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Play It Safe: 9 Sun Protection Tips You Need to Know This Beach Season

       
Monday, July 18th, 2016

It’s time to take out your favorite SPFs and head over to the beach!

As much as you love sun bathing or spending your time in the water during summers, remember there is nothing as being too safe when it comes to sun exposure. A little amount of sun is always good especially considering it’s our vital source of Vitamin D. However, unnecessary and unprotected exposure can lead to severe consequences with skin cancer being one of the life-threatening ones.

So before you head out for a day at the beach, check out our top 9 sun protection tips for this beach season:

  1. Cover Yourself With SPF Before You Put On Clothes

Treat your body to a healthy dose of SPF right after you step out of the shower, before you put on clothes. This way there is absolutely no chance of missing any spot on your body. Moreover, it helps ensure that the SPF solution is completely absorbed without having to miss out on any protection in case the clothes rub some off.

1. Cover Yourself With SPF Before You Put On Clothes

Another reason to apply SPF before you get dressed is that any average or even good SPF would take at least 20 minutes to be absorbed and activated within your skin for complete sun protection. So if you head out right after you apply SPF, that’s doing you absolutely no good. However, if you apply it before getting dressed, by the time you are out in the sun, the SPF is in full swing, guarding you from those harmful UV rays.

  1. Choose A Multipurpose Sunscreen

Since sunscreen adds another layer of product to your already long skincare and makeup routine (thanks to Korean beauty regimens), it is better to opt for multi-purpose sunscreens. For example, if you have a standing dryness issue, opt for sunscreens with soothing ingredients. If you are in your 30s, look for a sunscreen that has anti-aging properties in it.

This way you get to target more than one problem at a time without having to smother your skin with unnecessary goop.

  1. Pick A Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

You have read the term broad spectrum on a number of sunscreens and you probably are already using it too; but do you know how it’s actually helping you fight the harmful sun rays?

The sun’s rays are composed of two different types of rays: UVA and UVB. UVA is more penetrative than UVB and can lead to premature skin aging while UVB works to burn the superficial layers of your skin. While the extent of damage is different for both kind of rays, both UVA and UVB increase the risk of skin cancer.

3. Pick A Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

A broad spectrum sunscreen works to protect your skin from BOTH these UVA and UVB rays. So while you may think that you do not need protection from one or the other, remember both can cause severe damage and the only protection is via a broad spectrum sunscreen.

  1. Avoid The Sun At Peak Hours

While sunscreens give considerable protection against the harmful sun rays, it is still not enough. The solution? Avoid the sun at peak hours.

4. Avoid The Sun At Peak Hours

Limit your exposure to direct sunlight between the hours 10 am to 4pm. If you do need to go out try to walk/sit in the shade while wearing protective clothing and of course, ample amount of sunscreen.

  1. Re-Apply Sunscreen Every 2 Hours

You know the 20 minute rule of applying sunscreen before heading out now but did you know that you need to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours to ensure absolute protection especially if you are sweating a lot and/or are swimming/bathing?

No matter how waterproof your sunscreens claim to be, water and sweat do affect their effectiveness; hence, the need for reapplication.

Sunscreen

If you are not under direct sunlight continuously or under water, you can just apply it once again during the day.

For those of you wearing full makeup with constant exposure to the sun, try using makeup with built-in SPF.  For reapplication, keep makeup wipes handy. Once during peak sun hours, remove your facial makeup (not your eye makeup) with the wipe and reapply sunscreen before re-doing your makeup. Since eye makeup takes the most time, not removing it will make the reapplication process much more practical and convenient.

  1. Keep Yourself Hydrated

Sunscreen is not the only sun protection you need while you are out in the sun.

Being dehydrated while being continuously out in the sun during summer months can cause much more severe problems (heat stroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration) that your long-term skin cancer concern. And, all of those being immediate.

Hence, do remember to keep your hydration levels up and above normal at ALL times. While other drinks and fruits are a good option to stay hydrated, you simply cannot undermine the importance of drinking pure water.

