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Fact Vs. Fiction on Sun Protection and Healthy Aging

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Fact Vs. Fiction on Sun Protection and Healthy Aging

 Contact Author Chris Hislop, IMPACT Melanoma

September is Healthy Aging Month in the United States. There are a lot of practices that go into healthy aging, but one to note is skin care and sun protection. How are you recommending sun protection to clients? Include it as part of their healthy aging regimen with the following support.

Sun Protection All Year Long

In the summertime, we think if it’s bright and hot outside, we should put on some sunscreen. However, that leaves us to ask the question of whether this should be an every day mindset. The sun’s UV rays don’t follow a calendar and will still find their way to us even on overcast days. Remember that the sun still shines in fall, winter and spring.

This is a practice that should be started and a part of our daily routine from an early age. While that shift in thinking is starting to occur, it’s growing at a slow pace.

  • A tan is healthy. False. Just because it isn’t a burn does not mean it is healthy.
  • My skin is dark, so I’m protected. Incorrect. UV rays can still penetrate the skin no matter what pigmentation it has.
  • I don’t burn, so I don’t need sun protection. Ouch. No.
  • Sunglasses aren’t important. Inaccurate. Remember your eyes are subjected to UV damage as well.
  • Sun damage is reversible. Negative.
  • The shade fully protects me from the sun. Wrong. While it is a good start, the shade does not provide full protection from the sun or its UV rays.

Sun and Skin Aging

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The 3 Skin Sins: Smoking, Sugar and Stress

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The 3 Skin Sins: Smoking, Sugar and Stress

 Contact Author Marion Simms, SkinSense Wellness

Smoking, sugar and stress are truly the three sins in the skin care world. How do we subvert this terrible triumvirate? Read on and discover how these three sins affect the skin. Learn what spa treatments to offer these clients and what at-home regimens to recommend. Also, find out how to encourage clients to embrace cleaner living habits and maximize their skin’s potential.


I often get asked how smoking directly affects the skin. Even with the knowledge we now have about the harmful effects of nicotine, it seems to be as popular as ever with the proliferation of flavored electronic cigarettes. Smoking is a bad and addictive habit.

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We know you’re dying to know what smoke, stress and sugar can really do the skin. Check out the rest of the skin sins in our digital edition

8 Steps for a Bridal Look That Lasts

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8 Steps for a Bridal Look That Lasts

 Contact Author Brittney Waugh, Blushed by Brittney Waugh and Willow Spa Suites

Whether it is in the blazing heat or in the middle of a downpour, all brides want to look flawless on their special day. As a makeup artist, this can present multiple obstacles. I practice makeup artistry in Oklahoma, where weather is varied and unpredictable. This has challenged me to put many techniques and products to the test. I have found a routine that has proven to work for me, and I am happy to share these makeup tips to give each of your bridal clients a lasting bridal look.

1. Prep and Prime

You want to have a conversation with your client beforehand about their skin care regimen and skin care concerns. You may need to offer recommen­dations for dry skin or even oil control. Ask your client to have their skin cleansed thoroughly and to apply the appropriate moisturizer prior to the appointment. Before starting the actual application, I feel the skin to ensure that the skin is adequately hydrated yet not too slick with product.

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Learn the other seven steps to creating a bridal look that lasts and one that your clients will love in our digital edition

Sunscreen: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

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Sunscreen: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
 Contact Author Rob and Carol Trow, DermaConcepts and Rocasuba

One thing is clear—consumers and many skin care professionals do not know as much about safe sun as they should. Our profession needs to embrace educating clients on sunscreens, and safe sun needs to become more paramount. There are a myriad of popular misconce­ptions, even about SPF ratings. It is amazing to think that many consumers and skin care professionals thought an SPF rating of 15 meant that one could safely stay in the sun for 15 hours. SPF is not related to time of solar exposure, but rather the amount of solar exposure which varies based on the time of day. One hour in the sun at 9 am may equate to 15 minutes at 1 pm.

The goal of this article is to provide a primer on sunscreen rules and regulations, what is allowed and what is not coupled with the tortuous and still pending litany of the U.S. Food and Drug Administ­ration (FDA) regulations governing sunscreens, which are classified as over the counter (OTC) drugs. Our personal safety and the environmental health of the planet are greatly impacted by sun care as is the spiraling cost of health care for increased skin cancer, which is becoming an expensive aspect of health care.

