Category Archives: Sun protection

5 Benefits of Coconut Oil

1. Coconut Oil: Your New Sunscreen?

YES! Of course! Did you know pacific islanders use coconut oil to protect their skin from UV rays, and they’ve been doing this for thousand of years?

Why not protect our skin naturally with one of earth’s free gifts? You’ll feel a huge difference, the skin will look healthier, not to mention, naturally hydrated! Stop using toxic chemicals today, you must start using coconut oil.

Coconut oil is a natural sunscreen, it blocks about 20% of UV rays, be sure you reapply often, and limit the amount of time spent under the sun.

2. Great Source of Vitamin D

Moderate amounts of sun intake is beneficial for your health and skin, therefore, we don’t need to block 100% of rays as it is a great way to increase your level of vitamin D!

Coconut oil blocks 20% of UV rays, so, use this natural miracle, not only it allows the necessary amounts of rays, but penetrates deep into the skin by adding the essential vitamins needed from well-being.

3. Shiny and Gorgeous Locks!

Did you know coconut oil is a natural shine serum? How can you use this amazing product? Simple, you may run trough wet hair just like the many purchased beauty supply products, (dime-size for short hair, quarter-size for long). Brush and style as per usual, the and voilà, your amazing locks are guaranteed to turn heads!

4. Healing Heels and Flaky Skin

Heal your beautiful feet, remove the rough, flaky excess skin with coconut oil, nourish them by massaging the oil directly to affected areas, repeat nightly before bedtime, trust me, your feet will thank you!

5. Natural Makeup Remover & Moisturizer

Stop using harsh agents to remove daily makeup, use coconut oil, just a few drops on cotton balls will do the trick without irritating skin, or eyes.

This step, will leave your beautiful complexion hydrated, without the heaviness of moisturizing lotions.
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Intense Pulsed Light Treatment (IPL)

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is a non-invasive procedure that uses pulse of visible light to improve the appearance of the aging skin. It is most often performed on the face, neck, chest, and hands to erase the signs of aging.

Among these signs of aging are fine lines, red blemishes, mottled coloration, broken blood vessels, pigment discoloration such as freckles and age spots, enlarged pores, coarse or rough skin, loss of skin tone and elasticity, and general sun damage. A series of Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatments bring a more youthful, smooth and revitalized skin appearance, with no downtime.

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is clinically shown to reduce wrinkles and improve the tone of the skin by non-invasively stimulating new collagen production.

The type of response heard from patients after having Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is that they feel like their skin is lifted. There is a decrease in pore size, their skin feels tighter, and there is a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.

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Happy New Year!!!

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Simple Sun Solutions

A quick guide in protecting our skin from the sun! A must read for everyone!

Simple Sun Solutions

Skin protection

Sun exposure speeds up the aging process by damaging DNA, which may deform cells, contributing to cancer. We often apply sunscreen to children first, then monitor their sun exposure, redness, and play-time, leaving ourselves unprotected and victims to environmental factors like UVB and UVA rays, which can cause immediate sunburn and long-term damage to our skin.

Starting today, care for yourself as well, apply sunscreen to your face, neck, chest, hands, feet, and all over the body. Stay in the shade if possible, use hats and sunglasses, protect yourself, stop the premature aging process now!

According to studies, a regular T-shirt has only an SPF ranging from 3 to 7? Did you know eyelids and the top of your ears are in danger of sunburn as well? When shopping for sunscreen products choose an SPF of 30 or greater, depending on exposure and activity. Look for products with UVA and UVB protection containing Parson.

Top 10 Sunscreens

1. Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Lotion SPF 30

2. Banana Boat Sport Performance Continuous Spray SPF 50

3. Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Stick SPF 55

4. Neutrogena Spectrum + Advanced Sunblock Face SPF 100

5. Burt’s Bees Chemical-Free Sunscreen SPF 30

6. Aveeno Sunblock Spray SPF 70

7. Peter Thomas Roth Max All Day Moisture Defense Cream SPF 30

8. Murad Waterproof Sunblock SPF 30

9. Cellex-C Suncare SPF 30

10. Cosmedicine Global Health Face SPF 30 UVA/UVB Sunscreen

Protect, nourish, and cherish your skin, reapply sunscreen regularly; keep yourself and loved ones looking beautiful,  healthy, and young by preventing skin damage or cancer.

