It happens. We take every precaution to prevent summer sunburn and sun exposure, but despite the many warnings from the skin care specialists that we most trust, we fail.
Sometimes, we simply forget the sunscreen, and an afternoon at the pool turns into a night of torture, as if your skin has turned into hot pavement on a 5th of July afternoon. Other times, it is just simple vanity. We remember the “good ole days” when sunbathing and tanning made us look younger and healthier. No matter that the facts against over exposure to the sun have proven the golden days of yore were wrong, a little inner voice tells us, “Go ahead, get just a bit of a tan for that healthy glow.” And then, the next thing, hours later, we feel that scorching burn and our skin feels like fire.
OK, then what? There is hope. Here are the 5 top remedies for that burn.
- Hydrate. Drink as much water as you can.
- Take a cool bath to help cool the temperature of your skin. Do not take a shower. The water pressure against the skin is painful and not helpful for damaged skin. If there is no bath, gently sponge your skin with cold water.
- Take a pain reliever such as Advil to help reduce the pain. Reducing the pain can help get a better sleep at night.
- Use aloe. Directly from the plant offers the best healing, but over-the-counter aloe works magic too.
- Master esthetician La Donna McWhorter says, “The best product we sell to repair sunburned skin is “Rescue” by CosMedix. It is fabulous. It will basically repair the skin after any trauma. It is wonderful.”And don’t get burned twice. Once healed, contact Spa LaDonna! “we offer treatments for hyperpigmentation (brown spots and brown patches) resulting from sun exposure. ” If you want that glow like the “golden days of yore,” check out jane iredale’s self-tanners like Tantasia for a natural, sun-kissed, “Malibu Barbie” look.
The LIPS! Each summer, millions of us remember to get the sunscreen and to moisturize our face, body and limbs. YET, the same millions take our lips for granted. This common mistake leads to short-range and long-range issues because we fail to adequately protect our lips.
Sun damage to lips can cause a host of problems:
- Sun intensity decreases the natural collagen found in your lips. Overtime, your nice pouty, “bee stung” lips become thin as time passes.
- Lack of collagen from over-exposure to the sun causes deep wrinkles on the lips AND around the mouth!
- In the most severe cases, sun over-exposure can alter how one speaks.
- Sun causes Actinic cheilitis, marked by cracking and dryness of the lips, as well as the formation of wrinkles.
- The bright sun is a main cause of cold sores! The sun removes moisture from the lips, causing cracking, providing a path for the herpes virus to enter lips and the mouth.
- Skin Cancer! According to the Mayo Clinic,
“Ultraviolet (UV) rays are the most important risk factor when it comes to skin cancer — UV rays are associated with 90 percent of all nonmelanoma skin cancers (NMSC) says the Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF). Lips have no melanin, which makes them more susceptible to sun damage cause by UV exposure. Signs of sun damage on the lips develop overtime as a result of excessive sun exposure over the years.”
OKAY! Do we have your attention yet?
Taking care of your lips is fundamental and essential to summer skin care. And, it is relatively easy to do, and inexpensive. First, drink lots of water. Keep your body hydrated for your skin and your lips. Then, invest in a good lip balm. There are many on the market, such as Banana Boat Sport Performance Lip Balm, but these products contain harsh chemicals such as polyethelene, petrolatum, trimethylsiloxyphenyl, isopropyl myristate, to just name a few of over a dozen chemicals.
Esthetician Jaque Hart states, “Lips take alot of abuse. They lack the attention and protection that the rest of our summer skin enjoys. Summer time can really take a toll on lips. In fact, lips have almost no melanin, which helps screen out the sun’s harmful rays. As a result, lips rarely tan, but they can easily burn. Be kind to your pout with jane iredale Lip Drink. A translucent lip balm. It is an SPF of 15, UVB/UVA broad spectrum. It combines titanium dioxide, carrot seed oil and avocado oil, for a protective sheild.”
