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Aug 7

Anti-oxidants provide sun protection

Try to protect your sun from the skin so you don’t have to do much to undo sun damage. It’s not only what you put on your skin that protects it from the sun. Antioxidant vitamins may help combat sunburn by aiding the skin’s ability to fight off damaging free radicals generated by UV light. According to a study conducted by The American Academy of Dermatology, people who took oral supplements of natural vitamins E and C increased their resistance to sunburn by 20 percent.

Wear sunscreen 

All sunscreen products have SPF (=sun protection factor) of at least 2. It’s not enough to apply sunscreen once. You need to know how often to apply it or should we say re-apply it. It’s important  to pay attention to the SPF number. It tells you how long the product will protect your skin based on your skin’s tolerance to UV rays. So if you turn red after 10 minutes, and you use an SPF 15, you’ll be protected 10 x 15 or 150 minutes. So after 150 minutes or before that, reapply sunscreen and you’ll avoid getting sunburn.

Nighttime regimen to help undo skin damage from the sun  

Step 1  After cleansing your face, exfoliate your damp skin with a gentle alpha hydroxy scrub. This will help smooth away dry, sun-damaged cells from the skin’s surface. Rinse with warm water.

Step 2  Apply a product with hydroquinone, a bleaching agent that helps fade blotches. Then apply a skin product enriched with alpha hydroxy acids. 


Step 3
Moisturize the delicate skin around the eyes with an eye cream that has antioxidant properties to undo sun damage. Gently pat the cream along the tops of your cheekbones. Don’t pull the delicate skin under your eyes.  The eye cream we recommend for the area around the eyes is NeoStrata Bionic Eye Cream  (Click product name to get details).

An excellent anti-oxidant cream to undo sun damage for the face is  Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex (Click product name to get details). It counteracts free radical activity and reconditions and protects the skin. This top notch anti-oxidant cream is suited to all skin types.

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“Recharge and renew skin with Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex, the night time transformer! Powerful Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) Gluconolactone decreases lines and wrinkles, evens skin tone and improves roughness and texture. Lactobionic Acid – a potent antioxidant – inhibits wrinkles from forming, plumps and firms the skin, and enhances clarity. This bionic blend of PHAs, along with botanicals and Vitamins A, C and E, delivers full-strength anti-aging benefits without drying or irritation, even on the most sensitive skin types. Evening Restorative Complex is dermatologist developed and gentle enough to be used following Glycolic Acid Peels and Microdermabrasion. Non-comedogenic / acnegenic. For all skin types.”






Step 4  Moisturize the rest of your face with nighttime cream. DON’T use a sunscreen product while you sleep, as they contain chemicals your skin doesn’t need at night. 

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Aug 5

Cover up brown spots on your skin with Colorescience Mineral Foundation 

Using sunscreen on your skin is the best way to prevent brown spots on your skin. Sunscreen should be applied generously to the area of your chest that will be exposed.

If you have brown spots, the best way to cover them up is with mineral powder foundation. Mineral powder foundation adheres to your skin better than a liquid and won’t come off onto clothing as easily as liquid foundation or other powders. Mineral powder is water-resistant, so it won’t wear off as quickly if you sweat. We recommend
Colorescience Pressed Mineral Foundation Compact
(Click product name to get details) has the following benefits:

Breathable mineral formula

Provides medium to full coverage

Antioxidant- and vitamin-infused

Weightless, soothing texture

Watch this video for a demonstration of how to apply Colorescience Loose Mineral Foundation.


Colorescience Loose Mineral Foundation Brush SPF 20
 has the following benefits:
Breathable mineral formula

SPF 20 Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection

Provides sheer to medium coverage

Water resistant to 80 minutes

Easy application with self-dispensing brush

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Colorescience Loose Mineral Foundation Brush SPF 20

Does makeup slide off your face when the weather is hot? Do you need a sweat-proof, oil-free makeup?

