May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, so let’s talk SUNSCREENS!

There are two types of sunscreens – physical and chemical

Physical sunscreens block the sun’s rays and contain zinc oxide or titanium oxide. On the positive side, physical sunscreens provide a physical barrier for the skin, outperform chemical blocks, last longer on the skin and are considered less toxic. On the negative side, they can be pore clogging, feel thick, and look white on the skin.

Chemical sunscreens absorb the sun’s rays. A few of the popular chemical sunblock agents include Paba, Avobenzone, and/or Oxybenzone. Chemical sunscreens can be lightweight and less “greasy” than other traditional zinc blocks. On the negative side, chemical sunscreens are less effective than physical blocks, protect skin a shorter amount of time, have many safety concerns, contain a lot of skin irritating chemicals, pore clogging and potentially toxic ingredients.

The Case Against Daily Sunscreen (if you’re inside most of the day)

The trouble with ingredients in sunscreens is they can act as penetration enhancers that are absorbed into the body and can be found in blood, milk and urine samples. Scary.

An article written by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) stated, “The Food and Drug Administration has not reviewed evidence of potential hazards of sunscreen filters – instead it grandfathered in ingredients used in the late 1970s when it began to consider sunscreen safety. The Danish EPA recently reviewed the safety of active ingredients in sunscreen and concluded that most ingredients lacked information to ensure their safety (Danish EPA 2015). Sixteen of the 19 ingredients studied had no information about their potential to cause cancer” and, “Laboratory studies indicate that some chemical UV filters may mimic hormones, and physicians report sunscreen-related skin allergies, which raises important questions about unintended human health consequences from frequent sunscreen application.”

Since 2009, The European Union (EU) has banned 1328 chemicals from cosmetics. As of 2018, the United States had only banned 30. This is a huge contrast and needs to be considered when buying cosmetics, personal care items and ESPECIALLY SUNSCREEN.

Skinceuticals physical fusion uv defenseI only carry one sunscreen, SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50. I am not saying all its ingredients are 100% perfect but it’s the best non-chemical based sunscreen I can find out there that doesn’t feel disgusting or cause breakouts. PS: You can get SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50 FREE this month on our product special below.

NOTE: Keep in mind, there is no SPF past 50.  Anything claiming to be greater than 50 SPF is creative marketing. If you spend any extended length of time outside in direct sunlight there is no sunblock out there that will protect you 100%. You will need a wide brimmed hat (a baseball hat isn’t enough), and appropriate coverage with clothing for maximum protection.

Vitamin C for the skin both topically and internally helps protect the skin from aging and neutralize free radicals in the skin.

Does Sunscreen Cause Acne?

I am probably going to be persecuted for saying this, but if you predominantly work indoors, daily sunblock isn’t necessary. That’s right, I said it.

Sunblocks are notorious for causing acne breakouts and skin irritation. Even sunblocks that claim they are specially formulated for oily or acne prone skin often causes breakouts. Many sunblock ingredients are potentially toxic and can cause all kinds of allergic reactions as well.

If you are going hiking, doing yard work, or are at the beach – then yes to the sunscreen. If you sit behind a computer all day in an office, you can safely skip the sunscreen. If you’ll be outside briefly (walking to the car, etc.), just pop a hat on to protect the delicate skin on your face and neck.

Vitamin D Deficiency and Sunscreen

Sunlight on your skin daily in small doses is good for your skin and health. Most Americans are Vitamin D deficient and daily sunblock use is one reason why. I am not condoning baking for hours in the sun, or ever visiting tanning beds, but 15 – 20 minutes of good old-fashioned sunshine (without sunblock) is central for good health.

Celebrity Skin May 2019 Product Special

Buy either SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic or Ploretin CF Vitamin C serum and receive a free sunscreen (while supplies last)!

Vitamin C natural sunscreen skinceuticals

C E Ferulic from SkinCeuticals

A synergistic antioxidant combination of 15% pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), 1% vitamin E (alpha tocopherol), and 0.5% ferulic acid to enhance protection against environmental damage caused by free radicals that can contribute to atmospheric aging. This vitamin C serum helps neutralize free radicals induced by UVA/UVB, infrared radiation (IRA), and ozone pollution (O3), which may lead to visible signs of accelerated skin aging. In addition to antioxidant protective benefits, C E Ferulic improves signs of aging and photodamage, the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and the loss of firmness, while brightening skin’s complexion.

  • Provides advanced environmental protection by neutralizing damaging free radicals
  • Visible anti-aging benefits, such as the improvement of the appearance of lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness, and brightens skin’s complexion
  • Neutralizes free radicals on the upper layer of the skin to help prevent the impact of ozone damage to skin
  • Once absorbed, this vitamin C serum remains effective for a minimum of 72 hours
  • Paraben-free and ideal for normal, dry, and sensitive skin types
  • Tested suitable for use post-laser, always consult with a physician for individual post-procedure care

Phloretin CF

Phloretin CF is a patented synergistic combination of 2% phloretin, 10% pure vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid), and 0.5% ferulic acid for enhanced protection against atmospheric skin aging – environmental damage and premature signs of aging caused by free radicals from UVA/UVB, infrared radiation (IRA), and ozone pollution (O3). In addition to antioxidant protective benefits, Phloretin CF improves the appearance of discoloration, fine lines, and uneven skin tone.

  • Provides advanced environmental protection by neutralizing damaging free radicals
  • Improves the appearance of discoloration and overall skin tone
  • Once absorbed, this vitamin C serum remains effective for a minimum of 72 hours
  • Paraben-, fragrance-, and dye-free
  • Ideal for normal, oily, and combination skin types

About SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50

Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 is a weightless fluid that combines 100% mineral filters with translucent color spheres for effective broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and an even, radiant finish. This high protection zinc oxide sunscreen also contains artemia salina, a plankton extract known to increase skin’s resistance to UV- and heat-induced stress.

  • Sheer, tinted sunscreen adapts to most skin tones without a white cast
  • Water resistant for up to 40 minutes
  • Boosts radiance for a more even, luminous complexion
  • Helps boost skin’s natural defenses to environmental stress
  • Paraben-free and fragrance-free; non-comedogenic
  • Ideal for all skin types, even very sensitive skin.

May 2019 Service Special

It’s our Happy Mother’s Day special!

Get the “Works Facial” for just $199 through 5/31/2019, with Mary only (regularly $299). 

Celebrity Skin’s signature Works Facial Treatment is a combination ALL FOUR treatments Microdermabrasion, Dermaplaning, chemical exfoliation and Oxygenation on the face, neck, chest and hands – in a single session!

The Works focuses on your neck, chest and hands as well as your face. It’s just as important to treat all the areas that draw attention to your skin’s health and age, and the neck, chest and hands are the areas that are exposed the most to the sun’s damaging rays and abuse.

The works facial treatment