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Women tend to develop a pretty consistent skin care routine that they’ll use on a daily basis to keep their skin healthy, fresh and youthful. It’s important for men to develop this kind of routine as well. While the steps a man takes to care for his skin each day might be very different from what a woman will focus on, the goals tend to be the same. Everyone wants to have healthy skin, prevent breakouts, treat problem areas and keep their skin looking young even as you age. In this article, we will talk about the benefits of a skin care routine for men, what some of the best products are and what you should consider when coming up with a routine for the first time.

 

A lot of skin care products on the market contain very harsh chemicals that will end up doing more harm than good. While these products might help your skin at first, you could be damaging your skin irreversibly. There are some ingredients and components that you’ll want to incorporate into your daily routine. Let’s take a closer look.

 

Skin Care Ingredients to Look For

 

 

Salicylic Acid

 

This is a fantastic ingredient that is used in the majority of acne products on the market. Salicylic acid has the potential to soak deep down into your pores and treat a blemish right at the root of the cause. Even at a low dose, salicylic acid can shrink down pimples and acne in a very short amount of time. It is relatively gentle, so you don’t have to worry about it drying out your skin or making it appear very red and raw.

 

Hyaluronic Acid

 

Hyaluronic acid is something that the body makes naturally, but you can apply a product to your skin that contains it as a way to tighten and firm up the skin. It’s a very common anti-aging ingredient. If you’re a smoker or someone who doesn’t live a very healthy lifestyle, your body probably isn’t making enough of this acid.

 

Retinol

 

Retinol is made from Vitamin A, and it has the ability to produce more collagen in the skin. This leads to a more youthful appearance. You can quickly get rid of unwanted wrinkles and fine lines. Not to mention, you can prevent more from occurring. This is an ingredient found in many moisturizers and toners, but there are many cleansers on the market that utilize retinol in their make up.

 

Natural Ingredients to Look For in Skin Care Products

 

Coconut Oil

 

This is a very versatile ingredient that has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antioxidant properties. You can use coconut oil on its own, but it's also a very common ingredient in many skin care products. It can heal the skin, strengthen it and even fade scars.

 

Tea Tree Oil

 

Tea tree oil can be used on blemishes, dry patches of skin, eczema and other problematic areas. It works well to reduce redness and prevent infection. It also functions as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal. You’ll usually find tea tree oil in spot treatments or toners. It’s a great ingredient that you’ll often find in hair products as well.

 

Aloe Vera

 

Aloe has been used for centuries to heal burns at cuts. It is an excellent tool to use for hydrating and nourishing the skin. People have been known to keep an aloe plant in their home so they can break off a piece and use it when necessary. Tons of skin care products contain aloe vera since this is such a soothing compound to have on hand.

 

Best Skin Care Products for Men

 

It’s important to have a good repertoire of products on hand in order to keep your skin looking its best. You may need to try a few different things to find what works best for you, but it is important that you don’t give up. Look for products that tailor to your specific skin condition. There are products for dry skin, oily skin, normal skin, and combination skin.

 

Totally Coconut Foaming Cleanser

 

 

Foaming cleansers are nice because they work up to a nice lather and they rinse off really well. You can use this Totally Clean Coconut Foaming Cleanser during the process of shaving your face. It will help prevent clogged pores or breakouts that you typically experience.

 

Clear Skin Toner

 

 

You can use the Clear Skin Toner as an aftershave to soothe the skin and prevent bumps on the skin caused by shaving. Toners are great if you have oily skin. You’ll notice that your skin stays hydrated without becoming too greasy. The goal of using a toner is really to balance the pH of your skin, hydrate it and keep your pores clean.

 

Magic Bamboo and Charcoal Mask

 

 

It’s a good idea to have some products as part of your daily skin care routine that isn’t used each day. Rather, they are occasional products that you would use once or twice per week. You can use this Magic Bamboo and Charcoal Mask to exfoliate dead skin from your face and prevent ingrown hairs that can occur from daily shaving. It doesn’t take long to apply, and you can wash it off after just a few minutes of treatment.

 

WODA Non-Tinted Mineral Protectant SPF 40 Sunscreen

 

 

It’s important that you use a sunscreen throughout the year. Even when the snow is flying, the sun can greatly affect the quality of your skin. Our WODA Non-Tinted Sunscreen can be used to prevent skin cancer safely by way of a zinc oxide product. Not only will it protect you from the sun, but it also helps hydrate and soothe your skin.

 

Nourishing Peptide Eye Créme

 

If you’re constantly at work staring at a computer screen, you may have noticed that your eyes are looking a little tired. You may even have wrinkles popping up. Men can take the steps necessary to prevent aging as well. This Nourishing Peptide Eye Créme can prevent and treat fine lines around your eyes. It even contains a zinc oxide sunscreen which is great to use around the thin and sensitive skin around your eyes.

 

Best Skin Care Routines for Men

 

Your skin care routine doesn’t have to be really time-consuming and involved. In fact, you can use a few quick products to cleanse, hydrate and protect on a daily basis. Your skin will look better than it ever has.

 

A.M. Skin Care Routine

 

When you wake up in the morning, you can use a cleanser to get rid of any dirt and oil that has accumulated overnight. If you used any products while you slept, you’ll be able to remove those and start fresh for the day. You can follow up with a toner after you have shaved. A moisturizer and sunscreen are other great products to use daily in the morning hours as part of your routine. They will help protect your skin from free radicals, pollution and so much more.

 

P.M. Skin Care Routine

 

At the end of the day, this is when you should clean your face again, and you can use products to treat blemishes, dry patches, etc. You can use a toner to treat your skin or balance out the levels of hydration. Use a moisturizer and an eye cream before you head to bed. When you sleep, this is the time when your skin will do the most healing. Help it along with some great products that you feel comfortable having on your skin all night.

 

Best Facials for Men

 

Periodically, you should use various facial products to keep your skin exfoliated and hydrated. It’s even more beneficial to head to a local spa to have a facial done for you. European Skin Care and Massage Studio have created a specialty men’s facial treatment that will tailor to skin issues that the majority of men face. It focuses on deep pore cleansing, hydration, and a relaxing face and neck massage.

 

Best Skin Care Advice for Men

 

When you are developing a good skin care routine, you should focus on the types of products that you want to invest in. It’s important for a lot of people to adhere to a budget when they’re investing in skin care products, but the quality of the products you use really do count. You don’t have to purchase dozens of different products. Invest your money in a really good cleanser, toner and moisturizer to get you started. Sunscreen is a great addition that will help prevent any signs of premature aging and skin damage.