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Make sure you drink at least half your body weight in water throughout the day. If you are always on the go, opt for bkr glass water bottles – they are BPA-free, phthalate-free, adorable and addictive. The concept of luxe water bottles might seem a little out there but since drinking water is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL, why not give the task a class while we are at it. Plus, admit it, drinking from a couture accessory rather than a plastic camping equipment is more fun!

  1. Try Opting For A Higher SPF

“SPF is a measurement of how well sunscreen can protect you from sunburn. Using SPF 15 sunscreen means it will take 15x longer for skin to begin to burn than it would without sunscreen.”

While SPF of a minimum 15 is essential, you can and you should opt for a higher one if available and why not. Dermatologists recommend a minimum of SPF 30. However, a lot of people, including us unfortunately, are guilty of not applying enough or not reapplying it throughout the day.

7. Try Opting For A Higher SPF

Therefore, since SPF number is directly proportional to the sunburn protection level provided, it is better to use SPF 50 or even higher to guarantee absolute protection in case you are missing out due to skimpiness or forgetting to reapply.

  1. Wear Protective Clothing

Just like drinking water, wearing protective clothing provides you with an extra level of protection while you are out in the sun.

Opt for wide-brimmed hats to ensure the sun does not your face directly and choose tighter weave, brighter colored clothes while you can. If you are up for absolute protection, there are options available for UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing as well!

  1. The Different Types Of Sunscreen

Let’s end the physical and chemical sunscreen arguments by clarifying right here, right now that ALL sunscreens have chemicals in them. How else would they be made?

The difference in the ingredients is that of being organic or inorganic. The ones make out of inorganic ingredients work by blocking and dispersing UV rays, hence the incorrect association with it being a “physical” sunscreen. This blocking action is also why these sunscreens appear opaque and leave a white residue on your skin (ghost face, anyone?)

Organic sunscreen

The organic compound sunscreens work by absorbing the UV rays to ensure protection.

Which one is better, you ask? None. They both work equally well, unless you are allergic to ingredients of one or the other.

Have a safe beachy summer!

Dermalogica Training

       
Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Dermalogica TrainingThis week we were so excited to have our Dermalogica training here at Beauty Bridge! The Dermalogica line is super popular with our customers and has many different products to address pretty much any concern one could have. Our trainer, Ariel, was extremely knowledgeable and is both an esthetician and a Dermalogica teacher who teaches at the Institute in New York. She made everything really easy to understand and even gave us some pointers on her favorite product concoctions as the products can be combined in many ways.

The line has eight systems, all made to address concerns of the client that falls in that category and all can be boosted by products from a different range. The line was founded by an esthetician so it focuses on skin health. This means there are no fragrances, mineral oil, chemicals, lanolin or any other ingredients that could compromise the skin or cause allergic reactions. In fact some of the products smell so good you would want to bathe in them!

The most basic system, and the one Ariel suggested we start with, is the Daily Skin Health. The products in the line are the essentials for your everyday skin routine. They keep your skin clean, healthy and moisturized so you can then tackle more intense concerns like aging or breakouts.

The next line is the Age Smart. This line aims to slow down the process of aging before it starts. It has scientifically advanced ingredients that have been proven to stop aging triggers before they start. This line contains retinols, which we all know are the holy grail of ingredients for skin aging, that have been buffered so they do not cause any stinging, peeling or irritation.

The Ultracalming line contains wonderful ingredients like Lavender and Chamomile to soothe the skin and can be used pretty much by anybody but is most beneficial to ultrasensitive skin. We especially loved this line for the wonderful smell and universal usage.

The Medibac and Clear Start lines are both for acne and Ariel said they can both be mixed and matched since sometimes the Medibac line is a little bit stronger than the Clear Start. The Medibac is generally more for adult acne while the Clear Start is for teenage acne. I especially loved the Clearing Booster from the Medibac line because you can add it to any moisturizer and it automatically makes it an acne fighting product.

The Chroma-White line is truly wonderful. It brightens any pigmentation without being harsh or damaging the skin which can lead to premature aging. It does not bleach or lighten the skin, rather brightens it so it is suitable for all skin colors and types. With this system however we were told you have to be very patient since pigmentation is one of the harder things to get rid of in the skin.

