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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!

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Simply Jess Skin Care has a new product to announce! The Coco-Mango Deodorant is now available for purchase in my Etsy Store, Simply Jess Skin Care. Below I touch upon why I personally switched to a natural deodorant, why I created one myself and what makes my deodorant different.

What is a deodorant vs. an antiperspirant?

Many people know by now why it is important to use a more natural deodorant vs. an antiperspirant and what the difference is. Antiperspirants are designed to decrease sweating through the use of aluminum based ingredients that are absorbed into the skin. The FDA requires that antiperspirants decrease sweat by 20%, so it doesn’t completely stop the process. Of course the higher the aluminum the more the sweat will decrease and the more you are exposed to toxic material under your arms and close to the lymph nodes.

Deodorants on the other hand are designed to help block odor primarily and can help absorb wetness to an extent. Because sweating mixed with the bacteria under your arms causes the odor, they are designed to kill bacteria so the odor problem does not occur. Usually they do not contain aluminum based ingredients, however they may contain alcohol, artificial fragrance, even antibiotics.

Are antiperspirants dangerous?

There is much debate about this question currently. Many people have claimed that the use of antiperspirants contributes to cancer. While there hasn’t been an official government warning against these ingredients and cancer specifically,  there are many studies out there linking the dangers of applying these materials so close to the lymph nodes, especially in regard to breast cancer. Even the FDA admits the aluminum in these products are absorbed into the skin (one of the reasons I stopped using this type of product), and I have never seen a study stating what levels ARE considered safe. And did you know the yellowing/staining effect you see on your clothes are due to the aluminum in the antiperspirant?

My experience

I have always hated to sweat, in fact I refused to get married in the summer months for fear of sweating! In the past I used a strong antiperspirant daily and even kept a secret stash in my car. This particular product I used used Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex at 15.40% as the active ingredient with a bunch of other undesirable ingredients. It would work but then as the day went on I would start to sweat like crazy. I thought it was just how my body worked.

After learning about deodorant and why it was a good idea to ditch the potentially harmful ingredients I decided to throw away my precious stick and try it out. For the first week and a half I was sweating like crazy, I really thought it isn’t going to work! But then my body started to regulate and the weirdest thing happened, I started to sweat less than I ever had. I think that while I was wearing the antiperspirant, my body was not able to expel sweat, which is a natural and crucial function of the body, and that was causing the excess sweating. It is what helps us detoxify. Every time the product wore off I would just sweat like crazy until I would reapply it and then start the unnatural cycle over again. I realized my body does sweat but not as much as before and the more I wore the natural stuff the more I regulated, which was awesome!

I started to use natural deodorants I would buy at the health food store and I found a few I liked. But I realized that even the natural sticks had very unnatural ingredients. That is when I decided this would be my new project, when I say it is natural, it really is.

Simply Jess Coco-Mango Deodorant

My new deodorant helps kill bacteria causing odors and minimizes sweat while letting your body’s natural detoxification process work. It helps absorb excess perspiration thanks to natural ingredients such as Kaolin Clay.

The solid stick easily rolls on with a creamy finish due to luxurious Shea and Mango butters and Coconut Oil. It maintains a beautiful yet subtle fragrance through the use of pure essential oils such as Palmarosa and Lavender, both known for their antibacterial and antiseptic qualities.

I worked together with a chemist who specializes in creating natural body products to create a deodorant that has pure and natural ingredients and actually works. I hand make each stick and use the highest quality ingredients and it is also safe for sensitive skin. If you are used to the antiperspirants, give it a try and give it some time. It took me a week and a half to get used to it. For my friends who already like the natural tubes, let me know how this one compares. You can check out my Etsy Store to find out more details on my Coco-Mango Deodorant here.

Thank you for supporting Simply Jess!

 

 

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Moms In Charge

My latest guest blog post for Mom’s in Charge is up! I share four easy ways to improve the look of your skin in 2014, check it out here!

The mission of this organization 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

Acure Organics

Dec
2013
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Acure Organics - Acure For Your Skin, Acure For The Planet

I am always on the look out for a skin care line that uses pure ingredients and doesn’t break the bank. I recently discovered the Acure Skin Care line and have been testing one of the moisturizers. I was drawn to the company philosophy and the care in which they source ingredients. They look out for natural, organic when possible, fairly traded ingredients while maintaining an eco-friendly status. The list of ingredients they avoid is impressive-click here.

I purchased the Sensitive Facial Cream and am enjoying it. Because of my dry skin I chose this moisturizer over the others even though I am not sensitive because I wanted the richest cream. The ingredients include organic Chamomile and probiotics. Some of the more cutting edge technology used are the Chlorella Growth Factor and Argan Stem Cells which aid in the skin rejuvenation process: making this cream both highly moisturizing and anti-aging. It can be used day and night.

I am looking forward to trying more of this line. They carry it at health food stores (you can find out the nearest location near you here) and the price is great considering the quality of the product! I will report back when I have have the chance to try more.