When it’s hot and humid, your best bet is a mineral-based powder foundation and Colorescience mineral foundation is the best. We recommend Colorescience Pressed Mineral Foundation Compact (Click product name to get detailsbecause it helps absorb oil and keeps skin looking fresh.  Pure mineral pigments glide on weightlessly for perfect, cake-free color, while a blend of vitamins and antioxidants nourishes and protects skin. These blendable shades offer medium to full coverage. Then you won’t be swimming in oily-looking foundation on your face.

 

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Jul 26

Sunburn is an inflammation caused by overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, which destroy the skin’s outer layer and may even damage blood vessels underneath.

Just one episode of blistering sunburn in childhood could raise your skin’s cancer risk. Repeated sun exposure can lead to permanent dryness, wrinkles and age spots.

It’s not only bright sunny days that pose the greatest risk–You have to be careful on cloudy, hazy or cool days because the sun’s rays can penetrate some clouds and haze, and are unaffected by temperature. And sun reflecting off sand and snow can be even stronger.

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Post-Sun Care  If you get sunburn, you need to put moisture back into your skin. Drink fluids to avoid dehydration and apply cold compresses or ice packs to affected areas. Choose a moisturizing lotion with AHAs (alpha hydroxy acid), and vitamin E, panthenol or aloe vera, which will soothe and heal the skin. Stay away from products with alcohol, which can sting burned skin and further dehydrate it.

If you get a sunburn, immediately take an anti-inflammatory such as Advil or Motrin to ease pain and minimize swelling.


Don’t go out in the sun if using certain drugs. People with fair skin have a higher risk of sunburn because fair skin produces smaller amounts of melanin, a protective pigment. Be careful if you are using certain antibiotics like tetracycline and doxycycline, anti-seizure drugs such as Dilantin or the acne cream Retin-A. All of these drugs can increase the skin’s sensitivity.

Skin Saver Tip: Protect Skin After You Shower

Apply sunblock before getting dressed. The recommended amount is an ounce (about a shot glassful) on your body, and a teaspoon on your face, neck and ears.

Apply a hydrating sunscreen lotion after showering when your skin is still damp which will trap in extra moisture.


 

Get Heat-related Redness of the Skin Out 

Need relief for heat-related flushing, common in rosacea patients? Carry a frozen water bottle. You can get rid of redness (a flush) by holding the icy bottle next to the jugular vein on your neck, near the pulse point. Opt for a light liquid sunscreen as opposed to a thick, heat-trapping sunscreen.

What to do for insect bites and plant reactions

Poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac leaves or vines can burn and blister skin. A bite by a tick-carrying Rocky Mountain spotted fever can cause flu-like symptoms and in rare cases (when extremely high fever occurs)  even cause death.

To help prevent these problems, cover the skin on your arms and legs, and use insect repellent, and check skin, hair and clothes for ticks after spending time in the woods or fields.

Topical cortisone cream soothes most irritation. If the pain and itching don’t go away after a few days, call your doctor. If you have a hypersensitivity to bee stings or if you have had a life-threatening reaction to any insect or plant, ask your doctor about an epinephrine pen, which contains an injectable drug that could save your life. 

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Jul 11

Learn the sunscreen basics. Here is a list of terms found on sunscreen product labels and in ads that will help you select the sunscreen best suited to your needs.

Hypoallergenic  Specially formulated to minimize allergic reactions. For people with sensitive skin.

Non-comedogenic Will not clog the pores of most skin types. Good for acne-prone complexions.

Sun Protection Factor (SPF) Ranging from 2 to 50, the SPF indicates how much longer you can be exposed to the sun before burning while wearing a sunscreen than if you were not protected. An SPF of 30, for example, allows you to stay in the sun 30 times longer than you normally could without burning. In other words, if yor skin normally burns after 10 minutes, an SPF 30 would allow you to stay out for 30 times 10 minutes, or 300 minutes = 5 hours. Although you should still keep reapplying sunscreen periodically.

 

Sunblock Refers to products with high SPFs. However, no product can completely block ultraviolet rays. “Sunscreen” applies to any suncare product with an SPF higher than 2.

