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The classic Clarisonic debate. I have heard both ends of the spectrum. Ultimately I get my patients asking me if a Clarisonic is going to be harmful or helpful to their skin. And my answer is?

BOTH.

I know GASP! How could I possibly tell you that your Clarisonic, which is obviously the best thing since sliced bread, is bad for your skin? Probably because you’re using it too much!

Exfoliation is an absolute necessity in a skin care regimen and I think most people assume that using a Clarisonic once even twice a day is giving them an everyday exfoliation that they don’t have to think twice about. While this may be true, you could possibly be causing more harm than good with your daily facial cleansing.

If you use a Clarisonic and have noticed these signs since upping your exfoliation game it may be time for a change:

  1. Your skin seems overly dry after cleansing and products seem to sting or burn after application.
  2. Your skin is inflamed and you see dispersed pink or red undertones on your forehead or cheek areas.
  3. Your pigmentation seems to be getting darker and more noticeable.
  4. Your breakouts seems to be multiplying and you feel they are more spread out than normal.
  5. Your skin is sensitive and feels irritated to the touch.

Look, I am not telling you to go return your Clarisonic, I’m just saying you should be mindful of the way you are using it and how often you are treating your skin with it.

Here are some tips to properly use a Clarisonic and how you can incorporate it to your skincare regimen without going overboard:

  1. Only use your 2-3 times a week. Seriously.
  2. Use a gentle cleanser with your Clarisonic, not an agressive exfoliating scrub.
  3. Use a moisturizer after using your Clarisonic, you have after all done a cleansing that “removes six times more makeup than cleansing by hand”. Your skin can feel it!

As the saying goes with other things in life, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing, and that goes for exfoliation. We all want to be over-achievers with our skin but sometimes you don’t have to try so hard! Your skin will thank you for it.

Life Happens. Breakups happen. If you didn’t notice I took a two year hiatus from blogging. I am sorry for the lack of postings but I needed some time to work on myself. I have learned some important lessons since I left.

One - No man (or lady) is ever going to make you happy. Only you can create your own happiness. In the words of RuPaul - “If you don’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else!?”

Two - It is okay to let go. You don’t owe anybody a damn thing.

Three - Alcohol doesn’t solve your problems. You can’t drink to erase problems - they aren’t gone until you deal with them. 

Four - Relationships are a two way street. It is a mutual respect. Treat people the way you would like to be treated. 

Five - Find balance. Life should look like a peace sign. It should be peaceful when you find balance within a significant other (or yourself), work / hobbies, and friends. 

Six - Empower yourself and do something that makes you feel strong. 

Seven - Know your worth. Have respect for yourself and your body. Don’t give it to someone who isn’t going to respect it and value it. 

Eight - It is okay to be alone. Turn off your phone and go hiking. Go to a concert. Go to a coffee shop. Savor time with yourself. 

Nine - Take a vacation. Rest your mind, soul, and body. 

Ten - Don’t be afraid to start over. Your past doesn’t define you. Tomorrow be the person you want to be. 

I am thrilled to be back and I feel happier and healthier than ever. Thanks for sticking with me through these past two years. I am coming back to the blogging world with fabulous skin care advice and exciting new treatments and products! Can’t wait to show you what is in store. XOXO! 

Okay so now that you understand a few golden rules let me explain a few factors that may be the root of your problem and ingredients to look out for at your local drug store, Sephora, or from your skin care provider that can get you back on track to beautiful skin.

So where in the world does the acne begin?

From something known as Propionibacterium acnes, or better known as P. Acnes bacteria. This bacteria uses our natural oils as a nutrient for growth and it first begins to show when we hit puberty. People with acne have more P. Acnes Bacteria in their follicles (pores) than people without acne. The presence of bacteria attracts white blood cells to the follicle. These white blood cells damage the follicle wall and in turn allow bacteria to enter the underlying layers of our skin causing inflammation which results in bumps filled with pus AKA ZITS!

So now you must be thinking what factors can aggravate this P. Acnes Bacteria?