Spa LaDonna recommends Jane Iredale Lip Drink, with organic ingredients like seed oil, lotus flower, green tea leaf extract, coconut alkanes, blackberry fruit extract and lemon peel oil. And, a tube only costs $12.00, and will more than last the entire summer! Studies have found that popular over-the-counter brands exaggerate the SPF as well, but the jane iredale brand labels the correct SPF coverage! And jane iredale‘s products are free from animal testing too!
You can purchase jane iredale at Spa LaDonna at the counter, or order easily online (with free shipping) for delivery to your home or office! You can follow this link to purchase online!
This summer, with any facial at Spa LaDonna ($65 or more), you choose between a free CosMedix cleanser or sunblock. Spa LaDonna offers TWO top of the line cleansers to choose from and our top of the line sunblock:
Benefit Clean is a light, foaming cleanser rich in antioxidants that delicately removes debris and environmental pollutants from the skin – while also soothing and hydrating. The formula is effective at removing stubborn makeup while remaining gentle enough for sensitive skin and post-treatment sensitivity.
Choice #2 – Purity Clean by CosMedix;
Oily, acne-prone and problematic skin needs a cleanser that exfoliates to help improve the look of uneven texture and discoloration. Purity Clean helps unclog congested pores, cleanse away impurities and removes excess oil. With exfoliating Lactic Acid, Tea Tree and Peppermint Oil, this cleanser ensures skin is restored to a balanced state and looks refreshed without feeling oily or dry.
Choice #3 – Sunblock: Reflect by CosMedix;
Whether you spray and go or pack it away in your bag for a midday spritz, Reflect is the perfect on-the-go sun protectant with SPF 30. It melts into your skin for a matte finish, so it won’t create a mess during head to toe reapplication. Plus, its non-irritating, antioxidant-rich ingredients block both UVB and UVA sun rays for all over protection.
SPA LaDonna – Serving the Decatur, Madison, and Huntsville Areas
SPA LaDonna – Serving the Decatur, Madison, and Huntsville Areas
These days, there are an overwhelming number of sunscreens. Choosing the best sunscreen for your skin can be difficult, to say the least. There are several factors to consider when choosing sun protection products. Here are some of the necessary information needed to choose the correct sunscreen for you and your family.
- Ultraviolet Rays
First, learning about ultraviolet rays is essential. Ultraviolet rays are damaging to the skin, and are delineated by Ultraviolet A rays (UVA) and Ultraviolet B rays.
- UVA Rays
UVA are constant and can penetrate window glass, altitude.. These rays cause wrinkles and penetrate deep into the layers of the skin. UVA rays are 20 TIMES more abundant than UVB rays! These are the rays that cause tanning and sunburn. prematurely age your skin.
- UVB Rays
UVB rays, on the other hand, cannot pass through window glass. These are also the rays that help the body make Vitamin B. UVB rays are manipulated by time of day, season, and altitudes. UVB rays cause damage to the deepest layer of skin. However, according to skincancer.org, “Studies over the past two decades, however, show that UVA damages skin cells called keratinocytes in the basal layer of the epidermis, where most skin cancers occur.
- Comparing UVB and UVA
UVB rays can cause skin cancer and damage to the eyes at the deepest level of the skin. UVA tans and/or burns the top layer of the skin. UVA cause premature aging and age spots.
- Choosing A Sunscreen
So, when choosing a sunscreen, which to choose? In general, sunscreen is measured by SPF (sun protection factor). SPF 15 will block 93% of the UVB rays, and SPF 30 will block 97% of the UVB rays. SPF 50 will block 98%, but the 1% difference is substantial, particularly for fair skin. Sunscreens that also block UVA rays are marked as “broad-spectrum.” This is essential to remember! If you desire to help eliminate UVA (tanning and burning) and UVB (skin cancer protection) rays, you must choose a product listed as “broad spectrum!”
For more information about preferred brands, or consultation with a Spa LaDonna esthetician regarding your skin type, or how to achieve a safer summer tan, contact Spa LaDonna at:
256.353.3807 or online at SpaLaDonna.com
Spa LaDonna serves the Decatur, Madison, and Huntsville areas.
