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A Look at the Benefits of Facial Treatments at the End of Summer

The end of summer is near, and with it comes skin that has been damaged by repeated exposure to the sun. Even if you took precautions to cover up and wear sunscreen this summer, extended periods of exposure to the strong summer sun can still take its toll on your skin.

So to help repair, nourish, and hydrate sun-damaged skin, consider an end-of-summer facial treatment.

Whether you opt for a basic facial or microdermabrasion in Ottawa, renew your skin’s radiant, healthy glow by getting a facial at the end of the summer.

Why You Should Get Deep Cleansing Facials Regularly (Especially at the End of Summer)

During the summer, we tend to spend more time outside. This time outdoors exposes the skin to the sun’s harmful radiation along with free radicals and pollution in the air. The combination of these can lead to dry, dull, and unhealthy skin.

This is why it’s recommended to have a deep-cleansing facial at the end of the summer.

These facials help restore the skin’s health and radiance by:

  • Softening the skin,
  • Unclogging pores,
  • Removing impurities,
  • Replacing lost moisture, and
  • Soothing tired skin.

Natural At-Home Facial Options

If you want to try giving yourself a facial at home, consider these easy-to-make facial recipes that use natural food ingredients.

Almond Cleanser

Since almonds are rich in vitamin E, this recipe can help nourish, soothe, and soften dry skin.

Mix:

  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt; and,
  • 1 teaspoon almond butter or 1 teaspoon almond oil.

Apply the mixture to your face, starting at the base of your neck. Massage gently upwards in a circular motion. And remove with a clean washcloth or dampened cotton pads.

Cocoa Butter Cleanser

Cocoa butter nourishes dry skin, and is especially useful for treating dry skin that is a result of sun exposure.

In a double boiler, add:

  • 1 to 4 tablespoons cocoa butter
  • ½ cup avocado oil or almond oil
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons vegan margarine

Melt the ingredients, stirring until well blended. Remove from heat and beat with a whisk or an electric mixer until cool. Then place in a jar and label. You can use this cream as a facial cleanser, and you can apply it to your body as well as to treat dry skin.

Professional Facials Offered at Tosoni MD

For a professional, deep-cleansing facial, there are several treatment options based on your preferences and skin care needs.

The following are professional facial treatments offered at Tosoni MD.

Facials

Dr. Tosoni offers customized facials to suit your skin’s specific needs. These facial treatments use anti-ageing skin care products to treat skin that is dry, ageing, and sun-damaged. Depending on the chosen facial treatment, it may also include a chemical peel and microdermabrasion.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels use lactic acid, salicylic acid, retinol, and resorcinol to rejuvenate the skin with increased collagen production. These peels help treat the effects of sun damage, pollutants, and ageing by chemically exfoliating the outer layer of skin.

This encourages skin regeneration with new, healthy skin cells. Along with softening your skin, chemical peels can also reduce fine lines and treat acne and hyperpigmentation—such as sun or age spots.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion uses a fine diamond tip instrument to gently exfoliate dead, damaged skin cells. The intensity of the treatment is customized to suit your skin’s needs.

By removing old, dull, and damaged skin cells, this treatment will improve the texture and tone of your skin, resulting in smooth, radiant skin.

Benefits from Getting Facials Regularly

Like your at-home skin care routine, facials clean, tone, and moisturize your skin. But professional facials also provide a deeper cleaning and exfoliation that you cannot achieve at home.

Professional facials unclog pores, removing dead skin cells, blackheads, and whiteheads. They improve the skin’s hydration, elasticity, and suppleness. And when a facial massage is part of your facial, this helps improve blood circulation and nourishment for your skin.

How Long Do the Benefits Last?

With the right at-home skin care routine between facial appointments, you can make the results of your facial last longer. And you can maintain the benefits of facials with regular facial treatments every month.

Tips to Make the Most Of Your Facials

To maintain the benefits of your facials and the health of your skin for longer, follow these tips immediately after your facial treatment:

  • Allow your skin to breathe after a facial.
  • Do not apply makeup after a facial as this will only clog your newly-cleaned pores and prevent your skin from breathing.
  • If you can, take a nap after a facial and avoid stressful activities, such as going back to work. Facials relax the facial tissues, so the longer you stay relaxed, the longer your skin will stay relaxed as well.
  • Drink green tea or warm lime water and honey. These drinks will help relax and detoxify your body while improving your metabolism.
  • Avoid cold and hot baths. A lukewarm bath is ideal.
  • Avoid crowded and high-pollution areas after a facial—e.g. downtown during rush-hour.

Care Tips for Before and After a Professional Facial

To prepare for your professional facial, and to maintain the health of your skin afterwards, follow these facial, chemical peel, and microdermabrasion before and aftercare tips.

Wear Sunscreen

Protect your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays before and after a facial, and year-round. Apply broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen that will block both UVA and UVB light.

Go to Your Appointment with a Clean Face

Before your facial appointment, make sure to remove all makeup and clean your face well. This will make the facial go smoothly since your skin care professional won’t have to take extra time to remove the makeup for you.

Unplug

Before starting your facial treatment, turn off your phone so you won’t be distracted. It’s good to unplug from your daily stresses, even if just for an hour. Take this time to relax and enjoy the pampering of your skin to the fullest.

Avoid Makeup

For up to two days following your facial, avoid wearing makeup to help keep your pores clean. And if you must wear makeup during this time, wear as little as possible.

Wait to Exfoliate

Since a facial is a deep exfoliating treatment, wait a few days before you start exfoliating your skin at home to avoid damage from over-exfoliation.

After the few days have passed, use a gentle exfoliator to keep dirt and oils from building up on your skin. Exfoliation helps keep your skin radiant between professional facials.

Hydrate

Hydration keeps your skin healthy and supple. So make sure to drink plenty of water—about 8 glasses a day. Also use a high-quality moisturizer or serum as part of your daily skincare routine. This will help maintain the tone and texture of your skin following a facial treatment.

How Often Should You Get A Facial?

Facials should be a regular part of your skincare regime. Ideally, you should have a facial once a month to keep your skin healthy and radiant.

Consider getting an end-of-summer facial to take care of your skin after a season of exposure to the sun. At Tosoni MD, you can enjoy the many facial benefits of these professional treatments. Whether with a customized facial, or microdermabrasion in Ottawa, help restore your skin’s health, radiance, and glow.

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Dr. Caroline Tosoni pursued her Medical Degree at McMaster University and completed her post-graduate medical residency in Family Medicine through the University of Ottawa in 1998. Fluently bilingual in French and English, she opened her medical practice in Ottawa in July of 1998. Since 2000, Dr. Tosoni has focused her medical practice on Cosmetic Dermatology and has received extensive training and obtained multiple certifications in various medical cosmetic enhancement procedures such as Phlebology, Botox® Cosmetic, Dermal Fillers, SoftLift,™ BeautiPhication,™ Belkyra injections, CoolSculpting,™ Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Laser Medicine. Dr. Caroline Tosoni is also proficient in the treatment of Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and Migraine Headaches with Botox® Therapeutic. In 2015, Dr. Tosoni’s practice officially received a Focused Practice in Dermatology designation by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Ontario Medical Association.