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Sunscreen Season is every Season

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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:

 La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with Sunscreen:

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.

SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50:

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.


Prevention is the Best Treatment

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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.

The suite of PCA SKIN sun protection formulas is truly revolutionary. The virtually undetectable Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 for oily, acneic skin; Perfecting Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 30 for post-procedure care and those prone to hyperpigmentation; Protecting Hydrator Broad Spectrum SPF 30 for normal to oily skin; Hydrator Plus Broad Spectrum SPF 30 for normal to dry skin; and Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45: Water Resistant for use during outdoor activities. Their combination of ultra-sheer, micronized zinc oxide and octinoxate provide unsurpassed broad spectrum UVA/UVB coverage. Silybin, also known as milk thistle, and caffeine provide superior antioxidant action to help maintain skin health during exposure.  PCA SKIN has perfected year-round protection.

An SPF for Everybody!

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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.

Be safe, be healthy, and be happy!



Weekend Getaway Beauty Essentials

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Hooray, the warmer weather is here bringing with it wonderful sunny weekends and a desire to get away for a few days. Looks like it’s time for a weekend getaway! The only problem left after deciding where to go is trying to decide what to pack. If your bathroom vanity or cabinets are anything like mine, they are filled to the brim with various beauty products. How on earth do you decide what to take with you?

Here are my top three essentials for every weekend getaway:

CleanTruthFor a quick yet thorough cleanse the Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths are my go-to items. These wipes cleanse the day away and offer refreshing scent.

Another compact time saver that I love is the Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo. It’s perfect for use in between regular shampooing or to revive hair during the day. Excess oil at the roots is quickly absorbed by the rice, oat and tapioca starches while lemon verbena leaves a refreshing scent.

For the most part, I like to keep my makeup pretty low maintenance on vacation unless I’m going out somewhere special. That’s why I love tinted moisturizers! JBtintMy favorite is the Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer. Moisturizer, color and SPF in one step, it doesn’t get much easier than that. It’s lightweight and provides lasting hydration and it also contains the antioxidant benefits of Vitamins C and E.

Beach Essentials

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Top SunscreensSummertime is officially upon us! Here is a list of Beach Essentials to keep you looking fabulous!

Hampton Sun Serious Shimmer Cooling Spray- Bronze: A body mist that cools and hydrates the skin on contact, using natural ingredients including Aloe Vera, Chamomile and Vitamins A through E.

Hampton Sun SPF 15 Tanning Gel: For the sun-concerned person who likes to tan, but is worried about the harmful rays of the sun.

Colorscience Sunforgettable SPF 30 Brush Perfectly Clear- Medium: This nearly invisible light weight mineral powder sunscreen comes in an easy-to-use retractable brush. The convenient, brush-on applicator makes all-over SPF application easy and quick.

Hampton Sun After Sun Moisturizer: Hydrates and soothes skin with a fresh, with a rejuvenating pick-me-up scent. Revitalizes and invigorates the body with a blend of natural ingredients, Emblica Fruit extract, Aloe, Almond Oil, Walnut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Cocoa Butter, Tea Tree Oil, Green Tea Oil, and Chamomile.

Heliocare: Heliocare capsules are an oral dietary supplement with antioxidant properties which help maintain the skin’s ability to protect against sun-related effects and aging.

Colorscience Pro SPF 35 Sunforgettable Lip Shine- Pink: Give your lips a natural shimmer and shield from the environment with Lip Shine Gloss Colore SPF 35 by Colorescience Pro.

Butter LONDON 3 Free Nail Lacquer- Molly Coddled: An opaque lavender orchid crème is the perfect nail color for summer.

Open Your Eyes to Sun Protecting Eye Creams

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SupGoopAre you using an eye cream each day and night? Does your eye cream offer sun protection as well? If you haven’t considered the effects of the sun near your eyes, now is the time to start.  The skin around our eyes is so thin and delicate.  It deserves just as much sun protection, if not more, than our face does.

Supergoop Advanced SPF 37 Antioxidant-Infused Anti-Aging Eye Cream is a light formula that easily blends in the eye area almost immediately.  This eye cream helps defend the eye area from future sun damage with its mineral based UVA and UVB sunscreen.  Mica is used to diffuse light and illuminate the skin while reducing the appearance of dark circles.  Natural oat peptides help boost collagen levels in this thin and delicate area. It immediately cools and soothes the skin with its cold metal tip applicator. The formula is also non allergenic and cruelty free. Supergoop Advanced SPF 37 Antioxidant-Infused Anti-Aging Eye Cream would make a great addition to your daily routine!

