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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.

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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!

5 Best Tips to Transition from Fall to Winter Skin Care

       
Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

5 Best Tips to Transition from Fall to Winter Skin CareWinter is well-known for wreaking havoc on our skin. The cold and the wind dry and chap our faces, causing flakiness, dullness, redness, irritation, and more. Fortunately, there are easy skincare solutions that will ensure your skin stays smooth, radiant, and healthy this winter. Here are some tips to ensure that the transition from fall to winter is easy on your skin.

Don’t neglect sun care.

While it’s true that the sun doesn’t shine as bright during winter, that doesn’t mean you should forgo sunscreen. Protecting your skin from UV damage is important all year round. Keep using sunscreen throughout the winter months, and your skin will thank you for it. To get the best sun protection, it’s recommended to use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 that has both UVA and UVB protection. Find a sunscreen that is also formulated for your skin type. For example, an anti-aging sunscreen if you have mature skin, or an oil-free sunscreen if you are prone to breakouts. Find an extra-gentle sunscreen if you have sensitive skin. Use a generous amount of sunscreen when applying, to ensure that every area of the skin receives adequate protection. A sunscreen from Exuviance fulfills those requirements, while also providing other great benefits including antioxidants and green tea extract, which help your skin to repair itself and stay youthful.

Consider your skin’s changing needs.

Our skincare needs simply don’t stay the same for the rest of our life. One is likely to have oily skin in their teenage years, normal skin in their adult years, and dry, wrinkling skin when they get older. It’s a good idea to always make sure your skin’s needs are being met. If you’re starting to get wrinkles this year, start the winter right by maintaining an anti-aging skincare routine. Pretty much every kind of skincare product is also available in an anti-aging formulation. Ingredients such as vitamins, antioxidants, and beneficial plants such as bamboo or green tea, are all important ingredients to look for when shopping for anti-aging skincare products. For example, you can use an anti-aging cream from Babor, with four different active ingredients to firm up your skin and give it a youthful glow. Or, consider a serum from iS CLINICAL, which will repair your skin using proteins, vitamins, antioxidants, and more. It’s never too late to start taking care of your skin, so why not start this winter season?

Stay hydrated.

The colder air and harsh winds of winter tend to dry out many people’s skin. For this reason, it’s important to keep your skin well-moisturized to combat the drying effects of the cold. Sometimes, your regular moisturizer might not be enough. A moisturizer that works well for you the rest of the year might not be rich enough to protect your skin from the cold. Look for ingredients such as beeswax, glycerin, dimethicone, and natural oils such as coconut oil, grape seed oil, and sweet almond oil. These are all ingredients that help moisturize and protect the skin. If you suffer from dry skin, consider a rich moisturizing cream such as this moisturizer from Dermalogica, which also contains vitamins, antioxidants, and plant extracts to keep your skin in the best condition possible. Moisturize at least once a day to maintain supple, smooth skin that doesn’t flake or itch.

Get into the spirit of winter.

One of the best small joys about the changing of the seasons is new seasonal fragrances. There are many things associated with each season, from colors to plants to foods. Incorporating seasonal scents into your life is a very simple way to get the most out of the experience of the seasons. Spring is associated with fresh floral scents, summer is often represented by fruit or citrus fragrances, and fall is exemplified by the scent of pumpkin pie. Try using products with winter-themed aromas, to enjoy the full experience of winter. Peppermint is one such wintery scent. There are many peppermint-scented beauty products out there, including this exfoliating body balm from REN Skincare, with peppermint and Tuscan olive oils to moisturize and rejuvenate your skin. Other popular choices might include peppermint lip balm and peppermint shampoo. Why not add a touch of winter joy to your day?

Skincare isn’t just for the face.

