Beach Skin Care Tips

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As the days heat up, many of us have grand plans for trips to the beach, lake, or even the good ol’ pool! If you’re planning to partake in some fun in the sun, follow our tried-and-true beach skin care tips to ensure that your skin looks and feels great, and stays healthy after sun exposure.

Before
Before you head to your summer destination of choice, prepare your skin with our Moisturizing Body Lotion. MLE, allantoin, and vitamin E will work together to soften, smooth, and illuminate the skin, while also repairing and preventing damage with skin care antioxidants. With regular use, our Moisturizing Body Lotion promises improved softness and radiance – a must-have for swimsuit weather!

During
While you’re enjoying those warm rays of sunshine, keep your sensitive skin protected! For the body, choose a broad-spectrum SPF cream that won’t irritate dry skin. For your face, use our Atopalm BB Cream in Light or Medium, which protects with SPF and skin care antioxidants, while moisturizing with MLE and perfecting the complexion with lightweight mineral makeup pigments.

After
When you get home from your summertime excursion, repair skin and fight dehydration with Moisture Mist. This spray-on formula is perfect for after sun care use from head to toe. It replenishes moisture with MLE and hyaluronic acid while fighting premature signs of aging with palmitoyl pentapeptide-4. Moisture Mist can also soothe discomfort caused by prolonged sun exposure. It’s the perfect way to refresh the skin and mind after summer fun!

Follow these beach skin care tips to keep skin healthy and beautiful all summer long!

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Travel-Friendly Skin Care

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There’s no place like home for the holidays, but what if home is far away? Car heaters, airplane air, stress, and flitting in and out of different climates can all damage your skin, leaving it feeling dry and uncomfortable. Rather than show up at home with acne breakouts and blotches, follow these travel-friendly skin care tips for keeping your skin merry and bright.

Don’t Pack Light
When it comes to lightening your suitcase’s load, the first things to go are usually personal care items. Mom will have toothpaste, and I can pick up some shampoo while I’m there, you think. All of this is fine and dandy as long as you don’t leave your skin care products behind! If you’ve been taking good care of your skin, you won’t be able to pick up duplicates at the drugstore, so be sure to pack your hand-chosen skin care regimen to keep your skin looking and feeling great.

Use a Mini-Routine
We all know how hectic the holidays can get. Between family dinners, outings, and the holiday festivities themselves, skin care if often forgotten. Since skin is clearly not the star of the season, there’s no need to become hypervigilant about maintaining your normal routine. However, inventing a mini-routine is a must for keeping skin beautiful! Skip the exfoliation, but be sure to cleanse. Cut down on your specialty makeup products (like eye brighteners and bronzers), but continue using protective minerals.

Another way to create a more efficient routine is to invest in a multi-tasking product or two. A cleanser-toner combination, for example, or a tinted moisturizer will save you a lot of time. One of the best examples of this is Atopalm BB Cream, a hydrating lotion that also provides broad-spectrum SPF 20 protection and a brightening mineral tint for perfecting the complexion. That’s three uses in one application, and at $19.99, this beauty balm cream may soon become a must for your home routine, too.

Protect, Protect, Protect
Physical protection is hugely underrated when it comes to beauty and winter skin care. Using protective skin care products is wonderful, but one of the best ways to prevent chapping, redness, and discomfort is to physically protect against the elements. Wrap a soft scarf around your neck and pull a knit hat over your ears and forehead to protect against harsh winter winds. Be sure to wear sunglasses or goggles when skiing, and don’t forget that physical mineral-based sunblock, which protects skin by creating an undetectable layer of minerals, rather than sinking into the skin like chemical sunscreens.

Keeping your skin healthy, comfortable, and beautiful shouldn’t be a stress this holiday season. Just be sure to keep these skin care tips in mind while traveling (or even at home!), and you’ll be sure to look as wonderful as you feel.

What is SPF?

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What is an SPF, and why do I need it? The question has been asked time and again. Beauty skin care companies take great care to include SPF in many of their products. Even some makeup includes an SPF. But, why is it there, and do you really need it for healthy skin?

SPF Basics
The letters SPF stand for Sun Protection Factor. Most people assume that SPF applies only to the greasy sunscreens of youth, and therefore avoid beauty products that are formulated with an SPF. However, that idea could not be further from the truth.

Any product, from lotions, sticks and sprays, to mineral makeup, lip gloss and daily moisturizers, can include an SPF. Simply put, sun protection factor is just a measurement to let users know how much protection from the sun they can expect from that product. Some products don’t include any sun protection, while some have a very high SPF rating. It’s all in the formula.

The higher the SPF rating, the more the product protects against UVB rays, which are responsible for sunburns. The easiest way to understand SPF ratings is to imagine that your skin would get burned if exposed to one hour of unprotected time in the sun. If you were to wear an SPF 15 sunscreen, that time would be extended to 150 hours; that is, 15 times what your unprotected skin could stand.

This oversimplification works as a general rule; however, it is important to realize that all skin types and tones burn at different exposure levels, and that UV rays vary throughout the day. In addition, reapplication makes a huge difference, as does one’s activity level. Because of this, it is always a good idea to re-apply SPF products if you’re spending a lot of time in the sun.

One last note on SPF ratings in general. SPF only refers to protection against UVB rays. The sun also gives off UVA rays, which are responsible for the damage that causes premature signs of aging, hyperpigmentation, and even skin cancer. The damage of UVA rays won’t leave your skin red or painful, which makes it that much more dangerous — you won’t even know it’s happening. Therefore, you always want to look for a broad-spectrum sun protection product, which will protect the skin against both UVA and UVB rays.

Types of SPF
There are many ingredients used to protect the skin against the sun’s damaging rays. Mineral sunblocks, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, provide some of the best protection against both UVA and UVB rays, and do not degrade during wear. They are also natural skin care ingredients, making them a very popular choice.

Alternatively, there are chemical sunscreens, such as avobenzone, homosalate, and oxybenzone, which also provide good protection. However, they are chemical agents which degrade over time, demanding re-application.

No matter how you choose to protect your skin, you now know what SPF is and why you should use it. Research ingredients on your own to decide what’s best for you, and make sure to make adjustments for your personal skin type, complexion, and outdoor preferences.