Are you worried about sun damage? Here are 5 tips to prevent damage and restore your skins health

Are you worried about sun damage? Here are 5 tips to prevent damage and restore your skins health

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Do you spend a lot of time outdoors in the sun? If you do, you most likely know how important it is to wear sunscreen. But did you know that for many, wearing sunscreen gives people a false sense of protection. Here are some tips to keep yourself from being at risk for signs of premature aging and melanoma.

NOTE: These tips are not meant to take the place of advice or medical care given by your dermatologist or health professional.

Make sure to apply sunscreen correctly. Typical sunscreens protect against UVB rays. SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays and SPF 50 blocks 99% of UVB rays. While this is great to know, be sure to reapply ever few hours. As you can see, your sunscreen may prevent you from getting sunburn, but remember that sunburn occurs when you have had too much sun for your skin type … a sure sign that you should get in the shade. So, thanks to your SPF 30, you are most likely spending three to four times longer in the sun than you should be without reapplying protection from the sun.
Read the labels of your sunscreen products. Ideally, look for a sunscreen that is a broad spectrum SPF to get optimal coverage. Sunscreens today do a great job of protecting against UVB, but UVA rays are most responsible accelerated aging and an increased likelihood for melanoma. This is another great reason to be sure you’re reapplying your sunscreen throughout the day.
Sunscreens don’t have to be oily and gross. We’ve all experienced the oily, sticky feeling we get from putting on sunscreen. In fact, I’d bet this is one of the main reasons people choose to leave it off while outdoors. And the higher the SPF, the more ingredients are necessary to protect your skin. Therefore, the higher the SPF you use, the more you’ll feel that heavy, greasy feeling. Believe it or not, a good product with an SPF 15 or 30 used every day and reapplied every few hours is significantly more effective than an SPF 100 that you do not want to use because of how it feels on your skin.
Don’t forget to wear protective clothing and sunglasses. According to the American Cancer Society, wearing long sleeves, hats and sunglasses can really help block UV rays. You’ll benefit more from wearing tightly knit clothes in dark colors, hats with at least a 2-3 inch brim and sunglasses that are labeled “blocks UVA/UVB”.
Use a good skincare regimen. Erase the appearance of premature aging, including brown spots, dullness and discoloration with a skin care regimen that includes ingredients designed to visibly brighten, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and defend against sun exposure. This provides a long-term solution for a radiant complexion.

If you’d like to know more about the sunscreen and skincare products I have personally tested, email me at shaineandersen@yahoo.com.

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Feeling like your skin has lost its youthful glow? Time is on your side for a younger looking you!

Feeling like your skin has lost its youthful glow? Time is on your side for a younger looking you!

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You may think that genetics determine the rate at which you will show signs of aging, but believe it or not, researchers have found that 80% of visible signs of aging have more to do with our personal skin care habits, rather than our genes. In fact, maintaining collagen, a protein responsible giving skin its elasticity, is crucial to staying younger looking. There are a number of ways to maintain your collagen and even improve your body’s ability to make more.  Here are some tips to put time on your side:

Eat a healthy diet. I know I have mentioned this tip before, but it truly helps maintain your collagen. Eating whole foods, lots of fruits and vegetables, and organic/Non-GMO verified foods as much as possible, can improve your overall health as well as your skin. Diets high in processed foods like sweets and other simple carbohydrates cause collagen will break down faster. The result is less elasticity, and even saggy, wrinkled skin.

Moisturize! As we age the body naturally makes less estrogen. Estrogen actually helps trigger your skin to make natural oils and collagen, so without as much in our bloodstream, we begin to see drier and more wrinkled skin. Following your day-to-day skincare routine with a good moisturizer containing peptides (proteins that are moisture-binding) can really offset the effects of aging.

Increase the amount of Vitamin C you take. Your body cannot make collagen without Vitamin C. In fact, according to scientists, Vitamin C is vital in all stages of the synthesis of collagen in our bodies! Talk to your doctor about how much Vitamin C you should consume each day, and apply Vitamin C to your skin as part of your daily skincare routine. Vitamin C, when used with Retinol each day will give you brighter, more even toned skin. There are excellent creams containing Vitamin C on the market.

