As an esthetician, I am always preaching to my family and friends about the benefits of wearing sunscreen every day. As if skin cancer weren’t scary enough, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, up to 90 percent of preventable aging is caused by UV exposure. Twenty years from now, you will regret not applying sunscreen when comparing your skin to someone who wore it on a daily basis. Why have any regrets? Sunscreen has been proven to decrease the development of skin cancer, it helps prevent skin discolorations, and it slows down the development of premature aging. This sounds like a miracle product to me!
There are chemical sunscreens and physical sunscreens to choose from. Physical sunscreens work by deflecting or blocking the sun’s rays. Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the rays, while some chemical filters can scatter the sun rays as well. Chemical sunscreens can be more irritating to the skin, but offer more protection against UVA and UVB rays depending on the particular active ingredient and its stability. Physical sunscreens contain both titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. The titanium dioxide protects against UVB ways, but not the full spectrum of UVA rays. Zinc oxide protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
Your daily sunscreen should have a minimum SPF of 30, even if you’re sitting in an office all day like me. Sunscreen must be applied every day whether you are indoors or out. Customers ask all the time if they need to apply an SPF if it’s cloudy outside. The answer is, yes. Do not let clouds, cold weather, or shade give you a false sense of security that you’re protected from the sun’s harmful rays. As long as there is light, the UV rays can put your skin at risk for both skin cancer and premature aging. Wearing sunscreen is even crucial when driving, or sitting next to a window, as these reflective surfaces can create more damage to the skin. Sunscreen is really the only way to keep your skin looking healthy, young, and radiant.
Don’t like the irritation, flakiness or other side effects that some products, such as retinols, may cause? Looking for an alternate nightly exfoliation? Well look no further; this Rapid Exfoliating Serum by NIA24 is exactly that—nightly exfoliation without the dryness and irritation to the skin. This serum contains Pro-Niacin, a patented form of niacin, along with plant-based exfoliants such as Willow Bark and Prickly Pear. It will help fortify your skin barrier, remove rough, dry patches, and brighten skin tone. The delivery system of this serum however, is what really makes the product wonderful. The Pro-Niacin technology allows niacin to deeply penetrate and work from the base of your skin up to the visible layer.
To get the best results from this serum, use one-to-two pumps and apply to your face and neck after cleansing your skin. It is recommended to use the Strengthening Complex, also by NIA24, however, using any repairing/replenishing moisturizing cream will be a great finishing product after applying this serum. If you’re looking for a more rapid exfoliation, using the serum twice daily for 14 days, and then once daily after that will leave you with a brighter, tighter complexion. This serum will be perfect for you if you ‘e looking to reduce pigmentation irregularities, remove rough, dry patches that clog pores, brighten skin tone, reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, and improve skin texture.
Masks have a variety of beneficial functions for the skin. They come in many types, as the do perks. You can find masks for brightening, hydrating, purifying, soothing, exfoliating and/or restoring. A mask can really boost the effectiveness of your regimen, no matter your skin type. You’ll get the greatest benefits out of a mask after exfoliation. Twice a week is all it takes to bring your skin into balance and create a youthful radiance!
Sheet masks are a great way to relax after a long day. They are pre-soaked, with cutouts for your eyes, nose and mouth. Simply unfold the sheet, place the cutouts over the appropriate areas and smooth the mask over your face to ensure it is flush with your skin. If you have time, lie down and soak in all the nutrients. Typically, the sheet has some extra residue even after you’ve used it. Don’t waste it. Rub it over the back of your hands, neck and decollate for an extra treatment! One of my favorites is the SkinCeuticals Biocellulose Restorative mask. It will soothe and cool while deeply hydrating.
Mud or Clay Masks are great for pulling out impurities from the skin and de-toxifying. If you have congestion such as blackheads or whiteheads this would be your go-to complexion picker-upper! Depending on the formulation, mud and clay are a little richer and a little harder to remove. You can help dissolve this type of mask a little by adding water to it and emulsifying before you remove it. One of our newest masks is the Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud mask. A little warning: it’s dark green like the moor mud so you may just blend in if you are going to the forest. If you need camo, this is your mask! But seriously, it’s a great choice and it was surprisingly easy to remove. Also the Somme Institute Boost Mask warms, exfoliates, purifies, hydrates and soothes, all with a heavenly pumpkin aroma.