 

Don’t feel like you can’t have a skin care routine set for yourself just because you’re a man. Women aren’t the only ones that should be paying attention to the quality of their skin. Everyone wants to look young and have healthy skin. Address issues that you’re having with your skin and develop a skin care routine that will work for you and your budget.

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It’s so exciting to plan a trip to somewhere you have never been to before. There are so many beautiful places to see all over the world. Whether you’re interested in historical locations or natural beauty, there are plenty of options that you can choose from.

 

If you’re planning on heading away from home for one week or more, there is some pretty substantial packing that needs to take place. You might not be able to bring all of your favorite products and items with you, but there are some essentials that you’ll want to bring along to help you keep up with your beauty and health routine. Something that is very important when you travel is taking care of your skin. There are many different factors that can affect your skin when you travel. The weather may be different, and different levels of humidity can cause some changes in your skin. Airplane air can be extremely drying if you’re flying for long periods of time. Pollution, sun exposure and changes in your diet are all things that you’ll encounter on your next trip that will affect how your skin looks and feels. Let’s look closely at some of the ways that you can take care of your skin quickly and easily when you’re on your next adventure.

 

Sun Exposure

 

One of the most important ways that you can take care of your skin when you’re on a trip is to pay close attention to how much sun you’re getting. If you’re headed somewhere that tends to be rainy, dark and dreary a good portion of the time, then this isn’t going to pose too much of a problem for you. Tropical climates, locations close to the equator and even mountain resorts that are very sunny all day can expose you to much more sun that you’re used to. You can get burned in a very short amount of time, whereas your hometown sun might take hours for you to see any effects. Pack a very good sunscreen to take with you that is zinc and mineral-based. WODA has a mineral facial sunscreen that will give you adequate SPF protection while keeping your skin safe and healthy. It’s a very mild sunscreen that won’t clog your pores and make you break out.

 

Aside from sunscreen, try to keep your skin covered as much as possible if you plan on being outside for a longer period of time. Hats are a great way to protect the delicate skin on your face and ears.

 

Stay Moisturized

 

Bring a number of your favorite moisturizers with you. Depending on the weather where you’re traveling to, you may have to provide moisture to chapped skin, dry lips, cracked elbows or a dehydrated complexion on your face. Any of our WODA moisturizers would be beneficial for your next trip. All of our natural face moisturizers contain natural and safe ingredients that will leave you with very hydrated and healthy results. You can also use a hydrating toner to cleanse and moisturize. It’s a great product to have on a long flight if you want to quickly refresh your skin. It’s always a good idea to drink plenty of water each day to keep your skin and body hydrated.

 

When you’re traveling, you may forget to drink frequently. You may also be indulging in some alcoholic beverages which can make your skin quite dry. Don’t feel like you can’t enjoy yourself, but bring along what you need in the way of moisturizing products.

 

Germs

 

You’ll come into contact with all kinds of germs and bacteria over the course of your trip. If you’re constantly on the go, you don’t even realize that you’re touching germy items and then transferring those bacteria to your face. Public bathrooms, airplane air, airport travel, and rental cars are all places that you don’t realize have been frequently used. You can’t stop to wash your hands every time you touch something. Using hand sanitizer can dry your hands out completely in just a couple of uses. It’s a good idea to keep your hands off your face until you can get back to your hotel room and clean yourself up properly. It might sound crazy, but you’ll want to keep your cell phone screen clean throughout your trip as well. Just think, you’re using your phone to navigate around this new place. You might even be using social media to share all of your exciting adventures. If you put your phone up to your face to call home and check in, you’re transferring all those germs and bacteria right to your pores where a break out can occur.

 

Returning Home

 

Once you have arrived back from your vacation, there are some ways that you can help repair and rejuvenate your skin. You can start with WODA’s Magic Bamboo charcoal mask for detoxification. This will help open up your pores and remove dirt and debris. You may already be breaking out by this point if your trip took its toll on your skin. The detoxification process will help get rid of all that gunk and oil that has built up over the past week or so. We have a number of WODA natural facial cleansers that are designed to clean your skin, help clear it up and help balance the moisture level throughout. Make sure that you get right back into your skincare routine that you’re used to using on a daily basis. Your skin will be right back to normal in no time if you’re using the right products in the morning and at night.

 

It’s tempting to leave most of your typical products at home in order to pack lightly. You can usually count on the hotel you’re staying at to have complimentary products that you can use. Unfortunately, these products tend to be very harsh on the skin. You’re better off packing a few extra items to make sure that your skin stays healthy and radiant while you’re away. If you’re a frequent traveler, have a list ready to go that reminds you of all your commonly used products. This way, you will be able to pack quickly. Also, don’t run your products down too low. If you notice something is getting below the halfway point, it’s time to reorder. You can peruse some of the products that we sell as part of the WODA skincare line. All of these products are very gentle. They're perfect to take on your next vacation trip with you.

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I am going to admit; I will buy and try any new cream or potion that is promising a breakthrough in anti-aging. Being an esthetician and a skin care product developer, I am always on the lookout for the newest “best thing" to offer to my clients.

Many of us do not give a thought as to what it took to manufacture the creams and makeup that we are using every day. However, as human beings and animal lovers, we have to stand up for animal rights and stop companies that are testing their products on animals.

Personally, I will not support any cosmetics companies that have flourished and benefits financially by selling products tested on animals, no matter how fantastic the results are that they are promising.

Do you know that cosmetics in the U.S. are largely and surprisingly unregulated? Currently, there is no official agency in charge to oversee that beauty product are ethically manufactured.

Luckily things are changing.

California may become the st state to formally ban testing of cosmetic products on animals.

The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetic Act would make it illegal for any cosmetic company to “knowingly import or sell any cosmetics, including personal hygiene products such as deodorant, shampoo or conditioner in California, if the final product or any component of the product was tested on animals after January 1, 2020.”

Senator Cathleen Galgiani is introducing the bill, and it is formally known as SB 1249. The bill is sponsored by the Social Compassion in Legislation and Physician Committee for Responsible Medicine.

“Banning animal-tested cosmetics in California will encourage manufacturers to clean up their act and stop selling animal-tested products across the United States,” says Kristie Sullivan, vice-president of research policy with the Physician Committee.

In the near future, I will be speaking with Dr. Sullivan to let you know how we can support this legislation.

In the meantime, since 2020 is still two years away, we can vote with our pockets by not purchasing any products that do not display a “Cruelty-Free” logo.

By doing this, we can together save thousands of animals lives and use products that we feel good about.

To your Health!

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With warmer weather finally on the horizon, it's time to start thinking about spring and summer. That means transitioning to a warm-weather wardrobe that includes shorts, sundresses, and swimsuits while also planning the first barbecue of the season. Those are the obvious changes. Many people don't realize that this also is the right time to transition to a new skin care regimen.