1. Hormones

2. Diet

3. Genetics

4. Vitamin Deficiency

5. Stress

6. Overproduction of Oil Glands

7. Follicle Fallout AKA a blockage of the gland as your hair follicle falls out in turn clogging the follicle and allowing a buildup of debris.

8. Medications

9. Make-Up, Hair Products, Skin Products, Perfume, Ect.

10. Climate

These are just a few but there are many other external/internal factors that can cause breakouts. Girls/Guys you need to remember your skin is a lot like your body. When you eat fast food how do you feel? Tired and run down and bloated and probably not very good. When you don’t drink water how do you feel? Thirsty and dehydrated and parched. You get my point. The same goes for your skin trust me! Your skin usually is a reflection of you feel inside. Listen to what your skin is telling you. Don’t give up on it!

This now brings me to my next point. What ingredients are going to be most helpful in dealing with your breakouts? I have many for you to try out and choose from. TRUST ME - What one of your friends is using to clear her skin up is not necessarily going to help you. What I mean by this is EVERYONE RESPONDS TO INGREDIENTS DIFFERENTLY. Let me give you an example.

The ProActiv Debate. Okay so you all have been there sitting on your couch watching TV when Justin Bieber comes on the screen and tells you about how his skin was so terrible and then he used ProActive and it magically changed his life! Listen I’m not bashing ProActiv. I’m trying to tell you that it isn’t for everyone. ProActiv uses a lot of Salycilic and Benzoyl Peroxide in their products. Some people’s acne responds great to those ingredients but many people don’t see much of a difference. Why? Because some people’s acne might respond better to Glycolic or Clindamycin. Your acne could possibly not be responding to the correct ingredient so make an effort to try them out and see which one is going to work best for you.

Now I know everyone has different price ranges and that is okay. My next post will be about some awesome products that have pricing that everyone can afford. I will now be listing my top 5 ingredients to look for when purchasing products and how these ingredients benefit your acne. Let me note that these aren’t the only ingredients that help fight acne but in my opinion they are the most common and work the best. But everyone is going to have their own opinion on this. Feel free to let me know what you think :)

1. Benzoyl Peroxide. P. Acnes Bacteria can’t live in an environment with an abundance of oxygen. Benzoyl peroxide works by introducing oxygen into the pore which in turn kills the P. Acnes Bacteria. When the bacteria has diminished, the breakouts on the skin seem to diminish as well. Another positive to this ingredient is it’s ability to exfoliate off dead skin cells and clear the blockage the follicle wall has acquired due to bacteria. The only down side to this ingredient is that it does not have anti-inflammatory properties.

2. Salycilic Acid. Salicylic acid helps to evenly slough off dead skin cells at a constant rate rather than an over active, abnormally fast rate which is what usually occurs with most acne cases. It works as an exfoliant, promoting the shedding of dead skin cells at a rate of around 28 days which is what is supposed to occur with a normal skin type. It also has an amazing ability to penetrate the follicle. It encourages the shedding of dead skin cells from within the follicle, helping to keep the pores clear of bacteria.

3. Glycolic Acid. This ingredient works by loosening the bonds known as desmosomes which act like glue within our skin to hold together dead skin cells. It allow follicle walls to fold together evenly to give a smoother and refined appearance. It prevents dead skin cells from clumping together and creating blockages which in turn can cause blackheads or whiteheads. It allows your natural oil to flow freely and evenly to the surface so it can in turn slough off those dead skin cells. This ingredient is especially useful for improving scarring due to acne.

4. Clindamycin. Clindamycin is actually an antibiotic that can be taken orally as well as an ingredient that can be applied topically. Most people who have acne apply it topically in conjunction with Benzoyl Peroxide or Retin-A, just to name a few. This ingredient helps to fight P. Acnes Bacteria which originally causes a blockage in the follicle wall and it contains an anti-inflammatory agent which helps to reduce the redness that occurs when the skin is inflamed. 