Although it’s true that the skin on your face is what people see first, that doesn’t mean you should neglect the skin on your body. The skin on your body is just as prone to wrinkles, sun damage, dryness, and for some people, blemishes, as the rest of the skin. Help your entire body keep its radiant glow this winter by staying on top of your whole-body skincare routine. It’s important to exfoliate and moisturize on a regular basis, as well as using sunscreen every morning on any areas of exposed skin. Ways to exfoliate your body include using a tool such as a bath brush or loofah, using a body scrub, or using a moisturizer with AHA. Exfoliating regularly will keep your skin from getting dull or rough, especially on areas like your elbows and knees. Moisturizing your body after exfoliating will lock in moisture to prevent dryness and wrinkles. Try getting a specialized body moisturizer such as Body Therapy by PCA Skin, which moisturizes, exfoliates, brightens, and fights aging all at once.

Don’t settle for less-than-perfect skin this winter. By staying on top of your skincare routine, you can ensure that your youth and radiance won’t fade away.

Spring Sunscreen 101

       
Friday, April 10th, 2015

Spring Sunscreen 101In spring the danger of sun damage may be unexpected if the weather is still cool. While the rays of the sun are not as powerful as they are during the summer months, prolonged exposure will nonetheless harm unprotected skin. To avoid a spring sunburn, keep this information in mind:

There Is No Such Thing As A Waterproof Sunscreen

So-called “Waterproof” sunscreens are deceptive because sweat, water, and most other types of moisture will cause them to wash off. Instead of falling for this marketing ploy, consider sunscreens that use the more realistic descriptive “Water Resistant”. A good water resistant one like this sunscreen from PCA Skin will help keep the protection on longer than ordinary sunscreens.

SPF Can Be Deceiving

Though the SPF numbers come in a wide variety of ranges, the higher numbers do not actually block rays longer. The SPF number only refers to the percentage of rays blocked. This means an SPF 30 sunscreen will allow only 1/30th of the sun’s rays to reach the skin. It does not mean that it will last 30 times longer than SPF one, so it will need to be reapplied as directed on the container.

Even Cloudy Spring Days Can Cause Sun Damage

A common assumption is that when it is cloudy, there is no danger of sun damage. Much of the solar intensity on cloudy days has to do with the type of clouds involved. The sun’s rays can pass through thinner clouds, while it is mostly blocked by thicker clouds. Even in the spring when the rays are not as damaging, it is a good idea to just apply sunscreen instead of trying to figure out if the clouds above are thick enough to block solar damage.

Sunscreen Is All That Is Necessary To Avoid Sun Damage

Of course sunscreens are good idea when spring rolls around, but it should not substitute for common sense. When wearing swim apparel outdoors, it is a good idea to cover up or find shade when not in the water. It is always wise to use clothing to help prevent sun damage along with a sunscreen.

The spring is a great time of year with all the budding plants, warmer temperatures, and longer days. Just be sure to use a good sunscreen to avoid hidden sun damage.

A Complete Guide To Sunscreens

       
Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

A Complete Guide To Sunscreens

Summer fun means lots of time in the sun.  Make sure you pull out the SPF and get ready to protect your skin from the potentially harmful rays! Choosing the right sunscreen can be tricky so we are here to help with some great tips!

The first thing you need to consider is the SPF that you’re going to want to use. When you hit the aisles of any drugstore and look for sunscreen you’ll see that there are SPFs ranging from 8 to over 100. The SPF is usually a decent indicator of how well the product you’re getting is supposed to work against protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays. However, do not be too quick to purchase the super highe SPFs just because of marketing. Studies have shown that SPFs beyond 55 don’t actually have any better results than those between 45 and 55. Companies love to market their 75 to 100 SPFs for much higher prices, claiming that they provide “ultimate” protection from the sun. Wwhen applied right and reapplied correctly, the more affordable SPF 45 will do the job just as well.

There are, of course, many other elements to consider when buying sunscreen. One important aspect is what the sunscreen will do for your skin outside of protecting it from the sun. While UV protection is important, moisturizing and keeping your skin clear of unnecessary chemicals and contaminants  is also important. Some sunscreen and SPF brands, such as those by Coola Suncare and Supergoop!, feature reasonably high SPF products which moisturize the skin, are unscented and have ingredients that repair past sun damage. No matter what type of product you are buying, reading the label to know what you are putting on your skin and body is very important.

