Are You Summer Ready? 2

Summer officially kicks off June 21, when days get longer and the sun’s rays get stronger.  We asked some local experts the latest and most effective ways to protect, improve and repair our skin, hair and body for a smooth-sailing summer.

Dr. Mark Beaty, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon of Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery in Suwanee, sees the aging effects of sun-damaged skin on a daily basis, including wrinkling, sagging and sunspots. He recommends several non-invasive treatments to improve skin quality, texture and tone.  Microneedling is a non-surgical treatment that involves using a tool with microscopic needles that penetrate the superficial layer of skin and creates micro-punctures in the treated area. Your body recognizes and treats these mini wounds by sending fibroblast receptors and growth factors to create more collagen and elastin in the area. “In essence, we are stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal itself, and as a result, thickening the skin and improving the overall tone and texture,” says Dr. Beaty.

Other non-invasive treatments that stimulate new growth of collagen are Profound and Ulthera. Ultherapy is the only FDA-approved procedure that is clinically proven to lift, tighten and tone skin naturally with your own collagen. Using focused ultrasound energy, Ultherapy tightens and lifts loose skin and stimulates collagen production in the deeper layers of skin. “The best candidates for Ultherapy are individuals with mild to moderate skin laxity, who notice loss of firmness of skin on jowls, under chin, neck and chest,” says Shawndelle Carter, Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery Clinical Care Coordinator.

Now that you’ve repaired and improved your skin, protect it.  Dr. Beaty tells his patients to use a sunscreen that provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays, like EltaMD UV physical broad spectrum sunscreen, SPF 41, and the three-in-one Revision Intellishade Matte Tinted Moisturizer with Sunscreen, SPF 45.

“To get a nice glow and to moisturize we recommend the Ultra Facial, which is a microdermabrasion and a facial,” says Beverly Hart, owner and CEO of Beauty Skin Laser on  Medlock Bridge in Johns Creek. Microdermabrasion is a treatment that gently sands the skin to remove the thicker, uneven outer layer. It uses microparticles to eliminate dead skin cells and stimulate new skin growth. “This technique also thickens collagen, and can treat scars, wrinkles, sun damage, discoloration, acne and sunspots.”

For the brow-challenged, microblading expert Milly Marques of Brows by Milly transforms scarce eyebrows in to full, natural-looking brows in just two hours. You can swim and sweat without worrying about your brows washing off. A semi-permanent procedure that lasts a year or more, microblading is the application of pigment under the skin with a very small blade, giving the appearance of natural hair. Milly trained in Europe, Brazil and the U.S., and is among the most educated and experienced microblading experts globally. Located in Sweet Peach Wax & Sugaring Studio in the Medlock Crossing Shopping Center in Johns Creek.

“Why does hair color fade faster in summer?” This is the question Stylist/Colorist/Beauty Influencer/International Educator Daniel Mason-Jones of Johns Creek’s Muse Salon and Spa gets asked routinely. The main culprit is the sun. Color has a tendency to fade a bit faster in the summer due to the intensity of the sun. Just like sun affects our skin tone, it affects our hair. Hair color can be protected with the guidance of a professional colorist. “We are highly trained to know what ingredients preserve and protect color molecules inside the hair.  We have a large variety of professional colors and hair care to help solve these issues,” says Mason-Jones.

Enjoy your summer’s slower pace and take time to love yourself!