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Lacking Radiance?

The Truth of Fruit Acid/Enzyme Treatments

Fruit Acid/Enzyme treatments may be the answer to a fresher more vibrant complexion. An acid or enzyme compound can help purify follicles from debris by removing dead skin from the surface of the epidermis.

Beautiful, radiant complexion stems from healthy cells; clogged pores impede skin renewal, therefore, fruit acids/enzyme treatments may improve skin tone by reducing the appearance of hyper-pigmented areas, dark spots, skin care products penetration, and smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles.

  • When using products containing fruit or enzyme acids use caution, it may thin the surface of the skin and some individuals may experience excessive irritation, and/or peeling of treated area when waxing.
  • Sunscreen use is imperative, fruit or enzyme acids make the skin more sensitive and prone to sunburns, use a SPF-30 for protection.
  • A series of treatments may be beneficial depending on skin type, someone with sensitive skin may need less than a person who has nonsensitive skin, always consult with a professional before choosing.
  • Check with your dermatologist and skin care specialist before using any products containing alpha-hydroxy acids or enzymes.

Don’t waste another minute! Achieving a luminous complexion has never been easier! Book a treatment today!

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Shoulders and Back

Exquisite Skin

Pampering our faces is relaxing and provided by many salons, spas, and medi-spas; treatments vary depending on individual needs. If you are prone to shoulders and back breakouts, stop hiding under your clothes, book a wonderful Back-Facial today!

Before you run to the doctor, have a back facial, it cleanses, tones, exfoliates, massages (please don’t expect a deep tissue or a swedish one), masks, and moisturizes your back and shoulders. A series of back facials may help your skin circulation by banishing blemishes.

Extraction may be beneficial if properly performed, combined with a great home-care regimen, skin improvements can be seen within a few weeks. If you work out, have a back up shirt to change into, this will prevent further breakouts or irritation of an existing one. Depending on the skin condition, back massages may be avoided for some time, because it stimulates oil glands and can clog pores all over again, always consult with a professional first and if the problem is persistent, seek medical advice.

Many reasons contribute to shoulders and back acne, one of them being the constant scratching of pimples, which bacteria may spread to clear pores, resulting in more breakouts and irritation. Using calming agents such as lavender mixed with eucalyptus can sooth the skin, leaving you refreshed and clean.

Gender, ethnicity, nor age make a difference, treat yourself to a delightful back facial, and improve your all over body complexion as well! With Father’s Day fast approaching, go ahead and purchase your loved one a certificate for this heavenly service, what a great gift idea!!!

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Beautiful Hands

Treasure your hands

Skin care goes beyond the face, our hands are often neglected in treatments. The primary focus in product selection is the face and neck, leaving our hands out of the loop … our poor hands, they are the reason we can function, they also need to be pampered,let’s show them love by cleansing, exfoliating and protecting them from the sun, not to mention moisturizing day and night.

Skin care goes beyond the face, our hands are often neglected in treatments. The primary focus in product selection is the face, leaving our hands out of the loop … our poor hands, they too need pampering! Let’s show them love by cleansing, exfoliating and protecting them from the sun, not to mention moisturizing them daily.

Starting this week, take 5 minutes, cherish and appreciate your hands, cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize them! If you bite or pick your nails, stop now, you may develop an infection. Choose products containing plant oils, considering they nourish your skin, and are absorbed into the epidermis faster than mineral oils.

Home-made hand scrubs

Mix 2 tablespoon of sea salt with 2 tablespoon of olive oil. Grab a handful and massage all over hands, concentrating on your fingers and knuckles for 5 minutes, rinse off with warm water. Your hands may feel invigorated and soft again!

Mix a tablespoon of almond or peach kernel oil with 1 tablespoon of sugar and massage your hands with it; great for circulation, leaving your digits blissfully soft!

Masking hands

This step is simple, when you mask your face and neck, simply apply the product to your hands as well! Amazing results!