Learn more about how sunscreen has changed as well as the up and coming FDA regulations in our digital edition of Skin Inc! 

How to Transition for Spring Skin Care

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With the skin-chapping winds and frigid temps almost behind us, it’s time to get excited about new blooms, lighter outfits and yes, new spring skin care! After facing months and months of lower temperatures and humidity and stronger winds and precipitation, your skin will need a bit of an adjustment as you approach the spring. Here are five ways to do so:

1. Exfoliate regularly

The flaking and dry patches have built up on your skin over the chilly season, so it’s time to slough off the dead skin cells and reveal the fresh, new layers underneath for a smoother and radiant complexion. Plus, exfoliating helps all the following skincare products you apply absorb more efficiently. Try ILUMA intense brightening exfoliating powder, which gently buffs away the cells that cause you to appear lackluster and uneven.

2. Switch to a lightweight moisturizer with antioxidants

You probably spent the better part of winter loading up on rich creams to stave off dryness, but you shouldn’t skip moisturizing even when the weather warms up. Try using a deeply hydrating moisturizer that’s lighter in texture, such as our VITAL C hydrating intense moisturizer, which quenches your skin while delivering a rich concentration of antioxidants, particularly vitamin C, to help dramatically improve the appearance of discoloration and fine lines. (And as always, don’t forget a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day!)

3. Detox with a mask

Start your spring cleaning with a skin deep clean. To jumpstart your road to smooth, fresh skin, commit to using a mask every week. Because masks “dry” on your face and create an occlusive cover, the nourishing, cleansing and revitalizing properties are delivered more intensely. Our AGELESS total resurfacing masque, called our at-home “mini-peel,” is the perfect post-winter mask, as it exfoliates skin’s surface with a blend of alpha hydroxy acids to help visibly minimize dark spots and dullness.

4. Begin incorporating eye cream

Now that the sun is more apparent and out of winter hiding, you’ll want to take care of your eyes, the most fragile and thinnest area of your skin. Although UV rays are prevalent no matter the season, now you’re physically squinting more against the brightness. Use ILUMA intense brightening eye crème day and night.

5. Take care of your body (now that you can show it off more)

If your face was the only exposed part of your body during the winter, you’re probably looking forward to letting your arms and legs get their fair share of attention, too. Your body deserves nurturing after being wrapped up and hidden the last couple of months, so give it a spa-like exfoliation with BODY SPA exfoliating body scrub and slather it head to toe with BODY SPA rejuvenating body lotion for an all-over glow.

The Myths and Facts of Drinking Collagen Supplements for Youthful Skin

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Many women can remember the first time they saw their reflection and thought, “My skin just isn’t what it used to be.” Whether it’s softening the appearance fine lines or reviving brightness, we all want our skin to look more vibrant. What if there was a magic potion that could make our skin appear younger and fresh?

Collagen supplements aren’t magic, but they could be just the thing you’re looking for. Read on to find out more about drinking collagen—and learn some of the myths and facts about this revolutionary supplement.

What Is Collagen?

Collagen is more than just a buzz word. It’s the most common type of protein found in the human body.[1] Collagen occurs naturally in many parts of your body, including your muscles, bones and skin. As a supplement, collagen comes from animal sources such as cows and pigs.

Why Do We Need to Replace Collagen?

There’s a reason younger people have gorgeous skin; simply put, their bodies are producing more collagen. As you age, the amount of collagen your body produces decreases. Starting at age 20, you produce 1 percent less collagen each year.[2] After menopause, women’s bodies make a significantly lower amount of collagen. Less collagen results in reduced elasticity and contributes to the visual appearance of fine lines, dryness and sagging, leading to fine lines, dryness, sagging—and yes, wrinkles.

MYTH: There’s no scientific evidence that collagen supplements work.

FACT: While there isn’t an abundance of research on drinking collagen for youthful skin, there have been some scientific studies with good results.

A 2014 study from the University of Kiel in Germany found that taking a specific collagen peptide improved skin elasticity for women ages 35 to 55.[3] Another study conducted in 2014 in London found that using a specific collagen supplement helped reduce visible signs of aging.[4] Additionally, a 2015 study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that oral collagen supplements increased skin moisture after eight weeks.[5]

In the years to come, we can expect more research into the age-defying properties of collagen supplements.

