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Week in Review: April 13-19, 2019

Week in Review: April 13-19, 2019

This week we wrapped up our pro-tip series. We covered it all from cleansers to sunscreens, which inspired us to start on a Sunscreen mini-series! We’re pretty hyped about this one because sunscreen is usually treated like the red-headed step-child of skin care products when she really needs to be treated as the queen of our skin care routine! So far we’ve covered the importance of broad spectrum and SPF. Next week we’ll cover water-resistant sunscreens and probably our favorite subject: Make-up and skin care products that have sunscreen in them.

April 13

Week in Review April 7-12

Check our last weeks blog for all the goods!

April 14

SSB Inspired

Your journey doesn't have to match your friend's, your sister's, your mama's. Every path is real and beautiful and valid and worthwhile" - Gabrielle Union

April 15

Pro Tip #8: Maintaining Healthy Lips

Maintaining healthy lips requires two things: staying hydrated and using a moisturizing lip product.

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Dry flaky lips is a sign of dehydration. So be sure to drink your 8 eight ounces daily to stay hydrated and keeping your lips looking their best!

We all love to keep our lips moisturized. So pick your favorite product and apply a few times a day. We love @drbronners natural lip balm as a perfect compliment to our evening routine. And nothing compares to our beloved @buxomcosmetics lip polish to keep us stunning and glossy throughout the day.

Lip exfoliation? These seem to be trending and we have mixed feelings about them because there is a tendency to over exfoliate which can make create abrasions or make existing ones worse. If you are going to use one we recommend using a sugar/oil mixture. Gently massage sugar in long sweeping motions around the lips 3-4 times. Wipe off excess with a warm damp washcloth Limit to one a week.

What is your favorite lip product? And be sure to tag your favorite esthetician and aromatherapist in the comments!

April 16

Pro Tip #9 Eye Treatments: Save Spend or Splurge


Eye creams. Just like toners, we give them a hard pass. We feel like eye creams fall into the realm of FOMO. FOMO on some youthful elixir that will keep your eyes looking like they did in your twenties and companies bank on that.

What we do recommend is taking the money you would spend on this product and putting it towards a professional exfoliation treatment or moisturizer/serum.

A good professional peel or microdermabrasion session will do more for those crows feet than anything on the market. And a good serum or moisturizer will keep the delicate skin under the eyes looking fresh and hydrated.

Can’t live without that eye cream? Tell us about your favorite brand. And as always show some love for your favorite esthetician and aromatherapist in the comments!

April 17

Pro Tip #10: Sunscreen Cheat Sheet

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Our Pro Tip for using sunscreen is simple.

Use It!

Exposure to UVA and UVB rays have been linked to melanoma, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and of course sunburn.

Sunscreen Must-Haves Cheat Sheet:
1) Broad Spectrum (effective protection against both UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet rays)
2) Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 15+
3) Active ingredients such as avobenzone, benzophenone, titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.
4) Water-resistant
5) Look for the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation (The Daily Use Seal, The Active Seal).

And with that we will be rolling into a short series on Sunscreen including a review of key terms and a short overview of what to look for in skin care and makeup products that have SPF protection.

What is your favorite sunscreen?
Show some love for you favorite esthetician and aromatherapist by tagging them!

April 18

Sunscreen Mini-Series: Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

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Broad Spectrum Sunscreen. The ONLY true Anti-Aging product on the shelf.

90% of aging and changes to the skin is linked to over exposure to UVA and UVB rays and is completely preventable by using a Broad Spectrum sunscreen (SPF 15+)

Broad Spectrum sunscreens protect against UVA and UVB rays.

UV Highlights
UVA rays are present with equal intensity during all daylight hours, penetrating clouds, fog and GLASS. UVA rays PENETRATE deep into the dermis DAMAGING collagen fibers CAUSING increased production of abnormal elastin which CREATES incorrectly rebuilt skin FORMING fine lines and wrinkles and depleted collagen levels RESULTING in sagging wrinkled leathery skin with an unhealthy dose of hyperpigmentation.

UVB rays can’t penetrate glass but they are responsible for sunburn. OUCH!

Sunscreen anyone?

What is you favorite sunscreen?

Show some love for your favorite esthetician or Aromatherapist by tagging them in the comments.

April 19

Sunscreen Mini-Series: Sun Protection Factor AKA SPF


There’s a lot to say so let’s get to it!

Sun Protection Factor (SPF): SPF is a measure of how long a person can stay in the sun before UVB rays start to burn the skin.
Example: Let’s say without sunscreen, your skin starts to sunburn in 15 minutes. An SPF 15 will protect you from UVB rays for 3 hours and 45 minutes. However (and there is always a however), sunscreens lose effectiveness over time, so it’s important to to reapply every TWO hours.

If SPF only measures protection from UVB rays what about UVA rays? We’re glad you asked!

Protection from UVA rays are based on sunscreen ingredients. The most effective combination is Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. Sunscreens that include Avobenzone are effective against UVA rays, but may cause some sensitivity since they are chemical sunscreen ingredients that are absorbed into the skin. It is also important to note that chemical sunscreens need to be applied 30 minutes before going out into the sun in order to create a protective barrier.

How much do we need to apply? Experts say we should apply the equivalent of a shot glass (1 ounce) to exposed areas of the face and body.

Sound like a lot? It is. But reducing the application amount to half can dramatically reduce the effectiveness of a sunscreen - using half of the recommended amount sunscreen with an SPF of 30 is reduces it to a SPF of 5.5.

Finally, while most of the info out there indicates negligible differences between SPF 15,30 and 50, when it comes to blocking UVB rays, there is a significant difference between how much radiation is blocked. SPF 30 blocks half of the radiation of SPF 15. So it’s definitely something to consider when choosing a sunscreen.

That’s all for today. Stay tuned next week for more on sunscreen!

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Week in Review: April 7-12, 2019

Week in Review: April 7-12, 2019