Summer Sun Care Favorites!

Summer is here and I want to share some of my new favorite sun care items! During the summer months my boys and I are constantly in the sun at the beach, pool and lake and I need to keep my skin protected. I am loving the Badger line for them in case you are looking for a great natural line for kids. Below I am highlighting three SPF/sun care items that I am using on the regular over here in sunny Orange County.

Coola Sport SPF 50 

I love wearing this SPF when I am going to be in the sun a long time. Especially when going into the water, I feel like I stay very protected. It is a great facial sun protection and lovely on the skin.

Supergoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50

This is my new favorite find for the summer! It is a lightweight oil with an SPF of 50 and the best part for me is it is a spray pump. I keep this is my beach bag and reapply it on the go. It is super hydrating without feeling greasy and it leaves my skin glowing. It smells divine as well. I buy mine at Sephora.

Hydra-Repair Toner with Lavender

Lastly, my Hydra-Repair Toner is something I carry in my purse wherever I go! One of the best features of the toner is helping to stop the aging process due to sun and other oxidative stress along with being super hydrating and repairing. I spray this toner during times spent outdoors and also the minute I get out of the sun to calm and hydrate. I use this on my little ones as well. You can stick in the cooler to keep it cold and refreshing.

These products help me enjoy my summer without worrying too much about damage from the sun. Also, don’t forget the hat! ♥

 

 

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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

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!

 

 

 

MythBusters-Skin Care Edition

 

From time to time I hear a friend or someone at a spa say something that is just not true in relation to skin care and cosmetics. Here are some of the doozers I have heard:

1. You need to use the same skin care line for all of your products.

Really, why? I am sure the woman behind the counter at the mall would love you to believe this. Use what works for you, if that means using an exfoliation from Dermalogica and your favorite cleanser from SkinCeuticals, do it.

2. When a product turns color and starts to smell-it’s still good.

Well, as much as you want to believe that your $80.00 Vitamin C serum is still good to put on your face even though you have to hold your breath to apply, don’t do it. Products do not last forever, it is important to remember the date you opened it and toss it out when the product turns. Because at this point the product is rancid.

3. The more you exfoliate the better for your skin.

My friends in the beauty industry are most guilty of this, even though they know better! (you know who you are.) Over exfoliation can lead to a break down of healthy skin, sensitivity and even premature aging! Follow the directions of your products and a good rule of thumb for over the counter peels is two to three times a week.

4. You don’t need SPF on cloudy days.

Come on people, we know harmful UV rays can penetrate though a hazy sky, apply it every day no matter what.

5. Natural Products are the best.

Next time your friend says she only uses “natural products” on her skin ask her what the definition of that is. Just because a product says “natural” doesn’t mean it is. There is no legal consequence for putting natural on a label when it is not because there is no legal definition. I have seen a natural line include fragrance and other items most would not consider natural so read your labels and make your own choices. As for making your own products at home, be careful. You don’t want to be smearing a bunch of bacteria and oxidized food from your fridge on your face now do you?

Do your own research and just remember not everything on the web is accurate when it comes to cosmetics or anything else for that matter. Always consider your source and what their interests are. If you have heard something skin care related you are a little iffy about please let me know!

 

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

 

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.

More Suggested Reading for Men:

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Work it baby!

 

 

ultra sensitive faceblock spf25

Summer is almost over, but the heat? Not so much. I just purchased one of my favorite SPF’s ultra sensitive faceblock spf25 by Dermalogica and I have fallen in love all over again. This oldie but goodie was a product I used to recommend to my clients all of the time and I love it for my skin as well. It is great for sensitivity but anyone can use it. I like to use it as my “foundation” sometimes because it’s tinted and has a beautiful shade (and that is one less step for me on a busy morning!).

Click on the link and check out the full ingredient listing and all the buzz about ultra sensitive faceblock spf25!

Eat your sunscreen?




Many of you have heard of the carotenoid Lycopene, which is a buzz word in not only the medical community but also the skin care world. The benefits of this super antioxidant is miles long and as important as helping to minimize the risk of certain types of cancer.

The exciting skin care news is that we can help protect ourselves from the dangerous UV rays by eating lycopene rich foods. According to a study by the British Society for Investigative Dermatology subjects who had higher levels of Lycopene in their diet, (tomato paste was the source) had 33 % more protection against sun burn and damage.

Here is a great website listing food sources and levels of lycopene in each: http://www.leffingwell.com/lycopene.htm

Most of the research I have read claims the highest amounts can be found in tomatoes, especially concentrated forms (tomato paste) and from cooked rather than raw tomatoes.  Here is a recipe I make for my husband and I often to get my lycopene fix-hope you enjoy!

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Put 1 pint organic cherry or grape tomatoes in oven safe dish. Drizzle 1 tbls Olive Oil, pinch of salt and pepper and combine.  Roast for 30 minutes.

In a small sauce pan add a few drizzles of olive oil and half a yellow onion chopped and let cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add a few cloves chopped garlic for one minute. Add one can of tomato sauce, 1 tbls tomato paste, one pinch of each: red pepper flakes/salt/pepper/thyme (use fresh if you have it) stir and let simmer.

Meanwhile add 1 lb. whole wheat penne pasta to salted boiling water, cook according to directions. Reserve one cup of pasta water. Drain pasta and put back in pot.

Add the roasted tomatoes, the tomato sauce and the pasta water to the pot with pasta. Add lots of fresh basil and Parmesan cheese. Try not to have seconds.