I hereby present to you the Murphy's Law of sunburns: Even if you use an effective sunscreen and reapply it as I've mentioned to you, for most people, the sunburn fairy will still find three places to inflict painful burns. These include on the top of your feet, on the top of your ears and on your lower lip. Now what do these spots have in common? Not only are they the areas that most people forget about when applying sunscreen, but they're also horizontal surfaces that are hit dangerously perpendicularly with the sun's damaging rays. So the next time you're thinking about applying sunscreen, do so before you get dressed or put your bathing suit on because then you'll be more likely to cover these trouble spots.
As we start the summer, the sun's schizophrenic effects as both friend and foe must be respected or it's unforgiving energy will prematurely age your skin and can even eventually cause skin cancer. The shadow rule tells us that the sun's harmful burning UVB rays are most dangerous in midday. While seeking shade at that time can minimally reduce the danger to your skin (and eyes), even in the shade you need the same level of sunscreen protection as you do without. That's because so much of the UV (A and B) is reflected by sand, water and all light colored surfaces.
So don't be lulled into a false sense of security on sunny days just because you're in the shade. It's still real easy to get burned and damaged if you're not wearing and reapplying effective sunscreen. And as a bonus, don't forget your shades to protect your eyes and avoid premature crow’s feet resulting from squinting because of the brightness of the sun.
At the Spa Within our sunscreens have been approved by the American Cancer Society. Call us to have a bottle shipped to you! Our number is 603-518-5547.
Exfoliation does a lot for your skin: it makes it look younger, evens the skin tone, smoothes it, reduces the appearance of pore size, helps prevent acne breakouts, and makes it glow! But what effect does it have on makeup? Fantastic ones! If you exfoliate regularly, you'll be able to use much less makeup, it'll go on smoother and faster, and you'll save time and money. Moreover, a lot of women who exfoliate regularly tell me they no longer need to wear face makeup. So by exfoliating regularly you'll finally have a choice. Can you imagine waking up and running out without the bother or time of makeup, whether it's to grab coffee, get the kids onto the bus or just dashing off to work? And when you do want to apply makeup, it will and you will look even better. Just one more reason to exfoliate. And now that the Spa Within is open, a facial once a month for a mere $75.00 would be magical for both your state of mind and your skin!
When you take the lid off a skincare product jar, its contents are exposed to air and everything floating or dissolved in the air, like oxygen, nitrogen, air pollution, germs and dirt. Do air and its components spoil, inactivate, or in any other way adversely affect the structure or function of the skincare product?
The answer is easy. With two exceptions, which I'll explain later, most skincare products are not adversely affected by exposure to the air. Yes, there are all sorts of germs floating in the air like bacteria, fungus, and viruses, but skincare products that could be spoiled by them already have special ingredients called preservatives that prevent the growth of those germs, whether they fall out of the air or are introduced by your finger.
Nitrogen makes up more than ¾ of air, but you don't need to worry about it because it's inert... that means it doesn't react with or affect anything.
While the carbon dioxide and methane in air are greenhouse gases and together comprise less than 1% of air, they just don't react with the chemicals in skincare products merely by random contact with them.
Fine particles of dirt, dust and debris certainly can land in your opened jar of cream, but they are not apt to do anything more to your skincare product then they do to your skin when they land there... not pretty but harmless.
So it seems that opening the jar of your favorite skincare product doesn't doom it to instant decomposition or deactivation. However, there are two things to consider.
If the product is water based, the longer the jar stays open, the more water evaporates from the product which can change the consistency or structure of the product to the extent that it no longer feels right, spreads right, or even does what it's supposed to do. So if you leave the jar open overnight, no big deal... cover it in the morning. However, if you leave it open for a few weeks, it probably will feel, look or work differently.
The most important effect of aeration on skincare products is on antioxidants. When they are regularly and for prolonged periods exposed to oxygen and tiny amounts of ozone in the air, they can be inactivated and their color can even darken. That's why most products, which are primarily antioxidants are not packaged in wide-mouth jars. However, don't worry, you don't need to stress each time you open your product as a little exposure won't do any harm.
So the good news is that simply reclosing your skin care products after use should prevent spoilage for all of them.
Since effective protection from damaging sunrays is so critical in our fight to control and prevent skin cancer sunscreen should be used 365 days a year. With so many sunscreens to choose from, with different strengths and benefits, how do you pick the best sunscreen for you?
Any sunscreen you use should have at least an SPF of 15 with a broad spectrum of both UVA and UVB protection. The reason why sunscreens fail is that you don’t use enough at each application and equally important is that you don’t reapply them immediately after swimming, and/ or sweating.
The Spa Within’s sunscreens have both UVA and UVB protection and are recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. Our sunscreens do not use synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, petro-chemicals or chemical preservatives and are not animal tested.
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