Monday, May 22, 2017

Sunscreen Q & As

Just for clarification, when I say sunscreen, I am referring to either a sunscreen or sunblock. I don’t differentiate between the two because neither a sunscreen nor a sunblock is keeping all the damaging rays off your face. So for simplification, I lump all sun protection products under the heading of sunscreen.

How long should I wait to go outside before my sunscreen is effective?

Generally, dermatologists recommend applying sun products to the skin at least 20 minutes before going outside. Without giving the cream or lotion enough time to soak in and penetrate the skin, the effects of the actual sun protection may not be as good. If you have forgotten to apply sunscreen once you are outside, go ahead and apply it—better to have it on than not. For optimum benefits, try to remember to apply it before you go outside.

My day cream doesn’t have a lot of SPF. Is it OK to use sunscreen on top?

I’m not a fan of layering your creams. If you have true-dry skin, it may be OK because your skin is lacking in natural oils and may need the extra layer. But if your skin is oily, problem, or even combination, putting two layers of cream on may be excessive and cause further problems (primarily blackheads and a shiny look to your skin).

Since sunscreens are creams or lotions and have emollient ingredients that help them spread over your skin, I would recommend simply using your sunscreen as your day moisturizer. This way you will get the full benefits of the sunscreen (SPF), and it should be moisturizing enough—especially if you have an oilier skin type.

I’ve started doing some work with a dermatologist at a VA Clinic and in just the short time I’ve been there, I’ve seen so many precancerous and cancerous lesions. The doctor I work for tells his patients to put sunscreen on twice a day, every day, even for just walking to and from the car because damaging sun rays penetrate the car windows. I never wear any kind of sunscreen during the week (since I’m at work all day), and I would like to start. After seeing all the skin cancer, I realize putting a sunscreen on every day is worth lessening my chances of getting skin cancer.

Here is more confirmation that you need to wear sunscreen—every day—no matter what activities you are engaged in. If you work inside an office and truly don’t leave the building except to get there in the morning and leave after the work day is finished, a light-textured SPF 15 is probably all that you need. For outside activities, you want to wear something that is applicable for that kind of exposure. A waterproof or water-resistant sunscreen would be most appropriate.

Even though you’re wearing a waterproof or water-resistant sun product, you still need to reapply after you have been in the sun for over an hour. When you initially apply the cream, don’t forget to put some on your ears, behind your ears, and in that ridge between your earlobe and cheek. If you have short hair or are wearing it up under your hat, don’t forget the back of your neck, which is a common place to get sun exposure and sunburn.

I want to emphasize this point: whether you are wearing a sunscreen or a sunblock, whether they block UVA, UVB, or both, and even when you reapply frequently, you are still receiving sun exposure. There is no way to block out all of the sun’s damaging rays unless you are inside a building, away from a window. Wear sunscreen and get your moles checked at the dermatologist. Take care of your skin—and your future.

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    Saturday, May 20, 2017

    Comments regarding Yonka’s Juvenil vs. essential oils

    Just so I have this right: The ampule of brown liquid you gave me is the same one that is in the first blog article you sentyes? It says you can put it all over your face, and I got a different impression from you today, so I guess I’ll need some clarification.

    Yes, the blog post was for Juvenil, the same brown liquid I gave you today. What I was saying was you can use the Juvenil in larger areas than you would would ever want to use the lavender essential oil. The Juvenil is very liquid-y and a little goes a long way, but yes you can use it all over the face. With that said, it would be a waste to use it in places where there is no breakout since that is what it helps to diminish (breakoutred infected places). Hope that clarifiesif not, I’ll give it another go!

    Again, you can use Juvenil on any breakoutwidespread or not. With lavender you don’t want to use it “liberally"just on individual spots. Lavender or any essential oil is too intense, too scent-y, and too much for the skin using any other way than just locally. Juvenil, on the other hand, can and should be used liberally, although it, too, can be used as a spot treatment. I hope you guys find some help with the Juvenil!

    Here is a short followup from my client:

    Okay, my son got a nice dose of Juvenil on the bad spots this morning. He didn’t complain too much about it, so we’ll see how it goes! 

    You can’t go wrong with either of these products (Juvenil or an essential oil), but in some cases one is preferable than the other. If you have widespread breakout I’d recommend Juveniloften and liberally. If you just get a blemish now and then, you might be better off with an essential oil, like lavender of geranium. Personally, I like to have my arsenal of skin care weapons chocked full, so if you can have both on hand for any problems that appear on your skin.

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    Yonka’s Excellence Code Contours—Anti-aging eye and lip cream

    Just about a year ago (spring 2016), Yonka introduced their new anti-aging line: Excellence Code. I have previously published an article going over the attributes of Excellence Code Cream (see link below). Today’s post explains the benefits of Excellence Code Contourstheir latest eye and lip cream. The following is from Yonka headquarters: 

    Yon-Ka Paris has proudly completed the Age Exception collection with the launch on Excellence Code Masque [to be featured in a separate blog post] and EXCELLENCE CODE CONTOURS. These two new, high performance products are well suited for the multi-dimensional needs of mature, hormonally imbalanced skin. Both new products contain five unique and effective natural complexes which were tested and supervised by dermatologists and ophthalmologists. 
    • 95% of natural ingredients  
    • Paraben-free
    • Multi-tasking, versatile product with proven efficacy
    • Appearance of puffiness: -34%
    • Intensity of dark circles: -50%
    • Upper lid-lifting effect: up to -61% (sagging part of the eyelid)
    • Length of crow’s feet wrinkles: up to -48%
    • Reduction in lips lines: up to -38%
    For youthful brighter eyes and lips with renewed definition, Excellence Code Contour, rich in targeted active ingredients including its star ingredient, Persian Silk Tree, acts on all signs of aging. Its anti-glycation action and patented high precision applicator, lifts the contours and preserves the dermal structures. Puffiness, darks circles, and wrinkles are also reduced and the signs of fatigue and tension fade away with an immediate light-boosting effect. Uniting high performance and highly technical, Excellence Code is a gentle and non-invasive alternative to blepharoplasty [a surgical eye lift]; a solution to natural-looking, graceful aging.

    As I’ve mentioned in previous articles from the newer Yonka products, I am not a fan of how they are presenting the attributes of these productsusing (in my opinion) practically impossible to prove percentages, such as “Length of crow’s feet wrinkles: up to -48%”—really? But, it is what it is. What I do know is this is a Yonka product and I love Yonka products!

    Essential ingredients:
    • Hyaluronic acid with high and low molecular weight, konjacwrinkle filler, smoothing, hydrating
    • Complex of white lupin and alfalfa, Persian silk tree, St Paul’s-wortanti-puffiness, anti-dark circles, upper eyelid-lifting effect
    • Natural light-reflecting pink pigments, organic “soft focus” powderilluminating, instant soft focus effect
    • Red algae, garden nasturtiumclear and even complexion
    • Organic thistle, vitamin A, avocado and grape seed oils, mango butter, bisabololrepairing. soothing
    • Co-enzyme Q10, vitamin Eanti-free radicals
    • Essential oils of bergamot, lemon, mandarin, rose, tonka bean and guaiac woodrefreshing, calming
    Directions for use:
    In the morning and evening:
    • Apply a small amount of cream to your eye and/or lip contour
    • Repeat each step 3 times using applicator

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