Are You Tanning Too Much?

 

 

Today I have a guest post from Samantha, a medical skin care therapist out of Arizona! Check out the safe tanning recommendations below and thank you Samantha!

After a very cold, harsh winter and with spring just around the corner, millions of Americans are itching to sprawl out under the warmth of the sun to acquire a tan. North Americans consider a deep suntan a crown of glory for good looks and people go to great lengths to obtain bronzed skin.

However, there are numerous dangers to sun ray overexposure and those dangers are growing due to factors such as weakening protective shields surrounding the earth and artificial tanning technologies.

Dangers of Sun Ray Overexposure

The sun’s warmth is produced by ultraviolet (UV) rays of light which affect the skin in various ways. Healthy skin fibers provide elasticity as well as protect underlying tissue from extensive damage such as tearing and bruising. UV rays damage these fibers causing a compromise in the skin’s elasticity and protective qualities.

When skin is overexposed to UV radiation, it begins to break down resulting in sagging and stretching. When skin is exposed to long or intense periods of UV radiation, it develops wrinkles (elastosis), mottled pigmentation (discolored patches), freckles, yellow discoloration (sallowness) and blood vessel dilation (telangiectasias) as well as pre-cancerous and cancerous skin lesion development.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma cases have increased dramatically over the past 40 years. The most significant rise in melanoma has occurred in those 18 to 39 years old with an 800 percent increase in women and a 400 percent increase in men. Although men are generally more susceptible to skin cancer, the higher case increase in women is attributed to tanning bed use. Lack or under use of sunscreen is another large contributing factor for those seeking tans from direct sunlight.

Dangers of Tanning Beds

Tanning bed use has increased dramatically over the years because they provide tans rapidly. Teens in particular are using tanning beds at the rate of 2.5 million every year. The problem with tanning beds is that they emit much greater amounts of UV radiation than the sun, as much as 15 times more.

Also, artificial tanning beds emit high portions of UVA rays which penetrate and damage the underlying dermal-epidermal layers of skin where they cause DNA damage. This damage creates abnormal cell growth which is the beginning of melanoma skin cancer.

Most people understand that sunburns damage the skin. However, what most people do not realize is that tanned skin has been damaged as well and can lead to skin cancer over time. A recent study conducted by JAMA Dermatology revealed that cases of skin cancer have surpassed those of lung cancer due to cigarette smoking. The majority of those skin cancer cases have been attributed to tanning bed use.

Safe Tanning Alternatives

It is highly recommended by various skincare specialists to completely avoid using indoor tanning beds. Those who seek to sunbath under the open skies should regularly apply a sunscreen of 30 SPF (Sun Protection Factor) to all skin that is exposed to the sun’s radiation. Sunscreen should also be ‘broad-spectrum’ meaning it protects from both UVA and UVB ultraviolet radiation and it should be reapplied after sweating and swimming as well as every two hours. Installing sun shades in the home is another easy way to cut down on unwanted UV light from affecting your skin when you feel you’ve already tanned too much.

Sunless tanning sprays and lotions are the safest methods for obtaining a tan without the risks of skin cancer. Although such products only dye the surface skin cells and need to be reapplied every few days, they will keep your skin healthier and younger looking as well as free from the ravages of cancer.

Samantha McKenzie is a medical aesthetician from Tucson, Arizona. She loves helping people get the skin they’re always dreamed of!

Suncreen Savvy by Summer-Guest Post

Moms In Charge

One of the most frequently asked questions I get on my blog is that of sun protection. Especially from moms who worry about what to put on their children. I recently wrote an article on everything sunscreen for the Mom’s in Charge Non-Profit organization, you can read it here!

The mission of Mom’s in Charge is to empower moms to raise healthy vibrant kids and I am a proud member. If you want to learn more about MIC please go to their website and also this past blog post where I interview the president and founder Dotty Hagmier: MIC Post

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Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer SPF 30

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As a mom who is always on the go, I appreciate multifunctional items, especially when I am getting ready in the morning. I usually have about three minutes until my toddler starts breaking my make-up (true story).