Lastly, the most common type of mask—cream, is the best for almost any situation. Alchimie Forever’s Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask is amazing before an event. Intensely hydrating and brightening, it truly leaves you with an irresistible glow. Just smooth over clean skin, leave on for 10 minutes, or as long as time allows, and rinse with a washcloth.
Any formulation you choose will help you maximize the results of your regimen.
Let’s say you have an entire skin care regimen consisting of a cleanser, toner, moisturizer and SPF, but you’re still struggling with breakouts. You have the complete skin care regimen, right? Actually, there’s something missing from your routine: the mask. Facial masks provide additional or deeper treatments to the skin, but many tend to neglect them. Masks can be used to moisturize, detoxify, and replenish nutrients. If you find that you are breaking out, a mask could be the answer. Choose a mask based on your skin type and the issue you’d like to correct. While it’s true that not many of us are looking to add time to our skin care routines, a mask could be one of the most effective steps you’ll take.
Sulfur masks are to be used in the midst of a breakout to control oil production. Sulfur also accelerates cell turnover by getting rid of dead skin cells and buildup that can clog pores. This ingredient helps dry out existing blemishes and prevents the spread of acne-causing bacteria. My favorite sulfur mask is the Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque. This highly-effective treatment contains eucalyptus, sulfur and purified clay to exfoliate the skin and treat inflamed acne. After using it only a few times, I noticed my congested skin was looking much clearer. I couldn’t ask for more. When I’m struggling with a bad breakout, I use this mask twice a week for the best results. All I need to do is wait the ten minutes and let the product do the work.
My other recent acne mask discovery is the Erno Laszlo Anti Blemish Purifying Mask. This product contains Kaolin Clay, Willow bark extract, and Salicylic Acid. While the Clay and Willow bark reduce surface oil and shine, the Salicylic acid works at exfoliating the skin. I really love the way this mask reduces redness and soothes inflammation; it’s perfect before an important event. After applying this mask, you’ll feel a cool, tingly sensation, which I really enjoy. I do have to say that when I used this mask twice in one week, I experienced some dryness around my nose, but I simply reduced it to once a week and was fine!
Do you suffer from dry skin? Are you using retinols, or do you travel frequently? A good hydrating mask is something everyone can benefit from, whether you have dry skin or not. There a few different ways you can use these masks. Apply a thin layer at night and sleep with the mask in place of a nighttime moisturizer and you will wake up with smooth, perfectly-hydrated skin. Apply in the morning after you cleanse, leave on for 10-15 minutes, then cleanse or tissue off and proceed with your normal skin care regimen. Feel like you’re always on an airplane? Flying is very dehydrating to the skin. You can apply a mask at the beginning of your flight instead of a moisturizer, or use it once you touch down to combat your skin’s dehydration. Everyone can benefit from a hydrating mask every now and then. Here are a few I recommend:
Sothys Hydradvance Mask: This mask contains two types of hyaluronic acid; one that penetrates the skin deeply, and one that sits on the top layer for an instantly smooth result.
Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Mask: This mask contains hyaluronic acid as well as Vitamin B5 that is reparative and provides the skin with essential nutrients.
ARCONA Wine Hydrating Mask: This mask contains nourishing macadamia nut oil which mimics the skin’s natural oil, as well as hyaluronic acid.
I am always on the hunt for the perfect hand cream to add to my collection. Recently, I was introduced to L’Occitane and their wonderful products. The hand cream is truly amazing—it absorbs quickly, does not leave a greasy feeling, and makes your hands feel baby-smooth. It delivers the kind of hydration that lasts and does not require you to reapply all day long. Not only is this hand cream wonderful for just about anyone, but people who experience dry, cracked, chapped hands will definitely want a tube of this. Since I wash my hands frequently throughout the day, I require a rich moisturizing cream. Even though this one is a little pricey, a little bit goes a long way. I put this hand cream on before I go to bed and wake up with silky-smooth hands. It’s almost like a hand treatment; more than just your everyday hand cream.
