How Vitamins Boost Sun Protection

How Vitamins Boost Sun Protection


Sunscreens are vitally important to the health of your skin and should be applied daily, but they’re not the whole story.  There are two vitamins that have been scientifically shown to protect your skin against sun damage.  They work when applied directly on the skin, or taken internally in combination with a sunscreen.  These vitamins are Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

External Vitamin Protection
Did you know that to get the most out of your sunscreen, you should pair it with a powerful antioxidant serum that contains both Vitamins C & E Antioxidant Protection?

Sun damage is an oxidative process. UV rays and other environmental stressors like pollution, alcohol and cigarette smoke cause the release of skin damaging free radicals. Free radicals lead to premature skin aging. Vitamin C helps neutralizes free radicals to shield your skin from this kind of damage, in turn keeping your complexion healthy, vibrant and younger looking.

Vitamin C does not work as a barrier against UV rays the way sunscreen does, but once rays enter the skin, it is a potent antioxidant that slows the rate of free radical damage to collagen and aids in skin cell repair by reducing oxidative stress to the skin cells. It also reverses photo-aging, evens pigmentation and decreases fine lines by stimulating collagen production. Some studies show up to 60% of the Vitamin C in found in a stable Vitamin C serum can get absorbed right through the skin to the areas where it’s needed most.  Vitamin E reduces the inflammation cascade which is associated with skin aging. Together these vitamins have been shown to enhance the protective function of SPF sunscreen formulations.

Internal Vitamin Protection

Both vitamins are antioxidants which have been shown to have additive sun protection when combined with sunscreen.  Vitamin E is particularly effective by offering increased protection against UVB rays. Vitamin C offers most of it’s protection against aging UVA rays while it promotes firmness by increasing production of collagen and elastin fibers.


The foods you eat can seriously reduce your risk for sunburn, sun damage, and skin cancer by supporting your skin’s ability to defend itself against too much sun. Here are 5 foods you should add to your summer diet for optimal protection:

1.     CITRUS FRUIT –  Citrus fruits are high in Vitamin C which reduces the potential for sunburn. Besides being high in Vitamin C, citrus fruits also contain limonene, which has been associated with a whopping 34 percent lower risk of skin cancer. Citrus fruits also contain other antioxidants, which work to protect your cells from free-radical damage.

2.     GREEN TEA –  When you sip a cup of green tea, your body is getting catechins, which protects against sunburn inflammation and long-term UV radiation damage. Green tea also has tannic acid in it, which helps calm sunburn pain, and antioxidants called EGCGs. A University of Wisconsin study showed EGCGs stopped genetic damage in human skin cells exposed to UV light.

3.     POMEGRANATES – The seeds in this delicious exotic fruit are rich in Vitamin C and other antioxidants. Pomegranates also contain ellagic acid, which can help protect your skin from cell damage induced by the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. In one research study, when pomegranate extract was used in conjunction with sunscreen, it increased the SPF by 20 percent!

4.     RED GRAPES – Phytonutrients in grapes can slow down the formation of destructive reactive oxygen species (ROS) that form in skin cells, which has been linked to sun damage, skin cancer and cell death. Grapes also contain proanthocyanidins, shown to inhibits skin cancer induced by UV rays. Plus, grapes contain quercetin.  Studies found that quercetin was responsible for lessening oxidative DNA damage caused by UVB exposure, and was able to help protect the skin from related inflammation.

5.     WATERMELON – This staple summer fruit is high in lycopene (40% more than tomatoes).  Lycopene is a carotenoid and antioxidant that neutralizes the free radicals produced from too much sun, and minimizes any inflammatory response to UV damage by your body.

For the most effective antioxidant and sun protection you should get your skin protecting vitamins and nutrient from a combination of topical and nutritional sources.  Try to combine Vitamins C & E together in the same formulation when applied topically because these two vitamins recycle each other for increased, long term effectiveness.

