Though most know of the harmful effects of the sun’s invisible ultraviolet rays, many are unaware that the sun also emits various wavelengths of visible light that can also cause potential damage. Among these visible rays is blue light, also known as high-energy visible light (HEV). The biggest source for exposure to blue light is the sun, but it is also emitted by electronic devices…

Post-Summer Repair: Homecare and Spa Treatments for Sun Damage

Written by Kelly Richardson, founder of Venone PR and B.Bronz Sunless
With summer around the corner, clients will be getting ready to spend a few months at the beach and the pool and, after that, they will be looking to skin care professionals to help undo the damage from all their summer fun. Premature aging from sun exposure or tanning beds can attribute up to 90% of how old (or young) a person looks, but that…
With summer just around the corner, professionals should take time to educate clients on the difference between UVA and UVB rays. While both are harmful to skin, their unique and contrasting differences can have various effects. Up to 90 percent of visible aging is produced by sun damage. In sharing this information with clients, they can actively protect and prevent sun damage and harmful rays…

What's the Difference? Chemical Sunscreens Versus Physical Sunscreens

Written by Liz Garrison, MBA, L.E., L.M.T., start-up spa product developer and educator in spa business development and management
Sunscreen is necessary to prevent sunburns, premature aging, and skin cancer. It protects the face and body from the harmful rays of the sun when skin is exposed. Sun rays consist of several types of UVA and UVB light. UVA rays cause premature aging by penetrating deep into the dermis. They change the way skin is generated by damaging live cells that will later come…

Sun Safety: Educating Clients on Sunscreen, SPF, and More

Written by Alissa de Jongh, ND, founder of Glace’ Skin Therapy and professor of facial aesthetics at Houston Community College
Summer is well on its way and that means many people will head out for a little fun in the sun, which can be a wonderful way to get a healthy dose of vitamin D when managed in small amounts. A recommended 15 minutes per day of direct sunlight is what many medical experts claim to be the magic number for proper absorption. The confusion…
The feeling of blistering heat and the sight of freshly mowed grass, the sound of the radio blaring warm weather classics, the waft of hot dogs grilling on the barbecue, the sweet tang of an ice cold lemonade – sandals, shore lines, sweltering bliss – nothing beats the sensations of summer. The feeling of blistering heat and the sight of freshly mowed grass, the sound…

Fitzpatricks 4-6: Sun Care

Written by Lila Castellanos, L.E.
Although dark skin is naturally more protective against harmful rays from the sun than fair skin, people of all skin types are susceptible to burn if they do not apply sunscreen on a daily basis. The burn may not be as obvious on dark skin, but this does not mean it is harmless. Studies indicate that just one severe sunburn may increase the risk of…

Fact or Fiction: Melanoma occurs from childhood sunburns.

Written by Kelly Richardson, founder of Venone PR and B.Bronz Sunless
Unfortunately, exposure to ultraviolet rays in younger years increases risk for skin cancer as an adult. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun plays a major role in the development of skin cancer. There is strong evidence documented by the Skin Cancer Foundation that chronic, or long-term, ultraviolet exposure can induce the development of actinic keratosis – a pre-cancerous condition – and two forms of skin cancer…

Invisible Rays, Visible Damage

Written by Christiane Waldron
There is much information circulating in the world of sun care and it can be difficult to discern fact from fiction. Discover truths about photoaging, ultraviolet rays, sun damage, and SPF. Also, find tips on educating clients about skin genetics, choosing sunscreens, expiration dates, and safe sun practices.

10 Things About… Gradual Tanners

Written by Kelly Richardson, founder of Venone Public Relations
Every spring, consumers dig through their bathroom drawers (or run to their skin care expert) to find the perfect self-tanner to start the process of hiding their winter skin tone and getting themselves ready for summer. While self-tanning products are generally seasonal, skin care professionals can introduce their clients to gradual tanners during any season. Now is the perfect time to help clients keep a…

Sunscreen: Separating Opinion from Fact

Written by Eduardo Ruvolo, director of medical affairs for Bayer
Volumes of information are now conveniently accessible through the internet and social media by simply pressing the "Enter" key. Each year, as the start of the annual sunscreen season rolls around, it brings out conflicting opinions – even debates – on sun care. The conflicting messages, which come from a variety of sources, are published in traditional and social media and can make their way…

Sunburn Treatment Protocol

Written by Rachelle Dupree
Before beginning any facial or body treatment for clients with a sunburn or sun-damaged skin, skin care professionals should always do a full assessment of the degree of damage. This assessment can be done either visually or with a facial magnifying tool. If the spa offers the option of ultraviolet photography, it can also be a valuable tool to assess the true sun damage. Photographs…
The Darwin Project clarified Charles Darwin's famous conclusion; instead of implying that only the strong survive, Darwin said that "those who survive are the ones who most accurately perceive their environment and successfully adapt to it." With the changes that have occurred over the last few decades, the way mankind manages the planet's source of energy (the sun) has changed as well. While industrialization and…
Broad spectrum sunscreen protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays.
How do I choose the right sunscreen? What is SPF? Which sunscreen is safe for my children? Should I use a waterproof sunscreen? Many people, including skin care professionals, have questions about sun care products. There is a vast array of sunscreen products on the market and plenty of conflicting information regarding their effectiveness, toxicity, and proper mode of application. It is important for professionals…
Throughout history, the skin's color, whether a result of sun tanning or sun shielding, has served as a sort of status symbol. For many years, pale and refined skin was almost globally revered and sometimes attained through drastic measures. It was not until the 1920s that the tan became fashionable; since then, there has been a rise in sun damage and skin cancer rates. Is…
"Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy / Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry," is a wise lyric that says it all. Without the sun, there would be no life on Earth; however, the same can be said of too much sun. It can be both life-giving and life-taking at the same time. Most people love and enjoy the sun. Those who live…
The majority of spas see an abundance of clients that are seeking some type of corrective procedure rather than preventative care. However, prevention is the first line of defense when it comes to skin health and slowing down the aging process. Unfortunately, many clients are missing this step and waiting until things get so out of control that they wind up in the spa and…

A Step by Step: The Facial that Fights Back

Written by Tami Rumbaugh, L.E.
A Professional Protocol for Protection Against the Sun2016 has proven to be the year of essential and easy sun care. Skin care products are now including sun protection ingredients in every aspect of professional product lines. The most important step to take when creating a sun-savvy skin care routine is to decide the amount of sun protection that is needed for the client's lifestyle.
Jennifer is a seasonally-motivated client between October and March. She uses every product and receives every treatment her skin care professional recommends, including peels, laser, microneedling, and retinoids. She has the commitment of a professional athlete. Eventually, Jennifer goes on a spring break cruise to Mexico and, by May, she is outside every day. She swears she wears sunscreen and finds shade where she can…
In addition to a consistent homecare regimen and professional treatments, proper sun care is a vital factor in protecting the skin. At all times, even during winter months and on cloudy days, clients should be wearing broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB exposure. While most clients are aware of the dangers of UVB exposure, such as sunburns and skin cancer, many…
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