Beach Bag Must Haves

It’s always a beautiful day here in Santa Barbara! Keep you skin in check with these beach and pool essentials!Image-1 (1)

1. Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 Brush- Easy to apply and reapply throughout the day to keep your skin protected. This safe and non-irratating spf powder is great for kids and waterproof!

2. Epicuren Tea Tree Lip Balm Pot- Packed with tea tree oil and aloe this lip balm is ultra soothing and protects your lips from the elements with an SPF 15.

3. Sun Hat- The benefits of a wide brimmed sun hat might seen obvious but no other hat can correctly shade your ears, face, and neck! There is a significant difference between wearing a baseball cap and a wide brimmed hat. Reduce the risk of skin cancer, premature aging, and sunburn and always wear your hat.

4. Epicuren X-Treme Cream SPF 45- A moisturizing formula that will provide an invisible shield between you and the sun. It will leave you skin smooth and appear more radiant. Apply generously from head to toe!

5. My Tyes Hair Ties- Cute and functional way to keep your hair tamed without pulling and tearing on your hair. These soft elastic hair ties and headbands are great for sports and everyday wear.

6. Juice Ranch Cold-Pressed Juice- Stay fresh and hydrated with a 100% organic, locally sourced, glass bottled cold-pressed juice packed with nutrients.

 

Retaining Laser and Peel Results

 

Committing to a laser treatment doesn’t just end after your last treatment. In order to maintain the desired results from your treatments it’s important to follow these rules;

1.Take Charge of Your Home Care Routine: Skincare at home is essential in keeping your skin healthy. Cleansing, exfoliating, proper layering, and protection is key!

2.Stay Out of the Sun: Just minutes of unprotected sun exposure can cause post treatment hyperpigmentation. Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable SPF creates immediate protection between you and harmful UV rays.

3.Regularly Use Retinol: Working to exfoliate the skin and keep your cell turnover moving, retinoids are a fundamental part of any anti-aging skincare routine.

4.Re-Treat: Laser and Peel results won’t last forever, combining chemical peel and laser treatments back to back can be helpful in prepping the skin and maximizing results. Stay motivated with regular facials and contact Skin Resolutions in downtown Santa Barbara for helpful treatment recommendations. 805-569-1923
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How to Maintain a Youthful Neck

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The often neglected neck is nothing to forget! With various treatment options to stave off discoloration, bands, loose skin or that dreaded turkey neck- maintaining a youthful neck should be in everyones skincare routine. Firming ingredients such as peptides and plant stem cells, should be applied to your neck and decollete regularly as a preventative measure. In addition, a generous amount of SPF should be used to protect and prevent! For more noninvasive treatments, muscle smoothing and  tightening like treatments like botox and Thermage (heats  tissue to decrease wrinkles) can really help firm and tighten the skin. For a more invasive treatment, a necklift would be performed to tighten the neck skin. Remember, that firming skincare treatments should be incorporated in and with all neck and decollete treatments. Recommended neck and decollete products are; DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D, Epicuren Ultima Peptide Maxima, DermaQuest Peptide Mobilizer, Phyto-C Signature Cream. For treatment, product and doctor recommendations in Santa Barbara please call Skin Resolutions in Downtown Santa Barbara (805) 569-1923

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.

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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!

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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!

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#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.

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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!