 

When you think about it, the need to switch from cold-weather skincare to something that's more appropriate for potentially hot and humid conditions is clear. Gone are the days of cold, biting wind that attacks your skin from every angle. Now, your skin has to contend with sweat, chlorine and excessive sun exposure. With temperatures rising, you also may notice that your skin is oilier in the spring and summer than it was in the fall and winter. Once again, this signals the need to change up your skin care routine, but what sort of changes do you need to make?

 

Fortunately, WODA's skin care experts are prepared with advice and plenty of products that will benefit your skin throughout the warm-weather months. Read on to discover all of the smart changes that you can make to your routine to keep taking great care of your skin all season long.

 

1. Turn Down the Heat in the Shower

 

A warm or even hot shower can feel great in the winter when the weather is cold. However, it is beneficial to keep a lid on the water temperature all year long, and spring is the perfect time to start the habit. A lukewarm shower is an ideal way to prevent your daily bathing from stripping essential, healthy oils from your skin. You'll probably need a bit fewer moisturizer thanks to that cooler shower.

 

2. Try a New Cleanser 

 

 

With summer's higher humidity levels, your skin may be working overtime to produce oil. This leaves your skin feeling sticky and makes it more prone to an acne breakout. While wintertime face cleansing typically means a rich, hydrating cleanser, consider using a product that is more focused on oil control for the summer.

 

WODA's Clear Skin Cleanser is the perfect solution in hotter weather. Formulated with a gentle lavender distillate, this cleanser removes dirt and oil while also helping to fight acne breakouts with ingredients like witch hazel. Our Clear Skin Cleanser also features coconut oil, which is an important ingredient for getting rid of excess sebum and environmental impurities. Nonetheless, your skin will get the vital hydration that it needs throughout the year.

 

3. Use a Light but Nourishing Serum

 

The long, hot and humid days of summer can be really hard on your skin. Mix in a few hours of swimming in a chlorinated pool or the ocean and you have a recipe for seriously irritated skin. All of that sun exposure and the increased time spent in the outdoors where environmental toxins can assault your skin also conspire to leave your skin looking tired and dull.

 

This is where a great serum comes to the rescue. A serum adds just a light layer of product to your skin, but that layer packs quite a punch. That's because serums are highly concentrated formulations that feature tons of beneficial ingredients. They are placed on your skin immediately after cleansing and toning if you choose to use a toner. Accordingly, the serum is right next to your skin where it can do the most good. This helps it to seep fully into your pores where it provides protection and rejuvenation.

 

 

In the winter, you may want a thicker serum, perhaps even one that is oil-based. Summertime calls for something a bit lighter. WODA's excellent Youth Elixir: Peptides & Stem Cell Serum is the ideal product for the spring and summer. It's designed to benefit dry, combination and even mature skin. Featuring ingredients like aloe, this is the perfect serum for skin that is stressed by heat and sun in the summer. It's cooling, soothing properties give your skin welcome relief while also providing an effective barrier between your delicate skin and environmental toxins. Plus, this serum can work wonders when it comes to reversing the signs of aging.

 

4. Take Care of Your Eyes

 

The delicate skin around your eyes requires special consideration and care. This is the area that is most easily and quickly affected by sun damage. Moreover, every time you squint in the bright sunlight, you're inviting more wrinkles that are certain to be deep and lasting.

 

You can help to fight these effects by always wearing sunglasses when you're outdoors or when you're in a car. Sunglasses help to prevent you from frowning and squinting against the glare of the sun, which minimizes the risk of developing wrinkles. Make certain that your sunnies cover as much of the eye area as possible, as this prevents UV rays from touching the super-delicate skin around your eyes.

 

In addition to wearing sunglasses, it's wise to use a serum for your eyes that protect the skin against toxins, irritation and the sun. You'll see far fewer wrinkles if you make a potent eye serum a regular part of your skincare routine.

 

 

WODA's Nourish: Peptides Eye Crème provides essential hydration and nourishment for the thin skin that surrounds your eyes. Soothing aloe and hyaluronic acid are among the primary ingredients in this eye serum. Accordingly, you can expect to minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles in surprisingly little time. You'll also notice that under-eye dark circles look lighter and that you have less under-eye puffiness with regular use. That's thanks to the Coenzyme Q10 that's also in this formulation. Your eyes will look better in no time.

  5. Choose a Lighter Moisturizer

 

Winter's lower temperatures and humidity along with cold winds mean that your skin needs a heavy, creamy moisturizer. However, spring and summer conditions are far different. Warmer temperatures and higher humidity make your oil glands work overtime. Increased oiliness, when combined with a heavier moisturizer, can leave your skin feeling sticky and looking shiny. You're also more likely to see an acne breakout.

 

That's why a more lightweight moisturizer is an essential part of your warmer weather skincare routine. Don't make the mistake of not using any moisturizer. This can dehydrate your skin, causing your oil glands to work even harder to produce yet more sebum.

 

 

Instead, choose a moisturizer like WODA's Clear Skin Moisturizer. This formulation smoothes onto the skin easily, moving beneath the surface to deliver essential hydration without leaving a sticky residue. Refreshing ingredients like jojoba oil and Echinacea soothe your skin and help to control oil production and shine. Whether or not you are prone to acne breakouts, you'll love that this product makes your skin glow and your pores shrink.

 

6. Be Vigilant About Sunscreen

 

With winter's cloudy days, many people find that they forget to wear sunscreen. This habit may even extend into warmer weather. That is unfortunate because the sun's UV rays can cause damage to the skin in any type of weather and in any season. Even being outdoors on an overcast day can result in premature skin aging with signs like dark spots, lines, wrinkles, and uneven pigmentation.

 

The bad effects of the sun are more immediately obvious in the summer than they are in the winter. A red, itchy sunburn is a painful reminder that you forgot to wear sunscreen. However, it's critical to remember that even a suntan is unhealthy. Not long ago, tanned skin was considered a sign of health and vitality. Now, it is known that a suntan is actually skin damage. What looks attractive today brings the signs of premature aging tomorrow.

 

 

This is why wearing sunscreen every day is critical. Summer's longer days and outdoor pursuits mean that you should never head out the door without sunblock. Your face, neck, and décolletage need even better protection because this skin is so sensitive. WODA's Tinted or Non-Tinted Facial Mineral Protectant with SPF 40 is the ideal product to protect your skin from wrinkles, dark spots and other signs of damage.

