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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!



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!

Top Tinted Sunscreens

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We all know how important it is to protect your skin from harmful UVA\UVB rays. It is a necessary daily step whether you are going to be spending the day inside or outside, your skin needs to be protected. One of the biggest complaints we hear about sunscreens is that they leave a white cast on the skin or they are too heavy and greasy. The best advice we offer is to use a tinted or tone enhancing sunscreen that absorbs quickly. For those of you that do not like to wear a lot of make-up, they can also be used as a base to give your skin some color. Here are some of our favorites:

SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50: Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 provides high broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with all natural physical filters, Zinc Oxide (Z-COTE) and Titanium Dioxide. Providing substantial power in an ultra-sheer, mattifying fluid, this sunscreen is infused with translucent color spheres to enhance natural skin tone. Tested on all ethnicities, this adaptable fluid provides discreet coverage while restoring radiance.

La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Tinted Moisturizer: Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted is a unique patent pending combination of a mineral sun filter with Cell-OX Shield™ antioxidant technology to provide advanced UVA/UVB protection. It also has universal tint technology to match most skin tones and provide an instant, natural glow.

Coola Face SPF 30 Mineral Matter Tint Unscented: Defend your skin from both the sun and environmental pollution with a chemical free, mineral matte shield. This unscented, lightly tinted formula delivers broad spectrum SPF 30 protection as it fights the damaging effects of free radicals. 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 beach companion.

Perricone No Foundation Foundation: The first advanced anti-aging translucent foundation designed to allow the natural health and glow of skin to shine through, while providing non-chemical SPF 30 broad spectrum UV protection. Elegant in texture and quick absorbing, this product helps correct skin undertones, while boosting skin’s moisture level throughout the day. It’s infused with high potency active ingredients that provide anti-aging benefits and help firm skin’s appearance and diminish lines and wrinkles over time. It’s also formulated with specially treated pigments blended with light diffusing mica to instantly soften the look of lines, wrinkles and pores. Skin will look smooth and naturally radiant.

Whatever sunscreen you choose to wear, remember to follow the manufacturer suggested directions! You can find the products mentioned on

Summer Protectors: SPF and Topical Vitamins

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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.

PCA SKIN® offers five broad spectrum sunscreens — Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45, Perfecting Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Protecting Hydrator Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Hydrator Plus Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45: Water Resistant — designed for different skin needs, but all approved by The Skin Cancer Foundation for active and daily use.

To supplement direct sun care, C&E Strength and C&E Strength Max offer 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.

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Quick & Easy SPF Application!

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 Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 30 Brush Perfectly Clear – MediumSummer 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!

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Sunscreen for the Scalp

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We have all been there. You spent the entire day out in the sun and are diligent in applying SPF only to discover that Quintessence Q-Sunshade Leave In Hair Conditioner and Scalp Protectant SPF 30you 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.

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Is the SPF in your Makeup enough?

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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.

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