 

 

 

Fat Rant

Nov
2013
18

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My dieting career began in the nineties when the philosophy ‘fat will make you fat’ was all the rage. I became fat phobic and stayed away from anything with fat in it. I was attracted to all the fat-free, sugar-free (real-food free), food I could get. I drank diet coke like it was going to keep me thin (studies actually show people who consume diet soda are heavier than those who drink regular), and actually bought a bag of potato chips with a warning label: May cause anal leakage. Well, only once. I remember my roommates coming home from work at a pizza restaurant with free pizza and I said no thanks. I will just stick to a baked potato with nothing on it. I was eating a lot of fat free foods high in carbs and could not for the life of me figure out why I was gaining weight! I worked out and ate no fat, it wasn’t fair.

Fast forward to today where the research is claiming quite a different story. Essential fatty acids which are ESSENTIAL, are vital to our health. Having fat in our diets (and I am talking about healthy fat from real food like grass fed butter and coconut oil), help with energy, brain function and aid in digestion. If you eat a bunch of greens with no fat (such as healthy oils and avocado), your body is not able to process and absorb these vitamins as efficiently. I see so many women AND men still going for the fat free junk, or eating too little while never feeling satisfied. When products have fat and sugar removed they have to replace them with chemicals to help the food taste good. These chemicals and sweeteners actually trigger the brain to make you believe you are more hungry. This leads to more cravings and eventually binge eating.

What does all of this have to do with skin? Healthy fat is necessary for beautiful skin. No wonder my skin was so dry and flaky back then! This is why you hear about Salmon being so great for glowing skin, it is the essential fatty acids within the fish. Brain function also depends on healthy fat to keep it strong and can cause many problems when it doesn’t get it. (How did I ever graduate college!?)

There are so many studies that prove a high fat, low carb diet is the ideal diet for not only weight loss but for optimal health. They say going back to the way grandma or great grandma cooked is the way to go for starters. It’s something to start thinking about in this current food culture where everything is processed and fat is forbidden. I for one am happy to eat fat again and actually feel good about it.

End rant.

 

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Moms In Charge

My latest guest post for the fabulous Moms in Charge organization is up! If you are wondering how to incorporate super foods into your diet that can affect the beauty of your skin, please click below:

Three Super Skin Foods for Beautiful Skin

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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Pure Hyaluronic Acid

 

One of the most common skin care concerns I have seen, no matter what the skin type, is dehydration. I have had clients with acne and oily skin have terrible dehydration. Typically skin that is dried out through the use of harsh ingredients is left even more vulnerable to further oil production and acne breakouts, due to the skin overcompensating. It’s a vicious cycle. It is with this skin type that you want to hydrate the skin with a water based ingredient versus an oil. Drier skin types that lack oil can also be lacking hydration in the skin. Almost everyone I see is dehydrated to some degree.

Nicely hydrated skin is always the goal, it’s what gives us the “dewy look” or that glowing skin we desire. Wrinkles look less defined and make-up glides on beautifully. One of my favorite ingredients to achieve hydration is Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid is found within the body, in the eyes and joints. One of my favorite qualities of it,  is that it binds moisture from the air, up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. This makes it super powerful for delivering hydration without the heavier feel of an oil. Because of the plumping effects, this ingredient is even used as an injectable wrinkle reducer and for lip plumping in many plastic surgery/medical spa facilities.

One of my favorite topical serums containing this potent ingredient is Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum by Hylunia. It glides on the skin and is instantly penetrated, leaving the skin feeling light and smooth. It is oil-free making it a great moisturizer option for a acneic or oily skin type. Due to my dry skin, I use it underneath my moisturizer as a hydrating booster and it makes my skin feel silky and smooth. This product is for everyone, it is extremely gentle and even healing for more extreme skin conditions like Eczema and Psoriasis.

Check out the Hylunia website for more information, they offer free shipping with no minimum order!

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If you were anything like me this summer you spent plenty of time in the sun. Between beach and pool visits not to mention plenty of time at the park, I had my fair share of sun exposure even while wearing a hat most of the time. Now that summer is winding down (although you would never know it here in southern California with the dreaded heat!), I like to start thinking of ways I can replenish and repair the damage that has been done.

One of my all time favorite brands Sircuit Cosmeceuticals, has a product that is just what the doctor ordered post-summer. Infusion-A is a very effective protecting and correcting serum that I love to use to help improve the look of my skin. Due to the vitamin A, proteins and other cutting edge ingredients, benefits include decreased hyperpigmentation, improved skin tone and wrinkle reduction. What I love about this product (and the brand itself) is that the combination of natural and high performance ingredients together achieve dramatic results without the irritation (like many other products I have tried).

While this product is highly corrective it is also a terrific preventative tool. The peptide complex protects skin from cellular damage. Because it promotes cellular turnover, skin can be more sensitive to the sun, so use this product at night and follow up with a sun protection before you leave the house in the A.M. If you are really serious about correcting sun damage, couple Infusion-A with a Vitamin C serum in the day time. Sircuit Weapon is a 10% Vitamin C serum jam packed with powerful antioxidants to help repair sun damage, protect the skin from free radical damage and pump up that collagen production. Among other things this serum makes your skin smooth and leaves it glowing, I love it!

Sircuit Cosmeceuticals is cruelty free, green, never uses artificial colors, artificial preservatives or artificial fragrances. You can be assured you are getting a top quality product that works every time. Learn more about the company here and what other amazing products may work for you. I have a feeling you will be as impressed as I am.

Find other Sircuit related posts below:

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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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skinperfect primer spf30

 

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!