Sun-baked: How to Heal

There’s no right way to approach skin care, but there is a less harmful way. 

Sponsored by Cambridge of Wilmington. 

Slathering on sunscreen, skin conditioners, lotions, and cleansers is second nature here in our coastal neck of the woods. Skincare is vital to wellness in this sun-soaked region, where UV rays batter even the most protected skin.

Two-fold Path

So, when the damage has been done, where do you turn? If the condition is superficial – age spots, wrinkles, etc. – and you’re looking for aesthetic treatment, there are two primary directions you can take, aside from more invasive options like injections, and surgery: 1 – a medical, pharmaceutical approach; and 2 – a natural regimen replete with organic conditioners and treatments, both with a local aesthetician.

Brittany Sykora, clinical aesthetician and certified laser technician at MedSpa by Cambridge, said that the answer to skin damage is not always straight forward.

“For those with tremendous sun damage, they may never be able to accomplish their goals using only organics,” said Sykora. “But, those with minor damage who are willing to wait for results and put effort into a healthy lifestyle and diet, will see continuous improvement using organic products.”

Sykora takes a moderate approach.

“Ideally, one would eventually turn to organics. But, initially, a faster-acting medical application may be necessary to kick start healing,” Sykora said. “Sometimes it takes visible results for people to commit themselves to speeding up recovery with overall health and wellness, which we highly encourage. Internal health (diet and exercise) is essential to long term improvement.”

What “They” Say

As always, the information you receive on organic vs. non-organic depends on who you talk to, which website you choose, and which product they’re trying to sell. One thing is fairly conclusive though. There’s nothing good about parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, or other skin care additives aside from their preservative quality. But, how bad, and how worrisome is up for debate.

All three chemicals listed are known carcinogens and have been linked to particular cancers. As have many of the non-organic ingredients in the foods we eat. A moderate approach, and avoiding these additives when possible, is suggested by most dermatologists.

Where It Comes From

Organic is good. Regardless. But, dermatologists recommend that any product you choose to apply to your skin be thoroughly tested and approved by the FDA.

This is why MedSpa by Cambridge chooses Eminence Organic Skin Care. It’s one of the only FDA-approved organic skin care lines on the market.

“Eminence products act like a raw food diet for the skin,” said Sykora. Organic ingredients, sustainable farming sources, and chemical-free skin are built into the Eminence mission. MedSpa at Cambridge is the only salon and spa in Wilmington to carry Eminence products.

Just in Time

Didn’t know Cambridge of Wilmington had a MedSpa? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! They just opened a few months ago.

But, if there was ever a time to keep them top of mind, it’s now. Head to their Grand Opening on November 30th from 4-7 pm for refreshments,hors d’oeuvres, a raffle, and giveaways. Be sure to ask about their Pumpkin Yam Enzyme, Cranberry Detox Peel and other seasonal promotions.

“When the seasons change,” Sykora says, “so does your skin.”

So, don’t neglect it! ‘Tis the season to treat yourself.

To make an appointment, or to inquire about gift certificates or other services, visit their website.

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