Sun Protection Factor

(SPF) is the amount of time you can be in the sunlight before you burn.For example if your skin normally burns in 30 minutes without SPF, applying a 15 SPF theoretically gives you 450 minutes or 7.5 hours of safety. This recommendation assumes that the proper amount of sunscreen has been applied, the individual has not been in the water, and the product is “rub proof”. Clients should wear at least a 15 SPF daily. Because SPF is a difficult concept to understand, the FDA is changing the rating for sunscreens to the following levels: minimum, moderate and high sunlight protection.

Summer Skin Care Tips

Follow these tips about how to best prepare skin for the summer months!

  • Start your exfoliating rituals now. It is important to do it twice a week. Perspiration and oil production increase during warm weather, causing a faster accumulation of dead cells. Exfoliating removes the dull surface layer of dead cells and allows lotion to better penetrate the skin, leaving the body silky smooth. Exfoliation also increases blood flow, which reduces the appearance of cellulite.
  • Choose a smarter makeup line. Many spas and cosmetic companies are coming out with mineral makeup, most of these lines have an SPF of 15-20 built into them. Use sunscreen underneath your mineral makeup, and enjoy further protection against sun damage.
  • Hydrate your skin, especially when it’s exposed to sun.
  • Stay hydrated! Repeated sun exposure causes water to evaporate from the skin and summertime heat increases sweating rates. Dehydrated skin causes the appearance of scaly, dull, stiff skin. Stay hydrated by drinking 5-8 glasses of water per day and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Cover up! Make sure to always wear a hat and sunglasses if they are outdoors for activities.

Sun Protection and Treatment Tips

  • Look for sunscreens that protect from UVA and UVB damage since not all sunscreens protect against both.
  • Apply sunscreen regularly. The EPA suggests about 1 ounce every two hours (or as directed by manufacturer), and more often if you are swimming or perspiring. A small tube containing between 3 and 5 ounces of sunscreen might only be enough for one person during a day at the beach.
  • Certain brands of sunscreen give better protection than others. However, most national brands are safe and effective if used correctly. Natural sunscreens, such as zinc and titanium, have less risk of allergic or photochemical reactions than chemical sunscreens and tend to cause fewer problems with acne, but have the disadvantage of making the skin whiter after application.
  • Some people won't apply sunscreen often enough because of the concern about getting enough Vitamin D. But very few people are compulsive enough with their sunscreen to cause vitamin D deficiency. Most people get enough incidental sun exposure to take care of vitamin D needs.
  • Apply suncreen 20 minutes before sun exposure to allow it to fully absorb into skin.


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Fall Skincare Tip

Your skin can appear dull and dry after a summer spent in the sun, exfoliation can remove the dull outer layer of skin, and unclog pores plugged by regular sunscreen use. But be gentle with exfoliation: A mild scrub, baby washcloth, or exfoliating cleansing towelette will do a fine job. Exfoliate only once or twice a week, and don't get over-aggressive, too-vigorous scrubbing can scratch, tear, and damage skin, compromising the glow that gentle exfoliation gives. Another exfoliation option: Microdermabrasion or glycolic acid peels. These procedures are more effective and quicker at removing the superficial dead layer of skin.
Oct 20th, 2012

Did You Know

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), up to 80 percent of ultraviolet rays can pass through clouds! Also another surprising bit of info: Just because you’re indoors doesn’t mean the sun can’t find you — window glass blocks the UVB light that causes sunburns, but cell-damaging UVA rays still penetrate. The bottom line: Sunscreen is a must, indoors or out, year-round, every day.
March 31st, 2012

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