Expert: How to keep that summer glow


Kristina Donnay, medical director at Maricopa Wellness Center. [Victor Moreno]
No matter how much we love the feel of the sun on our skin, we must acknowledge the sun can damage our skin. That summer tan can fade, and new sunspots can take its place.

Intense pulsed light
Intense pulsed light, or IPL, therapy is a highly effective treatment for aesthetic and therapeutic concerns regarding aging and discoloration of the skin. IPL therapy can be used for removing hair, eliminating skin pigmentation, eliminating broken blood vessels, removing minor scars, reducing sun damage and alleviating skin diseases.

Over time and constant exposure to the sun, our skin incurs “photoaging’” — mainly on our face, necks, backs of the hands, upper chest and other areas of your bodies that are regularly exposed to the sun. IPL therapy can reduce the appearance of this damage and restore youthful, evenly toned glowing skin.

Although IPL is a non-surgical procedure, the skin becomes highly sensitive after an IPL treatment and you must avoid the sun for several days post-treatment. Therefore, fall is a perfect time to get IPL therapy, particularly in a place such as Maricopa. During the fall, we spend more of our time protected from the sun making it a great time to improve your skin tone, skin pigmentation and more with IPL.

After repairing the sun-damaged skin with IPL, we recommend trying a spray tan in place of tanning booths or direct suntans.

Spray tan
Keeping your sun-kissed glow all year while avoiding the sun’s harmful UV rays is possible with a spray tan. The most important component in any spray tan solution is DHA, generally coming from sugar and beets. The DHA reacts with your skin and is what gives you that golden color. That’s why preparation is key to achieving a perfect tan.

Prior to any spray tan appointment, be sure to exfoliate your skin using gentle cleansers, preferably with a low pH. On the day of your appointment, avoid using moisturizers and beauty products. These can prevent you from realizing your tan’s full potential. Wear dark, loose-fitting clothing to your appointment. Avoid excessive rubbing immediately following your tanas it can cause uneven coverage.

The average spray tan will last 7-10 days. Following your tanner’s prescribed aftercare routine will ensure you get the most from your tan. Using a gentle moisturizer will keep your tan looking natural. Drink lots of water; this will help from the inside out. You can also keep your tan looking fresh between appointments by using a high-quality, self-tanning foam to fill in areas that need a little attention.

Maricopa Spray Tan is located in L’Mage Professional Suites located at the intersection of Smith-Enke and Porter Roads.

520-553-6858 to schedule your spray tan with Maricopa Spray Tan.

520-464-6193 to schedule your IPL with Maricopa Wellness Center.


This sponsored content was first published in the September edition of InMaricopa magazine.