The low-down on skin preservation essentials

by frank Bennett

Summer is here and it’s time to show off a part of the body that is nothing short of a miracle. Human skin not only has poetic powers for many, but plays a vital role in protecting the body against pathogens and water loss. It also provides insulation, temperature regulation, sensation (key to sensing and avoiding predators in our early days on the savannah), and the synthesis of vitamin D. It also is one of our very few organs that can regenerate itself (the other being the liver).

As we age, skin becomes thinner, is more easily damaged, and experiences a reduced ability to heal. This is because of many reasons, really, including the fact that aging skin receives less blood flow and less glandular activity.

Readers know of the vital importance of UV protection, but it’s also easy to forget other care essentials. Your mother was right, 8 glasses of water is great if you want to simply stay alive, but is also vital for skin. A study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science in 2007 found that drinking 9.5 cups of water every day for four weeks altered skin density and thickness, and a University of Missouri- Columbia study showed that drinking just two cups increased blood flow to the skin. Lemon infused water will help additionally, as vitamin C stimulates collagen production.

Collagen production, incidentally, is a pivotal factor in your skin’s regenerative ability. Though the exact mechanisms of UV skin damage are hotly debated among MDs, the sun’s ultraviolet spectrum certainly causes collagen breakdown, and likely inhibits both DNA repair and immune system function, and causes the formation of free radicals (healthy cells turned bad as a result of trauma).

A visit to your favorite spa can’t always heal damage, but astounding new treatments seem to arise yearly; scrubs that refresh and expose new skin are a tried and true starter, but there are also methods of detoxification and reducing bloat, along a variety of skin rejuvenation serums. Our Glycolic Facial, for example, is effective for all skin types. It treats fine lines, acne, hyper pigmentation, and dryness, and is also effective in addressing acne scars and enlarged pores. Glyolic polimers speed up exfoliation and provide maximum moisturization, restoring skin’s vibrancy, while leaving it radiant and smooth.

A.F. Bennett Salon & Wellness Spa 350 New Dorp Lane / 718.979.9000 / afbennett.com