 

All you have to do is smooth this natural formulation on your skin every morning before heading out the door. It's packed with ingredients like zinc oxide that prevent the sun's UV rays from penetrating your skin. When you use it every day, you can say good-bye to sunburns and the damaging effects of UV rays for good. The tinted version even gives you that healthy glow that you crave without putting your skin in danger.

 

7. Try a Different Mask

 

An at-home facial can be much more relaxing, and less expensive, than a day at the spa. While winter masks focus on hydration, you may look for different effects from a summertime mask. For instance, you may want to guard your skin against acne breakouts or minimize the production of excess oil. Other people may want to provide a calm and soothing antidote to skin that is stressed by heat and sweat.

 

 

WODA has the right mask for you based on the specific needs of your skin in the warmer weather. Choose the Brilliant Enzyme Mask if you want to protect yourself from the signs of premature aging. As your skin produces excess sebum, you're bound to see a buildup of dead skin cells on the surface. You need a mask that exfoliates while it nourishes, and that is precisely what the Brilliant Enzyme Mask does.

 

Gentle, beneficial glycolic acid gets rid of those dull, dead skin cells while Vitamins A and C protect your skin. You'll notice that your skin looks tighter and more toned with just a few uses thanks to ingredients like gotu kola and reishi mushrooms. If your skin is really sensitive to heat and changes in your environment, then this mask can provide the soothing refreshment that it needs to withstand these stressors.

 

If you are really concerned about breakouts, then WODA's Clear Skin Anti Blemish Mask is the solution that you have been looking for. The bentonite clay in this formula possesses amazing properties that control the production of excess oil. In fact, this incredible ingredient even forms a protective barrier between your skin and environmental toxins. You can play outdoors all summer long when you regularly use WODA's Clear Skin Anti Blemish Mask.

 

If you use the same skincare routine all year long, then your skin may be missing out on critical nourishment and hydration. Even worse, your skin may be suffering damage that could be avoided by making just a few adjustments to your routine. When you change your skincare regimen for warmer weather, you'll see fewer breakouts, less shine and vibrant, healthier skin.

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As a skin care therapist, I treat a wide range of clients, but nothing gives me more pleasure than when a young person in their 20s or early 30s comes to me for their very first facial!

They come to me a little shy and unsure, but hopeful that I can help them with their skin problems. Starting a first job or going to college is challenging. Young people like to look their best and not be judged on their looks. 

Most problems at this age are acne and clogged up pores, but also this is a perfect opportunity to begin a regime, which will help to prevent premature aging. Healthy habits that begin in the 20s can make a big difference in the health and appearance of ones’ skin later on in life. It is much easier to preserve the youth than trying to regain it.

So this is the perfect time to get serious about ones’ skincare routine. 

Cleansing

After a long day, it is tempting to go to sleep without washing off makeup, but I guarantee you that is the worst thing to do! The oil, grime, and pollution must be thoroughly cleansed from ones’ face before going to bed because that’s the time when the skin repairs itself. And bacteria left on the skin overnight creates clogged up pores along with acne.

Foaming cleaners are the best for young people. They remove makeup, surface dirt, and oils. For women I always recommend double cleansing, first to wash off make up, second for deeper cleansing.

Exfoliation

The skin is constantly creating new cells, so exfoliation helps in sloughing off dead skin to reveal healthy new layers of fresh skin and also keep the pores clean. 

Manual scrubs are the easiest and most popular form of exfoliation.

Some treatments contain small grains from nuts or charcoal while others may contain glycolic and lactic acids. Synthetic grains are forbidden now in the USA due to danger to marine life. For very sensitive skin, natural enzyme exfoliators are also available.

I recommend exfoliation no more than two to three times a week. Too much exfoliating may cause redness and irritation

Treating Breakouts

Acne breakouts can appear on the face, back, the neck or shoulders. This condition can be painful and cause emotional distress. If not treated properly, it can lead to scarring and hyperpigmentation. Extraction needs to be done solely by a professional esthetician, but topical serums can help in controlling this problem. Some serums contain Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, and Sulfur. The most effective ones are ones that contain soothing organic ingredients to prevent over-drying. WODA's Clear Skin Moisturizer is called one of the best face moisturizer for acne prone skin

Hydration 

Young people, especially the one with breakouts, are often reluctant to use moisturizers. This is a huge mistake. Dry, flaky skin clogs up the pores. Hydrated skin not only looks great but it is crucial for the health of the skin. The key is to choose a correct product that is oil-free and contains hyaluronic acids. Hyaluronic acids do not cause breakouts and aids in reducing fine lines.

Using Sunscreen 

Skincare damage is cumulative so protecting yourself from the aging effect of the sun is important to start at a young age. Sun damage and more importantly skin cancer can show up years later. A non-chemical, zinc based broad spectrum sunscreen is best to use since chemical sunscreens will cause skin irritations and breakouts.

Zinc sunscreens are now sold in a micronized form which does not leave your skin white. Some have color tints that can be used instead of makeup.

I recommend starting your day by applying some zinc sunscreen in the morning and reapplying it after lunch.

Masks

In between professional facials, clay or charcoal masks will help in keeping complexion looking smoother and more glowing. Choose a mask that is natural and does not contain harsh chemicals, and they can be used once or twice a week. 

Starting a proper at home health care skin care routine that is combined with a healthy diet will improve how young people look and feel about themselves. And that can contribute to happier lives!

As always please choose skin care that is natural, organic and cruelty-free.

 

To your health!

Margaret

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It is a biological fact that everyone ages as the day goes by. Just as the body grows older, so does our skin. Some skin-aging factors cannot be controlled, but others can. Too many people assume that there is nothing that they can do to prevent wrinkles and sagging skin. The reality is that preventative measures are more productive and effective than you might realize.

Human skin is affected by two different kinds of aging. The first of these is called "intrinsic aging." This aging is simply a natural process that is undergone by the entire body. Over time, visible lines begin to emerge on the face. The skin becomes drier and thinner, and most people lose some measure of that young-looking "fullness" in the face that they used to take for granted. There's little that can be done about such changes because they are regulated by our genes.

However, it is possible for people to have a great deal of control over the other aging process. Known as "extrinsic aging," this process is heavily influenced by lifestyle choices and the environment. These factors conspire together to cause the skin to prematurely age. 

If you want to prevent your skin from making you look older than you really are, then it is vital for you to understand what causes aging skin. Even more important is identifying what methods and products you can use to treat aging skin.

What Causes Aging Skin? 

A surprising number of factors may influence how old your skin appears. While it may seem impossible to protect your skin from all of these potential threats, you really do have a great deal of power over how much all of these factors affect your skin. Many of the lifestyle choices that you make several times per day can either cause or prevent the signs of premature aging. 

