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Melasma also known as the mask of pregnancy is hyperpigmentation that forms patches of brown to gray-brown patches on the face. It’s most often found on the cheeks, bridge of nose, forehead, chin and above the upper lip. Melasma occurs when the color making cells in the skin or melanocytes produce too much color. If you have a darker complexion you’re more prone to melasma because you have more active melanocytes than someone with a lighter complexion.
Common causes include:
Sun exposure: Ultraviolet or UV light from the sun stimulates the melanocytes. Even just a small amount of sun exposure can make your melasma return after fading. It often gets worse in the summer with continued sun exposure.
Change in hormones: Melasma is common in pregnant women, is often called chloasma or the mask of pregnancy. Birth control pills can also trigger melasma.
Not all hyperpigmentation is Melasma. To be properly diagnosed, you will need to see a Dermatologist.
Hydroquinone-this can be found in a 2% strength OTC or 4% strength with a prescription, to help lighten the skin.
Tretinoin- a prescription vitamin A or all-trans retinoic acid enhances skin lightening.
Professional treatments that may help include: chemical peels, microdermabrasion and dermabrasion.
Melasma is a difficult skin condition to treat because sun exposure, the main cause, is present in our everyday lives. It’s very important to wear sunscreen every day and reapply every 2 hours. If you know you will be in the sun for long periods of time, be sure to wear a wide brim floppy hat for more coverage.
We recommend PCA SKIN Pigment Gel and Colorscience Pro Sunforgettable Mineral Sun Protection Brush SPF 50 for best results.
What is the difference between physical exfoliation, enzymatic exfoliation, and chemical exfoliation? A physical exfoliation is one that you can physically feel to the touch. It’s often in the form of beads or granules like that in a scrub. Whereas an enzymatic exfoliation is usually in a treatment type product like a mask, peel, cleanser, etc. Enzymes are found in fruit acids and are generally better tolerated by sensitive skin types. Chemical exfoliators are also found in treatment type products, but are more aggressive and are usually found in the form of acids like Glycolic, Salicylic, AHA’s, & BHA’s. Chemical exfoliators are better suited for normal to tolerant skin types.
When is sunscreen needed? The answer is all the time. You should always wear sunblock! Whether you use daily skincare products or not sunblock helps prevent damage, period. Using sunscreen religiously is the number one thing you can do to prevent pre mature aging!
Do extreme hot/ cold temperatures ruin my product? No. We have confirmed with various manufacturers on this very issue and temperature does not compromise the integrity of the product. If you receive a product and it is either extremely hot or extremely cold bring the product inside and let it go back to room temperature before use. You may also need to shake or stir the product if the ingredients have separated. This does not change the efficacy of the product, it’s good to use.
Why doesn’t my product have a seal on it? Since we’re shipped product directly from the manufacturer to our warehouse it’s not required for the products to come sealed. It is up to the manufacturer if they choose to seal the product or not. Rest assured our inventory doesn’t make contact with the public until it is shipped directly to your door. All returns are sent back to a different facility and aren’t shipped back to the warehouse.
Is the date listed on my product the expiration date? Not always. Most products will list a sequence of digits or numbers that can look like a date format. This is usually a manufactured date, lot number, or batch number. An expiration date will have the letters EXP in front of the date sequence. Most all SPF products will have an expiration date printed on the product or packaging along with certain organic brands. If it does not, you can use the sequence of digits listed to contact the manufacturer directly for more information.
Heliocare’s daily use antioxidant formula helps maintain your skin’s ability to protect against sun-related effects and aging. The powerful antioxidant is derived from the extract of polypodium leucotomos, a fern native to Central and South America. Once an aquatic plant, this fern adapted to life on land and created its own protection from exposure to harsh UV rays.
