Category Archives: Sunscreen

Don’t forget about the neck and chest!

When thinking of skincare products and treatments, we tend to focus our thoughts on our face. Of course, we want to have glowing skin on our face, however we need to make sure that our face matches our neck and chest.

When applying sunscreen, make sure that you apply the product down the neck and also on your chest. The neck and chest are some of the first areas to show visible signs of aging, develop laxity and discoloration, all of which give away our age. Being sure to protect those areas will avoid those pesky spots and wrinkles from popping up.

But what if the damage is already done?

That is where treatments come in to play! The neck and chest are wonderful areas to treat using the latest laser technology. Whether it’s skin tightening for the neck area, skin resurfacing for wrinkles and fine lines, or needing to even out skin tone by removing unsightly brown spots, we have your answer.

Most treatments require little to no downtime and results can be achieved in one to two treatments. Consultations are always complimentary. We would love to sit down and create a personalized treatment plan to make sure all of your goals will be met.

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IPL Chest

Patient received 1 IPL treatment

The Importance of Year Round Sunscreen

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Are you still using your favorite sunscreen, even for these late winter/early spring months?  Here are a few reasons why it’s important to use sunscreen year around.

There are different types of UV rays, the most common being UVA and UVB. UVA rays are present and the same strength year round, regardless of the season. They penetrate more deeply than UVB rays and cause premature aging and skin damage. UVB rays are the rays that cause skin to redden and burn. They are not as strong during the winter, so that means you most likely won’t get sunburned and you also will have no warning signs when you’ve had too much exposure.  With snow on the ground that increases your exposure because the snow reflects the sun’s rays, which can result in a double dose of exposure.  So  get into a good routine of using a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher daily.  Ask our SkinSpeaks team for a recommendation today!

3 Winter Skincare Mistakes

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Slacking on exfoliation-

Winter is an especially important time to exfoliate. By removing dead skin cells, moisturizers can actually penetrate deeper providing the extra hydration it needs.

Over moisturizing-

Our harsh Minnesota winters can really stress our skin, leaving it feeling super dry.  It’s a common mistake to layer on the moisturizers, but caking on these lotions can increase clogged pores, bumps, and breakouts. After the skin has absorbed all that it can absorb, the rest just sits on the surface of the skin potentially blocking pores.  Making sure you are using the correct moisturizers for your skin type and adding an oil-free serum can give you the extra boost it may need to survive the winter.

Skipping the SPF-

Even though you may not be getting a sunburn or suntan, you are still getting those damaging rays that cause brown spots and aging. Also, snow reflects up to 80% of the UV light from the sun, increasing your risk of damage. Use an SPF of 30 or high every day and reapply often when spending extended amounts of time in the harsh winter air.

Don’t Put Away Your Sunscreen!

Summer may officially be over, but that does not mean it is time to put your sunscreen away. Did you know that you are actually at more risk for sun damage when out shoveling snow then when you are laying on the beach? UVA rays are just as strong during the winter months as they are in the summer. UVB rays are stronger in the summer, however reflection of the rays can cause them to be up to 80% stronger. Snow reflects 80% of UV rays, whereas beach sand reflects only 15%.  Bottom line, do not put that SPF away! It is extremely important to keep using all year long.

SkinSpeaks offers a wide variety of SPF options to help protect your skin ALL year round. Whether you want an SPF that moisturizes, has anti-aging properties, has a tint or just a plain old sunscreen, we have what you need!

 

SPF in a Nutshell

SPF is a measure of UVB protection (does NOT indicate UVA protection) that refers to how many times longer a person could be in the sun before getting burnt compared to being outside without sunscreen. Suppose that a particular person would normally burn after 15 minutes on an average sunny day. If this person applied a sufficient amount of SPF 30, then she would theoretically develop a burn after 7.5 hours (30 times longer than with no sun screen). However, this does NOT mean that she is protected for 7.5 hours, as damage to the DNA in the skin occurs well before the skin reddens. The SPF rating is NOT intended to be used to calculate how long someone can or should be in the sun and if misinterpreted can give a person a false sense of security.

How much protection are you getting with each SPF?

SPF 5: 80% of UV radiation is screened

SPF 15: 93% of UV radiation is screened

SPF 30: 97% of UV radiation is screened

SPF 50: 98% of UV radiation is screened

SPF 100: 99% of UV radiation is screened

The numbers above demonstrate that there is not a very meaningful difference between the higher SPFs. The bottom line is that no matter the SPF, sunscreen must be applied at least every 2 hours of sun exposure to adequately protect the skin. You don’t need to get burned to experience the harmful effects of UV radiation.

SPF Basics

How much do you know about your SPF?

What does SPF stand for?

•Sun protection factor- which is determined by comparing the length of time it takes skin to burn with sunscreen protection to the length of time unprotected skin to burn.

What is the difference between UVA and UVB rays?

•UVA rays- are long wave solar rays that penetrate the skin more deeply; this is considered the chief culprit when it comes to the “photo aging” of skin such as wrinkling and leathering of the skin. These are also the rays that can penetrate clouds and glass, so they are at equal intensity; all hours of the day; year around.
UVA rays are what contribute to tanning of the skin whether you are tanning outdoors or indoors. Over time tanning causes cumulative damage to the skin. Having exposure to UVA rays cause an injury to the skin’s DNA and in turn darkens the skin to prevent any further DNA damage.

•UVB rays- are short wave solar rays that penetrate the epidermis, the superficial layers of the skin. These are the rays that cause sunburn, and play a key role in the development of skin cancer. The intensity of UVB rays varies by season, but is the strongest between the hours of 10AM and 4PM.
What is the difference between Sunblock and Sunscreen?
Sunblock (Physical): reflects the sun’s rays, so they never reach your skin. They are made up of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are very effective when it comes to protecting your skin against UVA and UVB rays. Sunblocks often appear white on the skin, so sunscreens are favored because they appear to be less visible.

Sunscreens (Chemical): contain benzophenones, cinnamates, and salicylates; which also protect against UVA and UVB rays by absorbing these harmful rays before they reach the skin, but these ingredients break down after a few hours of sun exposure. So you would have to remember to reapply throughout the day.

•If your sunscreen states that it is “broad spectrum”, that means that you are protected from both UVA and UVB radiation.