5. Retinol. Although there is much controversy on this ingredient I do have to say it has its positive and negatives. Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A which is a fat soluble antioxidant. It works to help acne prone skin by altering the formation of the outer most layer of the skin by sloughing off dead skin cells in the hopes of preventing excess skin from mixing with oil in the hair follicle to create even more breakouts. It sounds great until you find out the side effects. It can cause your skin to be extremely dry and flaky and can make you sun sensitive causing you to burn more frequently than most. It can also contraindicate you for other treatments such as waxing, facials, peels, and laser treatments and can even give you a red undertone to your skin. With this ingredient you must proceed with caution! While Retinol has wonderful benefits sometimes it seems that the bad outweighs the good. If you were considering this ingredient please use cautiously and sparingly. Get a low percentage and use it only 2-3 times a week at night time until you feel as if your skin is at a level of improvement that you are happy with.

Alright that is all for now! Thanks for still reading my posts even though I am not consistent with posting :) I am trying my hardest to be a better blogger! Look out for Part 3 where I share my most favorite products in all price ranges that you will be sure to LOVE! If you have any questions feel free to ask and have a fabulous weekend! I’m off to enjoy a glass of wine :) XOXO!

WHAT THE HELL I’M 20-40 YEARS OLD AND I’M BREAKING OUT LIKE A TEENAGER HITTING PUBERTY!

Yes this is how most conversations start with my patients. I swear one of the biggest problems I deal with is adult acne. And let me tell you something…very few of you reading this will escape your adulthood without experiencing some sort of hormonal breakout. Guys are easy.. they usually deal with their breakouts once and that is usually the end of it for them minus the occasional pimple here or there. Us girls however have the lovely hormone estrogen which allows us to get breakouts all the way up until we hit menopause. Awesome right?

Since we know for most of us this is inevitable how do we combat, control, and prevent these breakouts? I am here to hopefully help you out with some of my favorite products, treatments, and ingredients to get your skin back on track. This post is going to be most likely a 3 part post. This first one being things that you can do with your regimen to make sure you aren’t the one contributing to the issue at hand here. A lot of times we are perpetuating the break outs with out even realizing it!

Before we start with any of these let me clear about one of my many golden rules of skin care ->

BRING YOUR SKIN BACK TO THE BASICS!

What I mean by this is stop putting all this unnecessary crap on your face and go back to the basics of your skin care regimen. Usually our first instinct when we start seeing these hormonal breakouts is to put as much shit on our face as possible to get rid of it. Let me tell you that you are just freaking your skin out and it doesn’t have time to process all of these ingredients you are slathering on and it needs to breathe!! Chances are you are just causing more damage.

STOP OVER CLEANSING YOUR FACE!

Another thing most people think is maybe if I keep scrubbing my face over and over again the bacteria will disappear! NO! Over cleansing is quite possibly the worst thing you could be doing for your skin. When you over cleanse you are actually stripping the natural lipid barrier or your natural oils from the skin and believe it or not you do need SOME oils on your skin. When we are stripping away that natural lipid barrier you are actually making your skin go into overdrive as it attempts to produce more oil which in turn can cause more breakouts. So please leave the cleansing to twice a day.

SCRUBS ARE NOT THE ANSWER!

Not usually anyways. Another brilliant idea by most is that if you scrub really hard the acne has no choice but to be scrubbed away and you will have perfectly clear skin. This is SO not true. You actually could be the sole reason that you are getting more breakout through this method. Reason being, a lot of scrubs are actually comprised of BAMBOO EXTRACT. Yes BAMBOO EXTRACT. Something you would scrub the bottom of your feet with to soften your calluses. When you are scrubbing your face that harshly you could actually be causing your skin to have microscopic tears on the surface which could be releasing bacteria which in turn could be spreading to other areas of the face. So no longer is your breakout on your chin, its on your forehead now and everywhere else you moved the bacteria as you were scrubbing away.

OK now that we are done with these common mistakes be sure to look for my next post regarding outside factors that could be causing these problems and ingredients that could be extremely helpful to combating the breakouts. As always if you have any questions about anything just ask! XOXO

Okay so the past couple of weeks I have been out alot of my questions have been geared towards sun damage. If you have found yourself asking how to take care of brown spots and discolorations on your face this is the post you will want to read! The way I will start this is from least intense to most intense treatments so you will be able to choose a treatment that is best suited for you and your lifestyle.