How to Boost Your Sunscreen’s SPF

How to Boost Your Sunscreen’s SPF

As we enjoy a fantastic summer, clients at Elizabeth Renee Esthetics Skin Care Spa are aware that the most effective way to slow the hands of time regarding their skin is to diligently apply and reapply sunscreen. Yet, some clients are noticing that they’re still developing a tan or even worse, a harshly skin damaging sunburn.  This has left some of them wondering if their sunscreen is truly effective. If you’ve avoided a sunburn then you can be sure your sunscreen is working. However, a tan still represents skin aging and skin cancer promoting sun damage.

Unfortunately, no sunscreen can completely block the sun’s harmful rays. Here are our top eight tips on how to increase the effectiveness of your sunscreen:

  1. The two-peanut approach – When the FDA tests sunscreen and labels it a certain number (like SPF 30) it tests this by using 1 ounce of sunscreen for your whole body. What that means for your face is a about a half teaspoon from your chin up.  Do you apply this much?  What we advise clients to do this to insure you are getting the right protection:  Apply about the size of a peanut to your face every morning as part of your regular skincare routine.  Then go get dressed.  Come back to the bathroom after your sunscreen has had time to settle in and apply a second peanut amount before applying makeup.  Now you’ll get optimum protection.
  2. Re-Apply – Even the best sunscreen only lasts 80-minutes if you’re outdoors. So, take your sunscreen with you and set your countdown timer on your phone or watch. You might be surprised how quickly 80-minutes goes by.
  3. It’s Water Resistant, Not Water Proof – Think a water-resistant sunscreen is only necessary when swimming? Think again. Hot days can mean a lot of sweat and the body’s cooling system can do a great job of breaking down and diluting sunscreen. A water and sweat-resistant formulation can help with this. But don’t be fooled. There is no such thing as a “waterproof” sunscreen. All sunscreen, no matter what the label says, is compromised by exposure to water and sweat. Re-apply after you swim or if you’re particularly sweaty.
  4. Up your SPF, But Don’t Be Fooled– During the summer don’t use anything less than an SPF 30. Anything lower just doesn’t offer adequate protection, especially if you know you’re going to be exposed to direct sunlight. But also, don’t be fooled. An SPF rating higher than 50 doesn’t not offer significant additional protection from the sun. A product labelled SPF 100 does not protect twice as much as an SPF 50. An SPF 50 will protect you from 98% of the sun’s UV-B rays. A higher SPF rating will only improve the protection very slightly.  Also, the higher the SPF the higher the risk of skin sensitivities and reactions.
  5. Go Broad Spectrum– Not all sunscreens are the same. Look for those labelled “broad spectrum.” These enhanced sunscreens protect you from both UV-A and UV-B rays. UV-A rays contribute to skin cancer and significant skin aging. UV-B rays cause sunburn. Because sunscreens are only required to protect you from UV-B rays you may not be fully protected from the potentially more harmful UV-A rays.
  6. Rosacea and Sensitive Skin Types – Look for zinc oxide as your main sunscreen ingredient. Unlike chemical sunscreens this ingredient provides a barrier of broad spectrum protection that reflects UV rays sun away from your skin. Chemical sunscreens disarm UV light waves by changing them to heat waves.  This process can heat up sensitive skin causing redness and sensitivity.  The ideal sunscreen however should contain a tiny bit of a chemical sunscreen ingredient.  This is because the barrier created by zinc oxide is like a layer of tiny little balls on your skin.  Unless you apply the thickest amount of zinc oxide you are vulnerable to sun’s rays passing between the zinc oxide particles and damaging your skin. A tiny amount of chemical sunscreen (like Octinoxate) can benefit your skin by filling in the spaces and avoiding this imperfection.
  7. Check the Expiration Date – Sunscreen doesn’t last forever.  The ingredients in sunscreen are naturally unstable and over time sunscreens loose their effectiveness. Pay attention to expiration dates as using expired sunscreen can result in a nasty burn. Did you apply sunscreen all over but developed a strange, swirly sun burn? Your sunscreen has likely expired. Can’t find the expiration date on the bottle? Throw it away!
  8. SPF In Foundation – Foundations that contain sunscreen are not a replacement for your regular sunscreen product. The reason why is simple.  Are you really going to apply the required 1/2 teaspoon of foundation to your face to get the amount of SPF promised on the bottle?  I think not.  However, applying a reasonable amount of foundation with SPF after your two peanuts worth sunscreen in the morning will boost your SPF by adding another layer of protection.



