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It’s summertime and the sun is finally starting to show. Now comes the time to choose a sunscreen that will protect your skin from those harmful UV rays we hear about all the time. Before grabbing the sunscreen next to the breath mints at checkout however, take some time to learn which sun blocker is going to give you the most bang for your buck.

So, what is an “SPF” anyway?

Sun Protection Factor rates how long the sunscreen is going to remain effective on your skin after application. If you want to work out the math, multiply the SPF by how long it takes your skin to suffer from a burn after being exposed to the sun with no protection at all.

For example: If you normally burn after 10 minutes with no protection, an SPF 15 will provide you with approximately 150 minutes of protection. Now here’s the rub: the effectiveness of a sunscreen can be lessened depending on the activity.

So, what do you need?

A summer tan may be stylish but remember that every time you go into the sun without adequate protection you are increasing your odds of developing serious skin conditions down the line. Not to mention more immediate effects such as burned skin, dryness and irritation. Your skin is a sensitive system that relies on being properly protected in order to function optimally. If you don’t want to develop rough, wrinkled skin that looks like leather, pay attention to the SPF your choosing.

An SPF of at least 15 is recommended but research shows that kicking that up to an SPF 30 will provide significantly more protection during the day. Also, you can’t just apply once and forget it. Sunscreen should be applied at least every 2 hours (maybe more if you are swimming or sweating).

Types of Sunscreens Available

There are two types of sunscreens available: chemical and physical.

Chemical sunscreens will absorb the UV rays but carry the risk on increasing the likelihood of developing certain types of cancers.

Physical sunscreens contain active ingredients that will reflect the harmful rays away from the skin.

What Ingredients to Look For

Search for ingredients such as titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, red petrolatum, or talc. These are commonly used in physical sunscreens and work well to protect the skin without adverse side effects.

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              Your eyes are perhaps the most important focal point of your entire face. The eyes are not only your way of seeing the world but the world’s way of understanding your emotions and gauging your reactions to situations. Your eyes provide more information to the people around you than you are probably aware. Think about the eyes and what makes them beautiful and vibrant to look at – you are probably not imagining dark baggy circles beneath them are you?

            Puffy eyes are the result of a variety of factors including fluid retention, allergies, hormones, stress and swelling. This produces a pouch like appearance beneath the lower lid. The skin surrounding the eye is much thinner than other areas of the face and therefore is much more sensitive to irritation and other factors. Other factors that may lead to the development of puffy eyes include lack of sleep, high sodium diets (another form of fluid retention) and excessive drinking could also be a culprit.

            Dark circles are surrounded in much misinformation and myth. For example, if you have dark circles under your eyes, how often has a simple eight hours of sleep completely diminished them? Dark eyes are not the simple result of staying up all night and cramming for an exam. They are actually the product of oxidizing hemoglobin. That may sound scary but it is actually the result of a natural process by the body when moving blood through the tiny capillaries surrounding your eyes. If the blood gets “off track” it begins to form dark, bruise like appearances under the skin and ta-da under your eyes.

            Puffy and dark eyes are a common complaint mainly because of how tired and old they can make you appear. Since these problems are so commonly associated with a lack of sleep or stress, they can also invite unwelcome comments and questions regarding your appearance. While they cannot be cleared up overnight, there are several home remedies that can significantly reduce the appearance of dark circles and decrease swelling under the eyes. More significant eye puffiness that is the result of the natural aging process may require outside assistance.

            There are several products available to help alleviate both these problems and with consistent use, will produce dramatic results. A Refreshing Anti-Puff Eye Gel is a great way to reduce under eye puffiness by 65% in as little as 28 days. This gel will reduce water retention while improving the original firmness and elasticity of the area. Using a good moisturizer designed for sensitive eye tissue will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well.

            A good Dark Circle Diminisher will help to reduce the darkness beneath and near the eyes. Typically these are a serum rubbed on before other moisturizers and serums are applied. Pairing this with a strong Eye Lift Gel will promote dramatic difference in the overall appearance of your eyes and face.

            When people look into your eyes you want them to remark on how beautiful and youthful they appear, not on how tired you look and that is why taking steps now before the problems become severe and require extensive treatments will save you time and grief. No one likes to be singled out regarding their appearance, especially when it is something that is easily correctable. Bring a fresh and younger look back to your face today by taking getting rid of the excess baggage!