  1. Products with Skin Lightening Agents - What I mean by this are products that contain ingredients that contain but are not limited to Hydroquinone, Kojic Acid, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Arbutin, Licorice Extract, Glycolic Acid, Lemon Juice Extract, Mulberry Extract, and Vitamin C, just to name a few. These products work to exfoliate the skin and shed off the dead skin cell layers located on the top of the Epidermal Layer and eventually lighten the pigment as it comes to the surface. The downside to topical products is that they only absorb to a certain point so it can take a while to see results and you may not see a huge improvement because it is not reaching the deeper layers of the Epidermis where the pigment usually lies. Most skin care lines dealing with hyperpigmentation can range from $50 to $300 dollars depending on the line and how many products you are purchasing.
  2. Peels with Skin Lightening Agents - Peels are a great stepping stone to doing something more for your skin than what a topical can offer. Peels can come with different intensity levels and can make a difference with not only the pigment but your skin texture as well. Most of us only hear about the horror story of peels AKA Samantha in Sex and the City but truth be told most peels are non evasive and you don’t have any down time that you normally think you would have with a peel. Two examples of peels that treat pigment but have different levels of intensity are a PCA Peel and a Melonage. A PCA is a modified form of a Jessner Peel that contains Lactic, Kojic, Citric, and Salycilic Acid. This is a diluted peel that can be performed on a client and they can resume their normal routine without having the down time and peeling that a super evasive peel would bring. A Melonage is a peel that produces a great amount of peeling for about the first two days but eventually subsides and it peels off most of the pigment from sun damage and melasma that cannot be taken off from a more non evasive peel or topical. Hydroquinone is one of the main ingredients that can be seen in most Melonage peels. The downside to peels is that it usually takes more than one treatment especially with more non evasive peels to see an improvement with hyperpigmentation. It is a treatment that requires consistency and commitment to regular appointments so make sure your clients understand this when deciding on a treatment plan consisting of peels! You are looking for peels dealing with hyperpigmentation to range anywhere from $80 to $400 dollars and possibly even more.
  3. Intense Pulse Light Therapy - Intense Pulse Light Therapy or IPL is a step up from the peels. It is a more non evasive treatment for pigment which a lot of clients opt for due to the fact you do not get the down side of peeling that you would with an intensive peel or laser treatment. How an IPL works is that it targets red and brown discoloration depending on what setting you have the machine at. With brown pigment it will darken the areas you treat and they will darken and eventually flake off over the next 5-7 days. With red pigment it will alleviate the redness over the next two weeks and you should see the end result between 12-14 days. IPL is a popular treatment due to the fact it is non evasive and most patients see a slightly pink tone to their skin after the treatment which usually goes away within 24-48 hours of the treatment. The downside to this treatment is that it should be done about every 3-4 weeks and it requires a few treatments in order for the client to see an improvement with the discoloration of their skin tone. Another downside is that it usually requires that your client will be faithful about staying out of the sun. You want to make sure your client does not have a tan when performing this treatment or you might be in a tricky situation when they can see the marks the IPL handpiece has left outside of their tan lines!!! Most IPL treatments usually range from $200 to $600 depending on if you are purchasing a single treatment or a package.
  4. Fraxel/CO2 Laser Treatments - These treatments are targeted for the client who wants to have a treatment that is one and done. This is suited for someone who would rather pay most money up front and can afford to take at least 5-14 days off to recover from an intensive laser treatment. These laser treatments create a controlled wound on the skin that essentially creates brand new skin and treats fine lines and wrinkles, surface scarring, sun damage, and pigment, just to name a few. If you can get over the fact that it scabs your skin over than it is the most ideal and effective treatment for a client who has major sun damage that simply cannot be treated with a peel or an IPL. Fraxel is a little less intense than CO2, since most Fraxel patients can withstand the treatment after having a little bit of numbing as opposed to CO2 patients who are usually under IV sedation when the procedure takes place and have more down time than a Fraxel patient would have. Fraxel patients should usually look forward to 5-7 days of down time while a CO2 patient should usually look forward to 12-14 days of down time. Fraxel patients usually are looking at a 1,500-2,000 fee while CO2 patients are looking at a 4,000-6,000 fee. This of course varies depending on the location and Doctor who is performing the procedure. 