Applying a great foot cream is always a nice feeling at the end of a stressful day. My favorite is the AHAVA Mineral Foot Cream. This product does not leave you sticky and greasy post-application, but with a velvety smooth after-feel. This is a go-to product for me, especially in the dry California winters. A secret about this product is that you can use it on your hands and elbows for extra hydration benefits. Use this cream once or twice a day, and you’ll notice a tremendous difference in the look and feel of your feet. And now is the perfect time—sandal weather is right around the corner!
One of our bestselling brands has just launched their latest product and oh boy, we think you’re going to love it! We know SkinCeuticals for its scientifically-based, effective formulations. Their newest integrates that science with cosmetic elegance.
The Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 is a repairing moisturizer that builds the protective barrier of your skin, enhancing its strength and ability to defend against environmental aggressors. Formulated with 2% pure ceramides, 4% natural cholesterol, and 2% fatty acids, your skin is bathed in the highest concentration of barrier-strengthening ingredients on the market. A perfect companion product to retinol, the Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 contains the soothing essential oils of lavender, rosemary and peppermint.
This moisturizer is rich without being heavy. It’s specifically formulated for dehydrated, sensitive and dry skin. You will experience lasting hydration for 24 hours, as well as improved texture and increased radiance. Yes, please!
Can you get a peel from a pad? Oh yes you can, and you can have all the skin-friendly benefits of probiotics all in one step!
Two to four times a week, swipe the no-rinse resurfacing pads over your face for an easy at-home treatment. mybody recommends using two pads per session and if you have any excess product on the pad, use it on your décolleté and the backs of your hands.
With consistent use, the non-irritating pads will give results comparable to a chemical peel with no flaking or down time. These resurfacing pads help reduce pores and blemishes, and diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, all while giving a beautiful GLOW. You may also want to try the companion serum, mybody GLOWBIOTICS Probiotic HydraGlow Cream Oil. After all, everyone looks better with a little radiance.
Get the protection you need with the coverage you want this spring, with this amazing two-in-one foundation and SPF. Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable Mineral Sun Protection SPF 50 is a wonderful combination product that will not only help you combat midday shine; it will also help keep you protected from the dangers of UV rays. This sheer, lightweight mineral foundation is an easy- application product, with mineral powder that comes through the brush bristles, making afternoon makeup touch-ups a breeze. With a matte-based formula, this is sure to stop shine in its tracks!
We also love this product because it provides non-irritating, UVA and UVB protection delicate enough for your face, with an SPF of 50. This is perfect for travel, with its no-mess packaging and easy application. Throw it in your purse, keep it in your makeup bag or toss it into a backpack or beach bag for shine-free SPF protection at your fingertips.
You’ve most likely taken baths before, but have you treated yourself to luxurious bath oils or bubble bath with a beautiful aroma? It’s amazing how much we can benefit from taking some time out of the day to relax. But, baths offer much more than relaxation. They can assist in lowering blood pressure, help you fall asleep, ease cold and flu symptoms, reduce headaches, and some studies show taking baths can even help us maintain a healthy weight.
Bath products will enhance your senses and take the experience to the next level. Aromatherapy Associates carries a bath and shower oil that contains a blend of natural oils from calming plants and flowers that will assist you in getting a great night’s sleep. After using bath oil, your skin is soft, silky, and hydrated. If your skin isn’t a clear as you’d like, a bath can be great for decongesting. The Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Steam Bath encourages skin detoxification. After using this product, I noticed that it helped a great deal with clogged pores and loosening up black heads.
My favorite bath product since I was a little girl has to be bubble bath! L’occitane Verbena Foaming Bath has a light, lemony fragrance. I love how you do not need to use very much of this product, yet your tub will be full of colossal, fluffy bubbles.
There are some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your bathing experience. Timing your bath for around 90 minutes before bedtime will help you fall sleep. Keep in mind that you never want to spend more than 20 minutes in a bath, because hot water can be very drying to the skin. The ideal temperature for bath water is about 100° Fahrenheit, which is perfect for relaxing muscles. Bathing is also the perfect time to exfoliate, as the warm water loosens dead skin and helps remove toxins. Remember, this is your time, so light some candles, play some music and unwind from the day.