We’ve been told, time and again, to slather on sunscreen every time we go outside, even on overcast days. What is much less publicized is the dizzying array of chemical ingredients found in most sunscreen brands and their impact on human health. Fortunately you can have sun protection without coating your largest organ in gobs of dubious compounds…
Mineral Sunblock vs. Chemical Sunscreens
In addition to averting sunburns, wearing sunscreen is considered key to preventing skin cancer and stalling the aging effects of sun damage on the skin. That’s a pretty compelling call to action. But as consumer awareness on chemicals found in everyday products grows, so too do concerns over this coconut-fragranced lotion that promises to protect us from the sun’s harmful UV and UVA rays.
Of the two types of sunscreens on the market today, the chemical ones are the most common. Chemical sunscreens are formulated to adhere to and permeate the skin to absorb UV light. They often contain penetration enhancers to assist in the skin’s absorption, and because of this, the chemical ingredients are frequently found in blood, urine, and breast milk.
The ingredients in sunscreen to watch out for are oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate – all of which have been found to disrupt and / or mimic hormones. Oxybenzone – also called benzophenone-3 – is the most prevalent and the most disturbing: this chemical has been detected in more than 97% of the U.S. population, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Mineral sunblock, on the other hand, reflects sunlight away from the skin. Made with the nanoparticles zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, mineral sunblock (also called physical sunscreen) works very differently than chemical sunscreens since it actually blocks and scatters UV light, rather than absorbing it.
Providing strong sun protection, mineral sunblock is the best option for sunscreen to date, since it won’t degrade under sunlight and doesn’t permeate the skin. While there’s no evidence of adverse health effects in conjunction to using mineral sunblock, there has been concern over the inhalation and ingestion of mineral nanoparticles, which can damage the lungs and gastrointestinal tract when consumed in large doses. It is recommended to use creams and lotions and to avoid sprays and powders when using products that contain these minerals.
The 5 Best Natural & Organic Sunscreens
The cure really should not be worse than the disease, and so you won’t find any chemical sunscreens on this list. These mineral sunscreens were selected because of their natural and organic formulations, their effectiveness at sun protection, and their use of minimal (and easily recognizable) ingredients:
Buy It Here: Badger All Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30, Unscented
Buy It Here: Beauty By Earth Facial Cream with SPF
How to Use Mineral Sunblock
If you have been using chemical sunscreens all your life, you’ll need to adjust your expectations when making the switch to mineral sunblock. With typical sunscreens, you can slather it on and rub it into the skin until it is absorbed. But because mineral sunblock forms a protective barrier on the skin, it won’t completely soak in. When applied incorrectly, these natural sunscreens can leave telltale streaks or a white sheen on the skin.
To avoid these issues, follow these steps:
Whether you’re a bushy Peak Beard denier or just into a bit of designer stubble, if there’s hair on your face, it will affect the skin underneath. Facial hair wicks moisture away from your skin, which can leave it dry and flaky. That often leads to unwanted issues such as beard dandruff, which is a) a real thing, and b) a real thing that nobody wants anything to do with.
So what should you do about it? How should you adapt your skincare regime around that hirsute jawline? Start by following these steps. They will keep your skin young and healthy, so that if a day comes when you have say goodbye to your wiry face hedge, the skin it’s sprouting out of will look as good as you remember.
For God’s Sake Exfoliate
Use a facial wash or scrub to remove the dead skin cells from underneath your beard. Your girlfriend’s won’t cut it because chances are it will be too greasy. Take your time doing this. If you have a longer beard you’ll need to spend more time because your face is essentially a well-trodden carpet in dire need of a clean. Really focus on the skin underneath and use a product that doesn’t leave you dry. The Glycolic Cleanser from Skin Script Rx is infused with Charcoal to absorb environmental toxins, while Kaolin clay absorbs sebum, removes impurities and helps prevent clogged pores.
Wetter is Better
As we said, your beard can dry your skin out, so a moisturizer is essential. You can use your regular moisturizer, just massage it in, underneath the hair, also making sure any unsightly white residue on the beard is gone. You can also add a beard oil for fragrance and a glossy, more conditioned appearance.