Overall there are many treatments and products that can help to treat sun damage. I am just naming a few of the most popular options so you can start to get an understanding of your options. Hopefully some of these appeal to you and fit into your budget and lifestyle and you can find an office who provides these services near you :) If you have any questions about anything feel free to message me and ask! Hope you all have a fabulous day! XOXO :)

So I wanted to say HI! to my followers and I am shocked to even have more than two people who read this blog. I completely have gone back on my word and I wanted to say sorry for the hiatus with my blog. As some of you know am a Medical Aesthetician at a Plastic Surgeon’s office and work got crazy these past two months and I also have been dealing with some family issues as well and have not had the time or the mind set to blog regularly like I was. I needed a little break for some personal stuff and I am so sorry. I hope you guys understand. But in good news I am excited to say I have decided to come back to blog regularly and bring you posts about skin care and skin treatments and much more! I am coming back for good to bring you informative blogs and I am in a good place right now! So if you have been hanging in there with me, thank you so much! Please don’t think I have given up on the blog, it has only started :) XOXO

So you’re getting older and your skin isn’t what it used to be and your products just aren’t cutting it anymore, where should you go from here?

Well a great start to get your skin back on track are CHEMICAL PEELS! And OH there are so many for your lucky self to choose from. I’m going to formulate this post as a Q&A which highlight the most asked questions I receive on a daily basis regarding this non-evasive procedure so you can be sure to choose your best option.

What is a chemical peel?

Chemical solutions are carefully applied to your skin to improve the texture by removing damaged outer layers through a chemical solution. 

Am I going to look like Samantha from Sex and the City and like I sat in the sun for hours without an SPF?

NO! Well it depends on the type of peel you are getting. You most likely will be getting a light chemical peel which will be little to no peeling and may produce a mild sunburn effect. Anything deeper should be discussed between you and your peel provider and will produce a wound to the skin that will heal over time to produce a new layer of skin. These are less frequent and are not used on a regular basis and are used on very specific skin types in certain situations.

What is a light chemical peel exactly?

If you have uneven pigment, dryness, acne or fine wrinkling, a light chemical peel might be the right choice. This kind of peel removes just the outer layer of skin (epidermis) in a light exfoliation and results in a healthier glow. The Doctor or Aesthetician will use a combination of alphahydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids, such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid and maleic acid to improve the tone and texture of the skin.

What is a medium chemical peel?

Acne scars, deeper wrinkles and uneven skin color can all be treated with a medium chemical peel. The chemicals used for this type of peel will remove skin cells from both the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and upper part of your middle layer of skin (dermis). Your healthcare provider will use trichloroacetic acid, sometimes used in combination with glycolic acid.

What is a deep chemical peel?

If you have deeper facial wrinkles, skin that’s damaged by the sun, scars, areas that appear blotchy or even pre-cancerous growths, deep facial chemical peels might be the right choice for you. Your physician will use the strongest chemical called phenol to penetrate down to the lower dermal layer of your skin. For this type of peel, you may need a local anesthetic and a sedative to manage any discomfort.

What is the process of getting a chemical peel like?

What usually occurs is the face is cleansed and a toner or prepping solution is applied to the skin before the chemical solution. Then the chemical solution is applied to the skin in an even application all over the face and sometimes on the neck or chest. The solution sits on between 5-7 minutes depending on how long the manufacturer suggests and is then removed with a neutralizer solution or water. Usually a cold compress is placed on the skin along with a soothing serum or moisturizer to calm the skin down. Then an SPF is applied and you are all set to go! It really is that simple and only takes about 15 minutes to perform.

How much is a chemical peel going to run me?

For superficial peels they will run you between $60-$125 dollars and can go all the way up to $300-$600 or even higher if you are getting a deep chemical peel. It really depends on the location you are getting the peel at and what type of peel you are receiving.