MYTH: Consuming any collagen product will replace collagen in your skin.

FACT: You might have heard the word “peptide” thrown around when it comes to skincare. A peptide is an amino acid chain that your body can actually use.

Collagen comes in many forms and is present in some foods. However, for collagen to be absorbed by your body, it needs to be broken down into peptides. Hydrolyzed collagen peptides are made up of shorter chains that are easy for your body to digest.[6] Before you take a collagen supplement, make sure it contains collagen peptides for easy absorption.

MYTH: It takes a long time to see the results of taking collagen.

FACT: The scientific research on collagen shows that collagen supplements can begin to have a positive effect on the skin after just four weeks.[7]

MYTH: All collagen supplements taste bad.

FACT: Many YANA users say they love our daily collagen shots, which taste like tangy fruit juice. However, if you’re not keen on it, it’s easy to add your daily collagen shot to your morning juice or smoothie to mask the flavor.

MYTH: Collagen is the same as gelatin.

FACT: You may have heard the terms collagen and gelatin used interchangeably, but the two are not the same. Collagen and gelatin are both made from the bones and tissues of animals. As such, they both contain the same amino acids.[8] When collagen is boiled and processed, it becomes gelatin, a substance used in many foods and as a supplement in its own right.

Why YANA Daily Collagen Shots Really Work

Our YANA Daily Collagen Shots are part of a healthy skincare routine, starting from the inside out. This innovative beauty drink not only contains hydrolyzed collagen peptides but also an ultra-nutraceutical antioxidant complex to contribute to the visual appearance of smoother, more radiant skin.

Like all of our products, our Daily Collagen Shots use the most up-to-date scientific research to help your skin look its best. You can rest assured that YANA Daily Collagen Shots are of the highest quality. Drink daily to support the health of your skin!



[1] https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/262881.php

[2] http://dujs.dartmouth.edu/2013/01/why-does-your-skin-age/#.WqXS4ExFxMs

[3] https://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/351376

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4206255/

[5] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jocd.12174/abstract;jsessionid=6206C39A9F8B766E6110F89D88DEEF06.f04t02

[6] https://aestheticsjournal.com/feature/the-collagen-supplement-debate

[7] https://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/351376http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jocd.12174/abstract

[8] https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319124.php

Quick & Simple Long-lasting Makeup Tricks


model with long-lasting makeup

Tip #1: Add In Some Minerals

First and foremost, start using mineral makeup! If you’re already using mineral makeup, you’re one step ahead. Minerals are very water resistant, have minimal transference, are long-lasting and can provide broad spectrum sun protection. They’re the ideal choice when you want to look fabulous all day, and they give the overall appearance of soft, airbrushed skin.

Tip #2: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!

moisturizer for long-lasting makeupNow that you’re using mineral makeup, prep your skin with a moisturizer. Minerals adhere best to skin that is hydrated, ensuring your makeup lasts longer. Try our BeautyPrep Face Moisturizer or Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener to infuse moisture into your skin before you apply your makeup.

Tip #3: Powder Your Lips

If you don’t have time (or never remember) to re-apply your lipstick after you eat or drink, fear not! The long-lasting effect of powder mineral foundation works on lips too. Give your lipstick staying-power by applying a thin layer of pressed powder on them before you swipe on your favorite shade. This will keep your lipstick in place, even through your morning coffee.

Tip #4: Prime Your Eyes

eye primer for long-lasting eye makeupIf you find your eye shadow creases by the time you leave work, try using a thin layer of eye primer before you apply your shadow. You can also save time in your morning routine by using Smooth Affair for Eyes eye primer as an eye shadow. Remember, most eye primers are cream formulas, so if you apply too much, they will inevitably crease too.