You Need to Shampoo It
Most guys shampoo the hair sprouting from the top of their skull. The same should go for any coming out of your chin – don’t pretend you’ve never had food stuck in there. As well as general cleanliness, beard shampoo is good for fragrance. Look for an anti-bacterial shampoo. You need to get moisture down to the skin and keep it there while also conditioning the beard. As a bonus, this will also ensure the beard itself has a Crufts-worthy sheen. The good news is you don’t need a separate bottle – your regular shampoo will do. Look for a soap and detergent free formulas that won't rob your skin of it's precious oils.
Keep it Short
Think of a trimmed and tidy Jamie Dornan over a wild Tom Hardy. A shorter beard is easier to maintain (even though you have to trim more often). It's also simpler to get your products rubbed into your skin if you don’t have to rummage through thick facial undergrowth. You can comb or brush your beard if you want it to look neater and this can help to exfoliate, too. But don’t overdo it or you’ll damage the hair.
Our trusty sources stress that everyone, even men, should use sunscreen daily, and usually moisturizer, too. And sun is still a concern whether you realize it or not. Although its uncommon to get a sunburn (due to UVB rays) under a long haired dense beard, UVA rays, the long wavelength rays that cause aging & skin cancer may penetrate the beard and cause long term skin issues under the beard. If you have a short beard, it’s best to apply sunscreen anyway — just pretend that the beard isn’t there, and work in the sunscreen as best you can. A light sunscreen like Skin Script's Sheer Moisture SPF 30 that's made for the face will probably be easiest to apply.
For longer beards, you may not be able to get total protection from sunscreen. A few things you can try:
Do you have questions about skincare? Our talented Estheticians at Circle of Light Massage & Spa are here to help! Each of our customized Gentlemen's Facials include a complimentary skin consultation that includes education and recommendations to cater to your individual skin needs! We are here for you!
Facials and professional skincare offer many health and beauty benefits. We provide facials for both men and women at Circle of Light.
A glowing face and wonderful relaxation are what you can expect from having just one, however many long-term benefits can be gained from having regular facials and a good home care regimen.
Top 12 Benefits of Getting Facials:
1. Facials bring out your natural beauty and youthfulness.
The stimulation to the skin & increased circulation bring out your natural beauty & youthfulness. Your healthiest color and freshest face come through.
2. Facials relax and renew your whole being.
The muscles of the face, especially around the jaws, temples, eyes & mouth, are always working whether you are awake or asleep. Steam and massage to your face release a great deal of tension. That release creates a totally renewed look and feeling. Your face shows how you feel, whether you realize it or not.
3. Facials detox and purge the skin of impurities.
Stress, pollution, poor diet, lack of exercise and allergies can cause toxins to build up in the skin. This may cause puffiness, uneven texture, clogged pores and congestion. Removing toxins can improve the appearance of your skin over time.
4. Facials can reduce the appearance of clogged and enlarged pores.
Deep pore cleansing and toning reduces the appearance of clogged or enlarged pores and refines the look of your skin. Professional skin care products & equipment cleanse and extract more than what you can do at home. Some redness may occur initially. Clean & toned pores appear much smaller & sometimes are barely visible! (Deep pore cleansing facials are best avoided immediately before special occasions).
5. Facials bring life and luster to a dull complexion.
Thorough exfoliation of the face lifts layers of dead skin cells that can build up over time and bring dullness to your skin. The increased blood flow and oxygen to the skin during facials plumps up your healthy cells and increases your color and luster.
6. Facials combat common skin problems such as acne, rosacea and eczema.
With the proper skin analysis and use of professional products, some very bothersome skin problems can be improved. With a regular series of facials & a correct home skin care regimen, many troublesome skin problems can be healed all together.
7. Facials help your skin adjust to changes in lifestyle.
Sometimes we need to modify our daily skin care routines to account for changes in lifestyle. New workout routines, added sun exposure, changes in diet, traveling and stress can cause skin problems. Your esthetician is trained to advise you on how to best modify your skin care routine to address your current needs.
