It’s mid-August – right about the time when my patients (and my family) start to realize that their skin has gotten more sun exposure than might have been ideal. This is the perfect time to start healing your skin – getting a little more shady — and taking steps to reverse that fun in the sun damage you won’t want to bring with you into the fall. So, let’s hold on to summer while starting to heal your damaged summer skin!

Healthy Home Remedies to Save Your Skin:

Let’s start with some fresh basics and build from there! All summer long, my sister and I both keep aloe plants in our homes. Fresh aloe is incredibly healing on sunburned and irritated skin – all of which comes with long, relaxing days at the beach and pool. We have both found that nothing beats having the real deal on hand. I sometimes keep a piece in the fridge so that it’s nice and cool when we come home from the beach. Here’s a video from my Instagram channel where I demo how I cut my fresh aloe at home: Aloe How-To Video

I also share a Probiotic Power Mask with jojoba oil and honey in my book, The Beauty of Dirty Skin. This is a soothing, healing mask for sunburned skin. Here’s how you make it:

You will need:

  • 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 2-3 capsules of probiotics (check out p. 104 for my recommendations)
  • 1 teaspoon raw organic honey

To make:

First, you want to combine the jojoba oil and honey in a bowl. Next, open your probiotic capsules and empty the contents into your bowl and mix everything well. Make sure you have washed your skin with a gentle cleanser and then pat dry. Apply your mixture to your clean skin and set a timer for 15 minutes. I love to use my iphone stopwatch because it’s so easy. When your timer goes off, rinse with warm (not hot!) water and a soft, baby wash cloth. Pat dry very gently. Finally, moisturize your skin to lock in restorative, healthy moisture by using a skin-balancing oil like rose-hip-seed oil.

Why it works:Honey is soothing and moisturizing and is also antibacterial to help prevent infection. Jojoba oil is anti-inflammatory to help calm sunburned skin. And, your probiotics will add an extra healing boost when applied topically.

Affordable Products that Save Your Skin:

Naturopathica’s Aloe Replenishing Mask: I keep this mask in my fridge for some serious soothing. It’s very light and is made with hydrating and healing aloe, prickly pear cactus stem extract, hyaluronic acid, and gotu kola extract. During summer, I use this mask twice per week to help revitalize and hydrate my skin. Check it out here: Naturopathica Aloe Replenishing Mask

I also love Aleavia Restore Soothing Mist during summer and my patients have been loving this product as well! To learn more about it, check out my Dr. Whitney’s Picks page discussion all about it.

Aleavia Restore Soothing Mist

And, a fun new aloe product that I tried recently is Clarins’ Water Lip Stain, made with aloe vera extract, raspberry water and white tea. I found that the color stayed on while my lips were hydrated and baby soft. Check it out here: Aloe WaterLip Stain

In Office Treatment Options:

Microneedling:

Microneedling (also called “collagen induction therapy”) is a procedure based on the use of tiny needles which create tiny, controlled wounds to the skin. Your body reacts by naturally healing your skin and, in the process, building new collagen and elastin in the dermis. More collagen = younger, firmer skin. It is ideal for smoothing the surface of the skin minimizing acne scars and pores, photo-aging, crepey texture, dull skin, poor texture, stretch marks and body scars. It can help with fine lines and wrinkles; in fact, a recent study showed that medical Microneedling can increase epidermal thickness by 140%, while increasing and thickening collagen bundles in the dermis.

Microneedling also allows for serums, topical gels, and creams to penetrate or infuse more deeply into your skin, allowing the products to be more effective. The needle punctures create micro-channels, allowing enhanced penetration of topical products. Serums, for example, are packed with powerful ingredients to benefit your skin. This procedure allows the viscous serums to be absorbed more effectively into your skin, thereby allowing them to achieve accelerated results. Microneedling also does not involve heat, so there is a much lower likelihood of post inflammation pigmentation, which can result from certain laser treatments.