When it comes to sunscreen application, most people tend to make mistakes. One big mistake many people make is waiting until they are outside to apply the sunscreen. To properly do its job, the sunscreen needs 20 to 30 minutes to sit and soak into the skin.  Another mistake many people make is not applying enough. Unlike some products, less is NOT more with sunscreen. You want to make sure you read the label and use the amount it says to use and completely cover all areas.

There are also a lot of areas that people tend to miss when trying to apply the sunscreen themselves, such as the middle of their back. Other areas people tend to forget about are their ears, the backs of their knees/legs, and the tops of their feet.

Reapplying sunscreen properly is just as important as the initial application. You want to make sure you re-apply every 2 hours and if you’re in the water at all – at a swimming pool or the beach – you’ll want to reapply when you get out. Make sure you thoroughly dry off or the sunscreen will not be able to soak into your skin the way it should. Some people prefer to reapply to areas such as their face and shoulders more frequently.

So, now you are armed with the knowledge you need to protect yourself and your loved ones from the sun’s damaging rays once and for all. With these tips you’ll be able to make lasting memories all summer long without worrying about sunburn ruining the day.

Olivia Palermo Beauty Tips

       
Monday, May 12th, 2014

Olivia Palermo Beauty Tips
What could a woman who appeared in the Smurfs movie possibly know about beauty? When that woman is Olivia Palermo, the answer is “Plenty!” Olivia is more than an actress and young American socialite; Olivia Palermo knows more about 21st century fashion, style, makeup and design than most people twice her age.

As a young girl of Italian decent, Olivia learned a lot of old world beauty secrets from the women in her family. One of the most important lessons she learned was that female beauty should not be dependent upon gobs of makeup. Instead, great care should be taken to improve and maintain the quality of one’s skin. In other words, wash your face every morning and every night. Use gentle cleansers and moisturizing products, drink lots of clean water every day and whatever you do, stay away from suntanning.

It’s a pretty simple, three-point plan.

Wash, Wash, Wash

Nothing wakes a girl up in the morning like a nice splash of cool water. If you’re a person who likes to bathe in the morning, go ahead and take a nice one-step facial cleanser into the shower. Spend a few minutes to exfoliate once a week, as well. Your skin will be clean, clear and super refreshed.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Even the gentlest cleansers strip facial skin of some of its natural moisture. It’s worth a little moisture loss in order to ensure clean, debris-free skin, but it’s imperative that lost moisture be replaced. Skip the greasy oils and fluids and opt instead for a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer. Apply enough to bring a dewy youth to your face by day, and slather some on before going to bed. Be sure to drink at least six big glasses of water every day, because a great deal of your facial moisture comes from within.

Skip the Suntan

A few short decades ago, a deep dark suntan was thought quite lovely. Unfortunately, a lot of ladies who stayed coconut brown in the 80s are now contending with early onset wrinkles. It’s alright to get fifteen or twenty minutes of sunshine on your face. Any more than that, and you really ought to apply a PABA-free sunscreen and wear a big brim hat. If you want a lightly sunkissed look, go for a light blush or tinted SPF 15 moisturizer from Beauty Bridge.

So there you have it. Follow these three basic beauty steps and you’ll soon be sporting a blemish free, natural face. Olivia Palermo would be proud.

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.

Prepping your skin for the colder season

       
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Prepping your skin for the colder season

Winter is fast approaching, which means snowfall, hot cocoa, holiday parties and a lot of other excitement. However, the colder, dryer weather doesn’t bode as well for your beauty. Harsh conditions can be tough on your complexion, meaning you’ll need to take certain precautionary measures to prevent flakes, cracks and other skin problems.

Follow these tips and your face won’t be looking as bleak as the weather:

Use kinder cleansers
While you may have been using an aggressive cleanser in the summer months to manage sweat, humidity and excess oil, it might be time to ease up on these solutions as the climate changes. Erica Glaub, Los Angeles-based makeup artist, explained to Shape magazine that gentler oil-based or milk cleansers and soaps are best for washing away impurities without completely stripping your skin of moisture.