Moisturize

We all follow a skin regimen before bed, don’t forget to moisturize your hands as well. Once a week,  and wear emollient saturated gloves overnight, this trick will help the moisturizer penetrate into the pores and may begin healing cracked hands.

Sun Protection

Sun exposure ages skin as well as our hands, meaning wrinkles and brown spots! Use a minimum of SPF 15, this may prevent these pesky blemishes, when applying sunscreen to your face, take the time to extend it to your hands also!

Hand treatment is another step to optimal skin care, it’s never too late to begin, let’s begin today!!!

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Skin Condition Part 2

Hello!

Hope the weekend was good and relaxing.  There are many skin conditions encountered during our lives, some are more bothersome than others, but non the less annoying. If you experience a persistent condition, please consult with your doctor, begin treatment, you will feel much better having the knowledge and proper medication.

Folliculitis

This condition is an infection of the hair follicles; friction from clothing, waxing, shaving, harsh substances, make-up, and sweat, may be some of the common causes of irritation.

Symptoms vary and may include the following:

  • Pink or red bumps, or pustules
  • Painful boils filled with pus

Treatment may vary, depending on the cause of infection, antibacterial soaps and cleansers may be preventative to flare-ups. If the condition is persistent, topical or oral antibiotics are used for bacterial infections. Your doctor may prescribe other treatments, including stronger antiviral or antifungal medication.

Impetigo

This condition is highly contagious, the skin becomes infected with the Staphylococcus or Streptococcus bacteria. Impetigo is a common infection amongst children who have eczema, insect bites, varicella, or other skin disease. Usually it is found around the nose, mouth, or lips.

Symptoms vary and may include the following:

  • Small or large blisters
  • Honey-yellow crust on affected area
  • Painful and burning when blisters pop

When treating this condition, doctors prescribe topical antibiotic ointments, antibacterial washes and oral antibiotics. Keeping the area clean and dry, prevents further spread and faster healing.

Poison Ivy

Poison ivy plants are three-pointed leaf, most hikers and gardeners know what they look like. The plant produces urushiol, if you have contact with it, and you are not wearing protective clothing, you can expect to develop contact dermatitis.

Symptoms vary and may include the following:

  • Intense itching
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blistering
  • Red rash

If you or anyone becomes in contact with poison ivy, washing the area immediately is key. Antihistamines and topical, or oral corticosteroids help calm and heal the areas. Scratching will only cause more irritation, keeping the area dry and covered will prevent infection.

Milia

These little hard bumps are in actuality tiny cysts, not more than two millimeters in size, they look like white heads and may also resemble a little pustule.

Symptoms vary and may include the following:

  • Hard bumpy white heads
  • Mostly found around eye lids
  • Also may appear on the groin

Squeezing them out is not recommended due to infection and tissue damage. However, dermatologists can properly extract them with a scalpel, it is quick and easy, not to mention safer than our own fingers, remember “Do Not Pick”!

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Sun protection every day!

Hello everyone!

Summer is fast approaching, vacation time, beach days are around the corner, what are we missing? SUN PROTECTION!

Studies have shown ultraviolet light is the most important factor in skin ageing, the effects have been underestimated and fail to surface for decades.  Sunburns or long exposure to the sun unprotected, may cause premature wrinkles, loss of collagen, sagging, rougher stratum corneum, tougher epidermis, loss of elasticity, age spots, spider veins, creates free radicals and causes the release of heat shock proteins which break down connective tissues, leading to an increased risk of cancer lesions (just to name a few problems). Why not protect our beautiful skin from sun damage every day?

  • Sunburns are painful, they take up to 8 hours to become visible.
  • The painful side effects peak 24 hours later.
  • For the sunburn to subside, it will take up to 2 days.

Here are a few sun safety tips:

  • Sunscreen, apply 30 minutes before sun exposure
  • Wear protective clothing such as hats, glasses, and t-shirts if very hot and sunny
  • Seek shade between the hours of 11am – 3pm (perfect time for lunch and rest)

Remember, it is never too late to start sun protection, recent studies have shown the skin has an excellent recuperative mechanism and may be able to undo some of the damage, however it is up to each one of us to prevent further damage by protecting it every day.

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