When taking preventative measures with my skin care, I’m very diligent, but let’s face it; there are only so many hours in the day. So I love multi-tasking products that save time as well as money. Since I never leave the house without sunscreen, I look for moisturizers that contain SPF and skin-nourishing ingredients. Most mornings leave precious little time for pampering, so finding a product I like that takes the place of two leaves me overjoyed.
A few months back, SkinStore had a visit from the Skin Authority brand. Their product presentation went into great detail about the products that they carry. I went from not being very familiar with this line to being extremely impressed with what they have to offer.
I decided to try their Skin Authority Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 30, and I have to say this little gem has found a home in my skin care regimen. This moisturizer with SPF is very lightweight, which is extremely important to me when looking for a hydrating/protective product. Even though I wear it under makeup all day, my skin still feels like it can breathe. This moisturizer offers both UVA and UVB protection and can be used on all skin types.
Another multi-tasking product that I treasure is Hydroxatone’s Anti-Aging BB Cream Broad-Spectrum SPF 40. This product doesn’t just make my skin look amazing as a cosmetic; it gives me SPF protection and hydration benefits as well! This BB cream offers the perfect amount of coverage but gives me that no- makeup look that I strive for. Facial make-up is increasingly becoming more than just cosmetics, and many products offer ingredients to address skin care concerns as well. With a little streamlining to your skin care routine, you can become a lot more consistent when it comes to using your preventative products on a daily basis.
Our skin needs UV protection, now more than ever. We’re constantly exposed to UV light—even indoors—due to computers, smartphones, and lights in offices and stores. Even if we’re not out in the sun, we still need to shield our skin from potential danger. And now with higher SPF products that do more than just one thing, it’s even easier. Here’s some of our faves:
Topix Replenix Sheer Physical Sunscreen Cream SPF 50 is an amazing treatment sunscreen. It’s chock full of antioxidant protection and contains Emblica fruit extract, which helps smooth your skin’s texture. The creamy formula is also hydrating, so just by putting on your sun protection, you get smoother, softer skin. We also love what’s not in it: artificial fragrance, oil and parabens. This weightless formula dries translucent with no unsightly white cast. Yes, please!
We often hear from people with oily skin that they are just not fans of SPF. They don’t like the heavy, greasy feel. We think you might change your mind with this one. Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 provides 3-in-1 benefits. It will set makeup, control oil and provide antioxidant-rich sun armor. It’s a refreshing pick-me-up during the day, and it also comes in a purse size which is ideal for re-application.
Summer means we will just naturally be in the sun more often. For some of us that means hyperpigmentation surfacing. La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Tone Correcting Primer is a tinted primer with their trademark CELL-OX Shield technology which has sun filters and antioxidants. But it also conceals a myriad of skin conditions such as redness, acne marks and scarring, dark spots, uneven skin tone, and even melasma! All while creating a smooth foundation for makeup. This must-have is also suitable for sensitive skin. How can it get any better?
We know and love La Roche Posay for their soothing formulas made with their thermal spring water. But we really love them for their super-effective sunscreens. The sun protection line is appropriately named Anthelios, meaning, “anti-sun.” The latest product is unlike any of their previous formulations.
The Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 60 is going to be great for those who don’t care for the heaviness of traditional SPF products. With the dry-touch technology, there is no greasy feel to it. This is great news for combination to oily skin types. Also this oil –free formula actually absorbs excess oil, even in humidity!
With a high SPF and an anti-shine finish, this is also great for those who rock a bald head. The broad-spectrum SPF helps prevent Ultra Violet Aging (UVA) and Ultra Violet Burning (UVB) rays from damaging skin. Also, the antioxidants help negate the existing damage done by the sun.
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.
Created by board-certified dermatologist, author, and TV personality Dr. Audrey Kunin, DERMAdoctor is now at SkinStore! We’re all so excited to have this brand. Most products are paraben and gluten-free, and none are tested on animals. The products are professionally-formulated and tested, as Dr. Kunin believes in gentle yet effective formulations that are non-irritating to help rejuvenate and treat the skin.
