Posts Tagged ‘SPF’

Protect Your Lips

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Ah, summertime! The sun is shining brightly, the days are longer and we start spending a lot more time outdoors. While we all know that sun protection is important all year long, it is especially important when spending longer periods of time in the sun. While you are out there enjoying the sunshine this summer, don’t forget that your lips also need protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Don’t let the heat can leave you with dry, chapped lips. Keep them hydrated along with the rest of your body.

A great choice for both men and women is the Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25. Shea butter, avocado oil and Vitamin E sooth and nourish the lips while the natural mint and green tea add a soothing and refreshing touch. The texture is hydrating but not heavy and is perfect to wear alone or on top of your favorite lip color.

 


ARCONA Giveaway

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AnnounceWe are so excited to announce our latest giveaway! Starting now, through May 8th you can enter for a chance to win an ARCONA Nearly Invisible SPF 30 Mineral Powder! ($45 Value!)

Entering the giveaway is simple. All you have to do is CLICK HERE and fill out the entry form.

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Bang For Your Buck: Skin Care Products That Won’t Break the Bank

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It’s often hard to find products that perform without the hefty price tag. Weeding your way through ineffective mumbo jumbo can be a bit tedious and time consuming. With our customer’s best interests in mind, we’ve compiled a list of economical products that blew us away. And best of all, we didn’t even have to break the piggy bank!

La Roche Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15 - $30.00: Anthelios SX is an oil free moisturizer suitable for even the most sensitive skin types. It provides 24 hour hydration and broad-spectrum sun protection with a powerful combination of Mexoryl SX, Octocrylene, and Parsol 1789. Get more for your money with this great two in one product for daytime!

Olay Pro-X Wrinkle Smoothing Cream - $42.00: Olay has stepped it up with their wrinkle smoothing cream. It has an advanced peptide complex that stimulates cell growth, reduces the depth and length of wrinkles, fades discolorations and repairs existing sun damage. While Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) improves skin elasticity, overall skin tone and texture.

RoC Deep Wrinkle Night Cream - $21.00: A low-priced treasure containing proven ingredients glycolic acid and retinol. Clinical trials claim to give 10 years back to the look of your skin, reducing fine lines and repairing existing damage with continued use.

RoC Eye Cream - $21.00: A fabulous frugal find that diminishes crow’s feet, dark circles and puffiness in as little as four weeks. Active ingredients retinol and copper promote new cell growth and repair.

With your pocketbook full, you’ll have plenty of cash left over to indulge on your favorite luxury items or that mani pedi you’ve been putting off

 


Top Sunscreens For Summer

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Top SunscreensThe sun is the number one reason for premature aging, wrinkles, loss of firmness, discoloration and redness. A broad spectrum sunscreen should be used every day in order to prevent sun damage. The best thing you can do for your skin is wear sunscreen. Here’s a list of my top sunscreens for summer.

- SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50 – Has a sheer & weightless texture.

- La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid – NewBeauty Choice Award- The best overall sunscreen.

- SkinCeuticals Ultimate UV Defense SPF 30 – Ideal for high-altitude climates.


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:

For a quick yet thorough cleanse the Ole Henriksen Truth to Go Cleansing Wipes are my go-to items. These wipes not only cleanse, they are also infused with anti-aging ingredients such as Pepha-Tight micro algae, Vitamin C and CoQ10. You gotta love multi-tasking products!

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! My favorite is the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare All in One Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15. 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.


Hampton Sun SPF 15 Hydrating Face Cream

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Hampton Sun SPF 15 Hydrating Face CreamWant an anti-aging moisturizer disguised as sun protection? You got it here with Hampton Sun SPF 15 Hydrating Face Cream. Anyone that has used sun protection knows that a good one can be hard to find. They can feel heavy, smell bad and/or go on too white. Not Hampton Sun.  This oil-free, fragrance-free formulation with Zinc is as light as they come. Typically products with Zinc can be very heavy so I was impressed to learn that not only is Zinc, my preferred form of sunscreen for its instant efficacy and healing qualities, the sun protection but it’s choked full of antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radicals that cause damage and aging.

That alone would grab my attention but it also contains ginger, an antioxidant that Increases radiance, decreases inflammation, cucumber strengthens connective tissue, relieves redness,  aloe and chamomile to soothe, seaweed firms skin, gingko biloba  helps with  sun damage repair.   Not only do I love it for its ingredients, I also love it for what’s not in it like parabens and PABA.