I just started using the skinperfect primer spf30 by Dermalogica after not using a primer in while. I love the way this product makes my skin look underneath my make-up and even better, I can wear it alone. This product is a three in one; as it is a primer, contains SPF and addresses anti-aging concerns. After I put this on my skin,  I feel my face looks smoother, brighter and more even. If I am just running around I usually do not use a foundation and I feel the coverage, although light, is enough for me. When I do apply my foundation on top, it lasts longer and helps minimize the way my lines appear.

The skinperfect primer is filled with powerful ingredients such as peptides, white tea and SPF to help ensure it not only protects the skin but also repairs the skin from further damage. Because of the consistency of the primer this would be an excellent choice for a more oily skin type, especially with anti-aging concerns.

Do you wear a primer under your make-up? Let me know which one YOU like!

 

 

 

It’s getting hot in here!

ultra sensitive tint spf30

It’s bloody hot. I’ll admit I am a total sissy when it comes to the heat. My strategy is to lock myself in the house and become a shut in (thank you AC). For those of you crazy people who actually want to get out and do stuff here are some helpful skin care related tips and products I would use if I left my house.

The best way to protect yourself from the sun is to cover up of course! I always wear a hat at the pool or even going outside when the heat is up. And I don’t have to do my hair, win-win. I just bought a Roxy hat, check out there super cute selection: Roxy Hats

Wear a sun protection that has some color so you can forgo the foundation. Many people who are prone to breakouts have more problems in the heat when wearing a rich makeup base so keep it light. I like Dermalogica Ultra Sensitive Tint this has an SPF of 30 and no artificial fragrances or colors. Plus key antioxidants such as green tea and grape seed extracts help protect your skin against sun rays even further.

If you happen to get a sun burn its important to treat your skin often with something healing. I like using Aloe, you can buy a pure aloe at most drug stores. I like to keep it in the fridge to treat a burn (ahhhhhh). Or an even better idea is to buy an aloe plant and break open a leaf to extract the aloe. Apply directly to skin. These plants are so easy to grow and look pretty cool too.

 

 

JOURNÉE Bio-restorative Day Cream

I recently tried JOURNÉE by Neocutis, a super potent day cream with an SPF of 30 +. This product is loaded with powerful age fighting ingredients such as Green Tea, Vitamins C and E, Hyaluronic Acid and PSP (a blend of Human growth factors and other age fighting proteins).

Because of the ingredient combination this product is much more than just a sun protector. It applies smoothly onto the skin with a beautiful finish due to the reflective properties used to protect skin from the sun. There appears to be a slight tint but I learned the combination of ingredients causes the color and can still be used on any skin tone.

This is a higher price point than most of the products I review but you can justify the price tag if you consider this product is a serum, moisturizer and SPF in one! You can read more about Neocutis and the rest of the line here.

 

 

My A.M. Beauty Routine-Part 2

Part two of my morning beauty routine, make-up:

Concealer: I like the Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector by Neutrogena. I have been using it for years, it has a firming quality to it and an SPF. I can buy it at Target-score!

Foundation: Skin Foundation SPF 15 by Bobbi Brown has a light/medium coverage with added sun protection. Perfect for everyday and I love the pump applicator.

Blush: I started using the Powder Blush in Mocha by Chanel when I worked for Chanel at Macy’s, one of my all time favorites.

Eye Liner: I go back and forth between liquid eye liner and pencil. When I use pencil I like the Eye Dream Hyperliners by Tarina Tarantino. The pencil is super soft and the application is easy.

Eye Lash Curler: I try a new Mascara wand all the time but one thing I always keep the same is the Shu Uemura Eye Lash Curler, it is the best.

Shimmer Brick by Bobbi Brown: I use this on my cheeks and eye lids to brighten my face, I love the Pink Quartz color.

This one is for you Wendy, enjoy!

 

My A.M. Beauty Routine-Part 1

I had a special request to share my personal skin care and make-up routine. This is what I am currently doing but I have different routines based on new products I am testing and also what condition my skin is in at the time. This post will focus on my morning skin care regimen and the next will entail my cosmetic routine, enjoy!

Step 1. Cleanse-Gentle cleanser by SkinCeuticals. This is gentle enough to use for most any skin type, hydrating but does not leave skin feeling oily. I like to cleanse in the shower with my Clarisonic Brush (of course!).