Antioxidant Superfruits for Your Skin

Antioxidant Superfruits for Your Skin

Sunrise Solution

By now you realize that antioxidants are essential nutrients that protect your skin and slow overall aging by capturing and neutralizing damaging free radicals.  That’s why you just ordered that freshly pressed green-drink, for its mega amounts of antioxidant vitamins.

But, if you’re already eating right, keeping your skin clean, well hydrated and exfoliated will adding a serum rich in antioxidants really make a difference for your skin?  Well that depends. Do you digress from your well intentioned diet?  Do you live a life free of sun damage and stress?  Do you refrain from smoking, sugar and alcoholic beverages?  Are you actively athletic?  All these factors create free radical damage that will eventually catch up with you and age your skin.

Enter Vitamin C & E Antioxidant Serum:  This is the tried and true gold standard antioxidant combination to help fight environmental agers.  There have been numerous studies that show the effectiveness of C & E to protect against sun induced free radical damage as well as brightening the skin and promoting skin firming collagen.  Specifically, C & E protects against oxidative stress (IE cross linking of collagen fibers) which eventually leads to sagging skin, unwanted pigmentation, lines and wrinkles.  So if you’re not using a Vitamin C & E Antioxidant Serum daily, now is the time to start.

Why a serum?  Eating vitamin rich fruits and veggies is important, but realize that your skin is the last organ to receive their benefits.  However, our skin is like a sponge.  We can absorb up to 60% of some antioxidants through the skin. A serum is more concentrated than a cream and incorporates a delivery system to penetrate those important antioxidant ingredients.

Realizing it’s impossible to get enough antioxidants to entirely eliminate all free radical damage, you may want to do a little more.  Consider adding a boost of concentrated superfruits to your antioxidant serum.  Here are six of our favorite superfruits which we recommend adding to your repertoire. These superfruits are top high functioning, vitamin packed health foods and can be found in Elizabeth Renee’s Sunrise Solution.

Here is our A-List:

  • Acai Berries
    acaiThe Acai fruit does, in fact, contain a truly amazing nutrient profile with a combination of essential fatty acids that supports cell structure. plus B & C vitamins. And just as importantly, the Acai fruit is rich in anthocyanins and phenols.  These powerful antioxidants help rejuvenate skin and calm inflammation.
  •  Goji Berries
    gogi berriesThe most exciting benefit from Goji Berries is its anti-aging potential. It includes minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, and selenium. All which fight free radicals, and many that encourage the production of collagen and elastin. It’s also rich in amino acids, the building blocks for proteins which help fill fine lines, smooth skin, and improve tone and color. Goji berries have also been shown to increase adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production, increasing the skin’s energy and the ability to regenerate itself.
  • Noni Fruit: 
    Noni2Noni Fruit is especially high in essential fatty acids which are the building blocks of fats and oils in the skin. These acids help to keep skin healthy by promoting the efficient functioning of cell membranes. This means cells can more readily absorb the nutrients they need while also flushing out the toxins that interfere with optimal cell function.
  • Mangosteen: 
    Mangosteen1Contain antioxidants which have antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.  This  is very useful for treating problem skin. It also contains catechins, an antioxidant which exerts sun damage protection by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation rather than by blocking UV rays. Therefore, mangosteens work synergisticlly to enhance sun protection when used in addition to a sunscreen.
  • Pomegranates: 
    Whole And Half Of Pomegranate Isolated On White BackgroundKnown to possess enormous antioxidant activity (amongst other things), with benefits that help control both UVA and UVB damage; boosting regeneration, lessening hyperpigmentation and increasing collagen production.  Pomegranates have also been shown to enhance the topical effectiveness of sunscreens.  If anything deserves to be dubbed a Superfruit, then it is a pomegranate.
  • Coffee Berries: 
    coffeeWhen applied to your skin, polyphenolic antioxidants in Coffee Berries soak up free radicals caused by ultraviolet light.  Plant polyphenols also act as a topical anti-inflammatory agents, when applied to your skin to treat inflammatory skin conditions such as contact dermatitis, rosacea or eczema.