This power-house product is going to be great for all skin types but especially those with normal/combination  to oily.


Some Must-knows About Sunscreens

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Everyone knows that most melanoma skin cancer and skin photo-aging is caused by the UVA and UVB rays in sunlight, right? Maybe not. According to a recent study by the Mayo Clinic, melanoma cancers have increased eightfold for young US women in the period 1970-2009.

So why do we ignore the advice of the Skin Cancer Foundation when it says that everyone over the age of six months should use sunscreen daily all year round, in any weather? Perhaps it’s because, as some people say that they’re afraid of the chemicals in sunscreens, or that sunscreens make them break-out; or they’re afraid they won’t get enough Vitamin D; or because sunscreens can be so thick they won’t rub in. For some of these reasons, many women have turned to moisturizing SPFs, but used as the only UV protection, most of these products simply cannot provide adequate protection. Again according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, an SPF of 15 or higher is acceptable for everyday activity, and an SPF of 30 or higher is acceptable for extended or intense outdoor exposure.

It’s for exactly these reasons Snowberry broad spectrum (meaning they protect against UVA and UVB) Everyday SPF15 and Active Outdoor SPF30 were created by Snowberry’s Soraya Hendesi in New Zealand – in a land where UV intensity is comparatively high. These are 100% natural sunscreens that absorb quickly, avoid potentially harmful chemicals, and can be safely used at any age. Snowberry sunscreens containing coffee bean oil and Shea butter do moisturize, and with Inga Oil extract help to counter inflammation, and Siberian Larch extract is an effective anti-oxidant, but they are sunscreens first and moisturizers second and this is what makes them so very effective against photo-aging and the risk of melanoma cancer.


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.


SPF: Don’t Miss a Spot!

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Sun protection plays a major role in the way that our skin ages! While your cabinets and purse may be stocked with different protection agents, the most common mistake is the small areas you may miss. The following is a list of your forgotten areas and where you need to apply your SPF.

1) Your Ears: A very common area that is missed. While protection of your face is one of the most important areas, people often skip out on their ears. This leaves room to draw attention from the sun to that area and the end result is almost always a burn.

2) Your lovely lips: We understand that most face products would not be suitable for the lips or feel so great but you can find your usual chapstick or lip products with SPF. Who wants peeling, uncomfortable lips anyways?

3) The Underdog Underarms:  Another common area that most skip, whether it be with a lotion or even more the SPF mists. We already use deodorant in those areas and also think that it is an area the sun won’t shine so it is easily a missed area.

4) Your Feet:  The legs are always a focus point for application however most people stop at the feet. You end up with tan lines from your flip flops and that is just not cute.

5) Your Designated Part Line: Don’t forget that your scalp can also burn and leave you a victim of peeling, itchy head.  The easiest fix would be an SPF mist that you can just spray & play with the protection you need.

Now that you have a quick reminder, be sure it get the proper sun protection you need during these fun warm days!


Hot Product: Boscia BB Cream SPF27

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We all need to wear sunscreen no matter what our skin type is or time of year it may be.  Oily or break out prone skin types sometimes have a hard time finding a good moisturizer with SPF that won’t make them feel more oily and won’t aggravate their acne prone skin. Boscia has just developed an oil free moisturizing sunscreen that will help protect and heal your skin, while address anti-aging concerns.

The botanical formula is comprised of a physical sunscreen that will help to protect your skin from environmental damage while also preventing collagen breakdown which causes damage and photo aging to our skin.  One key ingredient called abyssine will help to further protect the skin while providing soothing benefits to address inflammation and irritation. The BB cream also has anti-aging benefits because it will help to promote skin elasticity, while reducing the appearance of fine lines with an ingredient called Hydroxyprolisilane. Hydroxyprolisilane is tissue regenerator that helps to stimulate, strengthen, and protect collagen and elastin fibers. The Boscia BB cream is also hydrating but will not clog your pores due to the oil free formula.

The BB cream has a slight tint to it, which will work for most skin types and will help to even out skin tone and help to address redness. It also works great as a makeup primer to smooth out the skin and help to diminish the appearance of pores. It’s very important to wear an SPF even if you are oily or acne prone. Please remember that wearing a sunscreen is your best defense against premature skin aging.



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