Should You Be Using a Sunscreen or Sunblock?

Most people use the terms sunscreen and sunblock interchangeably to refer generally to a lotion that protects the skin from the sun, but the two words actually carry very different meanings. This difference has been starkly highlighted by Hawaii’s decision to ban certain sunscreen sales due to their danger to coral reefs. Two important questions remain: Are you using a sunscreen or sunblock? Which one should you be using?

Sunblock Creates a Physical Barrier on the Skin

Sunblocks sit on top of the skin to absorb, reflect, and scatter the sun’s rays away from your skin. They do not enter the skin or the bloodstream. These are also known as mineral sunscreens because they are sourced from natural minerals like titanium oxide and zinc oxide. Though they can be thicker and a bit more difficult to apply to the skin, sunblocks are considered the safer choice because they do not contain harmful chemicals. They are safer for sensitive skin, babies, and toddlers. Read more

Why You Need to Use a Daily SPF

Applying sunscreen before a long day at the beach or pool is an automatic responsibility for most people, but not everybody understands that using a daily SPF is equally as vital to skin health and safety. If you do not currently apply a daily sunscreen to keep your skin protected from those dangerous UV rays, now is the time to begin.

The Dangers of UV Light

The sun sends its energy to Earth in many forms, including ultraviolet light. This type of light isn’t visible to the naked eye, so it can easily infiltrate your body without you realizing it. UVA and UVB rays are the two types of ultraviolet light that break through the ozone layer, and they both pose serious threats to the health of your skin. Since our planet’s ozone layer has become thinner over time, UV rays are more potent than in the past. Read more

Get Your Skin Ready for Spring with a TCA Peel

If winter left your skin looking dull and damaged, all you need to get ready for spring is a TCA peel. Chemical peels quickly and easily revitalize your appearance by supporting controlled exfoliation that renews the vibrancy and smooth texture of your skin. Here is everything you should know about a TCA peel that will transform your skin.

What Exactly is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a simple and non-invasive treatment that is meant to peel away the top layer of skin and improve complexion and radiance. It can be used on the face, hands, or neck to heal unwanted skin damage and signs of aging. Different peels penetrate the skin to different levels, so they are categorized as either light, medium, or deep. Ingredients like glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, and others are applied strategically to the face to address specific skin concerns and force the skin to exfoliate and peel away. The skin revealed underneath is sure to be smoother, less wrinkled, and flawless. Read more

How IPL Laser Treatments Work

Have you ever watched celebrities walk the red carpet or sit for interviews, only to wonder how their skin looks so bright, clear, and flawless? Their secret isn’t out of reach for you! Cosmetic treatments like the IPL Photofacial make it possible for starlets (and now you, too) to eliminate marks on the skin and revitalize complexion in just three to six sessions.

What Skin Imperfections Do You Wish Could Disappear?

Whatever skin imperfections you have, the IPL photofacial with the Lumenis M22 laser can make them disappear. In addition to tackling common signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles, an IPL treatment can even remove pigmentation, acne scars, birthmarks, rosacea, sun damage. Nothing is off limits for this versatile treatment!

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Feed Your Face: Calorie Free

Beautify your skin from the outside in with no worries about calories or weight gain, just beautiful skin. What you put on your skin gets absorbed via your pores and into your body. Put some of your favorite healthy foods on your face and let them get to work on your skin. Some of the foods smell and taste so good you’ll want to eat them too so avoid licking your face.

Open up your fridge and kitchen cabinets and get to work concocting healthy skin potions. Then apply to face, turn off your phone and relax for 20 minutes. The relaxation is an added benefit for your skin! Then bring yourself back to reality by rinsing off with cold water.

ALMONDS

Grind up some almonds until they turn into a powder and use as a facial scrub to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize. Read more