Shio Doro is a special blend of minerals and plant extracts from around the globe including Arctic Peat, Wasabi and Japanese Mushroom extracts that enhance the overall look and feel of your skin. While Shio Doro Mud and Contouring Serum can be applied as a wrap for the entire body to improve the skin, it is especially effective with in areas that has suffered from a loss of elasticity or cellulite, such as the legs and arms.

Shio Doro, meaning “Salt Mud” diminishes cellulite by removing impurities when combined with active massage, while providing a deep hydration. The use of a high mineral content blend will help to firm the skin in these areas and create a smoother look and feel. For maximum effectiveness, a series of at least 3 to 6 weekly treatments is recommended.

Receiving a Shio Doro treatment will leave the skin feeling smooth and refreshed. Your experience at the spa during a Shio Doro Anti Cellulite Treatment will include a combination of Umikarano Yuki sea salt, white Arctic peat and wasabi extract which detoxifies, rejuvenates skin metabolism, enhances circulation, eliminates toxins and improves tone and firmness. You will also get a dry brushing to remove dead skin cells, the Shio Doro mud wrap, and a gentle massage with Cellufirm Contouring Serum and Cellufirm Créme. This treatment will rejuvenate tired and aging skin while working to restore natural firmness and texture.

By removing the build up of dead skin cells and debris, your skin will appear more even in tone and assist in the creation of new and healthier skin cells. The long term benefits of this service will promote smoother skin and reduce significant problems such as cellulite.

To learn more visit http://www.bellanina.com.

 
            Understanding proper skin care is an important lesson to learn at an early age. The skin, like everything else in your body, needs to be taken care of in order to keep it healthy and looking beautiful. By incorporating a simple skin care plan into your daily routine, you can easily prevent early signs of aging and reverse common problems such as acne and treat your skin for other issues such as dryness or oily textures. 
            Many people believe that by washing their face with soap and water they have removed all the grime from their pores and their skin is as clean as it can be. This is simply not true. A basic cleanser is an important step in helping the skin to remove surface grime and make up, but it does not penetrate the pores or effectively remove the build up of dead skin cells that lead to severe skin problems. The simple addition of a facial exfoliate on a regular basis can work wonders on the overall look and feel of your skin.
            Exfoliation is a simple process that not only removes dead skins cells by “scrubbing” the face, it also provides a deep cleaning solution for the pores to remove excess oil and dirt. Exfoliation products are available as pads, brushes, scrubs and facial washes. Choosing the correct type for your skin and individual needs is important to ensure the greatest benefit and results. Exfoliation washes are available for all major skin types including normal, oily, dry, combination and sensitive skin types. 
            You may be asking if exfoliating is really that beneficial and if it is worth your time and energy. By exfoliating your face on a regular basis you will see a vast improvement in your overall complexion (2-3 times per week based on your skin type). For instance, if your skin is oily or highly overactive with breakouts and blackheads, Bellanina owner Nina Howard recommends exfoliation every other day.  If however, your skin is dry and thinning, less frequent exfoliation is required.   Exfoliation will assist in the development of new and healthy skin cells by removing the older and dead skin that can build up over time and lead to premature wrinkles. By cleansing the pores it will also reduce the amount of oils that lead to acne, white heads and black heads.
            There are several different types of exfoliants available on the market today and choosing an effective treatment for your face is important. Consult with a skin care expert if you are unsure of which treatment would be best or try a variety of sample sized exfoliants to decide which type works best for your skin. Exfoliation products range from mild and gentle textures such as the Bellanina Jojoba Exfoli-Cleanser or Fine Polish Facial Beads to stronger solutions with a grainier texture and active ingredients for deep treatment; the Bellanina Microdemabrasion Creme or Salicylic Enzyme Exfoliant are both great choices. 

            Remember to take care of your skin and to begin your daily routine as soon as possible. Follow all directions carefully for any skin care product you decide to use and discontinue use if you experience any adverse reactions such as itching, redness or dryness after use. Complete your daily routine with a daily cleanser, exfoliant and moisturizer to help clean and refresh your skin. Skin care is best begun at a young age but it is never to late to start looking and feeling your great by putting your best face forward every day.