SPF & its Numbers

23 Jun

Summer is here and the sun is out and the beach is calling your name:) Ahhh…LIFE is GREAT! But wait! Even though the sun is shining and you feel good on the inside, what about the outside? Are you fully protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun?

If your not sure, here’s a break down of SPF #’s:

  • SPF 2 blocks out 50% of  UVB rays
  • SPF 10 filters out about 85% of UVB rays
  • SPF 15 stops about 95%
  • SPF 30 stops about 97%

An SPF higher than 30 does not provide anymore UV protection, it just offers more time in the sun without burning.

Even if you choose a higher SPF, you still need to reapply after being in the water or perspiring to ensure protection.

Make sure that your sunscreen provides UVA/UVB protection.

By avoiding sun damage, you preserve your skin’s health and keep your skin lookin’ good with fewer wrinkles  and discolorations:)


Candy & Acne

13 Feb

Ahhh…Valenties Day: The sweetest day of the year.valentines day: the sweetest day

Or is it?  Can candies and chocolate result in bad skin!?!?

Well, I have something short & sweet for you:

Hormones, overactive oil glands, heredity and dead skin cells that lodge in skin pores are what cause acne, according to the Acne Resource Center.  Not the candy and chocolates that most of us ♥.

Want to read more? Click here!

Until next time…have a SWEET day!

Spotlight On:Parabens

28 Jan

I recently read an article on the pros and cons of parabens in the new issue of Skin Inc. I’m grateful to have read this article because in the end I sided with the cons of parabens and decided your skin is better off :


What are Parabens?
First of all parabens are preservatives used in skin care products, lotions, moisturizers, makeup, cleansing gels, toothpaste, and some of our foods! So when choosing products read the ingredients to watch out for any form of parabens. Here’s why:

What makes paraben’s harmful?
Ok, so there were some studies that have been done which have shown that parabens mimic estrogen, which is known to play a role in the development of breast cancer!

Also, in the July 2002 issue of the Archives of Toxicology , Dr. S. Oishi of the Department of Toxicology, Tokyo Metropolitan Research Laboratory of Public Health reported that exposure of newborn male mammals to butylparaben “adversely affects the secretion of testosterone and the function of the male reproductive system.”

Check your ingredient labels
Words like “natural” and “organic” does not mean paraben-free.
Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Benzyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid, Methyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid, Ethyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid, Propyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid, Butyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid, Parahydroxybenzoic acid and Parahydroxybenzoate. These are all forms of parabens….get rid of them!

Safe and Effective Preservatives
Look for grapeseed extract, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, sorbic acid, tocopherol (vitamin E), vitamin A (retinyl), and vitamin C (ascorbic acid); these are the safest preservatives that seem to cause the least irritation and have the fewest allergic reactions.

PARABEN-FREE companies

  • Aubrey Organics,
  • Dr. Hauschka
  • Eminence Organic skin Care
  • Burt’s Bees
  • Iredale Mineral Cosmetics
  • Juice Beauty
  • Naturopathica
  • Pangea Organics
  • View the complete list at Breast Cancer Action.

    Do you know any other companies that have paraben-free products?
    If so,  please share!
    Thanks for reading!

    Merry Christmas!

    25 Dec

    Were you naughty or nice to your skin this christmas?!

    With the new year approaching set some skin care resolutions for healthier skin!

    Here’s a few examples:
    -I will take my makeup off before bed…
    -I will wear sunscreen DAILY!!!
    -I will look for benefical ingredients for my skin…
    -I will get plenty of sleep and drink plenty of water…

    Anyway you get the idea…have a merry christmas EVERYONE!

    Happy Holidays with Hyaluronic Acid

    6 Dec

    During these winter months, your skin can become dry from the cold weather. Luckily, I live in Hawaii and I don’t have to worry about such a dramatic climate change. But, LUCKY for you there’s an ingredient that can help your skin stay plump and moisturized during the winter months and all year round!

    Causes of Aging
    The ability to retain and keep moisture in your skin is the key to youthful, radiant and healthy skin. But as we grow older our skin holds less moisture, leading to collagen degradation, which then leads to signs of aging.

    “The key to the Fountain of Youth.”
    Hyaluronic acid is a substance that occurs naturally in humans and animals, and is found in young skin and joint fluid. Hyaluronic acid is a component of the body’s connective tissues, and is known to cushion and lubricate. HA helps support the formation and maintenence of collagen, so it’s great for treating and preventing wrinkles. It also keeps skin smooth and moisturized through it’s ability to hold up to 1,000 times it’s water weight!

    So put this on your wish list for Christmas and you’ll be plump and vibrant this winter and for the new year!

    What are you thankful for?

    27 Nov

    Beautiful skin can seem so far away sometimes (if you know what I mean, unless you have flawless skin-lucky you!), but if you take simple steps you can feel a lot better about your skin care situation.  There are a few products that I use that makes me thankful for the skin I have today.  I don’t have picture perfect skin, but I’ve overcome skin concerns that make me feel like I do.

    Here is a list of some skin care products that I am thankful for:

    1. Olay Complete SPF  30 Defense Daily UV moisturizer– I love this!  Moisturizer +Sunscreen=happy, protected skin!  It’s also recommended by the skin cancer foundation with a certification sticker.
    2. Phytomer Peeling Vegetal Exfoliant–  This is such a great exfoliant that gets rid of all those dead skin cells revealing a more radiant complexion!  My skin feels soooo smooth and soft afterward.
    3. Smashbox Photo Finish Light–  I don’t wear foundation, but I love to put this on to make my face have a smooth matte look all day long!
    4. Epicuren Vitamin CXC–  Ahhhhh!  This is perfect after I go surfing all day, I put it on right before bed…great for sun damaged and midly acneic skin.
    5. Phytomer Blemish Target Gel- Perfect for those irritating pimples that pop up from time to time.  ewh!

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    Beautiful skin from…bananas?!

    22 Nov

    I LOVE bananas!  Whether making tasty strawberry-banana smoothies or eating a fresh peeled banana when I’m in a hurry.  Bananas are a great source of potassium, vitamins a, b, c, e  and  have great health benefits for your body.  But this Southeast Asia native fruit also has benefits for your skin too!

    Acne skin gets easily irritated and bananas have no known ingredients that cause irritation, so it is ideal for sensitive skin.  So here’s what you can do: Mash up a banana and apply it to your face as a mask for 20 minutes, then rinse it off with lukewarm water.  Potassium in bananas help kill bacteria in acne blemishes and aids in healing them at a faster rate.  Vitamin B from bananas can calm irritation and even skin tone.

    Aging skin may become dry with signs of wrinkles and age spots, which can benefit from this super-fruit as well.  Vitamin A in bananas will help restore natural oil for the dry areas while Vitamin E can repair damaged skin and fade age spots.  Vitamin C restores cell function and prevents oxidation which will prevent future fine lines and wrinkles.  For an anti-aging mask, mash up a banana and mix in some honey with it.  The honey will help firm the skin while the banana will make skin functional, soft and smooth.