• In the Mirror: On Skin Care Myths

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    Wrong skincare procedures and myths: we don’t believe them but instinctively we still use procedures that may harm on a longer run. We surely know “that thing” is not miraculous but we still check out the mirror every 5 minutes hoping to see instant improvement. If only the mirror could speak…

    • Anti-aging and wrinkle creams make your skin younger. Temporarily, it appears that they do! These are products that usually hydrate the skin and improve its appearance for a short period of time following the application by minimizing fine lines and firming contours. Retinol is very efficient for fine lines reduction but it doesn’t have permanent effects. For long younger looking skin, early prevention with sunscreen and daily hydration work best. Read the rest of this entry »
  • What are the ingredients that I should look for in a sunscreen skincare product

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    Do you understand what labeling and ingredients you should be looking for when choosing a reliable sunscreen product for the best protection against UV rays and sun damage? Dr. Howard Murad explains the facts about sunscreen. We should look for antioxidants, hydrators, UVA and UVB protection

  • Does a higher SPF mean that I’m getting better sun protection?

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    Is it a myth or a fact that a higher SPF means that you’re getting better sun protection with your sunscreen product? Dr. Howard Murad explains the facts about SPF. The average person should use a SPF30 on a regular basis. We recommend Essential C Day Moisture SPF 30 and Perfecting Day Cream SPF 30

  • 7 Rules of Summer Skincare

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    Now is the perfect time to switch your entire skincare regimen to a summer regimen. Naturally, there are products you just can’t live without all year round, but generally it is recommended that you change a few of your skincare products and usage with the change of seasons. While in winter it is mostly recommended to use thicker, intensely hydrating creams and strong serum treatments, summer time calls for lighter, gentler formulas for all the products you may use. Here’s what you should change this summer:

    1. Use a lighter, water based moisturizer. In winter, skin is drier and needs extra protection from cold so an oil-based moisturizer or a thicker formula is best suited for your skin. But summer’s soaring temperatures, sun and sweat won’t make a good environment for the heavy creams. Switch to a light lotion that is preferably water based. For oily skin, choose an oil-absorbing, mattifying formula or apply a primer over your moisturizer.
    2. Increase your SPF usage. Not just the frequency, but also its number! If winter time is mostly cloudy where you live, a SPF 15 is generally a good choice for everyday wear. But summer’s sun is most damaging for your skin, especially if you are wearing other medicated treatments, so increase the SPF to 20 or 30 or even higher if needed, but make sure to reapply often (after sweating or washing your face it is best to reapply sunscreen in order to stay protected) Read the rest of this entry »
  • Sensational Skincare Before Summer

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    Congratulations – you made it to spring! With the weather getting better and better every single day, everyone is getting anxious for summer to start. One of the biggest things that changes in the summer is the weather. What happens when it gets hot? That’s right – people start showing more skin.

    Achieving sensational skin is something that everyone wants to achieve, but no one really knows how. There are so many products, treatments, and myths out in the world due to false advertising and marketing that it isn’t a surprise some people are skeptical of every single product that is labeled “skin treatment” or “skincare”.

    However, not all of the products and treatments are fake. In fact, there are a lot that actually work, and are extremely beneficial to your physical appearance, your health, and your confidence.

    What Are Some Skincare Tips?

    Massage… Don’t Just Dab

    One of the biggest things that people miss when moisturizing their face is that they don’t massage the moisturizer in, they just dab it on. The difference that actually taking the time to massage your skin can make is enormous. In fact, if you don’t think moisturizing your face works it would be very smart of you to really think about how you are applying that moisturizer. Do you just put it on and wash it off really quick? Do you take the time to put it on and really apply it evenly to the surface of your face? Read the rest of this entry »

  • Winter Sun Safety Tips

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    There are a great many people who would never go to the beach or any outdoor activity without using sunscreen in the summer. Many of these same people will also tell you that you don’t need sunscreen in the winter because there is little or no sun. Nothing could be further from the truth though. Ninety per cent of all skin cancers come from too much sun exposure and the winter sun is no less damaging. Although you may think of frostbite and wind burn as the main dangers to your skin in the winter, it’s actually the sun’s dangerous UV rays that are still the major concern. Protecting yourself is easy though, if you have a little knowledge beforehand.

    The Higher You Travel the Stronger the Sun

    Skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports are great fun, but the higher the altitude the greater the strength of the sun’s UV rays, as much as a 5 per cent increase with every 1,000 foot climb in altitude. The snow also reflects approximately 80 per cent of the sun’s rays back to you so, in essence, you are hit with a double whammy of exposure.

