Proper Way of Using Sunscreen

by admin on June 24, 2009

Summer is here and with it, comes fun-filled days of soaking under the sun. But don’t let the sun harm your skin. Use sunscreen and use them well.

A lot of people regularly use sunscreen. However, most are not using them the proper way. Improper use of sunscreens will not protect your skin. Know the proper way of using it and you will be glad you did.

Here are some things that you should keep in mind when staying under the sun -

1. Apply the right amount of sunscreen

To protect your skin from UV rays, it is important that you apply the right amount of sunscreen. Most people only apply about 25% to 50% of the recommended amount and this is not enough. Sunscreen should be applied liberally to all sun-exposed areas. When the proper amount of sunscreen is applied, it forms a film which protects your skin from the harmful UV radiation.

2. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure

It takes about 20-30 minutes for sunscreen to be absorbed by the skin. This means that you should apply it at least a half an hour before going out in the sun.

3. Apply sunscreen last

Sunscreen should also be the last product applied especially on the face since some sunscreens can break down in the presence of water contained in water-based foundations and moisturizers.

4. Reapply frequently

When spending the day out in the sun, remember that one application is not enough to keep you protected. It is important to reapply sunscreen frequently. In fact, most sunscreen labels recommend applying sunscreen after two to four hours in the sun.

One study has shown that reapplying sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes after being in the sun is actually more effective than waiting 2 hours. It is possible that this time period is more effective because most people do not apply enough sunscreen initially and the second application approximates the actual amount needed.

Sunscreen should also be reapplied after swimming, excessive sweating, or toweling.

5. Apply sunscreen daily

Sunscreen should be applied daily. The daily use of a low-SPF sunscreen (15) has been shown to be more effective in preventing skin damage than the intermittent use of a higher SPF sunscreen.

6. Use a higher SPF when using insect repellents

During summer, there are plenty of occasions when the use of sunscreen and insect repellents are an absolute necessity. However, are you aware that insect repellents reduce the sunscreen’s SPF by up to one-third? To address this, it is recommended that you use a higher SPF and reapply more often when using sunscreen and insect repellent together.



by admin on June 17, 2009

The Dermaroller is a microneedling or skin needling device that is used to perform Collagen Induction Therapy. There are two rollers available. One for physicians’ use and one for personal and home use.

Of the Dermarollers available in the market, Scientia DermaRoller claims to be the original FDA approved skin rejuvenation product and is touted as a real breakthrough in anti-aging skin therapy.

Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists who have conducted scientific studies on the Dermaroller have found that in addition to lessening the appearance of sun damage and wrinkles, skin needling can help reduce and remove acne, surgical scars, stretch marks and cellulite, as well as smooth out pitted skin and dimpling.

In fact, in a study made by Dr. Philippe Simonin, a Swiss Dermatologist, which involved 600 people, it was found that there was a 40% significant improvement within the skin aging group and a 60% improvement in the scar reduction group only after five to six treatments. Another plastic surgeon from Canada, Dr. Andre Camirand, has discovered that skin needling improves the texture and depression of scars as well as the skin texture.

However, as a precaution, please note that the Dermaroller should not be used if you have cuts, wounds, active herpes, or any other skin disease. It is recommended that you consult your physician prior to using the Dermaroller.

So, how does the Dermaroller work?

The needles of the Dermaroller puts tiny punctures in the upper layer of the skin. This process stimulates the creation of new collagen fibers as well as other skin cells such as elastin which fills in depressed scars and deep lines. In addition, this allows maximum absorption of anti-aging creams as well as reduce wrinkles and scars.

There are a few different types of rollers available on the market and needle length is important. Dermatologists, clinics and spas use different types of rollers with different needle lengths ranging from 0.75mm to 2mm, depending on what they’re trying to accomplish. Needles of this length should only be used by a skin care professional.

For home use, you need to make sure that the Dermaroller you are using is specifically made for personal use. It should be made of surgical grade steel and gamma sterilized for optimum results and safety. There are a lot of imitations out there which are not safe nor effective. If you intend to try this out, make you that you have the authentic product.

After each rolling session, always apply a collagen building cream such as Copper Peptides and a good moisturizer such as an Emu Oil. This is particular helpful especially if you have sensitive skin. Some people who have used this product have reported a slight skin discomfort (similar to the feeling of being sunburned) after using it. A light application of emu oil calms the temporary redness. In addition, emu oil won’t clog pores and is a good preventive measure for acne-prone skin.

The Dermaroller is sold and readily available over the internet. While the product seems to provide good benefits, I am a bit wary of using this product on my own.

As a beautician, I do know that certain products require specific handling and instructions that only a trained professional can provide. And like other products, certain risks may be involved in its improper use. As I am someone who would not risk my skin by using a DIY product, I would leave the use of this product to the trained professionals.


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