A favorite of mine from the line is the DERMAdoctor KP Duty Body Scrub. I suffer from Keratosis pilaris on the back of my thighs and this is the only product that has worked at alleviating the red, itchy bumps. The combination of glycolic acid, willow bark, and microdermabrasion-like crystals leaves my skin polished, calm, and smooth. I apply it in a circular motion to dry skin before I step into the shower, and then rinse it off a few minutes later so that my skin gets the chemical exfoliation as well.
Bring the doctor home with you and give this line a try. Dr Kunin describes her brand as “The prescription for beautiful skin.”
My fave new-to-me treatment product is the Topix Replenix Power of Three. This amazing skin saver has reduced my rosy cheeks back to a healthy glow, evened my complexion, and deeply hydrated my winterized skin.
The power comes from three great ingredients. I get superior antioxidant protection with Resveratrol from red wine and Green Tea. They even take it a step further and use Caffeine USP to enhance the properties of the Green Tea! Additionally, the Hyaluronic Acid keeps the moisture bound to my skin and creates a youthful plumping effect.
This comes in two great formulations, Cream or Serum. The cream is in texture only. You would still use a moisturizer over it. I use their Topix Replenix Sheer Physical Sunscreen Cream SPF 50 during the day. I really love that as well, but will save those details for another time. The serum would be appropriate for combination-to-oily skin types and for the acne prone. Both are lightweight, fast-absorbing and ideal for those with rosacea or sensitive skin. Just a side note: the concentration of the Green Tea causes the product to appear as what they call a tan color. I think it would be comparable to a medium foundation shade.
Last but not least, I give it props on the packaging with their lid-less pump design. It’s really handy and there’s no lid to lose. I also whole-heartedly agree with the reviewers on our site that rate this product 5 stars! You deserve a 5-Star serum because after all, you are a 5-Star woman!
The BB in “BB cream” stands for blemish balm or beauty balm. This product type has spread throughout Asia with growing popularity, and has slowly taken hold in Western markets. BB cream will be your all-in-one skin care product to replace your SPF, moisturizer, serum, primer, and foundation. These products are usually mineral-based, and are made to treat and cover age spots, sun spots, and acne.
Western skin care companies launched BB creams in 2012, but some formulas were lacking ingredients that care for the skin. When shopping for a BB cream, look for key ingredients like Vitamins C and E. These antioxidants provide effective anti-aging benefits. Another ingredient that is often added to these creams is Hyaluronic acid, which hydrates and plumps up the skin.
Skin care customers struggle with finding their Holy Grail product when so many companies create their own versions. Hydroxatone has an Anti-Aging BB Cream with Broad Spectrum SPF40 and this product does exactly what it promises. It will firm, brighten, and moisturize your skin while creating a beautiful finish. No need to worry about remembering to apply the SPF that we all know we need because this product contains UVA/UVB SPF 40. This BB Cream is not lacking in effective ingredients for your skin’s optimal health. Hydroxatone BB cream contains Vitamin C, PhytoCellTec, and PhytoCell Tec & EMortal. These key ingredients work at stimulating collagen, assisting with the regenerating process, and helping skin stem cells maintain their renewal process.
How can you ask for more from one product? Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream with Broad Spectrum SPF 40 will be your favorite all-in-one makeup and skin care product. It will make it easy for you not only to look your best, but you will feel great knowing that you are giving your skin the attention it deserves!
Even though summer is over, it is always important to apply sunscreen daily to protect your skin against the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays.
Harmful UVA sun rays are every bit as dangerous in the fall as the summer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, up to 80% of the UVA rays can penetrate skin even in cloudy weather. Sun damage is easier to prevent than correct so make sure to wear sunscreen every day!
Don’t forget, all year round it’s important to advocate the 4 rules for sun safety: Seek shade from 10AM – 2PM, wear the right amount of sunscreen (1 ounce to cover your body), reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, and get annual skin checks. Become an advocate for sun safety and sun protection.
