- Learn to read a label. Check the sun protection factor number; those with SPF 15, or greater, yield the best results. Scan the active ingredient label to make sure the product contains UVA-blocking elements such as titanium dioxide, zinc oxide or anything in the avobenzone family.
- Do not fry, re-apply. While at the beach or other sun-drenched locations, re-apply your sunscreen at least every two hours. Re-apply immediately after swimming or sweating. Apply a teaspoon for your face and neck and one ounce or a shot glass amount for your body
- Do not hoard your sunscreen. The active ingredients in sunscreens deteriorate over time, so toss a bottle after 12 months.
- Be sun-safe inside. Even if you are indoors, you need to wear a sunscreen with full-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Most of the sun exposure that ages us comes from the windows of our car, home or office.
- Get your C! Double up on safety by using a 20% concentration of topical vitamin C under your sunscreen. It boosts the immune defense of your skin cells against ultraviolet damage while reducing the appearance of brown spots.
- What do different levels of SPF mean? Most dermatologists and skin care experts recommend using an SPF of 15, or greater, daily. When you look at a bottle though, you probably think that SPF 30 gives you twice as much protection as SPF 15 and SPF 45 will be three times better, right? It is not that simple:
- SPF 15 blocks 94 percent of ultraviolet rays
- SPF 30 blocks 97 percent of ultraviolet rays
- SPF 45+ blocks 98 percent of ultraviolet rays
No sunscreen will offer 100 percent protection. Wear a hat, sun protective clothing and sunglasses.
Here are three skin care habits that should be continued all year long.
Daily sunscreen is imperative for healthy skin. Sun exposure not only leads to skin cancer, but to aging, hyperpigmentation, capillary damage, free radical damage and collagen and elastin deterioration. Daily sunscreen can be in moisturizer form and comes in all weights and formulas. Allure Aesthetics Advanced Protection SPF 30 is designed to lighty hydrate your delicate skin with natural ingredients. It is developed for the face and the body.
Exfoliating is an important step to a smoother skin texture. Removing dead skin from the surface of the skin will allow other products to absorb quickly. The removal of dry, dead, surface cells can help the skin in the following ways:
- It makes the skin smoother.
- It facilitates the extraction of matter that clogs pores.
- A faster cell turnover rate brings cells to the surface more rapidly.
- It improves the skin’s ability to retain moisture.
- It helps product penetration which makes the ingredients in your skin care products more effective.
Allure Aesthetics Papaya Creme Enzyme Polish gently cleanses and exfoliates in order to prevent pores from becoming clogged. It contains a high-powered antioxidant fruit blend and anti-aging peptides that provides new ways to quench the skin’s need for free radical fighting power.
Moisturizers seal and protect the surface of the skin. Even oily skin needs hydration or it will overcompensate for dryness and produce more oil or become dehydrated. Allure Aesthetics Herbal Silk Moisturizer is a silky moisturizer that leaves a light protective moisture barrier that helps smooth skin texture.
Everyone knows sunscreen is important but there are still five places lots of people miss! Next time you’re lathering up, avoid an awkward burn by remembering these five spots:
- Scalp – Sunscreen in your hair can be a nightmare, but it’s better than a burnt, itchy scalp. Try a gel or spray sunscreen instead of lotion.
- Ears – When we apply sunscreen to our face we usually just cover the center. Don’t forget to lotion your lobes.
- Hands – Yes, the things you use to apply the sunscreen are often forgotten! Remember to cover the top of your hands!
- Feet – Besides the fact that a flip-flop tan can look weird, a burnt foot can hurt! Apply sunscreen to the toes and top of your feet.
- Behind Your Knees – A burn behind the knee can make it uncomfortable to walk. Give this spot the attention it deserves.
Enjoy a healthier, more youthful appearance with the ultimate in skin care technology: micro current. Microcurrent ia a low level of electricity that mirrors the body’s own natural electrical impulses. When used in conjunction with specialized products and manual manipulations, these tiny micro current impulses encourage your body’s currents. The signs of aging are greatly reduced, while skin tone and elasticity are dramatically improved. These relaxing applications may be enjoyed as a one time, comprehensive facial, or in a series of applications to reach your optimal goals, as well as enjoy enhanced longevity of results.
- Diminished appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Smoother, firmer skin
- Improved circulation
- Hydrated and revitalized skin
- Improved elasticity
- Improved facial contour
Microcurrent aids in reducing the signs of aging with specialized products and micro current technology. During your consultation, your skin therapist will develop a program based on your age, skin type, and realistic expectations. Your skin therapist will also prescribe a home care program to further enhance and maintain your results. Together, this system of products and technology firms and smoothes the skin, offering an outstanding and relaxing age defying facial.