Step 2. Tone-Molecular Mist by Sircuit. Click on the link to learn why I love this product. After getting out of the shower I will mist with this toner before I layer my products.

Step 3. Treat-Red Wine Resveratrol Antioxidant Serum by 100% Pure. I use a rich serum during the day because my moisturizer is light weight. This serum is also great at night because it is so rich.Step 4. Moisturizer/SPF –Multi-Vitamin Day Crème SPF 30 by Kerstin Florian International. I usually am rushing in the morning so having a combo moisturizer and SPF saves me time. I love how this nicely this blends into the skin.

Step 5. Eye Care-Total Eye Care SPF 15 by Dermalogica. Extra SPF around the eye area and helping to conceal my dark circles? No brainer! I like to give my eye area extra love in the day time and I apply my cream very gently.

ORGANIC POMEGRANATE ANTIOXIDANT HYDRATION SPF20

I had such a huge response from my last post about 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream I decided to test another product from the line. This time I was looking for a light 2 in 1 moisturizer/SPF combo. The Organic Pomegranate Antioxidant Hydration with a SPF of 20 is a perfect lightweight lotion that can be used with so many skin types. Because I am a  dry I layer a richer serum before I apply this and it gives me enough hydration. For an oily/combo skin this would be enough on its own.

The sun protection is mineral based (Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide) in combination with antioxidants such as Pomegranate, White Tea and Grapefruit. And you can’t complain about the price tag at 26.00 bucks! Check out the website to learn more about the product: 100% Pure

 

FAQ-Skin care edition

Over the years in the treatment room and in trainings I have been asked questions that seem to repeatedly come up. Here they are with my answers/opinions below:

Q. Should I put on my skin care products on dry or wet skin?

A. Always moist skin. If by the time you are applying product when your skin is dry just spray with a toner of your choice. This will help your products penetrate further making them more effective.

Q. In what order do I apply my products?

A. Cleanse, tone, treat/serum, eye cream, moisturize, SPF (A.M.) If using an exfoliation or mask apply after toning the skin and use an exfoliation before a mask.

Q. How to apply eye cream.

A. iCare

Q. Should I wash my face in the AM if I washed it the night before?

A. Yes. Oils from the hair or on your pillow should be removed. If you are not oily you can do a quick tone with a hydrating toner if you do not want to over-wash and then apply daily products.

Q. Should I wear sun protection if I am not laying out in the sun?

A. Sun protection should be applied daily even if you are not going to the beach. We get sun more than we realize (walking to into buildings at work and driving in the car) safer to be protected.

Q. When is the best time to exfoliate?

A. Best time is at night so you will not be immediately exposed to the sun. Be diligent about using sun protection the following morning.

Q. What are the most important things to do to prevent dehydration on a plane?

A. Drink tons of water, limit alcohol (but you are not taking mine away) and wear an extra hydrating serum/moisturizer. Be sure to wear SPF, you are much closer to the sun!

Q. Some tips to prevent acne on your forehead and chin.

A. Pull hair back at night, wash pillowcases regularly, clean phones (especially cell phones and work phones-the cleaning crew doesn’t!) and stop touching your face!

Q. How MUCH product should I use?

A. Click here

Q. How often to get a facial?

A. Best case scenario 4-6 weeks. This is hard for most people so maintain with at home treatments.

Q. What is the best device I can use for my skin?

A. It all starts with a properly cleansed skin. Using a Clairsonic brush will change your skin…for the better of course!

That is all for now, I will update this as I think of more or leave a comment asking your own skin care questions!

Neutrogena Men® Triple Protect Face Lotion SPF 20

Most of the male clientele I have treated are in the market for a simple routine. Products that have multiple functions in one tube, always a bonus. I like this Neutrogena product for that very reason. Great for an after shave, moisturizer and SPF. Has a subtle masculine fragrance and is quite lightweight. Although it does hydrate even dry skin living in a dessert climate…you know who you are. Thanks for the tip.

Can’t beat the price either at $6.99 on Neutrogena.com or at your local drugstore.

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