The summer months can take a toll on the skin. From sunny vacations to outdoor activities and the sun’s harsh rays beating down during your daily commute, sun protection is extra important during these warmer months. The summer season finds the sun the highest in the sky causing UVA/UVB rays to be stronger and more direct, especially during the 10 am – 4 pm hours.
Adding a broad spectrum sunscreen into your daily routine — no matter what time of day you are out — dramatically improves your level of protection. If the sun is out, a broad spectrum sunscreen should be applied to all exposed skin. Broad spectrum sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are responsible for premature aging, while UVB rays result in sunburn.
To supplement direct sun care, C&E Strengthand C&E Strength Maxoffer maximum percentages of pure vitamins C and E to aid the skin’s ability to support itself against external damages while improving fine lines and wrinkles. The unique delivery system in these products allow for the vitamins to be safely encapsulated and provide maximum effectiveness.
Ultimately, one of the best things you can do for your skin is to avoid these harsh rays whenever possible. Rearranging your outdoor activities and chores to before or after the hottest point of the day and staying away from artificial tanning is the number one method of protection.
Whatever the season I believe every women’s make-up arsenal should have at least one bronzer. Bronzers can be used for a number of things including contouring, accentuating, shimmer, or a tan like glow. Too Faced has recently come out with The Little Black Book of Bronzers which contains 8 unique shades. You will have one for every outfit, mood, occasion or day of the week!
Chocolate Soleil– Antioxidant-rich, cocoa powder-infused matte bronzer that works on all skin tones, perfect for everyday contouring and creating an all-over deep tan.
Milk Chocolate Soleil- A lighter version of Chocolate Soleil that creates more subtle, all-over warmth, perfect for those with lighter skin tones.
Dark Chocolate Soleil- A darker version of Chocolate Soleil that’s perfect for more sculpted contouring, creating a more dramatic, deep matte bronzed look.
Snow Bunny– Four luminous shades blend together for just the right amount of sun-kissed, natural radiance.
Pink Leopard- Trio of skin-brightening and bronzing pigments that combine for a glorious all-over glow.
Beach Bunny- Custom-blend bronzer combines four sun kissed shades for a skin perfecting, summertime tan any time of year.
Endless Summer– Stay all day universal bronzer creates a lit-from-within bronzed glow that lasts 16-hours or more.
Sun Bunny– Original bronzer features slight pink undertone in the dual shade palette that mimics the flush of a real tan.
Bronzer is applied after your concealer and foundation. It is important to use a brush that is wider, fluffy, and not too stiff. A brush that is too stiff will leave blotchy results. There are also many brushes on the market that are made specifically for the cheek area. Swirl the brush in your product so that it lightly coats the end of your brush evenly, and then tap off the excess bronzer on the lid or side of the container. Start applying the bronzer at the top of your forehead, down the cheek bone, and then along the jawline. This method when done correctly should resemble a “3” shape on your face.
For over 15 years, Anthelios from La Roche Posay has been at the forefront of UV protection. They continue to lead the way with their newest product launch Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen. It’s the first daily antioxidant serum with a sunscreen that combines broad spectrum SPF 50 and a high potent antioxidant complex. Baicalin, Vitamin C and Vitamin E are combined to help protect skin against free radical damage from UV rays.
Another addition to their line up is Cooling Water Lotion 60. It has a unique texture that transforms like water on the skin, providing an immediate cooling effect and advanced sun protection. A combination of UVA/UVB filters were chosen to work synergistically. It’s water resistant for 80 minutes and can be used on all skin types.
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Summer is coming and that means it’s time to ramp up your SPF routine! While most of us are diligent about applying sunscreen in the morning every day we fail to reapply throughout the day. A great option for us gals that wear makeup is Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF30 Brush Perfectly Clear. This is a sunscreen in a translucent powder form that can be applied on top of your makeup! This makes the sheer thought of reapplication a snap! Simply dust on the sunscreen with the handy retractable brush and bam sun protection!
We have all been there. You spent the entire day out in the sun and are diligent in applying SPF only to discover that you have a burnt scalp. I usually have a sunburn right down the part in my hair. Your scalp is fried to the point that showering and combing your hair has become a form of torture. A few days later your sunburned scalp starts peeling and you have little flakes of skin in your hair. Luckily, there has been an answer to our prayers. It is Quintessence Q-Sunshade Leave in Hair Conditioner and Scalp Protectant SPF 30. It is a broad spectrum SPF 30 that you just apply and leave in, so easy! Plus it helps protect color treated hair and condition, moisturize and nourish. I even use this on my little one; his hair is still baby fine and sparse. I tried using the spray sunscreen to protect his scalp, but it just sprayed onto his hair and not his scalp. With this leave in conditioner, I can rub it onto his scalp without him looking like a grease pit. It is a definite summer essential.
As an esthetician we are constantly asking our clients if they are using an SPF. Proper sun protection is so important in skin care and it is the number 1 most important anti-aging product in your regimen. All too often I have women tell me that they have SPF in their makeup and therefore they believe that they do not need to apply a sunscreen. This is absolutely NOT true. While it is a great added bonus that your makeup contains SPF, it is not a substitution for applying a sunscreen. The truth is most people do not apply the layers of coverage they need from their makeup to get proper sun protection. Also, sunscreen needs to be applied every 2 hours when outdoors. Your face would be piled with makeup at the end of the day. An SPF 30 or higher should be part of your daily morning skin care regimen. You are welcome to apply your makeup over that for added benefit. Skinstore has a wide selection of sunscreens to offer for all skin types. One of our favorites is SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50.
