6 Dangerous Sunscreen Mistakes

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With skin cancer on the rise here in Australia, it’s more important than ever to get smart when it comes to sunscreen. Protect yourself by checking out these common mistakes that you may be making with your sunscreen.

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  1. I don’t need to sunscreen because I need the Vitamin D. It’s true. Vitamin D is essential as it absorbs calcium and promotes bone growth. But you can get a sufficient amount of Vitamin D by spending only 10-15 minutes in the sun. It’s not worth foregoing sunscreen, as most people don’t apply enough to prevent the production of Vitamin D anyway.
  2. One application lasts an entire day. One application in the morning isn’t going to last you throughout the entire day. If you are swimming, playing sports, or spending the day out in the sun, then your sunscreen should be reapplied approximately every two hours.
  3. I don’t need the sunscreen because I have dark skin. While people with more pigment in their skin do have a lower risk of getting cancer, they are not completely immune. As a matter of fact, skin cancer can be even more dangerous for those with darker skin as it’s often diagnosed in the later stages.
  4. A base tan protects me. A tan is your body’s reaction to UV exposure. It’s a sign that damage has already been done, and this does not protect your skin from further damage.
  5. I only need to protect my face. Many people only apply sunscreen to their face in order to protect it from premature aging. While this is a good habit, the truth is that you can develop skin cancer anywhere the sun touches. Don’t forget your neck, hands, legs and feet not only for the sake of protecting your skin from cancer, but protecting those areas from premature aging as well.
  6. I’ll be inside all day. While windows do block more intense UV rays, it still allows enough rays to pass through to cause damage. You can easily swap your everyday moisturizer with the PREVENTION+ Daily Hydrating Moisturizer that has an SPF of 30.

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Fun in the sun beach bag essentials:

  1. Keeping your hat in your bag is a cardinal rule when it comes to the subject of sun protection. It can protect your scalp ad cut down on the rays that are hitting on your face and neck.
  2. When it comes to any outdoor trip, sunglasses are an obvious requirement. While protecting your eyes from the sun so you can safely explore those summer horizons. They also provide sun protection for delicate eye area and prevents squinting… which can lead to wrinkles.14723556_351649061843501_2953693591219732480_n
  3. Lip balm. Keep your pout hydrated and beach-ready with IMAGE Skincare’s ORMEDIC Balancing Lip Enhancement Complex.
  4. Beach towel. This handy item provides a safe haven to rest your rump and it doubles as a cover-up if you feel like you having too much sin with your fun.
  5. Grapes, strawberries and watermelon make perfect snacks for the beach. They are refreshing, sweet and won’t make you feel too full or lethargic.
  6. Plenty of water. Don’t forget to pack the biggest bottle of water you can find. Staying hydrated on a hot day is important not only for your skin but also prevents dehydration.
  7. Sun-protection. Tanned skin looks beautiful but how long does it last? Wrinkles, pigmentation and skin cancer are long term. Make sure you use a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 and if you’d like to be a bit tanner before entering the beach; use Sunescape Tanning Mousse the day before and continue applying the Sunescape Extender to keep that bronzed glow glowing.
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5 ACNE Myths

We have all heard them and some of us might still believe in them Let us clear the air in regards to acne myths once and for all.

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MYTH 1

Acne is something that only happens to teenagers. Teens definitely do suffer from acne, but some people develop acne for the first time in their 20s and 30s. In fact, in Manhattan’s business district, most patients treated for acne vulgaris are women between the ages of 20 and 45.

MYTH 2

Acne occurs because your face is dirty. Many people feel like acne means their face is somehow unclean – but that’s just not true. The truth is, acne is a complex skin disorder that can’t be boiled down to simply “dirt”. It’s likely that the connection between the skin condition and the dirt was made because blackheads are, well, black – but blackheads aren’t caused by dirt either.1c0e308efb4256c2013860c213c88140

MYTH 3

To relieve acne, scrub your face really hard. Remember, acne isn’t caused by dirt – so you can’t just wash it away. A cleanser with ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and sulphur compounds will help clear the skin, but it won’t cleat it any faster if you scrub harder. Scrubbing acne too hard can actually inflame blackheads, so be sure to be nice to your skin.

Myth 4

Popping your pimples makes everything better. Will people please stop picking at their faces! Popping pimples spills inflammatory gunk into surrounding tissues, which can cause scarring.

Myth 5

Tanning in the sun will help clear acne. Tanning does help hide acne, but the UV rays ultimately dry the skin, and can make the skin condition worse. And do we really need to remind you that tanning causes premature aging, not to mention skin cancer?

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Want to read how to prevent breakouts from happening? Read this acne related article…

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Why Vitamin C is Essential to your Health

We’ve known for a very long time that Vitamin C is essential to our health, but what many people don’t realize is just how essential it is for beautiful, healthy skin. Vitamin E is usually the vitamin most people think of immediately when thinking about skin health, but, believe it or not, Vitamin C is just as important, if not more so!