1. Sun 

This is the single most influential factor when it comes to premature skin aging. The real culprit here is the ultraviolet, or UV, rays that are emitted by the sun. UV rays fundamentally undermine elastin fibers within the skin. As the fibers break down, the skin stretches and sags while also losing its elasticity. This means that the skin can no longer "snap back" to its usual form after stretching like it used to. Sun damage also may result in an increased tendency of the skin to bruise or tear as age increases. 

How do you know if your skin has sun damage? Skin that is darkened or reddened by the sun is the most obvious sign, but you also may begin to see wrinkles and blotches. Some people may develop rough and scaly patches on the skin or unusual moles. Skin cancer is the most dangerous sign of sun damage. If you have a suspicious mole, then it's wise to have it looked at by a doctor.

2. Smoking

Loose skin under the eyes, excessive wrinkles and poor skin tone all are signs of aging that are caused by smoking. When you smoke, you deprive your skin of adequate blood flow as well as oxygen and vital nutrients. This causes sagging, wrinkles and uneven coloring. Additionally, cigarettes contain thousands of chemicals, and many of these destroy collagen and elastin. Damage like this makes smokers appear far older than they truly are.

3. Inflammation

Certain foods are known to cause inflammation in the body. Among these are those that contain white flour and refined sugar. Even the consumption of too many dairy products can lead to inflammation.

Inflammation is the body's natural response to an invasion from bacteria, a virus or other toxins. When an invasion is noticed, the white blood cells go on the attack. With healing complete, inflammation should disappear. However, when the body's system is unbalanced through a variety of things like eating an unhealthy diet, then the inflammation never truly goes away.

Chronic inflammation is a risk factor for many serious illnesses, and it also may have a detrimental effect on your body's largest organ, the skin. The inflammation may be caused by food, stress, lack of sleep or other factors, and it all may make your skin look much older than it is.

4. Not Using the Correct Skin Care Products

Good skin care products are formulated for specific skin types or to have certain effects on a specific type of skin. If your skin is dry and sensitive but you use products that are designed to control the amount of oil that your skin produces, then you likely are stripping your skin of essential hydration. Dehydrated skin may be dry, peeling, itchy, red and tight. All of this distress can lead to the signs of premature aging like lines, wrinkles and rough patches. 

5. Genetics

Don't forget that your genes can play a huge role in what type of skin you have and how it ages. If your close relatives have oily skin that is prone to breakouts, then you're more likely to have these problems too. The same is true if your family has dry, sensitive skin that easily becomes inflamed. 

While you cannot change your genetics, you can treat your skin for these conditions so that they do less damage. This minimizes the effects of premature aging so that you can look like your true age or perhaps even younger. 

How to Treat Aging Skin 

If you don't think that your skin is yet showing the signs of premature aging, then now is the perfect time to take preventative action. However, even if you're concerned that lines, wrinkles and dark spots are making you look older than you are, it's not too late to take action. Science and the right skin care products can perform a miracle for your skin. 

1. Correct Skincare with Anti-Aging Ingredients 

The skin care products that you routinely use can go a long way toward protecting your skin from damage while also reversing some of the signs of premature aging. Look for skin care products that contain one or more of the following ingredients:

Retinol

When you regularly use products containing retinol, then your skin will be stimulated to produce more collagen. This is beneficial because collagen is the skin's main building block. Unfortunately, the skin produces less collagen on its own as the body ages. Retinol counteracts this effect by increasing collagen production. It also may produce new blood vessels in the skin, leading to a healthier color. Age spots and rough patches also may be softened. A compound based on Vitamin A, many products contain retinol to help you achieve younger-looking skin.

Vitamin C 

Not only is vitamin C a powerful antioxidant but also it stimulates the production of essential collagen. Skin that has been damaged by the sun may be rejuvenated when vitamin C-containing products are regularly used. Vitamin C further may mitigate the damaging effects of free radicals, unstable molecules that decimate the skin's supply of collagen.

Hyaluronic Acid

This is hands-down one of the best ingredients that you can put on your skin to reverse the signs of aging. The body naturally produces hyaluronic acid, especially when the body is young, but that production decreases with age. Accordingly, it's vital to nourish and hydrate dry skin with a hyaluronic acid treatment.

The skin is naturally adept at holding in water when it is young. As the years go by, the skin begins to lose this ability. This results in a loss of elasticity and firmness, and wrinkles begin to appear more frequently. Luckily, a product that is rich in hyaluronic acid can help by improving your skin's ability to retain moisture. The result is fewer lines and wrinkles, enhanced suppleness and a healthy glow.

Peptides

Think of peptides as tiny bits of protein, whose main job is to stimulate the production of collagen. Research suggests that peptides have incredible anti-aging qualities. Some scientists have even described an effect like Botox in that dynamic wrinkles tend to become far less pronounced when peptides are regularly used as part of a skincare routine. If you want to see fewer lines and wrinkles, then a peptide-containing product may be the way to go.

Antioxidants

Is your skin looking dull? Perhaps it's inflamed or irritated. Or, maybe you're just seeing the signs of premature aging. In any of these scenarios, antioxidants can help you. Antioxidants include substances like vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin A, green tea and more. These ingredients may protect the surface of the skin so that it can resist environmental damage. At the same time, they reverse the effects of premature aging by making fine lines and wrinkles look less pronounced. You'll also see a more even skin tone and notice that your skin looks brighter when you regularly use products that contain antioxidants.

Ceramides

Ceramides are fats, which are sometimes called lipids, that naturally occur in the skin's outer layers. This substance effectively holds together skin cells while also forming a layer that helps to prevent moisture loss. Like collagen, the body produces fewer ceramides with age. This makes it vital to use skincare products containing ceramides. They improve the skin's ability to retain moisture, resulting in fewer lines and wrinkles.

AHAs

Alpha hydroxy acids, or AHAs, can do amazing things for your skin. Often found in facial masks and exfoliating products, AHAs are derived from both plant and animal sources. For example, glycolic acid comes from sugar cane while hydroxy acrylic acid is derived from animal sources.

Regardless of which AHA you choose, they generally are effective for promoting collagen production and healthy blood flow. AHAs may lighten skin discolorations from scars or acne or make surface lines and wrinkles less noticeable. Then even help your skin to better absorb other healthy skincare products. 

2. Sunscreen 

It follows that because the sun is the single most damaging factor for premature aging that wearing sunscreen every day is the most critical thing you can do to protect your skin. Even on overcast, rainy days, UV rays can still penetrate your skin and cause damage. Using sunscreen every day prevents the rays from actually causing the harm that leads to lines, wrinkles and spots, so put it on before you even leave the house.