Age Defying Facial….
The ultimate in non-invasive face lifts! This extraordinary facial reduces the signs of aging utilizing specialized products and micro current technology. The Age Defying Facial is preventative for younger clients and rejuvenating for mature clients. This popular non-invasive service gives you the freedom to attain anti-aging goals without the recovery, downtime, and expense of surgeries and other aggressive services. Skin is re-hydrated, circulation is improved and a firmer, revitalized appearance is achieved after the first application.
Home Care Facial Protocol
Allure Aesthetics skin care products contain specially chosen natural herbal extracts, specialty ingredients and aromatherapy essential oils that are blended with water-based emulsions to provide results. No sensitizing fragrances are used.
1. Cleanse – Apply Oxygen Revitalizing Cleanser to remove all facial make up around face and neck. Rinse completely with tepid or warm damp towel.
2. Tone – Apply Vital Hydrant Toner. Spray several pumps of mist to flat cotton pad and apply small gentle upward sweeping motion to face and neck.
3. Exfoliate – Use a quarter size Papaya Creme Enzyme Polish and massage in gentle upward motion to face and neck area. Do not use pressure while massaging. Massage for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse completely with tepid or warm damp towel.
4. Address eye areas – Apply a small amount of Refreshing Anti-Puff Eye Gel to eye area. Carefully apply to top and bottom of the eye not too close to the lash line.
Final step – Apply Herbal Silk Moisturizer and Advance Protection SPF 30.
Moderating sun exposure and using sunscreen are two of the best ways to keep your skin healthy and to minimize your risk for skin cancer.
OVEREXPOSURE TO THE SUN IS THE PRIMARY CAUSE OF AGING SKIN
If you want to maintain a youthful appearance, you must protect your skin from the sun.
- Avoid suntanning.
- Wear sun screen (SPF 30 or higher) that blocks UVA and UVB rays whenever you are out in the sun.
- Sunscreens are the best “anti-aging” products currently available.
How Sunscreens Work
Sunscreens absorb or reflect ultraviolet rays. Both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide reflect or scatter UV radiation. Octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC) and oxybenzone absorb radiation, dispersing it as heat.
Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against the two types of damaging UV radiation: UVA (causes tanning) and UVB (causes sunburns).
SPF refers to the sun protection factor in sunscreens.
An SPF of 8 blocks almost 90 percent of UVB rays.
An SPF 15 blocks 93 percent of UVB and some UVA rays.
An SPF of 30 blocks 96 percent of UVB and some UVA rays.
Additional Ways To Avoid Skin Damage
- Wear protective clothing, such as a long sleeved shirt, pants, a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses.
- Look for shady areas. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 am and 4pm. If your shadow appears to be shorter than you are, seek shade.
- Use extra caution near water, snow and sand because they reflect and intensify the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chances of sunburn.
- Avoid tanning beds. Instead, try a sunless, self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen daily.
- Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. They provide antioxidants, which may help protect cells from free radical damage that occurs when UV rays from the sun are absorbed by our skin.
Do you have questions about whether or not a product is best used in the morning or night? Are you confused about whether special treatments should be applied before or after moisturizer or sunscreen?
These general guidelines should help provide specific directions about when and how to use skin care products.
1. Apply eye makeup remover on a two-sided moistened cotton pad and swipe the eye area in a downward direction. Flip the pad and wipe the eyes until clean. If necessary, turn the pad inside out or use a newly moistened pad and repeat until the eyes are completely clean.
2. Cleanse the face with a cleanser that best suits your skin type and condition. Cleansers should be used twice a day.
- oily or combination skin – foamy cleanser or face wash
- normal or combination skin – cleansing lotion
- dry skin – milky cleanser
- very dry or mature – cleansing cream
3. Toners are used after cleansing. They remove residue left by cleansers and they restore the skin’s natural pH after cleansing.
- oily and acne prone skin – astringent
- normal and combination skin – toner
- dry, mature and sensitive skin – fresheners
4. Exfoliation removes the dry, dead surface cells that makes the skin smoother, helps unclog pores, helps product penetration making them more effective and improves the skin’s ability to retain moisture.
- limit exfoliation to once a week ( 3 times a week for oily skin types)
- use exfoliants at night to avoid leaving the skin exposed to the elements during he day
5. Masks work best on freshly exfoliated skin. Used weekly, masks can:
- tighten and tone the skin
- draw impurities out of the pores
- clear up blemishes
- calm and soothe
- rejuvenate the skin
6. Serums are thinner liquids and eye creams are usually thicker to protect thin, delicate skin. Serums and eye creams are applied under moisturizers.