A combination of these superfruits can be effective when adding just one pump to your current Vitamin C & E Serum daily.  Skin types that have found they are too sensitive to use Vitamin C Serums find that this as a great alternative (use 2-3 pumps) without irritation.  Also those who live an active lifestyle outdoors have benefited from adding a layer of a serum containing superfruits daily under their sunscreen for increased sun protection.

Sunscreen Intelligence

Sunscreen Intelligence

Are you being smart about saving your skin from accelerated aging caused by UV damage from the sun? Are you getting adequate protection from skin cancer?  The savvy sunscreen user knows how to avoid the following sunscreen mistakes.  She also knows how to choose esthetically sophisticated formulas that meet the needs of her individual skin type.  Then she meticulously applies sunscreen daily to obtain maximum top performance resulting in a more youthful, glowing complexion. Don’t make these common sunscreen mistake:

1. Not consistently using your sunscreen.
The first sunscreen mistake is not wearing any. By now, we all know that spending too much time in the sun increases your risk for both skin cancer and premature aging. Sunscreen is not just something you wear at the beach.  Any time the sun is up (even on cloudy days or in winter) you are exposed to damaging ultra violet rays.  So why do people skip wearing sunscreen?  I think it’s because sunscreen does not always feel like a plus for their skin.  Some people break out from sunscreens, it can be irritating or feel heavy on the skin or make you feel hot, or if you have rosacea, it can increased redness.  Sunscreen can also be drying, pore clogging and create a dull look to the skin.  Click here for options for choosing the best sunscreen formula for your skin type.

2.  Putting too much faith in the SPF number on the bottle.
Don’t put all your confidence in the SPF (sun protection factor) number.  This number only refers to protecting your skin against the damaging UVB rays (the burning rays). There is still no number that measures UVA rays (the aging rays).  Both rays can contribute to skin cancer. Your best bet is to look for a “broad spectrum” sunscreen that handles both.  Also, the number doesn’t accurately represent how much more a lower SPF number protects over a higher SPF number.  For example if you are using an SPF 30 you are not getting twice the protection that you’d get from an SPF 15.  An SPF 50 requires quite a lot more chemicals than an SPF 30 and the protection difference is negligible.  Matter of fact, the FDA no longer allows manufacturers to claim an SPF higher than 50.  100% protection from sunscreen alone is nearly impossible. For more information on why it’s important to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen every day, click here to view Huffington Post’s latest sunscreen update.

3. Relying solely on the SPF in your makeup for protection.
A foundation/sunscreen combination seems handy, but that doesn’t mean it works. Part of the problem is quantity.  A little dab of foundation isn’t enough to give you the actual SPF listed on the bottle.  Also, makeup wears off during the day and chances are you aren’t re-applying it the way you would sunscreen. That being said,  I would still choose to use a foundation that contains SPF and apply it over my regular sunscreen/moisturizer, just to get little added protection.  You might like to try   Elizabeth Renee’s MINERAL SHEER TINT or DEMI-MATTE MINERAL SHEER TINT (both with SPF 20).  These products are light and glide on easily without looking too much like makeup.  Still, you should not think of this as a replacement for your sunscreen.

4. Not applying enough product.
When the FDA set up the SPF number they were counting on the consumer using about an ounce of protection for one application over the entire body.  For some sunscreen products that might mean a quarter of the bottle.  Most people don’t end up using anywhere near enough sunscreen to get the SPF protection listed on the bottle.  This is what we recommend for just the face.  When you get up in the morning and do your regular skin care routine use about the size of a peanut for just your face (more for the neck, arms, chest etc.).  Then go and get dressed.  Come back to the bathroom and reapply.  This is a good rule of thumb for daily application. If you are in a sun situation you need to reapply every two hours. Look for a long wearing sunscreen like ADVANCED PROTECTION SPF 30.

5. Keeping your sunscreen product too long
The active ingredients in sunscreens can deteriorate over time, which means the protection won’t be as effective. Even though the shelf life listed may be for two years, we recommend starting the summer off with a fresh bottle .  You can use up last years formula on your body if you can’t bare to get rid of it.  Make sure to toss your sunscreen after the two year expiration date printed on the bottle.  Remember, how you store your sunscreen also plays a part in the shelf life of the product.  Keeping your sunscreen in the trunk in of your car in hot weather will quickly deteriorate the product.