Learn more here: Microneedling Info

FRAXEL:

FRAXEL (Fractional Laser Resurfacing Treatments), which I also offer at my office, resurfaces and rejuvenates your skin while actually decreasing your risk of skin cancer, resulting in fresh, glowing, smooth skin. It’s also excellent for brightening those sun spots (aka lentigos) that appear after years of sun exposure.  This is a laser treatment which I recommend after summer – once you will not be spending much time in the sun. This is a great option beginning in September to truly reverse so much of the damage your skin incurred during the sunny, summer months. This is a patient favorite in terms of RESULTS!

Learn more here: Fraxel Info

Dr. Whitney

Happy November 1st! I wanted to share this quick VIDEO BLOG of the hottest in-office procedures for fall!

Fall is the perfect time to reverse summer damage and to reveal refreshed, smooth, glowing skin!

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Dr. Whitney

When you hear the word needle, you might think pain. But, don’t fear, this procedure is not painful and not scary. It also delivers refreshed, smooth, youthful skin. Don’t panic and read on to learn about this hot trend in skincare!

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling (also called “collagen induction therapy”) is a procedure based on the use of tiny needles which create tiny, controlled wounds to the skin. Your body reacts by naturally healing your skin and, in the process, building new collagen and elastin in the dermis. More collagen = younger, firmer skin. It is ideal for tightening and lifting the skin and also, for minimizing acne scars, smoothing out pores, photo-aging, dull skin, poor texture, stretch marks and body scars. It can help with fine lines and wrinkles; in fact, a recent study showed that medical Microneedling can increase epidermal thickness by 140%, while increasing and thickening collagen bundles in the dermis.

Microneedling also allows for serums, topical gels, and creams to penetrate or infuse more deeply into your skin, allowing the products to be more effective. The needle punctures create micro-channels, allowing enhanced penetration of topical products. Serums, for example, are packed with powerful ingredients to benefit your skin. This procedure allows the viscous serums to be absorbed more effectively into your skin, thereby allowing them to achieve accelerated results. Up to 80% of a product can penetrate skin after Microneedling, compared to a mere 7% with normal application on intact skin! Translation: even more beautiful, glowing, and youthful skin. Microneedling also does not involve heat, so you will not have post inflammation pigmentation, which can result from certain laser treatments.
Your Virtual Microneedling Appointment:

In my office, I use what is called a “Percutaneous Induction Therapeutic Microneedling Device” called “Collagen P.I.N.” This innovative device scientifically delivers impeccable results which were previously only attainable through laser treatments or surgery. It is safe for all skin types and skin colors and can be used on the face, neck, décolleté, arms, legs, abdomen, hands, and back.

About thirty minutes before your procedure, I will apply a topical numbing agent to the area we plan to treat. By the time we begin, you will feel practically nothing and absolutely will feel no pain.

I will then remove the topical numbing agent and apply a topical serum to your clean skin. I often use a hyaluronic acid or a vitamin C serum so that your skin will be able to soak up all of the benefits of the serum through the procedure. I use very pure ingredients that are specifically designed to be “needled” or infused into the skin without creating allergies or irritation. The procedure itself takes approximately 20-30 minutes, as most of my patients get multiple areas treated at the same appointment. I tailor the depth of the needle as well as the spacing between the punctures based on each patient’s goals.

Once we are done, your skin will look pinkish to moderately red (like a sunburn), which will diminish within 1-2 hours. You also might experience some tightness or mild sensitivity in the treated area which can last for several hours. Some patients experience subtle flaking of the skin several days after the treatment, but no discomfort. All of my patients return to their usual activities the following day, including work, and you can wear mineral makeup as early as one day after the treatment.

You will see results as soon as 1-2 weeks after the first treatment. I typically recommend between 3 and 6 treatments, depending upon the area we are treating and the type of concern we are addressing. We usually space out these treatments by at least one month intervals at the beginning, and then continue treatments every 3 months as maintenance.

But can’t I use an at home, inexpensive dermal roller instead?

At this time, I don’t recommend dermal rollers or home devices, as they are much less precise than the device I use in the office and can even create tears in the skin. Additionally, dermal rolling can be very abrasive to your skin and can spread bacteria leading to very serious skin conditions. My advice is: proceed with caution. At-home dermal rolling is not interchangeable with the sophisticated equipment, impeccable results, and high safety standards of the procedure in your dermatologist’s office.

@DrWhitneyBowe

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