How often am I going to have to get a chemical peel done in order to see any results?

A good time frame to get your peel done is every 28 days, or once a month. The reason I say 28 days is because 28 days is how long it takes for your skin cells to shed off and renew on the epidermis. It is known as your Cell Renewal Factor and as we get older our CRF slows down and causes our skin to look dull and lifeless and become dehydrated and dry as we age. Chemical peels are a good way to ensure we are getting that chemical exfoliation that we can’t achieve with a mechanical exfoliation and those dead skin cells are continually shedding off and not sticking to the surface.

Is this going to hurt?

When my clients come in this has to be the number one question that I am asked. Honestly with lighter chemical peels sometimes the patient can’t even feel it at all and other times they experience a slight tingling sensation that is mildly uncomfortable, if that. With deeper peels it is definitely a higher level of discomfort and sometimes you can be put to sleep if the pain is going to be that unbearable. 95% of the time my clients say oh…that’s all? Yep that’s it.

What are the different acids in chemical peels and what do they mean?

There are two main types of acids that categorize chemical peels and there are acids below these acids. Let me explain.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids are naturally occurring and are the mildest of the peel formulas and produce light peels for treatment of fine wrinkles, areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation and acne. Alpha hydroxy acids can also be mixed with a facial wash or cream in lesser concentrations as part of a daily skin-care regimen to improve the skin’s texture. There are 5 main types of Alpha Hydroxy Acids.

Beta Hydroxy Acids have an ability to get deeper into the pores than an AHA . BHA peels control oil, acne as well as remove dead skin cells to a certain extent better than AHAs due to AHAs only working on the surface of the skin. This type of peel is best used for very oily skin types and those clients experiencing acne that can’t seem to get rid of it using products alone. There is only one type of a Beta Hydroxy Acids.

Well here is your 101 on chemical peels. I hope you have a better insight into these amazing treatments and you are able to find the best option for your skin type. Have any questions? Feel free to ask! XOXO

Ok so after my blog a few days ago I kept thinking of three suncreens that I had completely forgot to put on the list that I honestly couldn’t live without. And here they are! Enjoy :)

4. La Mer The SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid

Although this product may be on the pricier side it is an amazing sunscreen that truly goes above and beyond anything else I have ever used. Ideal for all skin types, this weightless, high-powered fluid keeps skin soft, comfortable and hydrated as it helps protect skin against UVA/UVB rays and prevent the appearance of discolorations. Transparent on skin, it gives skin a radiant glow and is ideal as a makeup primer. It also is a favorite of mine for clients with sensitive skin. It is so silky and smooth and really keeps your makeup from melting off in the hot sun!

5. EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46

This fabulous sunscreen is usually only sold in a Physician’s office but can be found at a location near you on their website. This sunscreen is Broad-Spectrum with UVA/UVB Sun Protection. It is SPF 46 with 9% Micronized Zinc Oxide and high-purity Niacinamide (vitamin B3). It calms and protects sensitive and acne-prone skin while preventing sun damage. It’s very lightweight and an oil-free formula which leaves no residue on the skin’s surface. It is amazing for all skin types but for those of us who are especially oil this special formula is a hit. An added bonus for those of you who are picky about chemicals? This formula is noncomedogenic, paraben-free, fragrance-free and sensitivity-free.

6. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

Last but not least I know alot of us want an SPF that we can wear and not have to cake a foundation over because let’s face it, it can feel like our skin is suffocating! A great two in one product with not only a tinted moisturizer but an SPF is from Laura Mercier. I can’t buy enough of these! This formula features an antioxidant vitamin complex that acts as a free radical scavenger to protect the skin from even the most aggressive effects of the environment. It is also super long-wearing and wears evenly. Not only is it non-comedogenic but it can be worn by all skin types and leaves a clean and healthy dewy glow to the skin.