6. All you need is sunscreen to protect you from uneven pigmentation.

Aging skin is not just wrinkled skin.  Unwanted pigmentation makes your skin look tired and dull.  Skin changes that cause brown spots or uneven pigmentation may have occurred from past sun damage that may have happened decades ago.  For a while, much of this damage was suppressed due to the presence of the hormone estrogen.  As we age estrogen levels drop and all of a sudden those brown spots can appear. This can happen even after you’ve made the commitment to stay out of the sun.  To reduce some of this pigmentation from popping up,the estheticians at Elizabeth Renee Esthetics Skin Care Spa recommend that their clients keep their skin cool.  That is because Heat + Hormone Changes = Pigmentation.  To keep your skin cool, wear protective clothing and stay out of the sun as much as possible.

7. There is nothing you can do once the damage is done.

You can greatly improve the texture, color and condition of your skin with regular facials and smart homecare.  Start by using your sunscreen fastidiously, every day. Exfoliate regularly (your esthetician can suggest which exfoliant is right for you) to rid the skin of dull, pigmented cells.  Protect yourself from the free radical damage from the sun by incorporating powerful antioxidants into your routine (Check out Elizabeth Renee’s C & E Antioxidant Serum).  Try natural skin lighteners, and keep your skin well hydrated and nourished. For quick anti sun-damage results check out Elizabeth Renee’s Bio-Brasion Ultra Smoothing Facial treatment.

A Guide to Elizabeth Renee Esthetics’ Sunscreens

A Guide to Elizabeth Renee Esthetics’ Sunscreens

Sunscreen is the most effective anti-aging product available since the #1 cause of premature wrinkles, leathery skin and uneven pigmentation is exposure to the damaging ultraviolet rays from the sun.  When searching for your ideal sunscreen don’t forget to invest in a formula that was created with your unique skin type in mind.  Here is a list of carefully chosen sun protection products from Elizabeth Renee Esthetics.

Advanced Protection SPF 30


This is our most popular sunscreen formula.   Advanced Protection SPF 30 by Elizabeth Renee Esthetics offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection in a lightweight, greaseless cream. Because it’s based on the physical sunscreen ingredient, “zinc oxide”, it works by deflecting damaging ultra violet rays away from the skin. In contrast, chemical sunscreens work by changing UV rays into heat, then releasing that heat from the skin.  This is important to know because sensitive skin or skin that is prone to rosacea has a tendency towards getting red and reacting when the skin becomes hot.  The same goes for inflamed, acne prone skin. Using this type of sunscreen can actually calm blemishes.  Our micro-milled formula was created to stay near the skin’s surface making it less likely to clog pores, but it also does not leave that thick, chalky film on the skin which is common with other zinc oxide based products.   Advanced Protection 30 can be used daily in lieu of a moisturizer and works well under makeup. This is the sunscreen of choice for all skin types when you are in a sun situation.



Peptide Protection SPF30 by Elizabeth Renee Esthetics is an advanced anti-aging treatment combined with a super hydrating (hyaluronic acid based) moisturizer that also offers high powered, broad spectrum sun protection.  It is excellent for skin wanting unsurpassed anti-aging results. This powerful formula helps increase micro-circulation (nourishing the skin); it helps decrease puffiness; it strengthens capillary walls (to reduce redness potential); and reinforces the structure and flexibility of the skin by providing Matrixyl® Synthe’6™ (state-of-the-art peptides) to increase skin firming collagen and elastin. The result: Peptide Protection SPF 30 creates a more resilient, youthful complexion. It’s light, silky formulation goes on smooth, without feeling sticky or uncomfortable. The peptide rich component is particularly effective for maturing skin types.



