Monthly Archives: July 2015

What You Need To Know About Sunscreen

If you’re planning a vacation, sunscreen must be on your shopping list. But, you can easily be confused with all those sunscreen options and ingredients. Here are a few basic things you need to know about sunscreens.

What are sunscreens exactly?

Sunscreens are products that combine several ingredients that help prevent the sun’s UV radiation from reaching the skin. There are two types for ultraviolet radiation – UVA and UVB. They increase the risk of skin cancer. Not all sunscreens are evenly effective in protecting you from these rays.

What are UVA and UVB?

Theory says that ultraviolet radiation is a part of the electromagnetic light spectrum that reaches the earth from the sun. These rays are invisible to our eyes, but they can cause skin damage, skin aging, skin cancer (UVA rays) and sunburns (UVB rays).

What is SPF?

SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, is a measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin. It takes 20 minutes for your unprotected skin to start turning red, but with using an SPF 15 sunscreen, theoretically this period is prolonged 15 times over (for about five hours). Most sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher do an excellent job of protecting against UVB.

Summer Skin Care Tips

• Protect your lips – The sun’s rays dry the delicate lip tissue. To keep your lips moisturized, start using a richly textured lip balm with an SPF 15 or higher and reapply regularly when outdoors.

• Cool off – Keep a face mist in your ice chest so you can mist your face and body while on the beach. A red tea face mist could do the work.

• Spritz your scalp – Long locks offer some shade from the sun, but the sensitive skin along your hairline can get bombarded with harmful UVA and UVB rays. Use a sunscreen spray along your hairline. A spray is a better choice than a cream.

• Take a cold shower – Hot showers after sun exposure further dry skin. Turn down the temperature and you’ll see the benefits. A cold shower after excess sweating helps keep the skin fresh, decreasing acne breakouts.

• Slough away dry skin – One of the most effective ways to exfoliate during the summer is to use a scrub on dry skin before you shower. Pay special attention to knees and elbows and finish with a rich body cream or oil within three minutes of toweling off.

Tips For Moisturizing Oily Skin

In several of our previous articles we’ve mentioned the importance of moisturizing oily skin. Many women are making mistakes by believing that oily skin shouldn’t be moisturized. We’ve already talked about how wrong this is, so here we bring you a few tips for moisturizing oily skin.

Exfoliate – It’s very important to exfoliate your dead skin. If you don’t do that, you’re increasing the risk of acne. Exfoliating once in a week should be more than enough.

Oil-free products – The best moisturizer for oily skin is the one that’s lightweight, non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog your pores) and oil-free. Maybe you’ll spend more time searching for this type of product, but it will be definitely worth it.

Routine – It’s very important to set your own skincare routine. Cleanse, treat and moisturize your skin in the end. Try to apply topical products that treat or prevent acne. Daily lotion is also helpful when you’re having problems with redness and irritation.

Sunscreen – During the summer the needs of our skin change. So if you want to keep your skin healthy, use sunscreen in combination with moisturizes. And this is important for all skin types, not only for oily skin.

Keep it cool – Skin and hot water are not good friends. Although a hot shower seems like a good idea to you, your skin won’t like it. Try to avoid hot water, and your skin will be grateful. Water hotter than 37oC (100oF) will damage your skin and cause problems. Temperature from 30 – 35oC (85 – 95oF) is perfect if you want to keep your skin healthy and well hydrated.

Skincare Mistakes That Are Damaging Your Face

Most of us have our own everyday skincare routine. And we tend to stick to our habit. But, you may unintentionally damage your skin, if you’re making some of the following mistakes:

• Over exfoliating – This is highly damaging in the long term, it can cause damage of deep skin layers. With over exfoliating you are basically removing the protective barrier that your skin naturally has.

• Exfoliating away oily skin – People think that exfoliating with different scrubs will eliminate issues like oily skin. The fact is that over-scrubbed skin actually speeds up oil production because the skin’s natural repair mechanism is put into overdrive.

• Falling into bed with makeup on – This is the biggest mistake you can make. This very bad habit will clog your pores and oil glands through the night, turning into problems in the morning. The most usual problem is skin inflammation.

• Using dirty makeup brushes – Another “beauty” mistake followed by an advice – Always keep your makeup brushes clean. Women are not aware how much dirt one tiny makeup brush can catch. Old makeup buildup on the brush will affect your skin in long term.

• Not moisturizing oily skin – Although it sounds strange, oily skin also needs to be moisturized. It’s important to moisturize it on a daily basis and at night you should apply a heavier cream. Without moisturizes, oily skin will overcompensate the loss of hydration with producing every more oil, which can lead to breakouts and uneven skin texture.