The summer season has begun and outdoor living is the hallmark of the season! The thought of it is delicious and wonderful but it can set up a battle for the skin that will be fought for a lifetime.

It is a yin and yang thing. We cannot live without the sun. Fact, Vitamin D deficiencies can cause brain fog and memory loss. The science is not out yet that Vitamin D deficiencies are caused by lack of sun. But, the science is out that skin cancer and premature aging of all areas of the body are intensified by sun damage, pollution, and other environmental stressors. What a bummer since we love to enjoy all that summer has to offer!

To assist and combat the negative, I have put together the Skin’s Summer Survival Kit to help us love and enjoy the summer with out the pain. The kit can be in your gym bag, golf bag, beach bag, baby bag, back pack, suitcase, flight carry on (you lucky dog)! As you can see it is for anyone at anytime.

In the SSSK you need:

  1. A Broad Spectrum UVA-UVB Sun Screen. Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide are the ingredients to look for. They are water resistant. Remember that SPF means Sun Protection Factor. The applicable SPF # means how many minutes between reapplication when outside in the sun. A pure Mineral Powder is a great UVA-UVB protector!
  2. A Hat! Sounds too easy but it’s true. The only challenge is that it needs a brim and the brim needs to be at least two inches around to protect properly. A light weight long sleeve shirt with a collar would be great too. This would protect your arms and the back of the neck!
  3. Drink Up! Not you favorite Pinot or Corona but 32 oz. of H20!! It doesn’t mean you have to have it all at once. Sip it all day. It will become addictive. A good addiction! It will give the the skin cells the hydration they need to combat dehydration which sets up many side effects, some of which are fine lines and wrinkles.
  4. Exfoliate Turn over a new leaf. Exfoliation is vital for the function of the skin. Cells turn over every 27 days. You do not want to continually build up layers upon layers of dead skin cells! They create dull, lifeless skin and clog your pores. A gentle water based moisturizer with Alpha and Beta Hydroxys as well as Hyaluronic Acid will gently dissolve these dead skin cells and add dramatic hydration to the skin.
  5. Anti Oxidants It means anti (against) oxidation (rust-breakdown) of your cellular structure. Oxidation means flat out aging of the skin.Vitamins A-C-D-E and CoQ 10 are but some anti-oxidant ingredients that build and protect your cellular structure.
  6. Sleeping Seven to Eight hours of sleep a night do not go into the SSSK but are a great “beauty” tool for anyone. It can be in a hammock or under an umbrella at the beach! Rest and sleep are a major part of your Skin’s Summer Survival Kit!

Enjoy the summer and everything about it!


Take That Masque Off Enzyme MaskI know we don’t remember when we were born but we have all seen a baby’s skin. We’ve heard smooth as a baby’s butt! Where did that smooth, soft, unmarked skin go? Again, it is a complex answer. The short answer is life happened!

The first part of the answer to understand is that we are all cells and we have cell turn over every 27-30 days. As a baby it was much more rapid. If we do not “remove” these dead skin cells they just build up and build up. Creating over time dull lifeless skin.

The skin is made up of many layers. The top layer is the Epidermis. Coming from the Greek word Epi, meaning over or upon. The top layer or protective layer of the Epidermis is the Stratum Cornea. Microscopically it looks like brick and mortar. The “wall” thickens over time from lack of exfoliation (removing the dead skin cells). Because of this many things happen! Clogged pores (breakouts, white heads and blackheads), fine lines then deep set lines, hyper pigmentation (age spots) and dull, dry skin.

What can we do to help reduce ,change or improve what has happened or avoid them all together?

The first step as I said in a previous blog is simply cleansing the skin daily AM/PM.

The second step is to exfoliate!! Exfoliate means to mechanically or chemically loosen the bond of these dead skin cells that have built up on the stratum cornea.

Mechanical exfoliation means to use ingredients like jojoba beads -microdremabrasion crystals. You can feel mechanical ingredients. These mechanical ingredients “buff and polish” the stratum cornea. Chemical exfoliation ingredients are fruit acids and enzymes. They “dissolve” the dead skin cells that have built up on the stratum cornea.

If you start to exfoliate daily with both a mechanical and chemical exfoliating product you will “very” soon see a difference to the tone,texture and vibrancy to the skin. It will begin to work on the things that happened over the years that I mentioned above. From clogged and enlarged pores to hyper-pigmentation etc.

It is like brushing and flossing the teeth!! It will begin to take that mask off. Maybe not return to baby’s skin but a more radiant YOU.

Till next time.

Be blessed,