Perfect protection for skins that get clogged easily.  If you’re a runner, a gardener or just outside a lot, you can almost see your pores filling up in summer when the weather gets hot.  Usually your pore clogging potential raises when you introduce sunscreen to this type of skin. Enzyme Protection SPF 30 by Elizabeth Renee Esthetics is different.  It’s not just that it’s a lighter weight formula, but it contains Papaya Enzymes and Sugar Cane Extract which exfoliate to remove old, dead surface cells that build up in your pores.  With Enzyme Protection SPF 30 skin quickly regains its radiance and resilience and claims a much smoother texture.  This broad spectrum sunscreen protects against sun damage and premature aging, as it gently exfoliates, boosts cell turnover and mimics texture of youthful skin and a brighter, smoother complexion.



Many sunscreen moisturizers are just too heavy for oily skin types.  They tend to clog the pores and increase blemishing. You won’t find this happening when you choose Oil Defense Protection SPF15 by Elizabeth Renee Esthetics. This wonderfully light weight formula (with full spectrum sunscreen protection) effectively keeps skin feeling soft, fresh and well hydrated throughout the day. Manuka Honey provides moisturizing humectants with the added benefit of having natural antibacterial qualities. Cinnamon extract helps control sebum production.  Green Tea Extract calms skin as it provides antioxidant anti-aging protection. This is a great oil free everyday moisturizer that’s light, non-greasy and won’t aggravate problematic skin.



Moisture C Day Protection SPF 15 by Elizabeth Renee Esthetics is a rich, hydrating antioxidant based moisturizer with the added benefit of sun protection.  Rich in Vitamin C it encourages stimulation of collagen synthesis and the reversal of a thinning epidermis which is common in adult women with post -menopausal skin.. You’ll find significant long term protection against UV radiation both through sunscreen ingredients and super potent antioxidants included in this rich, creamy formula..



Hydrascreen SPF 15 by Elizabeth Renee Esthetics is an oil-free sunscreen moisturizer designed to provide sun protection for combination to oily skin types prone to dehydration.  It contains Sorbitol, a superior water-binding, natural humectant which attracts moisture from the air and binds it to thirsty skin cells, This light hydrating protective blend drenches skin in moisture and provides effective sunscreen protection without adding heavy oils. You’ll love its delicate mandarin scent.

Now you have all the information you need to make the right choice for sun protection that addresses the needs of your special skin type.

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Summertime Skin Savers

Summertime Skin Savers

Keeping It Cool

Learn to live summer in balance.
With just a few precious months to enjoy the weather,
it’s no fun staying indoors wrapped up like a mummy.
Learn these summertime good skin care practices.
Then go have fun while still being protected!


Advanced Protection SPF 30
Advanced Protection SPF 30

Did you know sunscreen will build up in your skin if you apply it every night for up to 3 weeks before you go on vacation? This way you’re less likely to get a burn. Remember to apply sunscreen 20 minutes before exposure to give it time to be effective.

Apply your sunscreen twice to get the SPF protection you want. Be generous. The first application should be about the size of a peanut (in the shell) for your face and neck. Come back after you’re dressed and apply a second coat.

Micro milled, zinc oxide based sunscreens are gentler on the skin and won’t clog your pores because they stay on the skin’s surface.


Fresh Mint Cleansing Gelle
Fresh Mint Cleansing Gelle

A gel cleanser will cut oil better. Just remember to keep it detergent free. That means no sulfates (detergents) in the ingredient list.

Keep it light and natural looking. A good sunscreen also provides moisture so you can skip that extra step. A powder foundation may be all you need.

In humid weather you may be able to get away with just wearing your treatment serum at night, without applying a moisturizer over it. If you have oily skin or you’re not in air conditioning this may work for you. If you live in air conditioning try an ultra-light, oil free, humectant based moisturizer during the summer.


Refine Deep Cleansing Masqie
Refine Deep Cleansing Masqie

This is the perfect time to focus on keeping pores clear. A clay based masque will gently exfoliate, remove impurities from the pores and hydrate your skin. Try it at least once a week in summer.

Having a professional Salicylic Peel clears away layers of clogging dead cells, lightens blemish stains, kills bacteria and slows oil production.

Problem skin clients often look towards the sun for a temporarily clearing of the skin. The problem is, there is always a backlash effect, which means you could be in for some pretty serious breakouts come fall.