Dermalogica also has bodycare products, suncare and moisture tints, all made to compliment the effects you are getting from your skincare products.

We truly enjoyed our training with Ariel and learned a lot about this wonderful line. We can now diagnose and make skin recommendations to all of our wonderful customers and maybe do a little shopping for ourselves!

The Winter Itch

       
Monday, December 9th, 2013

With fall come and gone, winter is slowing starting to rear its cold and frosty head. While there’s something majestic about the way your breath hangs in the air and the snow blankets everything with a, albeit temporary, pristine white blanket, one thing is for certain – winter can wreak havoc on your skin. Everything from the cold air and biting winds from being outside, to the almost arid conditions that come from cranking up the heat, all can have a toll on your skin. When the wind blows, your skin is dry, and your lips chapped, you feel like you look less than your best. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be like that. Here are a few skin care tips to help make winter at least a little more bearable.

Winter Skin Care

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Assess Your Everyday Products

Some of your tried and true products that are fantastic for the rest of the year can end up causing more damage in the wintertime. Heavy face cleansers that help cleanse you of the oily buildup you get from the summer heat might actually strip away your skin’s natural moisture during the winter. This can lead to dry and itchy skin that contributes to winter discomfort. If you need to make a switch, try a heavier cream based moisturizer instead of a lotion. Creams with glycerin and lanolin are a great way to rehydrate your skin, especially in the wintertime. Also, steer clear of soap based cleansers and alcohol based toners; these products can also worsen the winter dryness issue.

Ice, Snow, and the Sun

Yes, even in the winter it’s still crucial to have some measure of sunscreen. Many people overlook the fact that they’re still being bombarded by sunlight even when it’s cold. Couple that with the sun reflecting off the ice and freshly fallen snow, and it can really do some damage to your skin. A moisturizer with SPF 30 is enough to keep you safe without the greasy heavy feel of sunscreen.

Treat Yourself Right

It seems that no matter where you go, one of the highest rated beauty tips is a good diet, which makes perfect sense. By eating good, wholesome foods, not only do you feel better, but it can work some wonders for your skin as well. In the winter months, foods that are rich in antioxidants can help keep you feeling great and looking radiant.

Scrub Up

Spa treatments and wraps can also go a long way into relieving the tight and uncomfortable feeling that winter leaves on your skin, as they are great for moisturizing. If you haven’t already, consider using a face scrub or an exfoliant product. This will remove the dead and dull skin cells, leaving your skin bright and beautiful. If you’re having a problem with chronic dryness, pace the scrubs and peels and focus more on hydration to keep from irritating your skin even more.

Fight the Temptation of Super Hot Baths

It’s winter and it’s cold, which makes the idea of super long and super hot baths all the more appealing. If you’re having trouble with the dry skin from winter, it might be time to cut the hot baths down. Hot water, while it feels amazing and works wonders on sore and aching muscles after a day of shoveling snow, can begin to break down the lipids in your skin, which actually deprives you of moisture. Cool the baths down a little and spend less time in the water to help combat this process. Also, try applying your moisturizers while your skin is still slightly damp, as it will help to absorb it better.

It doesn’t matter what your skin type is, Winter can be rough on everyone.

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Photo Taken By: Ian Aberle

Winter skin care doesn’t have to be a difficult or arduous task. Combatting dry and itchy skin can just be a simple matter of adjusting your daily skincare regimen and the products you’re using. Even the little things that seem inconsequential, such as how you layer your clothing, can have a huge impact on the health of your skin. Fortunately, armed with a little know how and the right moisturizer, you can ditch the itchy, dry skin this winter and stay just as beautiful as you are in the summer.

Quick skin firming tips

       
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Quick skin firming tips

Regardless of your habits or genetics, signs of aging are inevitable. While it’s natural for skin to start to sag over time, there are ways to keep it looking supple. Follow these simple tips to defy gravity and give your complexion a lift:

  • Exfoliate everywhere. Look for a cleanser that has a built-in exfoliator or a separate solution that can slough off dead skin cells and reveal a more youthful looking layer beneath. Be gentle with your scrubbing though, especially if you have sensitive skin.
  • Flush out toxins. What you drink and eat can have a major impact on the quality of your skin.

