Summer is officially here! This is a great time to take inventory of your sun protection and to stock up on your favorite SPF, preparing for those beach/park days ahead for you and your family. I recently tried the Supergoop! SPF for the first time and LOVE it. I bought the SPF 30 for face and body which is a lotion and they also have other options depending on which type of application you prefer (spray, wipes etc). The lotion rubbed in without the ‘attractive’ white streak, was very lightweight and does not sting the eyes, hallelujah!
Key Benefits as listed on the website:
- PA++ UVA/UVB protection
- Very Water Resistant (up to 80 minutes in water)
- Weightless, oil-free hydration
- Paraben-free. Fragrance Free. No Animal Testing.
- TSA Approved for carry-on air travel
I love what I have read about the brand Supergoop!, they take pride in the quality of their products by eliminating harmful ingredients. Looks like I might have found the perfect sunscreen for my little guy and I to share! I will be buying the 24 oz size next time for the Body, that comes with a pump so I can slather away.
Knowing what we now know about the dangers of UV damage it is crucial we protect the little ones (and ourselves of course) with safe and effective products! Time to goop it up.
The neck and décolleté (chest area) are often ignored when it comes to an at-home regimen. In fact, I have seen certain spa/skin care facilities only treat the face as well. We expose our neck and décolleté to the same elements we expose our facial skin to so make sure and do the following:
Cleanse. If you have a Clarisonic brush I suggest adding time for your neck and chest. Check out the link below for Clarisonic info:
Exfoliate and Treat. Treat the skin on your neck and décolleté as you would your face. Pull down each product when you treat.
Sun Protection. Have you ever seen a two-tone face and neck? Yep I bet you have, don’t let this happen to you. Make sure you protect both equally.
I get asked about organic and natural product lines all the time. I found a brand I really like that uses mostly organic and what you would call natural ingredients. 100% Pure is a face and body line using many plant based ingredients and does not contain parabens, sulfates, or fragrance.
So far I have tried a few of the body products and I will report back on the facial items after I try them out. The price point is also very good, one of the most expensive items costing around 35 bucks. You can find the products at Beauty 360 and also on the company website. Try the COCONUT NOURISHING BODY CREAM, super creamy and smells just like summer.
I am a huge fan of being tan and not so huge a fan of wrinkles and skin cancer. I have had to come up with ways to get a bronzy skin without spending hours under the sun and have tried a lot of the products on the market. I have to say there is quite a few I like-“fake tans” have really come a long way in the past five years.
I recently tried the Dr Denese tanning glove and I loved the result. The color was really pretty and natural looking, the glove made the application process easy because of its size as well. This one even has a peptide complex included. If you have someone handy to tan your back side it is most helpful. The only challenge is the product is colorless so you do not know where to fill in the spots-be careful here.
It helps to do the following first:
Fully exfoliate your body in the shower
Skip the body lotion before application
Let it fully dry before putting on tight clothing (only takes a few minutes)
You can purchase 12 gloves for $37.00 (regularly $42.00)
And now you can enjoy your healthy glow!
Just a quick tip for those of you who spend time in the sun. When you put on your favorite fragrance or perfume, place on an area of your body not exposed to the sun. Perfume can make your skin photosensitive causing red rashes and hyper-pigmentation. And of course don’t forget your sun protection!
Watching Charlie Sheen this past week on every TV channel I noticed his chain smoking. Got me thinking about the havoc cigarette smoking has on the skin. Visibly you can see the obvious markers of a long term smoker in the face: heavier wrinkles, thin lips and deep lines around the eyes. At the cellular level DNA is damaged, this happens deep in the dermal layer of the skin. The cells are actually mutated because of the toxins and this is how wrinkles and even cancer is formed.
The newest research coming out explains how badly the damage can be, worse than we even thought before. The harmful effects of smoking can be compounded while exposed to the sun’s UV rays, which is why smoking is starting to become banned on the beaches. Second hand smoke is a danger also to be avoided. By this day and age we all know that cigarette smoking is terrible for our health and we should not smoke. I mean look at Charlie. Duh.
When recommending products for my clients they usually ask me how much they should use. I think it is a common misperception that more is always better and that is rarely true when applying product to your face. This is a simple guide to reference for most products, of course read the labels on the carton and ask your skin care therapist for guidance. If you are overusing your skin care you are most likely throwing good money away, using the proper amount will help your favorite products last as long as they should.
Eye Cream/Gel-pea-sized amount for both eyes
Dot your eye cream around the bone gently with ring finger. Avoid eye lids. You can actually have a break out if you use too much, over applying will not make the crows feet disappear quicker! This is also one of your higher price points so follow the directions.
Typically this amount should cover your face and neck. I like to treat my décolleté as well.
SPF– half dollar amount
This is the one area where you can go to town; the more you are covered the better so go for it. Also double up, use a foundation that has an SPF.
Cleanser– dime-sized amount
Most cleansers today are highly concentrated so a little goes a long way. You can always add more water if you feel you need more cleanser.
Here are a few New Years resolution ideas for better skin in 2011. Cheers to healthy skin!
- Wash your face every night before bed –Yes, even on New Years eve after you have been out late partying, no, especially then! Heavy make-up and dirt on your skin will prematurely age you and cause break-outs.
- Wear sunscreen every day– I can hear you now, “but I don’t need it when I work indoors all day”. Just do it! You get much more sun than you think.
- Get more sleep – I never realized how much lack of sleep could affect my skin until the birth of my son. A solid 8 hours is good for you in so many ways, even your skin.
- Exfoliate weekly– We all fall off the bandwagon when it comes to regular exfoliation. Try buying a new product to get excited again, and then you will remember what exfoliated skin feels like. Just keep it up.
- Smile more– You can see less wrinkles when you are not frowning! After all it is a new year, enjoy!
Now that I have reached 40 weeks of pregnancy I am trying to do all I can to encourage my body into thinking that it’s “time”. This has included walking trips to every mall in Orange County. On one such walking excursion with my mom, she was on a mission for a new moisturizer and I was on a mission to find it for her. I am always on the look out for skincare products that don’t cost a fortune but actually work and I found one.
The Rebalancing Day Fluid SPF 15 by Boots Cosmetics is a great moisturizer for oily to combination skin, lightweight and has an SPF of 15. It contains Hyaluronic Acid so that it hydrates and locks in moisture while the texture is ultra-light. Perfect for daytime with the sun protection and even better is the price at $12.99! Boots is the number one skincare line in the UK and I love the price point (along with the fact that it is sold in Target!) They sometimes have representatives from the line in-store you can ask for samples before you take a product home.
The UV index represents the amount of UV radiation that reaches the ground and ultimately puts us at risk. * See table below* This weekend in southern California we are at a UV index number of 12! Meaning, this weekend we have an extreme risk for over exposure to UV radiation. At this extreme level it will only take four minutes to get sunburned! Even if the temperature is not too high or it is cloudy, this risk to exposure still applies.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, you should try to avoid sun exposure mid day, wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen. To find out what the UV index number in your area is visit the EPA’s website: http://www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html