Antioxidant Protection
Antioxidant Protection

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant found in the red pigment of pink grapefruit, papayas, goji berries and tomatoes. It defends against UV damage & offers significant anti-aging protection to DNA in skin cells.

Topical application of lycopene is easily absorbed into the skin. It combats aging free radicals and assists in metabolic functions related to growth & repair. Layering a lycopene based serum under your sunscreen boosts your anti-aging sun protection.

Time tested Vitamin C is great for reducing age spots, wrinkles, blackheads and UV damage from the sun. Applied topically it can be 20 x’s more effective than taking it orally.



I love baseball caps but they just don’t cut it when it comes to sun protection. Look for a wide brim with built in SPF. There are great companies online that offer UV protective clothing.

Sunglasses with 100% UVA/UVB protection will not only save you from getting deep crows-feet, they may also save your eyesight.

We are just becoming aware of High Energy Visible Light (HEV) which may be as damaging as UVA & UVB combined. Chemical sunscreens do not protect against this light. For now, use a physical block & protective clothing and watch for a new skin saving serum coming out soon, by Elizabeth Renee Esthetics.

Let’s all have a fun and safe summer!


Six Summer Sun Facts

Brown Eye ShadowFACT:
Sunscreen builds up in your skin.  This can be a good thing if your out and about a lot because you can build extra protection.  In just a few weeks you’ll have built up enough sunscreen in your skin to lessen your risk of burning.  The problem is, this can lead to clogged pores if you’re not removing your sunscreen properly at night.

Try washing with a slightly more potent cleanser in summer.  If you tend to be oily or get clogged pores try our Fresh Mint Cleanser.  This minty fresh product leaves oily skin feeling sparkly clean and refreshed.  Don’t forget to follow up with a mild toning lotion to remove any residue. Don’t worry you’ll still have some extra sun protection.

Sunscreens not only help protect against pigmentation, sunburn and the potential for skin cancer but sunscreens help prevent wrinkles!

I guess I haven’t stressed this enough because last month when the NY Times posted a new study documenting how sunscreens do prevent wrinkles many clients came rushing in, looking for our Advanced Protection SPF 30 and declaring this as new news.  So if you haven’t got the message thus far, please take note of it now.  Your skin will thank you later.

Don’t exfoliate in the morning in summer.  Exfoliation makes skin look soft, smooth and radiant but it also exposes newer cells to the sun.

Instead of exfoliating in the morning, try exfoliating only at night.  Match frequency of exfoliation with your skin type.  Thin skin: once a week.  Normal skin: twice a week.  Thick skin: three times a week.  If you use a scrub choose one with smooth surfaced particles that won’t scratch your skin.  Gentler exfoliants include smart enzymes which are known to remove only the dead surface cells while leaving younger cells intact.  Tropical Enzyme Smoothing Peel is a good example of an enzyme masque that contains no particles at all.  It’s gentle on the skin but still gets rid of that dull leathery, summer skin look.

In summer, most of us need to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Summer heat, while making us more oily, evaporates moisture from the skin.  The way to replenish this is to choose a light weight humectant based serum like Hydraessence under your moisturizer or sunscreen.  In-Spa there is nothing more hydrating or refreshing than our Hydracool Repair Masque, applied with a cool facial iron.  This fantastic treatment masque contains high levels of Hyaluronic Acid (a superior moisture magnate) plus skin repairing Epidermal Growth Factors which  helps undo sun damage on contact.  Nothing like instant gratification!

SPF 30 is the magic number for sunscreens.

Higher than that and you increase your risk of irritation from the tremendous amount of added chemicals needed to marginally increase your sun protection.  The key is to make sure to apply enough to get that 30 SPF.  Always use more than you think you need. I like applying two coats in the morning.  Oh, and don’t forget to reapply every two hours when out in the sun.

You can get better sun protection.

No matter what SPF is in your sunscreen, if you apply a potent antioxidant serum under your sunscreen you can increase your skin protection by up to 20%.  Antioxidants intercept free radicals from the sun that age your skin.  We love our Sunrise Solution because it contains 18 potent antioxidants including 6 superfruits like Goji Berries and Pomegranate Extract.  This is more effective than Vitamin C in summer plus it’s super soothing and calms inflammation.

Happy Summer!