Collagen Production:

Collagen is a type of protein, one that’s essential for our health. In a way, it’s the glue that holds us together. Collagen is synthesised by our bodies, which means it’s not a protein that we have to eat—we can make it ourselves. However, in order to do so, we need plenty of Vitamin C. Collagen is a critical factor when it comes to your skin’s elasticity, softness, and health.Citrus fruit

While getting Vitamin C via your diet or by taking an oral supplement is helpful for overall collagen production, you can do even more to boost your skin’s collagen formation by applying it topically. In fact, it’s believed that topical application is 20 x more effective than taking a supplement. Your body continues to produce collagen throughout your life, but the levels of collagen present in your skin itself declines as the years pass, making treatments like topical Vitamin C even more important.

Healing and repair:

The benefits of Vitamin C don’t stop there. It’s also a key factor in healing and skin regeneration. There are several different reasons for this, from its supportive role in collagen production to its ability to prevent free radical damage. Vitamin C can even help repair DNA damage in skin cells, which could be one of the reasons that higher Vitamin C levels in the skin correlate to a lower risk of skin cancer. Vitamin C helps to protect your skin from all types of damage, and helping it repair that damage as well. From aging to UV radiation, it seems like there’s nothing Vitamin C can’t help combat. It’s been clinically proven to improve existing fine wrinkles, complexion, and roughness.

Getting your Vitamin C dose:

image_vitalc_sm4There are many wonderful wholefoods from which you can get your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C. Citrus fruits are closely associated with Vitamin C, but it also present in many other fruits and vegetables. Of course, if your diet is lacking fresh fruits and vegetables, you can also consider taking a supplement.

But when it comes to topical application, nothing is better than our VITAL C line. We’ve recognized that a Vitamin C antioxidant topical application isn’t going to be one size fits all, not for different people, or even different areas of the face!

Our VITAL C Hydrating Eye Recovery Gel, for example, is ideal for those who want to concentrate on fine lines around the eyes, while our VITAL C Hydrating Intense Moisturizer and VITAL C Hydrating Repair Crème offer two options for some serious skin rehab! Regardless of which product in the line you choose, you’ll know that you’re giving your skin the very best, along with a healing dose of a critical nutrient.

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Tips for Treating Under-eye Bags

Your foundation is flawless, you have chosen the perfect shade of lipstick for the prettiest pout, and your eyelashes brows are simply on point. The only thing that is messing up your otherwise picture-perfect face are those under-eye imperfections.

Women worldwide has a tumultuous relationship with under-eye bags. And there are many causes for these under-eye bags, puffiness, and darkness.glass-of-water

Your problem in this area may be hereditary, or it could be caused by environmental factors. Not being well-hydrated can affect the appearance of the skin under your eyes. Dehydration can certainly cause your eyes to have unsightly bags, puffiness and darkness. It is absolutely imperative to make sure you are drinking enough water to help keep the skin under your eyes looking fresh. It goes without saying that getting adequate amounts of sleep is absolutely on the top 10 list of ways to keep the skin around your eyes looking fresh. Hydrate yourself from the inside out, with a daily dose of water! Drinking water helps flush out the toxins from your system and thereby reducing the amount of salt concentration in and around the eye area.

Pollution and dust can irritate the eyes, causing you to rub and tug at the delicate skin under your eyes. Over time, this tugging and pulling will eventually cause darkness.

However, some people are predisposed to under eye bags. If your parents have this problem, then there is a very good chance that they passed that little gem on to you (thanks, Mom and Dad). Because of this, there is not much a bit of water can do, so the best way is to resort to effective and clinically proven skincare, especially high quality eye cremes.

Ageless Total Eye Lift Creme:

To effectively address any under eye bags, puffiness, and darkness that you may be experiencing, try our Ageless Total Eye Lift Crème. ageless-total-eye-lift-cremeIt offers you the benefit of treating all of these concerns with healthy, yet effective ingredients that will not irritate your eyes or cause your skin concern to worsen. Ageless Total Eye Lift Crème contains a retinyl, which is a retin-A derivative that tightens the skin of the under eye area, giving you a more youthful and refreshed appearance. Chamomile, green tea, and coneflower soothe and refresh tired, dehydrated under eye skin. In addition, the Ageless Total Eye Lift Crème contains an exclusive peptide blend which Improves firmness of skin, decreases capillaries, increases lymphatic circulation, decreases puffiness and bagginess under the eye area.

Even if you weren’t blessed with miracle genes, the ability to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night, or occasionally forget to keep your water bottle handy, you can still have eyes that reflect youth, vitality, and alertness with IMAGE Ageless Total Eyelift Crème.

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