Something to keep in mind as we watch the 2012 Summer Olympics!

Skincare Advice for Athletes
Every four years we look forward to cheering on Team USA. These Olympians are the best of the best – swimming, diving, volleyball, running, you name it. But whether you are athletic or an athlete you sweat and sweating decreases your skin's natural protection against the sun’s harmful rays. You might not have as much skin in the game as Team USA but here are some tips to help you achieve fresh, glowing skin.
Slow it down … A recent study conducted by Berlin researchers showed that strenuous physical exertion actually produces oxidative stress that depletes the skin of antioxidants and makes it more vulnerable to skin damage. They found mild to moderate exercise actually has the opposite effect.
Cover up … If you can't give up your run or walk outside invest in some sun-protective clothing and always wear a hat and sunglasses. Also avoid working out during peak hours (10-2pm).
Go liquid … Liquid sunscreen has a high alcohol content and can keep you pimple free. Also stick with sunscreens that are hypoallergenic and oil-free. Prickly heat (otherwise known as heat rash) is a common disorder in athletes so avoiding certain types of SPF’s should help you avoid these types of skin complications.
Hydrate … Drink plenty of water and moisturize daily. Cetaphil® is a great everyday moisturizer that you can buy over the counter. If you are looking for something that can hydrate your skin and slow the aging process Skinceuticals is a great product line that will help turn back the clock.
Wash Off … Shower after working out. It helps cleanse your skin of bacteria, oil and dirt. We recommend using a mild soap to open up the pores and prevent breakouts. Exfoliating a few times a week will also give you that added glow.
It’s never too early to start thinking about your fall treatment plans including non-invasive procedures such as chemical peels or photofacials or a dermal filler like Restylane or Juvederm. Call us at 206.859.5777 to schedule a consultation or book your next treatment.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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