For sunscreens that you will love this fall and all year long try these gorgeous go-tos:
Offers UVA/UVB protection plus instant visible blurring effect on signs of aging (fine lines, wrinkles and pores) with its unique mattifying texture. For everyday use with or without make-up. Paraben-free, Fragrance-free. Non-acnegenic, Non-comedogenic.
Daily UVA/UVB oil-absorbing protective base with a matte finish. This mattifying 100% physical sunscreen is formulated with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (Z-Cote®*) to provide high broad spectrum UV protection. Formulated with translucent color spheres to provide universal tint for all skin tones and repel oil to minimize sebum appearance. Great for face, neck and chest.
These are both great options for those with normal to oily skin looking for a sunscreen with secondary benefits.
We all know that sunscreen is vital to skin health, but many may not consider it to be a true anti-aging product. In fact, it is the most important age control product available to the skin care professional. Above retinoids, vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acids, which undoubtedly improve the appearance of aging skin, sunscreen can singlehandedly prevent damage from occurring.
As we move into fall, it is critical to remember the importance of year-round sunscreen use. Remember that unlike UVB, the strength of the sun’s UVA rays (responsible for aging) remains constant throughout the day and throughout the year. These rays are able to penetrate through clouds and windows, and their effects target everyone, regardless of skin type, tone or condition. Many patients have an “it won’t happen to me” mentality when it comes to skin cancer, but most are frightened of the inevitable aging process. This fall, change your way of thinking about preventing and treating visible aging with year-round daily use of broad spectrum sunscreen.
We are all aware that we need to protect our skin from the harmful Ultra Violet Aging (UVA), Ultra Violet Burning (UVB), and Ultra Violet Cancer (UVC) rays. They can come from the sun and other light sources like the UV Lights in our grocery stores, offices, computers, and almost anything that emits light. Sometimes we hear customers say, “I hate the way sunscreen can feel heavy or sticky, turns me white or just smells horrible. No, no I just can’t do it.” Well now you can! With sun protection available in just about every formulation, there’s bound to be that suits you perfectly.
You say, “I wish it smelled good and just melted into my skin like lotion.” You want ARCONA Rezone SPF 20 or SPF 40 is a product like I’ve never used. It’s a whipped mouse texture that is so lightweight that you won’t notice you have it on. With a great tropical fruit fragrance you’ll be excited to add this step in your regimen.
You say, “I just want to quickly apply it and be out the door with great protection for my outdoor lifestyle.” You want La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid. It gives a matte finish, so no oily shine later in the day. It also comes in an SPF 45, or in a SPF 50 with a mineral formulation, if you prefer that.
You say, “I like the tan I get from the sun but I do want to protect from the UVA rays.” You want Hampton Sun SPF 8, SPF 15, or SPF 30 Tanning Gel will give you that nice glow that makes you look and feel so good but minimize the fine lines and wrinkles that can occur from sun worshipping. You will look hot – and smart!
You say, “I don’t want to feel it, smell it, or know it’s even on me.” You want Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen – Translucent is a great toss-and-go option. It comes in a jar with a sponge-tip applicator you just dab this on generously for clear weightless protection. Great for the hubby and kids too. It won’t melt in your purse so you can take it with you on all your outdoor summer getaways.
You say, “I just want to spritz it on and bring it with me so I can re-apply.” You want Goldfaden MD Sun Visor Ultra Light Oil Free SPF 30 Mist is your answer. You can use this ultra-fine mist even over makeup! It also has antioxidants to help protect from cell damaging free radicals. Plus, it is oil free so you can feel free to apply liberally and often.
You say, “I prefer a brush applicator.” ARCONA Nearly Invisible SPF 30 Dry Mineral Powder is your BFF, one-and-done kind of SPF. It is a loose, translucent powder that comes in this super-handy pen with a brush. Simply click the button at the top to release the product and brush on – voilà! You are covered! This great packing also comes in ARCONA Sunsations Mineral Makeup SPF 25.
We say: Prevent future damage and protect yourself. Re-apply every few hours for maximum benefits. Don’t let your day at the beach be ruined by a painful and potentially dangerous sunburn.