7. Moisturizers seal and protect the surface of the skin. Even oily skin needs hydration or it will have to overcompensate for dryness and produce more oil or become dehydrated.
8. Daily sunscreen is imperative for healthy skin. Sun exposure not only leads to skin cancer, but to
- capillary damage
- free radical damage
- collagen and elastin deterioration
Just as wrinkles start to make you feel old, zits bring you back to your youth. At least a quarter of women ages 35 to 55 have acne. Though adult acne can be the result of a hormonal imbalance (just as in your ten years), it usually flares premenstrually or during times of increased stress. It also usually crops up along the jaw, chin and neck, whereas teen acne is typically across the entire face.
Causes and Recommended Treatment
- Oil, when it gets hard in the pores, can cause plugs. Cleanse the skin to loosen existing plugs of oils, bacteria and other debris.
- Comedogenic oils can cause the oil glands to become clogged, such as Vaseline. Use oils that are not comedogenic; vitamin E, castor oil, oil of borage and wheat germ are just a few.
- Bacteria found on objects can be transmitted to one’s skin causing breakouts in that particular area. Hair products block pores around the hairline. Avoid contact with objects that might be bacteria-ridden such as phones, hands, workout clothing, dirty pillow cases. Clean objects regularly with alcohol or antibacterial wipes, where applicable.
- Oily ingredients in makeup can clog pores. Rancid oil from old makeup carries bacteria. Not removing makeup before going to bed may cause breakouts. Avoid makeup that is very heavy or that contains comedogenic oils. “Oil Free” does not mean “non-comedogenic.” Wash applicators frequently.
- Over stimulating the oil glands topically can happen when using alcohol or products that dry the skin out. Skin can be oily and still be dry (dehydrated). Avoid products that over-stimulate the oil glands. Remember that with respect to oil and hydration, balance is the key to beautiful skin.
- Scarring may occur from picking at deep (cystic) acne and forcing the substance out so that it tears the skin, leaving the tissue broken, which forms into a scar. Control the acne before it becomes a problem. Leave extractions to a professional. Chemical peelings address acne problems.
What Is Available To Treat Acne?
- Oral Medication – Accutane for the most severe cases. Outcome (one to three months) is usually good; regular blood monitoring is required. This medication is systemic and causes extreme dryness and flakiness. There may be hormonal changes that not everyone can tolerate.
- Chemical Peeling – uses acids and enzymes to unclog the pores and balance the skin’s surface. Most people require ongoing treatments, which depend on the severity of the cases, but with continuing treatments you can achieve excellent results. Superficial monthly peels help with maintenance.
- Home Care – most important because there is no such thing as a one time quick fix. Consistency of maintenance is the key to the condition of the skin (washing and hydrating). Personal hygiene is within your control and you should participate in your skin care and wellness.
Skin changes as you change, internally and externally and according to environment and climate. Awareness and good maintenance of the skin is a balance and the key to healthy and beautiful skin.
Did you know that approximately 80 percent of premature extrinsic aging is caused by the sun?
There are two types of ultraviolet rays that are generally not filtered out by the ozone layer, UVA and UVB.
UVA rays account for 95% of the solar radiation that reaches the earth. They penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB rays and can penetrate clouds and glass. They are the rays that cause the skin to tan and are present on the atmosphere with equal intensity year round. Tanning is actually an injury to the skin’s DNA. The skin tans in an attempt to prevent further DNA damage. UVA rays cause the skin to prematurely age and wrinkle and damage cells in the basal layer of the skin, where most skin cancers occur. They have been proven to contribute to the development of cancer.
UVB rays do not penetrate the skin as deeply as UVA rays. They damage the skin’s surface in the form of sunburns. Although they are always present in the atmosphere, they are strongest between April and October, from 10 am to 4 pm. UVB rays are mainly responsible for the development of skin cancer.
Environmental exposure, pollutants, air quality and humidity also affect the skin’s health.
Poor maintenance and home care can also be a contributor to skin problems.
Misuse of products or poor facial treatments can be detrimental to maintaining a healthy and attractive complexion.
Preventative measures for skin care include:
- avoiding the sun and wearing sunscreen, which is the best protection for our skin.
- Proper home care, professional skin treatments and ingredients such as antioxidants, lipids, and alphahydroxy acids can be beneficial.
- A good diet
- water intake
- exercise and other healthy practices all have a positive effect on our health and our complexion.