At a minimum, a sunscreen-containing product should be used daily on the face, neck, and décolletage. Ideally, your hands would receive similar protection, as damaged skin on your hands can make you look far older than your true age.

3. Fillers 

Sometimes called anti-aging injectables, fillers are a quick and easy way to improve the appearance of your skin. Products that are based on hyaluronic acid are particularly beneficial and effective with proponents saying that they can make your skin look smoother and plumper for months.

When it's done right, no one will be able to tell that you had fillers. Plus, some studies suggest that fillers may even stimulate collagen production. There also are fillers, like Botox, that effectively paralyze the muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles, which are the wrinkles that result from habitual facial expressions. Accordingly, fillers can make it look like you've actually reversed the aging process.

4. Laser Treatments 

Laser skin resurfacing is a revolutionary treatment that can minimize lines and wrinkles while also reducing the appearance of dark spots and improving skin tone. A variety of lasers may be used depending upon the improvements you seek. For instance, CO2 lasers are designed for the treatment of wrinkles while pulsed-dye lasers are used to absorb pigments with the result being less hyperpigmentation and fewer broken capillaries. There may be a laser treatment that is specifically designed to address your biggest anti-aging concern.

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Much like trends for clothes and hair, skin care trends change from year to year. I nearly always look forward to these trends with great anticipation, and I'm doing even more so this year. That's because there's never been a more concerted, industry-wide effort to move toward cruelty-free skincare.

Even government agencies are hopping on the bandwagon by passing laws that ban animal testing for beauty products in countries around the world. Plus, an increasing number of consumers are making all-natural, organic selections when it comes to food, clothing and the treatments that they apply to their skin.

I like to think that we're a bit ahead of the curve at WODA European Natural Skin Care. After all, we've been an all organic skincare brand since day 1 and we wouldn't have it any other way. Trends come and go, but environmental responsibility and choosing organic products for skin care will always remain in style.

Here are some of the most exciting skin care trends that are on the horizon for 2019. 

1. Organic, Cruelty-Free Products

The journey from the idea for a new skincare product to the finished item being available for sale is long and winding. Occasionally, that road includes the testing of these products on animals, despite the fact that studies suggest that such testing is an accurate predictor of human reactions to the product just 40 to 60 percent of the time. Animal testing of products further is costly, which contributes to the higher price of beauty products across the board.

Things are changing slowly as more and more of the companies that make skincare products are opting not to test on animals. In September 2018, the State of California took a landmark step that banned the sale of cosmetics that were tested on animals.

Called the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, the new law prevents manufacturers from importing, selling or offering for sale any cosmetics that were developed with animal testing. The law is similar to one that already is in place in the European Union.

You can join the fight by insisting on only buying skincare and cosmetic products that are completely organic and cruelty-free. Choosing an organic skincare brand is the perfect place to start.

Lucky for you, WODA European Natural Skin Care is available, boasting an entire line of skin care products that are never tested on animals. The ingredients we use are natural and organic, and you'll be surprised by how affordable each product is. 

2. Clean Beauty

Many mainstream skincare products and cosmetics make use of ingredients that not only are not natural but also may be harmful to you and the environment. Some of the most widely used ingredients are parabens, sulfates, and silicones.

Studies suggest that parabens are bad news. A study in 2004 uncovered the presence of parabens in cancerous breast tissue. Moreover, scientists know that parabens are capable of mimicking estrogen in the human body, which means that they may disrupt natural hormones.

Researchers are still working to uncover the true extent of the risk that is regularly exposed to parabens in skin care products poses. However, more people are deciding to take an approach that is better safe than sorry by avoiding these cosmetic preservatives.

Sulfates are a family of cleansing agents that frequently are found in cleansers and shampoos. In fact, they are responsible for the familiar lather that's common in all soap products. They can create all sorts of irritation to the eyes and skin as well as strip away the essential oils that keep your skin healthy and hydrated. Sulfate-free products are available. In fact, WODA features a number of sulfate-free cleansers like the Perfect 2-In-1 Cleanser and the Clear Skin Cleanser. You can trust these products to gently yet thoroughly clean your skin without causing irritation.

Similarly, silicones can be harmful, especially for people with sensitive skin. While these ingredients can help to make skin look flawless and smooth, they can cause painful irritation too. This is largely due to the chemical process that the silicone undergoes. To minimize the risk of irritation, steer clear of products containing dimethicone, phenyl trimethicone, and similar ingredients.

You can avoid parabens, sulfates, and silicones simply by using WODA's full line of skin care products. None of these potentially irritating ingredients ever finds their way into our formulations.

3. Simplified Skin-Care Routines

The famous and much-copied 10-step skincare routine favored by beauty mavens in Korea is going on a strict diet for 2019. Now, many people who were once devoted to this complicated routine are using just two or three steps from beginning to end.

Why are they making the switch? Most of them are trying to avoid skin irritation. The problem with the 10-step routine is that people were slathering so many different treatments and preparations on their skin that it was causing redness, discomfort and even contact dermatitis.

The newly simplified skincare routine involves just two or three steps. Usually, these are cleansing, moisturizing and sunscreen. In addition to minimizing irritation, the revamped routine also costs less and takes up far less time. When you simplify your skincare routine, you may find that you have more time for sleeping, meditating or catching up with a good friend so go minimalistic in 2019.

That's easy to do with WODA. All you have to do is choose the formulations that are right for your skin. Then, decide how many steps are right for you. Cleanser, toner, serum, and moisturizer are recommended, but you can do more or less depending upon your needs.

4. Skin Brightening Products

Have you heard about skin brighteners yet? If not, then you are bound to hear about them again and again as 2019 picks up steam. 

The right skin brightener can have a wealth of benefits for your skin. These benefits may include the reduction of dark spots caused by acne scars or sun exposure. Skin brighteners also may increase your skin's rate of cell turnover. This means that your face will look softer and younger because all of the dull, old skin cells will be sloughed away.

Many skin brightening products are on the market today, but they aren't all created equal. Some of them are too harsh or contain numerous chemical ingredients that are more likely to cause irritation than to improve the condition of your skin.

That's why I am so in love with our line of cruelty-free skin care products, which includes Radiant Brightening Serum. This completely natural and organic product is composed of healthy ingredients like kojic acid, organic anise, willow bark, ginseng and jojoba oil to correct the signs of photodamage and premature aging. The formulation also contains plant-based hyaluronic acid, which is known to be far safer and more effective than the hydroquinone used in many other brightening products. 

 

5. Zinc-Based Sunscreens 

Zinc oxide is an incredible natural ingredient that's found in all sorts of products from diaper rash creams to calamine lotions. Its soothing properties are legendary, and it just may make the best sunscreen ever.