Retinol is also necessary. Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative, and it has been proven to enhance collagen production in the body. Another great benefit to applying Retinol each day is that it helps speed up the rate at which your body produces new (younger) skin cells, and it works in conjunction with Vitamin C to brighten your skin.

Avoid unprotected overexposure to the sun. Over time, the sun’s UV rays break down the elastin in your skin. In addition, it will cause dark patches and uneven tones on your face. But it’s not only what you can see that causes your skin to look dull and aged – it’s what the unprotected exposure to the sun does to layers of skin cells. You greatly increase your chances of getting skin cancer and you most certainly expose your skin to premature aging. Always be sure to use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher whenever you’re outside.

If you’d like to know more about the products I’ve personally tested, please email me at shaineandersen@yahoo.com.



Traveling this holiday season? Maintain great skin so you can arrive in style

Traveling this holiday season? Maintain great skin so you can arrive in style

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There’s a reason so many feel this is the happiest time of the year: spending time with family and friends, holiday parties, volunteering and gift giving. But let’s be honest, last minute cooking, shopping and travel can take a toll on our bodies and, in particular, our skin. Here are a few tips for looking your best instead of totally stressed.

Take time for yourself. Although this is a time for giving to others, be sure you take time to give to yourself. Create a home spa right in your bathroom to pamper yourself with a facial. Nourish your skin with your favorite skin care regimen every morning and night. Treat yourself to a mani-pedi. Taking time for you will keep you refreshed and feeling confident.

Do without some of the makeup. Foundation, mascara and lipstick are likely to become dry and flaky, especially in the cooler weather. A better option is to apply an anti-aging moisturizer the day before you travel, and again just before your flight takes off or you pull out of your driveway for that long road trip. Treat your lips with an anti-oxidant and peptide rich lip serum to help retain natural moisture and smooth your lip texture.

Treat your tired eyes to a “pre-landing pick-me-up”. The best eye creams deposit anti-aging peptides to reduce the appearance of fine lines and puffiness so you looked fresh – not flat – when you arrive.

Eat and drink healthy. The holidays are an easy time to indulge in the treats of the season. While you shouldn’t deprive yourself completely of holiday cookie tray or party-time snacks, be sure to satiate your body with nutritious food. Whenever possible, choose organic and Non-GMO verified foods, and drink plenty of water to keep your skin well hydrated. This will help you achieve that radiant glow from the inside out.

If you’d like to know more about the products I’ve personally tested, please email me at shaineandersen@yahoo.com.



Is it possible to reverse the aging process? How to look and feel younger at any age

Is it possible to reverse the aging process? How to look and feel younger at any age

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We all age at different rates, and aging, as it turns out, occurs in our cells.  Surprisingly, though, according to a recent long-term human health study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences our genetics only account for about 20% of the aging process.  So that means that 80% of the aging process is in our hands. We must acquire some personal habits to combat our wrinkles, fine lines, and crow’s feet. In addition, we must make an effort repair our skin on a cellular level.

Make it a point to apply sunscreen. Never leave home without a daily dose of broad spectrum protection. Use an SPF of 15 or higher (the higher the better!) and be sure to reapply every 90 minutes if you’re out in the sun.

Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water.  Water is essential to regulate body temperature, provide lubrication for joints, help blood flow, regulate blood pressure, keep body systems functioning properly and keep skin elastic. Drink about 2 liters of water each day to ensure you’re properly hydrated.

Moisturize after every wash. This is necessary for both your body and face to avoid dry, cracked skin and brittle nails. There are excellent products available for the appearance of lines, pores and wrinkles, sun-damaged skin, sensitive skin and acne prone skin.

Use a skin care routine that actually works. There are so many skincare products on the market; it’s so hard to know what is best. Look for products that provide multi-med therapy with ingredients that are designed to nourish and repair skin on the cellular level.

If you’d like to know about the skin care products I’ve personally tested, please email me at shaineandersen@yahoo.com.