PABA One of the earliest sunscreen ingredients, PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) was considered effective years ago, but today’s ingredients are much more efficient at blocking ultraviolet rays. A drawback of PABA is that it can stain clothing.

Ultraviolet Rays Refer to wavelengths shorter than visible light. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin and are associated with premature aging and deep burning. UVB rays are more intencse in summer and are more associated with the development of skin cancer, which now affects about 1 in 6 Americans.

Water-Resistant, Waterproof A water-resistant product maintains its degree of sunburn protection for up to 40 minutes of water exposure. A waterproof formula stays effective up to 80 minutes.

Post-Sun Care If you get sunburn, you need to put moisture back into your skin. Drink fluids to avoid dehydration and apply cold compresses or ice packs to affected areas. Choose a moisturizing lotion with AHAs (alpha hydroxy acid), and vitamin E, panthenol or aloe vera, which will soothe and heal the skin. Stay away from products with alcohol, which can sting burned skin and further dehydrate it.

If you get a sunburn, immediately take an anti-inflammatory such as Advil or Motrin to ease pain and minimize swelling.  

So remember to follow the sunscreen basics: Protect yourself from the sun and apply sunscreen before exposure to the sun and reapply it every 2 hours, since the chemicals lose their ability to break down UV rays as time progresses. Excessive exposure to UV rays can cause skin cancer and will make your skin look old and wrinkled. So wear sunscreen and enjoy outdoor activities without worrying about skin damage.

 

 

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Supergoop! Skin Soothing Mineral Sunscreen With Olive Polyphenols SPF 40


Supergoop! Skin Soothing Mineral Sunscreen With Olive Polyphenols SPF 40

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You may want to decide to avoid the sun and use a self-tanning product….Here’s a good one………
St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Lotion (4 Oz.)

St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Lotion (4 Oz.)

 

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Jun 12
Banish Blemishes on Your Shoulders and Back
Your shoulders are an area of your body that’s easy to neglect because you don’t see them often. Your shoulders contain the greatest number of oil glands and are most subject to breakouts. To heal blemishes overnight, follow these beauty tips: Dot pimples with the same benzoyl peroxide product you use on your face. For combination dry and blemished skin, dab calamine lotion on pimples, let dry, then follow with a lanolin-free moisturizer (Lanolin is often an acne irritant.)

Here’s an effective product for “bacne”…….

Murad Clarifying Body Spray - 4.3 oz. - Murad Acne

Murad Clarifying Body Spray – 4.3 oz. – Murad Acne

More Beauty Tips…………..

Overnight Skin Care
Here’s a beautifying treatment to banish dry, flaky skin overnight…..After cleansing your face, smooth on a moisturizing mask and leave on until morning when you can rinse it off.
Is oiliness a problem for your complexion? Here’s the answer to oiliness: Tone cleansed face with shine-eliminating witch hazel, treat blemishes with an acne medication. If breakouts are a major problem, use a fresh pillowcase every night to avoid contact with oily facial residue. Everyone can avoid morning pillow wrinkles by sleeping on your back.
Remember to remove makeup before sleep or it will clog your pores and result in breakouts.
Don’t drink alcohol before bedtime. It’s dehydrating effects leave skin pale, eyes dry.

 

For Youthful Eyes
To ease the effects of time, pat on a rich eye moisturizer before bed.
Choose an eye gel or light cream formulated with botanicals, such as comfrey, marigold or chamomile to avoid unsightly morning puffiness.
Artificial tears dropped into eyes before sleep keep them well lubricated and looking bright and white the next day.
For perfectly groomer brows, brush upwards, then dab with moisturizer to train them in line overnight.

 

 

For Luscious Lips
To make dry lips soft, exfoliate them first by gently rubbing with a warm washcloth, then coat with a thin layer of healing medicated lip balm (recommend Blistex). Wait a few minutes, then apply a final film of petroleum jelly. A little eye gel dabbed at the corners of the mouth and just beyond lip line will keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay.

 

 

Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips - 0.33 oz. - Murad Skin Care Products

Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips – 0.33 oz. – Murad Skin Care Products

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