Zinc naturally provides broad-spectrum protection from UV rays so that it prevents sunburns. It is even effective on skin that is photo-sensitive. Essentially, the zinc in the sunscreen creates a reflective barrier on the skin so that the sun's rays bounce off of the skin and are distributed back into the environment.

At WODA, we make two incredible zinc-based sunscreens, especially for your face. One version is tinted zinc face sunscreen while the other one is not. This makes it possible for you to forego your usual foundation if you prefer.

Both formulations of this facial mineral sunscreen have a grease-free finish that won't leave your skin feeling oily or sticky. In fact, you'll achieve a flawless matte finish that provides unsurpassed UV protection.

The active ingredients in these products are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Both boast superior sun-blocking abilities to keep you looking young and fresh without ever getting burned. With an SPF of 40, these products can easily protect your face from the signs of premature aging. I never go outside without wearing one of our zinc-based sunscreens. 

6. Enzyme-Based Exfoliation 

Exfoliation is an essential part of any complete skincare routine. Basically, it is a process by which dead skin cells, toxins, and debris are removed from the outer layer of your skin. When performed regularly and with the right exfoliating product, your skin will look brighter, younger and smoother.

Like all skincare products, not all exfoliators are created equal. This year, enzyme-based formulas are definitely in the driver's seat. So, what's an enzyme, and how can it help you achieve your best skin ever?

An enzyme is just a material that helps to make chemical reactions happen more quickly. In the realm of skincare, enzymes usually serve one of two purposes. They either put a stop to inflammation or are helpful exfoliators.

Enzyme-based exfoliators are generally gentler than microdermabrasion or scrubs. Nonetheless, they help to remove the dead cells on your skin's surface while also breaking down the keratin protein that is trapped in those cells. The result is far smoother skin. 

If you want to turn back the clock on your skin and discover how enzymes can transform your appearance, then try WODA's Brilliant Enzyme Mask. Packed with natural ingredients such as glycolic acid, pumpkin enzymes, organic rosehip oil, and aloe, you'll be amazed at how this product can change the way you see your skin. 

7. Products Containing Antioxidants and Hyaluronic Acid

Ingredients such as antioxidants and hyaluronic acid are just what you need to keep your skin looking and feeling much younger than your actual age. Antioxidants are capable of prohibiting the production of free radicals that cause damage to the skin. When you use them as a regular part of your skin care routine, antioxidants can help sunspots to fade and soothe inflammation. The right antioxidant also may provide essential hydration while further helping to increase your skin's ability to retain moisture. 

Hyaluronic acid is similarly beneficial to your skin. It provides tons of necessary hydration, and it even acts as a natural humectant to help your skin absorb and retain moisture. Hyaluronic acid further protects your skin from environmental damage and pollutants. The result is skin that is more resilient and brighter.

You can experience the benefits of antioxidants yourself through several of WODA's products. These include the Nourish: Peptides Eye Cream and the Rejuvenate: Retinol Crème. Look for hyaluronic acid in our Hydrate: Botanical Hyaluronic Acid Serum and in our Age Defy: Vitamin C & Stem Cell Serum, which also is packed with antioxidants. 

8. Facial Oils

Oil production naturally decreases with age, but this doesn't mean that our skin no longer needs the nourishment and hydration that oil provides. One of the best and most reliable ways to make up for this deficiency in oil production is to use a facial oil.

When skin is too dry, it is far more prone to lines and wrinkles in addition to breakouts. If you use a facial oil, your skin gets the hydration that it needs. It also receives an extra layer of protection against environmental damage.

WODA's Rejuvenate Antioxidant Facial Oil is a miracle product that contains ingredients like carthamus oil, safflower seed oil, grape seed oil, and other nourishing compounds. Just a couple of drops used morning and evening are enough to protect and fortify your skin.

Try one or all of these trends in the New Year. You are bound to see amazing results when you use WODA's cruelty-free skin care products, and you can feel good about the organic ingredients that are nourishing your skin.

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When the temperature drops, do the skin care swaps.

As I am writing this article, signs of the approaching fall and winter months are all around me. I experience colder morning and evening temperatures that require me to put on a warm robe and slippers. The leaves on the trees outside my window are changing colors. My favorite stores now have cozy coats, sweaters and Halloween decorations for sale.

So as we are going to change the wardrobe in our closets, there is a real need to “ winterize“ your skin.

As soon as we turn on the heaters in our houses, our skin begins to dry out. The skin is losing moisture and begins to ake and crack. Some people even develop dry and irritating eczema spots on their skin.

So what is the solution?

Let's start with cleansing, exfoliating and toning.

Once your skin becomes dry, it is time to change your foaming cleansers to mild creamy ones that will not strip the skin from hydrating layers.

Although we still occasionally need to exfoliate, it is important to avoid harsh peels and masks that contain clay or alpha hydroxyl. It is better to use a non-chemical, natural, gentle enzyme mask that still removes dead skin cells but do not cause irritation. Ditch any alcohol toners and switch to the ones that replenish moisture. Look for spritz toners that contain Aloe Vera, Rosewater, and E vitamins.

It is crucial to start using more serums and creams.

During summer we were able to get away with using just light moisturizers and sunscreens. That is no longer enough.

The first step after cleansing and toning is to use proper serums. Serums that contain hyaluronic acids and peptides can penetrate into deeper layers of our skin, both hydrating and plump the skin from inside.

Second is to seal the skin with a moisturizer.

Moisture and oils are two different ingredients. Your moisturizer does not have to be oily and extremely heavy. It does need to contain natural ingredients that bring hydration and protection from harsher environments.

Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acids that actually pull hydration from the environment. Good moisturizers will also contain jojoba, sunflower oil, avocado oil, vitamin E and PCA to lock in moisture.

Avoid creams, and any products with artificial fragrance or colors and parabens as those chemicals irritate and dry our skin even more. Stick with natural and certified organic products that are cruelty-free and environmentally friendly.

A couple of other tips for keeping your skin looking good during colder months is to hydrate your body by drinking water and installing humidifiers throughout your home to keep the air moist.

Choosing a correct skin care routine can be a challenge. Salespeople in stores are not necessarily skilled to correctly select the products for you. That is why the best person that can analyze your skin type and best advise a proper skin care regimen is your esthetician.

I hope my advice will help you look forward to the fall and winter seasons with soft, glowing and supple looking skin!
To your health!
Margaret

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Your relationship with yourself effects and controls the world around you.

“Mindful beauty” is a concept about being in control over how you see yourself and how others see you. Many women and men of all ages are struggling with a lack of self-esteem, lack of self-care and confidence while dealing with changes to their skin, hair, and nails that are made worse by stress and anxiety.

