Should You Wear SPF Daily?

Did you know that sun damage is cumulative? The majority of sun damage happens in the least obvious manner like commuting to and from work. Whether it’s cloudy, raining, hot, or cold the sun’s harmful rays are always present. Be aware that glass does not block UV rays from the skin, it only blocks UVB (burning rays) and doesn’t block the UVA (aging rays) which are more compromising over time. Annually, 3.5 million Americans are affected by skin cancer and protecting the skin with SPF will greatly decreases the risk of skin cancer. Note that sunscreen must be worn continuously everyday  regardless of weather. With all the different sunscreen options available, let Skin Resolutions in Santa Barbara be your guide to finding a sunscreen you love. Some of our favorites include are Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 50, Epicuren Zinc Oxide Perfecting Sunscreen SPF 27, Epicuren X-Treme Cream Propolis Sunscreen SPF 45, and Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer Moisture Defense Lotion SPF 30.



Our Top 5 Skin Resolutions for 2014

Forget the list of larger-than-life resolutions you just won’t keep! Instead, opt for attainable goals that you know you can work towards. We’ve put together a list of our top five resolutions, we’re sure will help you feel and look better by year’s end!


#1 – Clean your cell phone

Ever notice that one side of your cheek has a few more bumps than you’d expect? That could be from all the bacteria on your cell phone. If you have a touch screen phone or iPhone, it’s best to pick up a cleaning spray with alcohol content, or using a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and gently wiping down your phone. Still seeing raised white dots? Try Peter Thomas Roth’s Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash. This gentle acid helps to dissolve the buildup of dead skin that’s blocking the pore. Read our review on this great product here.


#2 – Don’t purchase daytime moisturizer without SPF

Even in colder weather, the sun still affects your skin. Be sure to protect it now, so you avoid looking an up to an extra 15 years older later. And don’t just slather SPF moisturizer on your face; be sure to include your ears, neck, and décolletage. We love Peter Thomas Roth’s Max Sheer SPF 30 Face Lotion. Learn more about why this fabulous product should be a part of your daily routine here.


#3 –  Be bold & try a new beauty trend once a month

What better way to spice up your look than with a splash of something new in your routine? Unleash your inner beauty diva once every few weeks with bold lips, unexpected eye shadow colors, or a wild nail polish. Change makes everyone feel fresh, and with makeup it’s less of a commitment (and more fun) than dying or cutting your hair differently. Check out some of our favorite inspiring eye trends, or our tips for prepping your lips for that new shade of color.


#4 – Update your skincare regimen

We all know that age plays a big role in how our skin looks and the way that we take care of it. Many of us may have struggled early on with all forms of acne or blemishes, but then as they years pass by other problems come along. The secret to staying fresh-faced and wrinkle free later is to act now. It’s never too late to include age prevention products in your skincare kit!

If you’ve been using the same moisturizer or face wash for the past 10+ years, it is probably time to upgrade to a new formula. Not using an eye cream daily? Well consider adding this to your morning and evening routine to hydrate the thin skin area around your eyes. Set aside some time to figure out what you should be doing at your age, with the help of the Skin Resolutions ladies. They’ll be sure to get your new skincare plan into motion!


#5 – Stop picking

Whether you pick at your cuticles or your blemishes – stop! What a lot of us don’t understand is that messing and squeezing these little guys can actually bring about much more damage. If you’ve got a blemish that continues to pop up in the same place, it’s a sign that the pore it developed in is damaged – usually a result of too much picking. Prodding a pimple can loosen the cell lining of the pore and cause the clogged oil to slip deeper into the skin, creating an inflammatory reaction and prolonging the healing process and possibly causing an infection due to the bacteria your finger has introduced to the area. The result could be a red or purplish mark that lasts indefinitely. Continue picking and poking at a scab on your face, neck, or chest and there could be an indented scar in your future.


Resist temptation when a blemish shows up on your face! Schedule an appointment with one of Skin Resolution’s estheticians, particularly when the blemish is still swollen so the exact problem area can be pinpointed. If you can’t get to your esthetician or dermatologist right away, be sure to apply a drying agent containing salicylic acid or sulfur to the blemish area. Whatever it is that you feel the itch to pick, keep your hands off it!

PTR Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash

We love this fabulous, oil-free, all-purpose antiaging exfoliating cleanser! Peter Thomas Roth’s Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash contains a gentle form of glycolic acid along with pro vitamin B5 and allantoin to help soften and exfoliate the skin. It helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging while clarifying the skin and smoothing out rough texture. It is especially helpful as an aid in ridding your skin of those pesky white bumps!


If that’s not enough proof as to why you should try this face wash in your skincare routine, then check out the research results. In a four-week consumer efficacy study of 25 women:

  • 88% agreed that they saw a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • 88% agreed their skin felt exfoliated
  • 88% agreed their skin felt softer

Give this face wash a try – available now at Skin Resolutions.

Gifts for the Guys on Your List

Men aren’t the easiest to shop for, nor do they tend to indulge themselves with luxurious body products or swanky skin-care creams. That is why we are here to help you pamper the men in your life this holiday season! We’ve handpicked our top grooming essentials that will keep your favorite guy looking good and feeling his best from head-to-toe.


Clockwise from top right: 1. Epicuren Smoothest Shave Cream / 2. Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Buffing Beads for Face & Body / 3. Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel / 4. Clarisonic Pro for Face & Body / 5. Epicuren Discovery Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Complex / 6. Dermaquest Balancing Kit which includes 2 oz. Daily Enzyme Cleanser, 0.5 oz. Advanced B5 Serum, 0.5 oz. Revive Cream, and 1 oz. Zinc Clear SPF 30 lotion / 7. Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day SPF 30 Moisture Defense Lotion (Check out our review of this face moisturizer!) / 8. Epicuren Discovery Lip Balm SPF 15 tube / 9. Decléor Calming After Shave Gel / 10. ColoreScience Post-Shave Shield SPF 20 / 11. ColoreScience Skin Soother & Smoother.

Available now at Skin Resolutions!