Caudalie’s story starts in France at the heart of a vineyard with a husband and wife. They believe the vine of grapes contain exceptional powers for the skin and are used throughout the Caudalie brand. The vine naturally produces resveratrol to defend itself and provides powerful antioxidant benefits for the skin. In fact, Caudalie pioneered the use and benefits of resveratrol in skin care. Resveratrol is a natural antioxidant. Resveratrol is found in high amount in the skins of grapes and in red wine. It may stop the growth of cancer cells topically as well as internally (when resveratrol is taken internally). It also reduces inflammation in blood vessels, improves blood vessel function and keeps platelets from clumping together to form clots that could lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Because it is an antioxidant that protects cells against oxidative damage and a compound that reduces inflammation, resveratrol offers anti-aging skin benefits. Oxidative damage primarily due to sun exposure is one reason for skin aging. Free radicals produced by exposure to oxygen and sunlight damage collagen and activate enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, another protein important for youthful skin. Research suggests that resveratrol is a more potent antioxidant than idebenone, a leading pharmaceutical antioxidant. You can find resveratrol in many Caudalie facial moisturizers, eye creams and anti-aging serums. A few of our favorite Caudalie products are Vinexpert Firming Serum and Premier Cru the Cream.
Indoor tanning salons are just as popular as fast food restaurants in some cities. They promise the bronzed beauty that comes with a great tan. I am guilty of baking myself in tanning beds for years. I would listen to the teenage girl that worked at the tanning salon tell me how the UVA rays from the beds were safe and it was even smart to get a base tan in the summer to help protect my skin from the Sun. I knew better than to believe all this nonsense, but I just wanted to look tan. Now, I am older and wiser, but I have awful sun damage as a result of my poor tanning decisions. I no longer tan and am diligent about wearing proper SPF. I wish I knew all the harmful effects that I know now.
Here is some real and true information about tanning beds. UVA rays are not safe. In fact UVA rays penetrate deeper into your skin, cause melanoma and premature aging. A typical tanning bed emits about 95% UVA rays and about 5% UVB rays. The UVA rays from a tanning bed are 12 times stronger than what we are exposed to from the Sun. The reason for this is because UVA rays make the skin darker faster. They also cause sagging skin, skin cancer and eye damage, including ocular melanoma (eye cancer). This information was never mentioned while I was shelling out money for my tanning service. I wish I knew that just one tanning session increased my chances of getting melanoma by 20%. And each additional session within that year tacked on another 2% risk. Tanning beds have been moved to “carcinogenic to humans” category which is the highest risk category for cancer. Shockingly, there are more cases of cancer due to indoor tanning than cases of lung cancer due to smoking (study by JAMA dermatology). No, tan is worth the risk. There are plenty of great self-tanners available now that are a safe alternative to tanning. Your future, older self will thank you! A couple of our staff favorites are Kate Somerville360 Body Self Tanning Towelettes and Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Blow Pads.
Malachite is an important mineral for environmentally stressed skin in two ways: acting as a defense shield from radical scavenging activity against superoxide anion and as a deep detoxifier through the stimulation of glutathione reductase (considered the body’s most important cellular antioxidant).
Stabilized at the pH of skin to ensure optimum tolerance, Malachite has been demonstrated at several levels of the “antioxidant” defense mechanisms in our cells through its effect on the superoxide radical, malachite acts directly on the unstable free radical. By inhibiting the superoxide anion at a rate of more than 95%, malachite is an excellent front line of defense.
Simultaneously, malachite acts on a deeper level in the body’s defense system. Its effect on hydrogen peroxide occurs via reduced glutathione – or more precisely, through the enzyme in charge of regenerating it. This indirect activation effect allows elimination of one of the main factors limiting the reaction between hydrogen peroxide and reduced glutathione: the reduced glutathione itself.
The effects of Malachite Complex have been demonstrated at several levels of the “antioxidant” defense mechanisms in our cells? Through its effect on the superoxide radical, Malachite Complex acts directly on the “troublemaker.” By inhibiting the superoxide anion at a rate of more than 95%, Malachite Complex represents a choice first line of defense? At the same time, Malachite Complex acts at a more complex level in the body’s defense system. Its effect on hydrogen peroxide occurs via reduced glutathione – or more precisely, through the enzyme in charge of regenerating it. This indirect activation effect allows elimination of one of the main factors limiting the reaction between hydrogen peroxide and reduced glutathione: the reduced glutathione itself.
Ole Henriksen Three Little Wonders Box Set is a professional strength AM/PM regimen rapidly reverses all visible signs of aging skin. Each proprietary blend works in synergy to reveal your most youthful, healthy & radiant complexion. With nurturing textures and indulgent aromas, witness the transformation as you delight in the experience of treating your skin.
When used regularly, the results of this trio of products are truly amazing. Each formulation is oil-free, firming, lifting, pore tightening and all promote uniform pigmentation. As an added bonus, each product feels sensational and is a pleasure to use every day.
–Invigorating Night Treatment, 1oz This powerful treatment gel helps to hydrate the deepest layers of the skin, while smoothing and refining the surface texture.
–Sheer Transformation Creme, 1oz This luxurious, anti-aging creme fades skin discolorations, smoothes fine lines and protects from environmental damage.
–Truth Serum Collagen Booster, 1oz Get radiant skin with this incredible anti-wrinkle, firming and smoothing Vitamin C complex skin booster.