Alright that’s my final post about my favorite sunscreens. Out of the six I’m sure there is one that you will absolutely love and will fit your skin type. Happy Shopping! XOXO

How many of you out there hate using sunscreen because it feels like your rubbing grease on your face? I know that feeling! After having bad skin for many years I was almost scared to start using sunscreen again because of the feeling it was breaking me out. Thank the lord for great sunscreens that are light and don’t feel like cake on your face! Here are some of my favorites that I know you’ll love too!

1. Clean Start Welcome Matte SPF 15 Dermalogica

If you have oily skin and the shine bothers you then this two in one sunscreen is for you! Not only does this sunscreen have salicylic acid in it which basically cleans out your pores and banishes break outs but it also has oil controllers which stop that shine that bothers us all! It is so lightweight and goes on amazing underneath make up. I don’t leave my house without it!

2. Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 Skinceuticals

This amazing sunscreen has a mattifying fluid with transparent finish. It is paraben-free and an all-physical filter which provides increased protection in an ultra-sheer texture for all skin types, even very sensitive. It offers the photoprotection of trusted broad-spectrum, physical filters, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, and is enhanced by artemia salina, a plankton extract, to increase the skin’s defenses and resistance to UV and heat stress. I love this sunscreen because it dries quickly and doesn’t leave any residue!

3. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid

For the price this sunscreen is really one of the best in the world and is a winner Allure’s Best of Beauty Award. What is so amazing about this sunscreen is that it has a patent pending combination of mineral sun filter and powerful anti-oxidant complex to further protect your skin, even at the cellular level. The first line of defense is an advanced UV filtering system featuring an optimized blend of titanium dioxide (TiO2) that offers long-lasting, broad spectrum protection with advanced efficacy against UVA rays. The best part? A non-white clear finish that is ideal for all skin types. What more could you ask for?

Ok Ok I get it I know you know tanning is bad for you and it is aging your skin. But do you really know what’s happening when you are laying underneath those UV rays? A lot of people hear its not good for you because…it’s just not good for you. But you deserve a real explanation so hear me out!

Tanning beds are compromised of UVA and UVB rays. I know you are thinking but my bed I go to doesn’t have the burning rays so it’s better right? Not necessarily. UVA rays are known as the AGING rays. UVA rays damage skin cells called keratinocytes in the basal layer of the epidermis, where most skin cancers occur. UVA rays also penetrate the dermis where fibroblasts which create our collagen are located and where our elastin can be found. When our skin cells are damaged we experience a loss of elasticity in the skin and a loss of volume due to a decrease of collagen. UVB rays are known as the BURNING rays. These rays penetrate the epidermis and can cause burning and blistering of the skin. These rays play a key role in the development of skin cancer and a contributory role in tanning and photoaging.

OK so I’m done preaching and the good news about all of this is IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO STOP! Prevention can help at any age and you aren’t too young or old to start. If I had to pick ONE product to have at all times it would be sunscreen. And this includes the winter too my friends. UV rays are out regardless of the weather outside or how cloudy it is.

Here are some tips regarding SPF! SPF indicates how long it will take for UVB rays to redden skin when using a sunscreen, compared to how long skin would take to redden without the product. For instance, someone using a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 will take 15 times longer to redden than without the sunscreen. An SPF 15 sunscreen screens 93% of the sun’s UVB rays; SPF 30 protects against 97%; and SPF 50, 98%. The Skin Cancer Foundation maintains that SPFs of 15 or higher are necessary for adequate protection.

On the off chance you see a spot that doesn’t look normal? Don’t freak! Follow the ABCDE signs of melanoma to see if you should schedule an appointment with a Dermatologist to get checked out.

  1. Asymmetrical - If your draw a line through the mole, the two halves will not match
  2. Border - The borders of the mole may be uneven or unmatched
  3. Color - Having a variety of colors within the mole may be a warning sign
  4. Diameter - The mole may be larger than normal and grow at a rapid rate
  5. Evolving - Any change in color, texture, or growth is a warning sign and should be taken seriously

All right so there is some food for though and next week be on the look out for my new post regarding the best sunscreens for your skin type whether you may be dry, oily, or combination skin. Spring break is right around the corner and your skin is worth it! Any more questions regarding the sun and your skin? Feel free to ask! XOXO