Monthly Archives: April 2015

Tanning Beds Are Safe, Right?

Oh, my goodness. Where do we start. At the beginning of every summer we have at least one or more person who asks, “OK, so I should avoid the sun, but a tanning bed is OK, isn’t it?” When we get a question like this we know that there were a lot more people who thought that, but never asked.

Makers of tanning beds work to convince people that their beds are safe. They could not stay in business if they didn’t. And so they tell you about the controlled and careful dosage they give you of UVA light and how much safer that is than the dangerous UVB light that gives you sunburns. They point out that your tan is much more even in a tanning bed and you are only in there for a controlled amount of time.

Here’s what they do not tell you. If you are in there long enough to change your skin color, you are in there too long. If you are in there at all, your skin is at risk. According to the World Health Organization UV tanning devices are not recommended for cosmetic skin tanning and can increase your risk of melanoma. In addition, tanning with UV rays increases aging and the formation of wrinkles on your skin. Oh, no! The Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission have banned the use of the word “safe” in literature promoting tanning beds.

As far as the so-called benefit of Vitamin D production, most people get enough sunlight to produce Vitamin D without the help of a tanning bed, and Vitamin D is available in most multi-vitamins.

The bottom line is, we are here to help you look as young as you feel. Exposure to UV rays of the sun, a sun lamp, or a tanning bed promote aging and wrinkle formation. That’s not pretty. To look your best use our favorite anti-wrinkle preparation, Peptide 6® and keep wrinkles at bay!

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Take it Personally!

We’ve been looking at a lot of beauty blogs, beauty articles, anti-aging information, and even our own pages on “oily skin,” “normal skin,” etc. And we want to make sure that one message really gets through to you, our reader.

The message is this: it’s your skin. Your mileage may vary. Your needs may vary. What works and doesn’t work for you is very specific to your body, your immune system, your allergies, your lifestyle. And so, the best instructions for anyone to give you are these:

Do what works for you!”

Our biggest advice, of course, is to read labels and always choose products that are paraben-free, phthalate free, formaldehyde free, sulfate free. Those products have been associated with potential health problems. Parabens have been shown to cause premature aging – you don’t need those in a wrinkle cream! But no one knows for sure if they would really hurt you. So why stay away from them? The same reason you avoid tornadoes. There are enough studies that show they pose problems in people’s health that you do not want to risk having them on your skin.

Now how about how much, how many, and when? This is when it really gets personal. Different skin types absorb moisturizers at different rates. If you take a product like our Maximum Moisture, you know it will deliver the therapeutic dose of hyaluronic acid your skin loves. But you may put on a very little amount and get the benefit you need and want, someone several years older, or with courser skin may apply a larger amount in order to get the same moisturizing results.

That is true of cleansers and exfoliating scrubs as well. Women’s faces vary from woman to woman in how dry the skin is, how large the pores are, how many blemishes there are, how much damage from sun or smoking. So one size will not fit all. You know that certain ingredients are superb at exfoliating but you might need to exfoliate more frequently than someone else.

How are you supposed to tell how often to exfoliate, how much moisturizer to use? The same way you learn how much champagne to drink. You experiment. If you think a facial cream feels to heavy, use less or move to a lighter formula. Don’t hesitate to be your own woman and achieve beauty your own way. Let us know, we want to know what works for you!

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Here Comes Summer!

We all look forward to summer. The clothes are looser and lighter, the days are longer, there are picnics and beach days and friends are climbing aboard the boat. So our lifestyle changes when summer is in full swing. We do more so we have less time and sometimes what suffers is our skin care. But summer is really the time to pay attention to your skin because it is getting more sun.

Almost 80% of the damage to a non-smoker’s skin is caused by the sun. So summer is a time of increased fun and increased aging both at the same time. How can we minimize or prevent that?

The first clear choice is to wear a good sunscreen or sunblock. You want one that has a high SPF and also has no parabens. A sunscreen that relies on Titanium Dioxide is the best choice for the environment. A sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB is recommended for most comprehensive protection. Mango Madness Protect Me™ lives up to those requirements.

Another item to put in your bag of summer tricks is an all-over moisturizer to refresh your body after a day in the sun. Something light and luxurious feeling that goes on smoothly and makes your skin smile. We recommend our rich, aloe-vera cream for an after-sun cool down.

Last, but by no means least, we recommend that you stock up on Hydrospherex™ for the purest hyaluronic acid serum that money can buy. Hyaluronic Acid’s moisturizing properties promotes healing and boosts renewal after a day of the sun’s rays. And that’s just what your skin needs! The power of hyaluronic acid giving your skin the assistance it needs to re-hydrate depleted skin cells and maintain that healthy, beautiful skin look all year around!

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