Melasma and Zinc Oxide

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Dealing with Melasma can be challenging and frustrating.  The bad news is that there’s no cure in the horizon for this common and often chronic disorder, which recent research suggests may have both an epidermal and dermal component as well as a genetic component that is not just based on race or skin type. Estrogen and progesterone seem to play a role in Melasma.  Prescription obagitopical medications with hydroquinone, Tretinoin and a range of acids, and possibly corticosteroids, have long been the main stream way of Melasma treatment. Today, sufferers are receiving a boost from chemical peels and microdermabrasion and, of late, targeted laser therapy using both new and standard devices. This combination appears promising as a new avenue for Melasma treatment.

SK077In addition to those treatments, studies recently have shown that Zinc Oxide has been very successful in the prevention and treatment of Melasma.  Many report great results according to the American Academy of Dermatology.  Zinc Oxide is a common ingredient is sunscreen.  The key is to have the highest percentage of Zinc Oxide in the sunscreen in order to protect, prevent, and heal Melasma.  Will it get rid of all the Melasma?  No.  Remember there is no cure at this time.  However, it has proven to be of great help.

We recommend for those that suffer from Melasma to use physical sunscreens vs chemical sunscreens.  Since chemical sunscreens absorb and disperse the harmful UV rays, this may trigger Melasma vs calming it down.  Physical sunscreens that contain Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are best suited for those with Melasma since they repel the harmful UV rays. Look for options like the SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50 or the Obagi Sunshield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50.


Physical vs. Chemical Sunscreens

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There is a lot of confusion when it comes to sunscreen. One of the most common questions is, “what are the differences between a physical sunscreen and a chemical sunscreen?” Here is a quick and easy guide in the major differences in these types of sunscreens.

Physical sunscreen: Deflects the sun rays off the skin to protect it from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.

-A physical sunscreen contains a zinc oxide or/and titanium dioxide.

-One of the best perks of a physical sunscreen is that is works instantly. There is no wait time between applying the sunscreen and going outdoors.

-Physical sunscreens also are more stable than a chemical sunscreen and generally safe to use.

Chemical Sunscreen: Absorbs sun rays and acts as a filter.

-A Chemical Sunscreen contains any of the following: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.

-Not as stable and may cause irritation.

-Must wait 20 minutes after applying before going outdoors.

-Chemical sunscreens are very controversial right now and how your body absorbs these chemicals and how these chemicals are affecting our bodies in the long run.

Estie Review: Coola Face SPF 30 Mineral Matte Tint Unscented

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CO037-coola-face-spf-30-mineral-matte-tint-unscentedI’ve been experimenting with different SPF products for a while now. There are literally hundreds to choose from and they all promise to be the best. My biggest complaints with SPF have been texture and smell. The higher the SPF the thicker consistency; the thicker the consistency the greasier my skin felt and continued to get throughout the day. The smell was also a difficult challenge. As an esthetician, I know the crucial importance SPF plays on skin health. However, I’m being honest; I just stopped wearing it because it became confusing and tiresome. What is the right number for me to wear? How much should I put on? I keep wiping my face all day long, is this stuff still on my skin? Finally, I relied on the SPF provided by my makeup. If this sounds like you, then I have great news!

Coola Face SPF 30 Mineral Matte Tint Unscented has been amazing for me. You can defend your skin from both the sun and environmental pollution with a chemical free, mineral matte shield. The matte really helps control oily shine for most of the day. This product glides on silky smooth and sticks to the skin, which makes it easy to wear foundation without any problems. This unscented, lightly tinted formula delivers broad spectrum SPF 30 protection, as it fights the damaging effects of free radicals. Please don’t let the tint fool you or deter you from this product. The tint is almost sheer and provides almost no coverage. Both men and women can use it without problems. This product is suitable for all skin tones.   Antioxidant-infused Borage Seed Oil and Evening Primrose Extract will rejuvenate skin, targeting early signs of aging. Shea Butter hydrates and softens sun-exposed skin while restoring elasticity. Plankton, a naturally water-resistant phyto-protector boosts SPF protection, making this the perfect everyday companion. It works like a treatment for your skin as well as protection. This really nice product comes at a mid-range price and will provide more than sun protection benefits. I highly recommend giving it a try.


-Ideal for normal or oily skin

-Lightly tinted

-Preservative free formula

-Infused with Certified Organic Ingredients

-Water Resistant (40 minutes)

Extreme Sunscreen

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iS Clinical Extreme Protect SPF 30Are you looking for a sunscreen that is broad spectrum that will help with fine lines and wrinkles, as well as smooth the texture of the skin? iS Clinical Extreme Protect SPF 30 helps to rebuild and protect the collagen in the skin. This formula contains powerful DNA protectants that combat the tendency towards skin cancer caused by sun damage. This sunscreen maintains and preserves healthy skin even during environmental exposure and aging. This is the ideal sunscreen to beautify your skin, as well as preserve and reverse the effects the sun can have. The great thing about this sunscreen is that it is great for all skin types and can be worn alone or seamlessly under makeup. So if you are looking for a great sunscreen that loves your skin, check this out!

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