Monday, May 7, 2012


Proper skin care is one of the most important ways to not only take care of yourself, but to maintain lasting, youthful looks. Now that summer is here, we all want to have that beautiful beach-bronzed skin – but at what cost? Every year, the rate of melanomas and skin cancer increase at an alarming rate as a result of not taking proper measures with the care of the largest organ in the body - our skin. Therefore we would like to share some professional advice in the area of skin care.

The Top Ten Skin Care Tips for This Summer

  1. Ingestion of water will not only protect the skin from ultraviolet exposure but also will prevent dehydration and maintain skin moisturization. We recommend eight to 12 glasses of water per day, depending on your body size.
  2. Apply a safe sunscreen to your skin every day, even if you are going to only be in the sun for a few minutes. Avoid sunscreens with PABA, benzophenones, cinnamates, salicylates, digalloyl trioleate, oxybenzone and avobenzone – they have been known to be more detrimental than helpful. Read more about harmful sunscreens.
  3. Moisturize your face daily! For oily skin and mixed skin complexion patients, consult with our aesthetician regarding moisturizing agents. Avoiding dryness along with the proper sunscreen will provide optimal skin protection. Be sure to use a moisturizer with a safe sunscreen.
  4. Supplements of Vitamin D-3 along with other vitamins and antioxidants will fight free radicals and keep your skin looking great all summer long. Tons of fresh fruits, veggies, acai and cacao (YES! Chocolate!) have been proven to be a factor of healthy-looking skin.
  5. Wear protective clothing if you’re exposed to the sun if even for short periods of time. We know how easy it is to lose track of time when you’re having fun in the sun. Wearing long- sleeved beach cover-ups and large-brimmed hats will help protect those sensitive areas of your body.
  6. Keep an eye on makeup and beauty supplies. If it’s older than 6 months, doesn’t smell right or looks bad – toss it. Make-up sponges and loofahs can hold tons of bacteria that aren’t good for your skin and could worsen your complexion. Making sure your beauty supplies are free of bacteria is one of the keys to healthy skin care!
  7. Bumps and ingrown hairs are a nuisance and can be painful. They also can lead to infection, which can cause scarring. We recommend laser hair removal for those pesky dark underarm, upper lip, bikini and chest hairs. This will help you avoid lumps and bumps and will make your skin look smooth and even! Our new state-of-the-art Icon™ laser is the most advanced hair removal device on the market.
  8. Don’t just treat your face and arms. Moisturize your whole body! During the summer, you’ll be in shorts and flip flops a lot. Get regular pedicures to keep your feet flake-free and baby soft.
  9. Wear your sunglasses! Not only will your sunglasses protect you from harmful UV Rays, but you won’t be squinting as often and you’ll be avoiding those premature crow’s feet lines. UV eye exposure leads to cataracts and other diseases of the eyeball and optic nerve.
  10. Indulge in plenty of rest and learn to relax! Your beauty rest is not just a cliche’ - it should be a way of life. Inadequate sleep may be detrimental to your health and affect your visible appearance. Ridding yourself of stress can also result in a positive visible appearance both with your skin as well as your general health.

Renaissance, Center for Cosmetic Renewal™, Jacksonville, FL

At The Renaissance, Center for Cosmetic Renewal, we are all about skin care and body aesthetics. That is why we offer the best sunscreens and skin care treatments in Jacksonville. If you would like to learn more about our skin care products or laser treatments at our med spa in Jacksonville, visit the Renaissance Center at For an appointment or more information, call us at 904-399-0905.

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