Upgrade your moisturizer
Just as you transition your wardrobe to more substantial fabrics, you’ll also need to switch out your moisturizer for a heavy-duty cream. Dr. Deborah Sarnoff, a dermatologist at the North Shore-LIJ Health System in Greenvale, N.Y., told LiveScience that a richer product will have more natural oils. She also advised applying a night treatment for some deep hydration while you sleep. Glaub noted that optimal contents for your go-to winter cream are shea butter, almond oil, olive oil and grapeseed oil. Jojoba oil, which helps to balance your skin and accelerate cell repair, is also a key rejuvenating ingredient.

Did you know that honey is also a natural source of hydration? Try rubbing some into your elbows, knee caps or other parched areas, then rinsing.

Adjust your shower
While it’s tempting to take a hot shower in the winter months, doing so can seriously dry out your skin. That doesn’t mean you have to shiver your way through a cold shower – Glaub stressed that even lukewarm water is better. If you can’t bear to turn down the temperature, bathe for a shorter amount of time. When you get out, pat your skin dry instead of rubbing it with a towel and immediately apply moisturizer all over.

Exfoliate every week
It’s imperative to exfoliate in the winter, as sloughing off dead skin cells will allow your skin to absorb moisturizers and creams more effectively. Avoid products with abrasive chemicals or beads, which can irritate your skin, especially if it’s on the sensitive side.

Remember sunscreen
Just because the sun’s presence isn’t as strong in the winter doesn’t give you permission to neglect protection from UV rays completely. Sarnoff suggested looking for a moisturizer with at least SPF 15, or 30 if you’re outside more often.

Tips for faking a natural tan

       
Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Tips for faking a natural tan

Come summertime, one of your biggest beauty challenges is maintaining a tan without damaging your skin. But with the right combination of skincare and cosmetics, it's possible to get that coveted glow without laying out in the sun.

The proper application of a good bronzer can do wonders for making your face look naturally tan. But some people might prefer a more moisturizing formula – like the Sun Self-Tanning Milk by G.M. Collin. This ultra-light lotion absorbs into the skin quickly, and contains seven herbal extracts. Over time, not only will you build up an even, long-lasting tan, but your skin will feel softer and more hydrated. 

Another option for a darker tint is Self-Tanning Fluid from Babor. A powerful combination of nutrients and minerals leaves skin nearly flawless, while also making it stronger and more resilient. The multi-protection properties of this formula boost the skin's natural defense systems so that it's more resistant to photo-aging.

If you're looking for something a little more advanced – check out being TRUE – The Kit by True Cosmetics. This complete, all-inclusive kit is great for traveling to your next summer getaway, and it includes two universal shades of Protective Mineral Foundation with SPF 17, Mineral Mist Bronze Blush, a compact all-purpose brush, finishing sponge, quick tips booklet and a cosmetic case.

With every application, you'll get a deeper pigment while also protecting your skin long-term.

Let’s Get Sun Ready

       
Saturday, July 13th, 2013
Let's Get Sun Ready

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Does sunscreen really help prevent aging?

       
Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Does sunscreen really help prevent aging?

You may be eager to take advantage the warm summer weather to work on your tan, but by no means does that mean you can ignore sunscreen. It's relatively common knowledge that lotions not only prevent painful sunburns, but can also help limit wrinkles and skin damage later in life. But how much of an effect can the right skin care actually have on the visible signs of aging? 

According to a recent study conducted by Australian researchers and published in Annals of Internal Medicine journal, using sunscreen frequently can reduce signs of aging by about 24 percent, Forbes reports. As facial sun care products evolve and grow more effective, the benefits could be even greater. 

Exuviance skin care products are a popular choice for people looking to replenish their skin while also gaining the benefits of SPF. These creams and foundations are proven to improve your skin's appearance while offering some much-needed protection from the sun's harmful rays. 

If you're worried about looking pale this summer because of your extra sun protection – don't be. There are plenty of ways you can use all-over bronze makeup or even self-tanners to enhance your natural glow without causing damage to your skin.