Facing The Sun: Summer Skin Care Tips


Aesthetician Kristin Rolf has advice on preparing skin for summer, facials and essential oil uses.

Kristin Rolf has 13 years of experience in aesthetics. She received her Aesthetic Degree from Johnson County Community College and has taken continuing education from the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico. She provides aesthetic services at Natural Body Spa and Shop in Leawood.

{Q} I spend lots of time outdoors in summer sun and at the pool. Will a facial help rejuvenate my skin or minimize damage from exposure?

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First, it is best to stay out of the sun. Next, I recommend using a sunblock with a high sun protection factor (SPF) to minimize damage. Summer skin suffers from exposure to sun, chlorine and lack of moisture. Facials with proper exfoliating and hydrating with nourishing moisturizers and masks can do wonders. SkinCeuticals’ skincare line has several products that would help with summer-exposed skin. Hydrating B5 Gel and C E Ferulic Serum moisturizes and can help prevent aging effects of the sun.

{Q} What other facial products and treatments can help me combat the effects of aging?

To address anti-aging I ask client’s about issues such as wrinkling from sun damage to general aging, pigmentation issues, scarring, etc.

Within the natural world, we use products with rose hip seed oil that contains vitamin A and can help reduce scarring and wrinkling. Pomegranate seed oil is high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Argan oil is the darling of healing oils now and is high in Vitamin E that can reduce skin aging. Naturopathica is a skincare line created by Barbara Close, a clinical aesthetician, aromatherapist and herbalist. Her line was created without harsh chemicals that can irritate and age skin. She created sweet cherry brightening enzyme peel that targets sun damage and maturing skin with vitamin C and beta-carotene.

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Medically, dermatology and plastic surgeon offices have medical spas to address anti-aging in a more aggressive manner. Monarch Plastic Surgery performs medical facials that includes microdermabrasion, deep pore cleansing and using products that target specific needs. They can do chemical peels that help wrinkling and pigmentation issues and IPL treatments for age spots and sun damage. Botox, dermal fillers and prescribing topicals like Retin-A are also available.

Skincare products such as SkinMedica, Kinerase and SkinCeuticals are more cosmeceutical, a combination of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

{Q} I don’t have the time or budget for regular facials. What natural, holistic products would you suggest for optimum skin care?

Aura Cacia makes singular essential oils and facial serums made from different seed oils––argan, rose hip, baobab and tamanu––that can be combined and used as a cleanser and/or moisturizer. MyChelle Dermaceuticals, Andalou Naturals and Evan Healy skincare are other favorites of mine that use fruit enzymes, fruit stem cell science, shea butter and blends of essential oils to help in nourishing the skin and can be found at local natural markets.

{Q} I’m curious about using essential oils. What properties and uses do they have?

Essential oils are derived from plants and flowers and can be used in many different ways. Put singular oils or blends in skincare, massage cream and to use as a steam inhalation. There are botanical perfumers who will make blends of oils for people to wear, an easy way to be introduced to the properties of essential oils.

Some of my favorites lines are Aura Cacia, Wyndmere, Kokokahn and Floracopia which can be found at Whole Foods and The Merc in Lawrence. They make singular oils, blends of oils that can be used for calming, headaches and breath support and also diffusers where the oils can be dispersed into the air.