The mind is key to improving every part of your life and has a great power to make you look and feel your best.

As a professional beauty adviser, my role is not only to treat the skin but also help to restore and rejuvenate my clients perspective about how they feel about themselves. The care of my clients’ mind makes them more energized, alive and beautiful.

There are some simple things we can change in our lives to achieve just that.

One of the simplest is to exercise. We already know that exercise is good for your heart, lungs, and joints but do you know that it is also great for your face and skin?

During the exercise, your heart and lungs deliver oxygen-rich blood to your muscles as well to your skin. It improves blood flow as well as carries nutrients and oxygen to your skin. The added blood, oxygen and nutrient supply to the skin improves collagen production. Collagen keeps your skin smooth and plump. People who exercise regularly have noticeably fewer wrinkles and their skin becomes thicker and more resilient. Also, weight training tones your muscles. The newly toned muscles under the skin will make your skin look and feel better.

In addition, exercise also helps to carry away waste products including free radicals from cells and organs. The kidney, liver and the skin are responsible for eliminating toxins from the body. Think of it as cleansing your skin from the inside.

But most important for wellbeing is how exercise helps to reduce stress.

Exercise decreases levels of the cortisone stress hormone and increases levels of endorphins, the brains’ natural chemical and produces feelings of happiness and relaxation. Even conditions that are exacerbated by stress, like hives, rashes and eczema, shows improvement after working out.

The good news is that to achieve that happy state of mind, one does not have to spend many hours at the gym.

Research shows that as little as twenty to forty minutes of simply walking every day is very beneficial. Also, activities such as swimming, yoga or playing sports or games with your friends or grandchildren will do the trick.

Remember that any time you are outdoors, please be sure to wear sunscreen. The best are SPF40 zinc sunscreens. Zinc protects your skin the moment you put it on and does not cause breakouts.

Sun and UVA rays exposure can rapidly age our skin and erase any benefits your skin may obtain from outdoor workouts. It is also important to remove clogging makeup before exercising and shower after workouts to remove the toxins and dead skin cells.

Hope my article motivates you to get up and get moving to help you achieve your “Mindful Beauty”!
To Your Health!
Margaret

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Even though the summer is over it is essential to address the benefits of using the right sun protection.

In my skin care studio, I see clients with all kinds of skin care problems such as sun damage, acne, rosacea, sensitive and aging skin.

One of the first questions I ask all of my clients is, “Are you using sunscreen? If so, what kind and do you reapply the sunscreen during the day?”.

I found out that most people are aware of the necessity of applying sunscreen in the morning or at the beach and they think this is the sufficient amount to maintain healthy skin. That is merely a false assumption.

Since my role as a skin expert is to educate my clients, I first tell them about my own experience.

I grew up in Poland, a country you would not necessarily think of when one imagines an abundance of sunshine. However, I was born in the sixties when it was “in style” to have as deep of a tan color as possible. Every year my family went on vacation to the Baltic Shores where we would spend hours baking in the sun at the beach.

Being very fair complexioned, I usually ended up with a red burn rather than golden tan. However, this did not stop my friends or me from trying. We used baby oil, cocoa butter, and silver shields to intensify the sun exposure. We were young, and at that time the tanned skin made us look better (but had yet unknown adverse effects on skin pigmentation).

When I came to live in California, the abundance of sunshine became unlimited.

Everybody was sporting a “healthy” golden tan look. I still remember the ads for Ban de Solei tanning lotion with the picture of a beautiful tall and tan model lying by the pool. I wanted to look like her!

One day that presumption had changed for me.

I went to the beach with my friends during one of those “June Gloom” Summer days. There was not a ray of sunshine in the skies but the air was warm, and we ended up staying all day.

The following day I woke up in pain and when I looked in the mirror, I could hardly recognize my face. My eyes and entire face were bright red and enormously swollen. I had been sun-poisoned!

It took three days of cold compresses and numerous applications of vitamin A and D before I could go outside again. After that day I quit “tanning” and learned the real truth behind sun protection.

So this is what we need to know.

Ultraviolet light is invisible to humans, and that is why damage to the skin happens even when we do not see the sun. Thus sun protection is needed all day long. My dermatologist said that the only time you do not need that protection is at night.

There are two types of rays that can damage the skin cells and lead to damage and skin cancer. UVB rays cause sunburn and play a key role in developing skin cancer. A sunscreen’s SPF number refers mainly to the UVB-protection it provides. UVA rays cause skin damage that leads to tanning as well as skin aging and wrinkles.

Sunscreens are the easiest way to protect your skin from the suns’ dangerous rays, but they need to be the right sun protection and must be applied correctly.

The best is to use non-chemical, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide physical sunscreens with the most protective broad-spectrum ingredients.
There are numerous reasons for choosing non-chemical sun protection.

The current trend for many skin care companies is “micronizing” the zinc sunscreen particles, making the sunscreen easily applied and also giving the skin a more natural appearance.



WODA European Skin Care has a tinted zinc sunscreen, which evens out the complexion giving the skin a smooth and even look. This additive makes the sunscreen easy to reapply without the need to remove makeup.

Natural zinc sun protections are also made with cruelty-free ingredients.
The other benefit of using zinc sunscreen is that it will not clog your skin nor cause breakouts. The chemical sunscreens are irritating to the skin, therefore, creating inflammation of the skin, which leads to acne.

Also since zinc is a “physical” block, it works immediately after application. For chemical sunscreens, it takes about twenty minutes before they start to protect the skin from the sun’s rays.

New research has found that specific chemical sunscreen ingredients can cause harm to coral reefs. Mineral and zinc sunscreens are reef-friendly since they are biodegradable. According to the director of Haereticus Environmental Laboratory, chemicals in sunscreens cause damage to coral reefs “bigger than climate change.”

Studies have shown that oxybenzone, a common chemical found in sunscreens, is toxic to algae that live on corals and octinoxate chemical can cause viral infections in coral reefs that can lead to their bleaching.

Each year there is an alarming estimated amount of 14,000 tons of sunscreen deposited into the oceans. On May 1 of this year, Hawaii became the first state to pass a bill banning sunscreens containing octinoxate and oxybenzone chemicals. I truly hope we can duplicate that bill in other States.

Of course, it is important to employ other methods of sun protection that need to include seeking shade, donning wide-brimmed hats, wearing UV-blocking clothing and glasses. Reapplication of sunscreen at the very minimum of two to three times a day and more often at the beach is crucial.

So please be kind to yourself and our planet by using the right sun protection.
To your health!

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