    SheKnows recommended doing a juice detox to get rid of any impurities in your system – even after several days you’re bound to notice an enhanced glow. Don’t forget to drink at least eight glasses of water a day – hydration is what keeps your skin looking plump.

  • Preserve and protect. According to Elle magazine, New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Anne Chapas said that collagen and elastin are the two key components that affect skin’s firmness. Since environmental stressors such as UV rays, pollution and other free radicals break those proteins down, it’s crucial to apply SPF on a daily basis.
  • Reach for retinol. Another factor that can destroy collagen and elastin is an increase in enzymes called matrix metalloproteinases. Los Angeles-based dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu told Allure that applying retinoids or other forms of topical vitamin A can accelerate cell turnover and diminish fine lines while helping to produce new collagen.

What to drink for healthier, brighter skin

       
Monday, August 5th, 2013

Healthier, brighter skin now: What to drink

We all know it's important to drink enough water and consume nutrient-dense superfoods for radiant skin. However, experts say that there are other beverages that can provide a bevy of benefits, from fewer fine lines to enhanced elasticity. Here are some drinks you'll want to sip on for a glowing complexion.

Green tea
For maximum skin-boosting advantages, this tea is best consumed hot. Women's Health magazine reported that heat causes the tea to release an antioxidant which not only acts as an anti-inflammatory but can also ward off cancer. The source noted that a study in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry determined that drinking between two and six cups a day may help prevent malignancies that result from too much sun exposure.

Oat milk
Some say that eliminating dairy products can improve the skin's appearance. Glamour magazine recommended switching out traditional cow's milk for oat milk, which is available at most supermarkets. The source explained that this alternative has a significant amount of vitamin E and folic acid, both of which are key for healthy skin regeneration.

Nettle tea
Does your skin tend to flare up? Nettle tea might be just the remedy if you are prone to breakouts or eczema, according to Glamour. High levels antioxidants mean the tea may also help rid the skin and body of toxins and free radicals, which tend to speed up the aging process.

Fruit and veggie juice
When you're not in the mood to eat your vegetables, drinking them can provide the same essential nutrients that help brighten and protect skin. Noelle Swatland of GreenLemonade.com told Shape magazine that the right concoctions can help to rid the body of impurities and restore balance to the skin, thus evening out its tone. Cucumbers are her top choice, as they are packed with skin-boosting potassium, magnesium and silica. Not only that, but cucumbers are a whopping 90 percent water, so they're ultra-hydrating. Tomato juice is also an ideal selection, as Glamour pointed out that these fruits contain skin-tightening vitamin C and lycopene, which helps circulation.

Peppermint tea
Stress is a major skin villain. When things are getting tense, unwind with a cup of peppermint tea, which Glamour magazine pointed out has innate soothing effects. There are other benefits as well: The herb can help to clear out the sinuses, relieve a headache and facilitate digestion.

3 surprising skin cancer facts you may not already know

       
Monday, June 10th, 2013

3 surprising skin cancer facts you may not already know

You might think that the moisturizer you wear daily is doing enough to protect you from the sun, but the fact of the matter is that sunscreen is necessary these days to effectively reduce the risk of skin cancer. Even if no one in your family has been diagnosed with this disease, it's worth staying on guard to ensure that you never have to live with it. Here are some surprising facts that you might not already know about skin cancer.

1. More than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are reported every year
The American Cancer Society stated that melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will account for approximately 76,000 cases in 2013.

2. Ultraviolet rays can be dangerous in cloudy weather
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that UV rays can penetrate through clouds and harm the skin.

3. Darker clothing provides more protection
However, you should still wear SPF 15 lotion or higher when spending time outdoors for the utmost protection.

By taking these key tips into consideration, you can potentially reduce your chances of developing skin cancer while maintaining your youthful appearance!

