AUG 2018

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S a v i n g F a c e [ 20 ] • # dayspamagazine • august 2018 beating the fl ush Although anyone can suff er from chronic infl ammation, genetics plays a signifi cant role and those with sensitive skin are particularly at risk. "These clients have a lower tolerance threshold than those with normal skin," explains Tomasso. "Sensitive skin also lets in more aggressive agents, so the infl ammatory reaction is disproportionately high, repeated and diffi cult to control." Recently, scientists have been studying less obvious sources of infl ammation, including those free radicals contained in pollution (distressing, as the World Health Organization estimates that 92 percent of the planet's population lives with substandard-quality air), as well as in the blue light emitting from electronic devices. "Sixty percent of blue light exposure now comes from our cell phones, computers and televisions," reports Dr. DeHaven. Luckily, there are already apps—such as Redshift, SunsetScreen and Iris—that address this issue by decreasing blue light exposure. Saving Face There's no one solution to such a comprehensive problem, but for starters, recommend sunscreen to every client. Repairing the skin barrier is also of utmost importance. "You need an appropriate moisturizer that protects and reinforces the barrier, and also protects you from blue light, heavy metals and pollution," says Dr. Murad. In terms of skincare ingredients, these guests will benefi t from topicals rich in antioxidants—and there's something to be said for fi nding them in nature. "Many anti-infl ammatory and antioxidant ingredients are botanically derived, because plants are unable to move away from the sun, as we can, and so have developed very effi cient protective systems," notes Dr. DeHaven. © GETTY IMAGES Clients looking to address their infl ammation concerns should be advised of these healthy eating habits. Because a total shift can be a bit daunting, experts suggest introducing or removing one food type at a time. ANTI-INFLAMMATORY: Leafy greens Cruciferous vegetables (e.g., broccoli and Brussels sprouts) Whole grains Red- and blue-colored fruits (e.g., berries and pomegranates) Cold-water fi sh (e.g., salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring) PRO-INFLAMMATORY: Meat (especially beef and pork) Processed foods Nightshade vegetables (e.g., eggplant and tomatoes) Histamine-rich foods (e.g., citrus and dairy) Pickled or fermented foods Sugar DIET DO'S AND DON'TS

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