While ultraviolet B (UVB) rays are the main cause of sunburns and are the strongest in the summer, ultraviolet A (UVA) rays remain constant throughout the year. UBA rays prematurely age our skin, causing wrinkles and age spots. UVA rays account for up to 95 percent of the UV radiation reaching the Earth. UVA rays are so prevalent that they can even go through glass, making sun protection necessary indoors as well as out. The greatest part of our sun exposure occurs in brief intervals year round such as walking the dog or sitting in traffic. The UV damage accumulated from these small daily exposures add up over time and can lead to premature skin aging. Just because you do not lie out in the sun or tan regularly, you can still be getting skin damaging exposure.
This is why sun protection is so essential all year around. It is important to choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. Look for ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as they reflect the light away from your skin allowing little absorption. Lotion up liberally. Additionally, reapply throughout the day as the sunscreen you apply in the morning will not be effective by the end of the day. Luckily, there are products that make re-application easy and convenient. At Britannia Dermedics, we love Colorescience products and especially the powdered sunscreens called Sunforgettalbes. These sunscreens are available in a SPF30 and SPF50, as well as in different shades to match your skin tone. They can even be applied over makeup quickly and effectively.
Always remember, practicing sun safety is a lifelong and year-round must.
A lot of people ask us why we recommend medical grade skin care products. We believe that “over the counter” or drugstore products can’t fix real skin problems. Medical grade has higher concentrations of active ingredients.
Drugstore products are formulated for everyone and anyone, and are not dispensed by a Physician and therefore can only have small amounts of any active ingredients.
- If you want to get real results from a skincare product, the product needs to reach deeper layers of the skin. Drugstore products can only work on the epidermis or the outer layer of skin, where the skin cells are starting to shed. Medical grade products can penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin all the way to the dermis, or the middle layer of the skin, where the elastin and collagen are contained, as well as the basal, or the bottom layer of the skin, where new cells are produced. We believe that young, beautiful skin is more than just the lack of wrinkles or beautiful full lips. Younger skin is also brighter, tighter, with more even tones and blemish-free. In order to achieve this, we believe you need products that penetrate deeply into your skin.
- Medical grade products give They have been scientifically published in medical journals and have been proven to work. Manufacturers of medical grade skin care must be able to scientifically back any claims that they make. Each product is put through extensive clinical testing. The ingredients of medical grade products can repair skin at the deep layers, where the problems begin and therefore provide real results.
Examples of ingredients of our medical grade skin care and why we love them:
- Vitamin C – actually improves laxity in the skin, strengthens skin cells and can prevent future sun damage.
- Hydroquinone – reduces discoloration and inhibits melanin production which is what causes the discoloration and age spots that emerge as we grow older.
- Retinol (a derivative of vitamin a) – wonderful for epidermal and dermal stimulation and renewal. Retinol is the only topical ingredient that repairs age-related and environmental skin aging. Medical grade retinol uses a higher percentage of retinol which makes it much more effective than any over the counter retinol.
Regular use of medical-grade skin care products can thicken and strengthen the outer layers of skin and help our bodies to produce more collagen. Collagen, in turn, plumps up the face from the inside out, giving you an overall, more youthful appearance.
If you are looking for skincare that works! Visit us to discuss what product would be best for you!
Primers are not just for oily skin. There are many different categories of primer, and all are used to decrease the appearance of lines, tired eyes, or uneven skin colour. Consider the benefits of using a primer, and understand how each kind is working for you.
What is a Primer?
A primer goes on first, before foundation, and can be used to even out skin colour where redness is a problem, decrease the look of fine lines, minimize the appearance of pores, or brighten the complexion before adding makeup. Primers improve the application and resilience of foundation and are a barrier between your skin and your foundation. The ideal primer is lightweight and refreshes and hydrates your skin.
What Are the Differences in Primers?
- There are many, many primers out there, but most fall under a few categories that are aimed for different needs. Some primers brighten the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and containing a pink tint to keep your skin looking (and feeling) hydrated.
- Some primers contain SPF and focus on moisturizing the skin while creating a barrier between the foundation and your face. Like all good primers, these are ideally non-oily and lightweight, and are used instead of “priming” the face with a moisturizer in the morning, or before makeup application.
- Primers are interesting because they use colour theory to pinpoint and correct the desired area of improvement. A lavender colour will re-liven skin with yellowish tones, while green decreases the uneven appearance of red tones in the complexion.
Some people stay away from silicone because of sensitivity or allergies. If you already use a silicone-based foundation and are happy with it, make sure to pair it with a silicone-based primer so one does not break down the other. There are, however, many silicone-free primers on the market. Whether you are silicone-friendly or silicone-free, remember to look for a primer that is focused on good skin health: hydrating your skin, protecting from the oils and talc in makeup, providing vitamins, and avoiding clogging your pores.
Colorescience Primers are a line of dermatologist recommend primers that focus on sun protection, and avoid any harmful ingredients such as: harsh chemicals, dyes, talc, alcohol, mineral oil, and fragrances. Colorescience uses mineral powders that create a protective barrier between the skin and makeup, keeping the skin clean and hydrated. This is an example of a primer that, no matter what the focus—colour correction, reduction of fine lines, or creating a clean barrier—it is dedicated to keeping skin healthy.