Tip #5: Set Your Makeup

The easiest, and most refreshing thing you can do to obtain long-lasting makeup is finishing your look with a spritz. Facial mists, like our Hydration Sprays, help set the minerals and create greater adherence to the skin.  Need another reason to add this step to your routine? Some of our hydrating, delightfully scented sprays benefit those effected by breast cancer— 100% of the profits for Lemongrass Love and Smell the Roses goes to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

Via:  https://janeiredale.com/us/en/makeup-blog/long-lasting-makeup-tips/

Healthy Skin: Men’s Edition | Image Skincare


3 Simple Steps to Healthy Skin: Men’s EditionPosted on June 7, 2016June is Men’s Health Month, and we’ve noticed one area that can easily be overlooked by men: The health of their skin. Most men consider splashing their face off in the shower sufficient. Compared to the large collection of skincare products most women keep in their bathrooms, most men tend to have very little, if any.We’re here to guide you to healthier skin this summer in just 3 simple steps. It’s as easy as 1,2,3!Step 1: Cleanse + ExfoliateProperly cleansing is the first step to achieving healthy skin. Using a generic body wash or bar soap will remove the dirt, but can leave the skin dry and irritated. To simplify your routine, find a cleanser that works to cleanse and exfoliate the skin in one step. We recommend Ageless Total Facial Cleanser: A daily, universal body and facial cleanser that exfoliates and tones for ultimate skin balance. This cleanser has a gentle glycolic acid blend that helps reduce ingrown hairs from shaving and blackheads.Step 2: Balance + RestoreThe environment, shaving, and sun exposure can wreak havoc on your skin, leaving it unbalanced, dry, and damaged. Restore and rebalance your skin with a hydrating serum like Ormedic Balancing Antioxidant Serum. This silky, ultra-hydrating botanical lactic acid serum is infused with organic Japanese green tea, polyphenols and a copper-complex peptide. It works to continuously balance your skin from within and restores its ideal moisture level. To use, just apply after cleansing morning and night. Think of this step as giving your skin a cool glass of water on a hot summer day.Step 3: Moisturize + ProtectThe final step in your simple skincare routine is moisturizing and protecting your skin from harmful UVA/UBV rays. Choose a moisturizer with built-in broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection. We recommend Prevention+ Daily Hydrating Moisturizer. This sheer formula spreads easily onto your skin without leaving residue behind, and provides the ultimate protection and prevention against the aging effects of the sun. As an added benefit, it’s long lasting and water resistant!See, that wasn’t so hard. In 3 simple steps, you’ll be well on your way to healthy skin. Let us know in the comments below if you’re planning on trying our 3 step plan! Source: 3 Simple Steps to Healthy Skin: Men’s Edition | Image Skincare

How The Face Ages


Understanding How The Face Ages

Clients often visit the spa to have treatments and purchase products that help reduce wrinkles and fine lines. In the spa professional’s quest to help them look younger, it is important to understand the fundamentals of how the face ages.

Val Lambros, M.D., clinical professor of plastic surgery at University of California, Irvine, has contributed to literature in regards to how the face ages. At the Aesthetic Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, he presented, 3D Facial Averaging, which is the aging progress shown in 3D images through a 15-year time span.

“If you listen to ten plastic surgeons or dermatologists expound on the subject [of facial aging], you will hear at least eight explanations for what happens and how,” explained Lambros. “Most of these explanations have little to do with the process, but quite a lot to do with the surgical techniques designed to make aging faces look better.”

Revealed Discoveries
The 15-year study aimed to understand the progression of facial aging with a comparison of old and young patients in photographs in the year 2000.

“Starting in 2005, I began to use a 3D camera to scan plastic surgeons, since they show up to plastic surgery meetings at intervals,” said Lambros. “Since 3D images are digital, they can be analyzed mathemat­ically.”

In 2015, Lambros averaged hundreds of images of faces together as one image and animated another hundred images in an age group of 50 years and older to show the progression of aging.

According to Lambros, his study found the thinning of the lips influence the base of the nose, which pulls the tip of the nose toward the lip, in addition to influencing the nasolabial crease.

“These images have not been seen in plastic surgery and show in the clearest possible way what happens to facial shape with age,” explained Lambros. “Some aspects are known and easily seen and some are new to this study.”

Further Aging Studies
Lambros has conducted other research that suggests vertical descent of skin and subcutaneous tissue is not a major cause of aging. This research can be found in a 2007 study he  published in Plastic and Reconstr­uctive Surgery. He have been a strong component of filling rather than pulling in facial plastic surgery.

Source: Cosmetic Surgery Times

via Understanding How The Face Ages

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