In Arizona, our skin is no stranger to the elements, especially to the sun. With low latitude and high altitude, the sun is close, with less atmospheric protection from damaging UV rays. The year-round list of possible outdoor activities comes at a cost, however, as time spent outside, generally with less protective clothing, exposes our skin for longer periods to damaging UV rays. What are some basic—and beyond basic—ways to take care of our skin?
Back to the Basics
The Mayo Clinic gives sound advice for skincare. Most importantly, protect yourself from the sun. Overexposure to sun causes an increased risk of skin cancer, wrinkles, age spots, and more. It’s a good idea to use broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, every couple of hours at least. Avoid sun exposure when rays are strongest, between 10 am to 4pm. Cover skin with tightly woven, long sleeve shirts, long pants and wide brim hats. Use laundry detergent that gives clothing a layer of UV protection.
Moreover, use a gentle approach to cleaning your skin. Take care not to strip your skin of its oils with hot water and strong soaps and detergents. Clean, sharp razors with sufficient shaving lubricants help your skin as well. A healthy diet combined with taking steps to balance your life and manage stress directly affects your skin. Sleep, set reasonable expectations for yourself, simplify your to-do list, and take time to do things you enjoy.
Beyond the Basics
Layne Nyberg, of the Valley View Ward in Mesa, loves skin. She says while most sun damage has already occurred before age 18, different modalities such as chemical peels can reverse some of this damage. Also, it’s not about being forever 20—it’s about looking our best at every stage of life.
Recently, Layne tested Elaine Brennan’s chemical peel on herself in preparation to offer it to clients at her salon in Scottsdale. She posted pics of the process on social media. As a mother of four, she is the co-founder and lead aesthetician of Sugar Me Wax.
The goal of this peel is to drastically improve the skin’s appearance. These days, peels are widely considered a deeper skin exfoliation option. New, regenerated skin is often smoother, improving the general look and feel.
In Layne’s mind, she doesn’t feel like Heavenly Father sent us on this mortal journey with bodies to feel ugly, inside or outside. She says, “I think we often mistake caring for our physical appearance for vanity; it’s not, as long as we do so with proper perspective.”