8. Facials can reduce stress lines and wrinkles.
The skin around the eyes and mouth plump up after being massaged and moisturized during a facial. Lines and creases resulting from dehydration can be impacted very quickly with a moisturizer of the right weight for your skin.
9. Facials get moisture into the deeper layers of your skin.
Products used during a facial can penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin with the use of high frequency and galvanic equipment. Freshly exfoliated skin will drink in the products easier. If your skin is dehydrated, your esthetician may choose a hydrating mask and serums to apply during your facial.
10. Facials can improve skin texture.
Exfoliation, stimulation and application of products packed with good nutrients will help skin cells to regenerate themselves, creating smoother and a more even skin texture. Facials support the skin’s natural process of regeneration.
11. Facials can reduce sun damage.
Hyper-pigmentation caused by sun damage and hormones can be greatly improved with today’s sophisticated professional skin care products.
12. Facials offer protection from premature aging.
As we age, the skin slows down its production of oil which has been keeping it supple and youthful. Facials and a proper home skin care regimen can slow down the premature aging of skin.
The relaxing and nurturing aspects of facials aren’t emphasized enough in the spa industry today… Sometimes, it seems to be that there is much too much emphasis in spa advertising on correcting and focusing on every tiny flaw, line or wrinkle! Many ads appear to be offering women a way to escape the experience of aging altogether! This is not where we stand. And thankfully, this is not the stance of many skin care professionals. Relaxing you and bringing out the best in you and the skin you are in is the primary focus of most good estheticians. It is definitely ours.
Our philosophy at Circle of Light is that true beauty comes from within and a relaxed and centered way of being shines through the eyes, the smile and the entire face…
Having said that, one of the greatest things that professional skin care has to offer is expert guidance on how to best take care of the face you have. Everybody’s skin has unique needs and those needs change over time. We have great guidance to offer on how to protect your skin from the elements, pollution, stress and over exposure. Having a professional analyze your current skin care routine and teach you how to best keep your skin clean and hydrated is wonderful. You can create a morning and evening routine that fits into your schedule and budget. You may also be advised to toss some of your current products if they seem to be stripping, dehydrating or hurting your skin.
Call Circle of Light at 888-272-5072 to book a Facial today or Book Online
There are many different treatment options for acne.
The most common involve harsh abrasives, chemicals, and antibiotics. Abrasives and chemicals can cause skin irritation in some people that makes them less than ideal for everyday use, and antibiotics can cause severe stomach discomfort and drug-resistant strains of bacteria.
While they're all potential options for acne, many try to go a more natural route. One proposed treatment is Grape Seed for acne, both in supplement form and in lotion/oil form.
What is Grape Seed?
As the name implies, grape seed is the seed of pressed grapes. Generally, the supposedly beneficial components of grape seed are extracted from the seed itself, often by crushing the grapes and removing any oils that come out as a result.
Studies have shown that grape seed has a high concentration of several important minerals, including flavonoids, vitamin E, and lineolic acid.
Many herbal medicine supporters have linked some of the qualities of grape seed with potential health benefits. For example, some believe that extract from the seeds may protect teeth from sugar damage, and that some of the antioxidants may protect against certain types of cancer.
Studies have not yet shown any significant side effects of taking grape seed, either in the short or long term. However, it should be noted that no longitudinal studies have tested grape seed as a long term supplement.
Linoleic Acid and Acne
The linoleic acid found in grape seed oil helps protect the collagen and elastin found in the skin cell membranes. A Harvard Medical School publication, HEALTHbeat, explains linoleic acid serves as an emollient, or an agent that smooths the skin, and fills in the spaces between skin cells. Emollients can contribute to clearing up acne-prone skin. So, using skincare products containing grape seed oil can prove effective in keeping skin looking younger and firmer. Linoleic acid also has exfoliating properties, which is extremely important for spot prone skin types. Research studies have shown daily application of linoleic acid over a month helped to reduce spot size and incidence by 25%,
Antioxidants, Antihistamines and Acne
Antioxidants, found naturally in many foods, are all-around helpful to and healthy for the body. When it comes to skin, the antioxidants found in grape seed oil OPCs help neutralize the free radicals in our bodies. This can help clear acne. Additionally, the anti-inflammatory properties of the OPCs can also effectively prevent breakouts. These also prevent the aging process, not only helping clear acne, but also keeping skin looking younger.