The active antioxidants eliminate free radicals produced by sun exposure. By reducing free radicals, it helps our skin maintain younger, more resilient skin. Taken orally, 1 capsule in the morning and in combination with sunscreen the benefits include:
-Increases tolerance to the sun
-Reduces skin changes after chronic exposure to the sun
-Helps maintain skin’s elasticity
-Provides cell protection in the epidermis
-Protects skin cell DNA
This product doesn’t protect against sun damage on its own, don’t forget to also wear sunscreen when headed outdoors.
Last year all the buzz was about BB creams (aka Beauty or Blemish Balms). But, for 2013 it’s all about the revved up CC Cream! A CC Cream, which is short for Color Correcting Cream, offers a brightening effect to help rid the skin of brown spots, dullness, and uneven pigmentation. It’s a multitasking wonder product that acts as a primer, tinted moisturizer, sunscreen and skin treatment in one. Color Correcting Creams are targeted for pigmentation issues like sun damage and uneven skin tone. A CC cream will also provide more coverage in comparison to its counterpart the BB Cream, but still has a very lightweight, luminous finish.
If you’re like me you may be asking, how can I get my hands on one?! Juice Beauty is the first to launch a CC Cream on SkinStore.com. The Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream aims to repair DNA damage and boost cellular regeneration with antioxidant vitamin C and resveratrol. Juice Beauty’s ultimate CC cream benefits the skin in 12 ways: repairs DNA damage, evens out skin tone and texture, firms and improves elasticity, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, creates a glowing complexion, balances skin tone, is rich in antioxidants, protects with chemical free SPF 30, has Mineral tinted coverage, acts as a moisturizer, gives skin perfecting color and is great for all skin types. The retail price is $39 USD and it’s available in two shades, Natural Glow and Warm Glow.
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.
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.
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!
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.
During any season it’s smart to keep sun protection at arms reach. There are now products however to achieve more then just sun protection bringing you closer to perfection.
Why settle for less when you can get more? With recent technology advances, we are able to achieve better knowledge of ingredients and create products that cover many concerns. If you are looking for a primer to use underneath your makeup but want one that will smooth fine lines, soothe/calm the skin, offer SPF and give some tint to your skin tone then check out the Journee Bio-Restorative Day Cream SPF 30 by Neocutis. If you want a firming moisturizer with SPF and the ability to conceal imperfections look towards the BB Cream SPF 27 by Boscia. Lastly if you wanted a SPF product similar to foundation coverage with added hydration properties, you can apply a product such as Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 by Philosophy.
There are many products on the market but finding one best for your concerns is just at arms reach if you look. I know that I love having a cabinet full of products that battle my skin care troubles and replace them with perfection and you can too!
If conventional mist sunscreen leaves you feeling less than protected, and lotion sunscreen leaves you feeling goopy and greasy then it’s time to reconsider your SPF choices. There’s an awesome new sun protection option in a convenient spray bottle from Goldfaden, a dermatologist developed line that utilizes high concentrations of active ingredients to provide unsurpassed antiaging and antioxidant protection.
Goldfaden Sun Block Spray SPF 30 is fast-absorbing, oil free and fragrance free spray sunscreen that leaves the skin smooth, matte, and protected. The sheer non-whitening formula ensures full UVA and UVB protection, while antioxidants and plant extracts encourage healthy barrier function and repair. Goldfaden is a unique line that utilizes organic red tea extract, an antioxidant that has an extremely high concentration of Super Oxide Dimutase, which provides an ultra-protective barrier from oxidative damage. Studies have found that red tea provides 50 times the antioxidant power of green tea! All of Goldfaden Skincare products are enriched with red tea extract, as is the Goldfaden Sun Block Spray SPF 30!
Goldfaden Sun Block Spray has been featured in American Salon, Cosmetics & Toiletries, as well as Sacramento Bride. The brand has also received numerous mentions from many publications, including legendary People Magazine!
Now that you know about the latest and greatest in SPF technology it’s time to toss those goopy, smelly, pore-clogging sunscreen formulas in the trash and try this little Goldfaden gem. At 2 oz it’s portable and travel-friendly, and at $35 it’s a steal!
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