afterwards.
Are there age-reversing benefits with oxygen facials?
As it purifies, oxygen treatments, also tout properties that may reverse the signs of maturing skin. With regular facials the anti-aging results are cumulative. Epidermal cells have more buoyancy and strength to withstand intense summer climate. This boost to cellular function translates as the healthy regeneration that gives the skin a youthful radiance.
Collagen and elastin production are significantly increased for improved tone and elasticity. So in addition to the soothing properties that alleviate sunburn and UV ravage, overall exuberance is also achieved when oxygen facials are applied by leading prestigious day spas.
Other skin-protecting tips:
Choose a higher SPF on these extremely hot days. If you normally wear SPF 15 kick it up to 30 for a maximum filter.
Opt for organic face care to avoid harsh chemicals that break down the epidermis.
Long sleeves in lightweight cottons can offer an additional shield against the fiery UV rays.
Drink lots of water to keep body and skin hydrated. It's easy to forget this tip that can keep the wrinkles at bay due to dehydration.