After a long, wet winter and an equally wet spring, West Coasters are about ready for a little sunshine. This year in particular, we are likely to get a nasty sunburn if we don’t cover up properly. Why? Because our skins have not seen the sun in a long time, and will immediately become exposed to the strong overhead rays that June traditionally brings.
So remember to cover up, and try to stay out of the sunshine from the hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Love the beach too much to stay away from it? Then be sure to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection. (This will be marked on the packaging.) For extra protection, whisk ColoreScience Sunforgettable over your face, neck and decolleté. Sunforgettable is available from Afterglow.
Since many sunscreens break down in sunlight, to be safe, you should reapply every two hours or so and always after a swim or dip in the pool. You will need to apply approximately one shot glass full of sunscreen to your entire body to ensure proper protection. Sunscreen should be applied half an hour before going out in the sun to allow the protective components to fully penetrate the skin.
Finally, be sure to eat as many sun-protective fruits and veggies as possible! Pomegranate juice, broccoli, carrots, beets and dark chocolate all help to provide an internal sunscreen that will help keep wrinkles at bay.
Of course, you know you must wear a sunhat and broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater to protect your skin… But did you know that, when out in the bright summer sunshine, you need to reapply your sunscreen every 80 minutes? This is because the UVA protection breaks down quickly when in sunlight. Sunscreens containing Mexoryl™ or Helioplex® last longer, and are the protection of choice for bright summer days.
Better still is the protection provided by ColoreScience’s Sunforgettable mineral sunscreens, now available from Afterglow.
Sunforgettable is a weightless powder that is safe for all ages, odour free, clear on the skin and will not burn the eyes if you perspire.
Sunforgettable SPF 30 mineral powder comes in an easy to use retractable brush so all you need do is brush it on, pat it in and forget about it. The formula consists of titanium dioxide and zinc dioxide and may be safely used if you have rosacea, eczema or other skin problems. It is especially helpful following skin peels, laser treatments and most surgical procedures, and will not rub off on your clothes.
Sunscreen will protect your skin from the outside, but you can also protect yourself from the inside! Researchers have recently looked into the role certain foods play in protecting the skin from UV rays. Carotenoids are powerful antioxidants that protect plants from UV rays. When we eat plants containing carotenoids, this protection is passed on to us. Foods rich in carotenoids include carrots, tomatoes, melons, yams, pomegranates, yams, kale and broccoli.
Broccoli and other vegetables of the brassica family (Brussels sprouts, kale and dark leafy cabbage), also contain substances known as sulforaphanes. These reduce the inflammation resulting from over-exposure to the sun.
Flavonoids are other plant-based antioxidants that have been shown to provide a degree of protection against UV light. Cocoa with high flavonoid content (usually marked on the package) and dark chocolate with over 80% cocoa content have been shown to exert protective effects on the skin after a few weeks’ daily use.
However delicious that chocolate may be, please remember that you will still need a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher and a sunhat to fully protect your skin from the ravages of the sun.
Have you heard of Colorescience? If not, you likely soon will as this innovative line of mineral-based skincare and cosmetics is fast becoming one of the most sought-after by those in-the-know. With its appealing packaging and premier quality ingredients, Colorescience is recognized by leading dermatologists and make-up artists as the first line to truly blend science and colour.
Colorescience products are completely free from dyes, talcs, fillers, mineral oils, perfumes and other ingredients found in traditional lines. This results in beautiful texture and colour as well as improved skin health.
The line comprises three categories of product to colour, protect, and correct.
• Colour: Colorescience products enhance your skin tone while allowing your natural radiance to shine through. The colour saturation of these minerals is remarkable. A little goes a long way. The minerals have a veil-like quality which gives you the ability to layer colours without a heavy appearance.
• Protect: Colorescience face colour adheres to the skin, lying on top of its surface and providing a protective barrier from the environment. The powders have superior reflective properties and light absorbing ability, shielding the skin from the harmful effects of the environment.
• Correct: Colorescience is perfect for use after a medical procedure to enhance the skin’s healing abilities. The specialized products help to shorten the down time usually necessary with treatments such as peels, laser treatments and other aggressive skin regimes.
Two of the most popular products in the line are the skin primers and Classic Corrector Kit:
Apply Line Tamer Skin Brighteneras a primer and watch the look of large pores and redness disappear. This product soothes and smoothes, moisturizes and mattifies, eliminating the stressed appearance that often accompanies skin treatments.
Wild to Mild Skin Bronzer is a perfect primer for pre-sun or after-sun treatment. The skin looks tanned, not burned, and the texture appears more refined.
Is chocolate bad for your skin? Recent research says no, especially when it is applied externally! Chocolate Mousse is an exceptional moisturizer that hydrates skin and doesn’t clog the pores. This primer is an excellent choice for oily, break-out prone complexions.
And for your man? Metro Menerals soothes skin and helps cover blemishes, razor burns and ingrown hairs, while Real Menerals is a cooling, soothing gel that makes a great after shave moisturizer.
The Classic Corrector Kit offers five shades to perfectly camouflage any skin discolouration. It makes a great travel kit and can be used to custom blend any foundation colour. Use as a highlighter, concealer, corrector, bronzer or foundation.
This is just a small sample of what Colorescience has to offer. We warmly welcome you to Afterglow, to see for yourself how these truly amazing products can benefit your skin!