Arbutin is a natural alternative to hydroquinone. It limits melanin production and reduces visible pigmentation through lightening actions and the inhibition of tyrosinase. It is derived from the bearberry plant.
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We live in a “more is better” culture, but when it comes to skin care (especially skin care with active ingredients), you probably apply too much. There are negative consequences when you apply too much product to your skin, both physically and financially. Keep reading to learn how you can get the best results from your skin care.
Why Too Much Product is Bad
At best, applying too much skin care product can be ineffective and at worst it can be harmful to your skin.
- Applying too much product can inhibit proper penetration, leading to less effective results. If the product is highly concentrated or has strong active ingredients, you can actually damage the skin by applying too much.
- If applied too heavy it can lead to an undesirable effect, like breakouts or irritation.
For example, if you use too much cleanser and don’t rinse it off all the way it could lead to irritation. If you apply too much of a facial mask it can impair its performance (especially if it needs to dry completely).
- Even if you’re using a very mild formula that doesn’t result in irritation, your skin will only absorb a certain amount of product. The excess skin care will sit on top of your skin without being absorbed and will eventually evaporate or rub off. This wastes product and money.
When you choose high quality, professional grade skin care, like Skin Script Rx, you don’t need to apply a heavy layer of product or use a large amount.
Skin Care Amount Guidelines
Exfoliating 1-2 times per week is a must for anyone looking to have clearer and healthier skin. But honestly, who has time to think about adding exfoliation to a skincare routine when all you really want to do when you get home is curl up with a glass of wine? That’s where adding a dermaplaning treatment to any facial at Circle of Light Massage & Spa comes in to save the day.
WHAT IS DERMAPLANING?
Dermaplaning is a safe and highly effective method of physical exfoliation. It involves using an ultra-sharp surgical scalpel to gently “shave” the surface of the skin – removing the top layer of dead skin cells and peach fuzz.
It sounds scary, but when performed by a trained and experienced esthetician, it is completely painless, safe, quick and the results are immediate. Your complexion is left healthier, brighter, smoother and clearer as soon as the treatment is over. And because your skincare products will penetrate better, you’ll see the results last and your skin improve over the next several weeks.
WHO IS DERMAPLANING IDEAL FOR?
Anyone with acne-scarring, hyperpigmentation, or uneven skin tone is an ideal client for dermaplaning. Mature and aging skin types with fine lines or wrinkles, would also benefit from this treatment. Being a physical exfoliating method, dermaplaning is especially safe for pregnant and lactating mothers who cannot get chemical peels.
However, dermplaning is not necessarily ideal for oily skin types - particularly those with active acne should wait until lesions or breakouts completely heal.
WHO PERFORMS THE TREATMENT?
Estheticians at Circle of Light go through extensive training and hands-on certification for Dermaplaning. So rest assured that you’ll be in great hands when getting a treatment with us!
At, Circle of Light, we offer Dermaplaning as an add-on to any of our facials or as a stand-aloe Express Treatment!
QUESTIONS ABOUT DERMAPLANING
Dermaplaning is the old-new kid on the block, and we know you have a lot of questions. So, let’s start by answering a few:
Are you convinced yet about Dermaplaning? We here at Circle of Light Massage & Spa love this treatment for our customers, and we know the results speak for themselves. Shoot us an e-mail or give us a call if you have any other questions or thoughts to share about dermaplaning. We would love to hear from you!
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Here is some more info on these amazing products:
Green Tea Citrus Cleanser
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INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT | Cacao Powder
Yummy! There are many skin care benefits from cocoa fruit powder. It helps to promote healthy skin tissues, firm and renew new skin cells, and promotes healthy cell development. It also works as an antioxidant and helps to repair any damaged skin, improves blood flow to the skin, helps to improve skin hydration and complexion, and it even absorbs UV light into the skin.
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Yucca Schidigera Leaf/Root/Stem Extract an antioxidant which increases cell growth and provides anti-irritation relief to reduce discomfort related to acne. It also has surfactant properties.
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