Chances are you’ve heard of or frequent the Red Door by Elizabeth Arden, escaping for a pampering session or entire spa day. The iconic red door has welcomed guests since day spa pioneer, Elizabeth Arden, opened her first spa location in 1910 and today remains a symbol of beauty around the world. With 30 day spa and resort locations nationwide and an all-encompassing spa menu from facials and massages to body treatments, hair and makeup, you’re sure to find a cutting edge service for any and all your needs.
My personal current need is facials, facials, and more facials so I turned to Red Door Spa Senior Esthetician Claudia Bode to fill me in on seasonally different facials, summer skincare tips, and product recommendations.
Choupette Social Girl: What is the difference between getting a winter and a summer facial?
Claudia Bode: Facials are important for the skin all year round. Weather is a strong deteriorating factor for the skin. In the summer, we should focus on repairing and protecting the skin from increased sun exposure due to a more active lifestyle. Summertime facials focus on infusing the skin with antioxidants that help neutralize free radicals. Winter facials are more about restoring your skin’s hydration needs, nourishing it with the required moisture using gentle enzyme exfoliation, collagen and peptides.
CSG: Which facial do you recommend for summer?
CB: Summer weather can be hard for the skin due to changing humidity and environmental exposure. The best facial types for the summer are: brightening facials that can help even skin tone and brighten dark spots. Oxygen blast treatment, which is a quick and steady cool mist of pressurized oxygen infused with liquid minerals that provide healthy glowing skin and control redness and inflammation. Vitamin C treatment is another good way of preventing aging due to UV radiation in the summer by fighting those pesky free radicals, all the while correcting pigmentation and inhibiting over excess melanin production. Lastly, LED color 4 booster is clinically proven to offer multiple skin benefits such as stimulating cell regeneration, skin firming, and has antibacterial properties that reduce inflammation. It also promotes blood circulation and creates energy at the cellular level.
CSG: What products should you stay away from in summer?
CB: Avoid retinol based products. Although retinal boosts the cell turnover rate, eliminating dull skins and making way for healthy new ones, left unprotected these new cells can easily burn. Retinoids will make your skin photosensitive.
Also, you should avoid chemical peel facials. Sun exposure has the potential to introduce color changes and hyper-pigmentation. Therefore it is important to avoid these products until the skin has finished peeling completely.
Replace heavy winter oil based creams with lighter oil-free or water based serums and emulsions. Avoid using body and facial scrubs with coarse granules, as they can scratch sun exposed skin, which is very delicate.
CSG: What products should always be in your summer beauty bag?
CB: Knowing what to pack for your summer activities can be a bit of a challenge. Sunscreen is obviously the most important item in your summer bag. That doesn’t mean you should apply heavy beach sunscreen every time you leave your house. The right cosmetics can give you the same type of protection, without going through the hassle of applying thick SPF lotion throughout the day.
Moisturizer for example is a great way to protect yourself, but make sure you are getting the right kind. Look for moisturizer products labeled “broad-spectrum” that have an SPF rating of 15 or higher and also contain these active ingredients: zinc oxide, avobenzone (Parsol 1789) or ecamsule (Mexoryl) combined with octocrylene and avobenzone. Not only are these the longest lasting broad spectrum sunscreen ingredients, but also the most cosmetically elegant for moisturizers. Your foundation should also have an SPF rating, between 8-15 is good enough for your day-to-day activities. Top off your foundation with a good powder. Your powder should be of the compressed variety, and applied evenly with a sponge, The tiny zinc particles not only provide a small bit of protection on their own, but also help your sunscreen and moisturizer stay intact throughout the day. Also, try and avoid very glossy lipstick, as it concentrates UV rays to an area of the face which has very little melanin. Try and use a more opaque lipstick or colorless lip balm instead. Elizabeth Arden provides an 8-hour, SPF 15 lip protectant stick which relieves chapping and cracking; also helps guard against the damaging effects of UV exposure.
My favorite Elizabeth Arden Triple Protection Factor SPF50, combination of SPF, antioxidants and DNA enzyme to help provide protection against free radical damage and support skin’s own natural repair system, making this product the most effective topical skin protection on the market. It also has universal tint, ideal for all skin types and tones .
CSG: Besides SPF, how can you protect your skin from the summer sun exposure?
CB: In the summer, we all love to spend time outdoors, but not everyone likes to wear sunscreen. An alternative to wearing sunscreen would be to spend as much time in the shade as possible. By doing this, you are limiting your exposure to UV (Ultra-Violet) radiation. If you are going to be in the sun, know when and where you are safe to. Try and limit exposure between the hours of 10am – 4pm when the sun is at its zenith, and UV radiation is strongest. UV rays hit the ground all year round, but the strength of the radiation changes based on the time of the year, position of the sun, as well as some other factors. In the snow and around water, exposure is highest.
Wear protective clothing to cover your skin. Many companies make clothing that protects against such exposure. Wear a hat and sunglasses that blocks UV rays. Eat more nutrient rich foods that protect the body internally against UV radiation. Food rich in antioxidants that help fight the free radicals that build up from sun exposure. These foods include fish, tomatoes, broccoli, berries, almonds, leafy herbs and vegetables and dark chocolate.
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