Key tips for staying safe under the sun in 2013

       
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Key tips for staying safe under the sun in 2013

With summer just around the corner, you’re likely stocking up on Exuviance skincare products and other cosmetics to ensure that you look your best once it’s time to hit the beach. However, you might also want to brush up on your summer makeup and skincare maintenance routines before the seasons change. After all, there are always new advancements being made in sun protection and products that can help you stay safe from ultraviolet rays.

First, Allure magazine recommends stocking up on sunscreen and applying it liberally each day, especially if you have a beach trip planned for the near future. This can help your skin build up a layer of protection against the sun when it comes time to lay on the sand and curl up with a romance novel.

Next, Discovery Health encourages you to know what you’re buying before just purchasing any suntan lotion at the store. Ideally, your moisturizer should protect against both UVA and UVB rays in addition to being SPF 15 or higher.

Finally, think about investing in makeup for the new season that includes sun protection. Many lines now incorporate ingredients that can keep skin safe from the harmful rays of the sun.

3 spring sun care tips for every woman

       
Monday, April 1st, 2013

3 spring sun care tips for every woman

Now that spring is in full swing, more people are trying to soak up the sun, and you might be one of them! However, it’s no secret that too much sun can do damage to your skin. That being said, here are some tips you can incorporate into your skincare routine this spring to protect yourself against ultraviolet rays. Adopting these habits now can make it easier to maintain your skin health when the sun is stronger in the summer.

1. Go with SPF 15 or higher
SPF indicates how much protection you receive from the product you’re using. The Huffington Post claims that you should always look for makeup or moisturizers with at least SPF 15.

2. Practice healthy skincare
Ultraviolet rays are thought to cause wrinkles and premature aging. In addition to using SPF lotion, you can reduce the risk of aging signs by using gentle soap, limiting time spent in hot water and moisturizing frequently.

3. Protect yourself
Using SPF moisturizer and makeup can keep ultraviolet rays from negatively impacting exposed areas of your skin. However, the Mayo Clinic claims that it’s still a good idea to wear protective clothing for additional safety.

Are you up to speed on your SPF facts?

       
Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Are you up to speed on your SPF facts?

How many times have you come across facial makeup and moisturizers that contain SPF and asked yourself what this means? If you aren't sure how ultraviolet rays and the sun affect your skin, you may want to do your homework as you continue to purchase SPF cosmetics!

SPF stands for sun protection factor, and even though you might commonly associate it with tanning lotion, it's being seen on more makeup labels. This is because cosmetics experts are realizing the importance of containing SPF in their products to prevent signs of aging in users.

The Skin Cancer Foundation claims that SPF 15 or higher tends to be the most efficient at protecting against the effects of ultraviolet rays, some of which may eventually cause cancer. Everyone age 6 months and older is advised to use some form of sunscreen on exposed areas of their skin on a daily basis.

As you look for new foundations, concealers and lipsticks, consider finding items that specifically say they include SPF. This can give you peace of mind every time you put on your makeup. Furthermore, you may just be able to avoid a few more wrinkles by taking this precautionary measure.

Sunless tans can keep you healthy and gorgeous

       
Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Sunless tans can keep you healthy and gorgeous

Spring isn't here just yet, but you may already be breaking out your summer makeup collection and hoping for sunnier days. Many people look forward to warm weather and believe it gives them the chance to wear fun colors on their clothing and skin. Specifically, beach bodies can't wait to hit the sand and catch some rays. However, it's no secret that the sun can do an ample amount of damage to your skin.

Sure, you'll look stunning with a little bit of color in your skin, but is it worth raising your risk of cancer? That being said, sunless tans are becoming a more popular alternative to baking yourself under the sun. As the Mayo Clinic states, sunless tanning products are effective and safe as long as they're used according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Additionally, they give users some advantages over traditional tanning. Daily Glow claims that these products can be a viable way to achieve an even tan – no rolling or turning over under the sun! Furthermore, it's more convenient to use this option if you live in a region that doesn't get much sun. Just remember that you still need to use sunscreen to keep your skin protected after faux tanning!