    Limit Your Time in the Sun

    Even on a cloudy day up to 80 per cent of the sun’s rays still reach the earth, which means they reach your skin too. UV rays go through thin clothing, clouds, even glass. Sunscreen helps to defend your skin, but it does not mean you have complete protection. Try to avoid being in direct sunlight between 10am and 3pm, when the sun is at its strongest. Read the rest of this entry »

  • New Year’s Top Skincare Resolutions

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    We’ve researched the World Wide Web to find the biggest New Year skin care resolutions of women from around the world.  Not surprisingly, the top skin care resolutions for this year are actually the best long-term resolutions one could have for her skin. Now of course, such resolutions are not just for the year – but for a lifetime of beautiful results.

    Here are the top beauty resolutions you should consider, in case you’re not doing that already:

    1. Protect your skin every day with sunscreen.

    With the skin cancer awareness and with new research backing up our knowledge of the sun’s aging effects on the skin, then it’s no wonder more women swear to wear sunscreen on their face every day and every season. Even on cloudy days, the sun rays are powerful enough to cause harm to your skin and cummulated damage leads to unsightly aging signs over the years.

    2. Moisturize day and night.

    According to the Nivea Skin-dex Survey results, we now know dry skin is the leading cause of dissatisfaction among Canadians and that as much as 19% of Canadians agree this is their primary skin concern. It seems that moisture on your skin can never be too much. Far from advising overuse of moisturizers, it’s important to point out that moisturizing is essential for both dry and oily skin, at any age.  Your cells depend on moisture to stay plump, function properly and fulfill their barrier function. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Tips to Look Tan Without Tanning

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    Summertime always means that there’s plenty of sun to play in, and the urge to want to tan from the sun is strong. But we all know that the sun is the number one cause of the signs of aging and that prolonged exposure can lead to potential health problems down the line. On the other hand, we all want to have that glowing, tanned look during the summer. So how can you look tan without tanning and damaging your skin? Here are some tips.

    Sunblock, Sunblock, Sunblock! We’ll Say It Again: Sunblock.

    We always stress using sunblock at any time of the year, especially during the warmer summer months. At the same time it’s always a good idea to get outside and do some activities throughout the year. The best source for Vitamin D is the sun, which is vital to your health both mentally and physically. No matter if you’re going to the park for a round of Frisbee golf, taking a day hike or bike ride, or even just lounging out by the pool, any activity means putting on sunscreen or sunblock to combat harmful UV rays as part of your skin care regimen, no matter if you have the rare cloudy day or not! Read the rest of this entry »

  • Tips for Choosing and Using Sun Block

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    Summertime is sunny time! The warm weather means more exposed skin, meaning more exposure to the dangerous rays of the sun. Maybe you’ll want to hit the pool, the beach, go for a hike, or participate in other outdoor activities during the summer. Of course, with the sun being the number one cause of the signs of aging on your skin, making sure that you choose the right sunblock for your skin care routine is essential. But also just as important is applying your sunblock the right way so that you don’t get burned. So what kind of sun block should you be using, and how should you be properly using it?

    Go Oil-Free for Healthy Skin

    When we usually think of sunblock, we tend to think of thick, oily, pore-clogging stuff that works great but can wreak havoc on our skin. Not to mention to the typical overly-chemical smell that some sunblocks have. You feel like you’re walking around in a toxic sludge! But you don’t have to. A lightweight, oil-free sun block like Murad Canada’s Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30 not only provides excellent coverage from harmful UV rays and free radicals that those rays emit, but it is also light enough for everyday use – even for use underneath your makeup.

    Oil Free Sun BlockCustomer Review: Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30

    “Skin experts recommend that we wear a sunblock daily to prevent wrinkles and skin cancer. It is easy to forget to wear on a daily basis. I have oily skin and must use an oil-free product. This product works well under makeup. It is light weight and non-greasy which makes it easier to remember to apply if the product does its job and is not too thick to wear under makeup.” Read the rest of this entry »

  • Anti Aging Skin Care Tips for Summer

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    With summer in full swing, that means that it’s time to hit the pool, or even the beach for some of us. While a lot of us get into the habit of tanning, we are all well aware of the long-term consequences sun exposure on our skin. There are many different habits and skin care products you can pick up in order to combat the signs of aging. So what can you do to keep your skin looking great in the long-term during those sunny summers? Here are some tips.

     

    Use an Oil-Free Sunblock

    Using sunblock is a given! The sun is the number one cause of the signs of aging on your skin. We all know that long-term sun exposure not only leads to the acceleration of the signs of aging, but the long term effects can lead to health problems. Part of your daily routine should already be to apply sunblock before you head out into the sun, so make sure you’re using an oil-free sunblock so that your skin will not only be protected from harmful UV rays, but  you also won’t clog your pores and further irritate your skin. Murad Canada’s Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30 is not only a lightweight formula, it also protects your skin from damaging free radicals caused by the sun.

     

    Oil Free Sun BlockCustomer Review: Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30

    “This is the first sunblock that I love to religiously use. Unlike other sunblocks, it doesn’t sting my eyes, isn’t greasy and has a light pleasant scent.” Read the rest of this entry »

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