“Exfoliate & Moisturizer” f0r a great looking, Beach-Ready skin. Combine these wonderful products this summer to get the best looking skin at the beach.
Contact SpaLaDonna! 256.353.3807
Self Tanner and Bronzer hydrates and gives your skin a natural-looking tan without the damaging effects of the sun. The streak-free formula gradually builds a beautiful tan within three days. Vitamin E nourishes and protects while glycerin keeps the skin soft and radiant.
Quickly and completely remove every trace of makeup without any soap or cleanser. The secret is our knitted micro-fiber cloth that relies only on water and tiny micro-fibers to penetrate oil and grime and wash it away.
Coxmedix® Purity Clean
Purity Clean is a concentrated, exfoliating cleanser that deep cleans as it resurfaces for softer, healthier-looking skin. Peppermint Essential Oil, Tea Tree Oil and exfoliants provide an exhilarating, detoxifying experience while Lavender and Aloe Vera soothe and support healthier-looking skin. Benefits: Antibacterial. Mildly exfoliating. Unclogs follicles. Antiseptic/antiviral. Supports skin barrier. Collagen stimulating.
- Natural sun block
- Protects lipids
- Protects moisture factor in the skin
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Spa LaDonna has the ” know” on CERTIFIED skin care for you. Our estheticians (a person who has learned skills to treat your skin with optimal results) are all licensed. Continuing education provides CERTIFICATES for state of the art knowledge and procedures. The industry is always changing, here at Spa LaDonna we stay on the cutting edge. Hands on treatments along with skin care products that are continually scientifically reaching for the next break through. Our licensed and CERTIFIED skin care providers also have the luxury of working with owner and master esthetician La Donna McWhorter, providing us with hands on expert attention. Spa LaDonna strives to be the best of the best!
La Donna is a graduate of the Heidi Phillips School of Esthetics and Medical Esthetics of Huntsville Al. La Donna is recognized as an experienced and knowledgeable skin care provider, that has worked for plastic surgeons before opening her medical day spa, which she actively practices skin care. La Donna has accumulated many CERTIFICATES in all services available in the industry. Our licensed and CERTIFIED skin care providers also get the luxury of working with owner and master esthetician La Donna Mc Whorter. We strive to be the best of the best!
Spa LaDonna is the only full service medical day spa in Decatur Al. that provides medical weight loss, nails, massage, waxing, brow arching and tinting as well as lash extensions,.We have a full inventory of medical grade skin care products and a CERTIFIED staff to help you with your needs.
Dermaplaning or epipermal leveling is a safe and simple procedure for exfoliating and ridding the epidermis of fine vellus hair (peach fuzz). It has been used for years, just is not that well known. Dermaplaning is a simple shaving of the skin. This procedure is becoming a favored skincare routine for numerous reasons:
1-Dermalplaning is a quick procedure with few or no adverse effects. Using a scalpel and a delicate touch, our certified estheticians simply abrades the surface using light feathering strokes.
2-It is a great procedure for those who are pregnant or nursing but are not allowed to use chemical peels.
3- It is also a first choice for clients who have excess vellum hair on the skin. This often causes a buildup of dirt and oils in the follicles, so removing the hair gives the client healthier looking skin. No worries, hair will grow back at the same rate and texture as before the treatment.
4-Removing epidermal skin allows products to penetrate more readily into the skin layers. Physicians recommend this treatment to prepare skin for medical procedures, laser or deep chemical peels.
5-Dermaplaning and or Epidermal leveling is great on rough dry skin, superficial hyperpigmentation, mild acne scarring and fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment results in a more refined smooth “glowing” appearance.
Spa La Donna is delighted to offer this treatment for all skin types. Spa La Donna wants to meet all your skin care needs and give clients many options that work for them. Dermalplaning / Dermaleveling; Now You Know!