Monday, November 3, 2014

D.E.J. Eye

Revision Skincare DEJ Eye Cream
Revision Skincare DEJ Eye Cream

 Revision D·E·J eye cream™ smooths the eye skin with a moisture rich formula.  shopspaViolets newest product gives antioxidants, peptides and extracts to work together for clinic proven test results for all types of skin to show: 

  • 96% Improvements on photo damage, smooth skin and firmness.
  • 90% Firms and smooths the skin of the eyelid, unique to this product like no other!
  • 96% Improvement on skin elasticity.

The DEJ is for Dermal\Epidermal Junction. The junction between the dermis and epidermis becomes flattened and loose with age. DEJ Eye cream concentrates on this junction to improve the rejuvenation of the skin firmness, elasticity and smoothness. Ingredients highlights:

  • Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline- Moisturizes and Smooths.
  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38- Improves Fine Lines and Wrinkles.
  • Methyl Glucoside Phosphate Proline Lysine Copper Complex -Renews and firms skin.
  • Goji Fruit Extract - An Antioxidant to help with free radical damage.
  • Sunflower Seed Oil Unsaponifiables - Powerful Moisturizer.
  • Vitamin C (THD Ascorbate)- Antioxidant and Skin Lightener.
  • Cucumber Fruit Water- Smooths and calms the skin

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Revision Skincare Be Uplifted Gift Set

Revision Skincare Be Uplifted Gift Bag
Revision Skincare Be Uplifted Gift Bag

shopspaViolet introduces Revision's Be Uplifted Holiday Gift Set for 2014. Great as a gift, a signature pink lined clutch worth a value of $41 is included with Revision's best selling skincare products. shopspaViolet offers a $200 value for $149!  The gift set includes:

Intellishade - A tinted moisturizing sunscreen with antioxidants - we will ship original version, please specify in order notes if you would prefer the Matte version.
D.E.J. Eye Cream - Revision's new eye cream that reduces fine lines and firms the upper eye lid to make you look younger.
Hydrating Serum - A lightweight oil-free deep penetrating moisturizer.
Papaya Enzyme Cleanser - A travel size of the Revision's refreshing papaya cleanser.
Signature Clutch - A pink lined clutch bag valued at $41!

*While supplies last

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Clarisonic for Optimizing Skincare

Differences between Clarisonic Mia mia2 and aria
Clarisonic Mia, Mia2 and Aria

shopspaViolet Clarisonics come with Free Shipping, and 5 - 10% off retail.

Clinical Studies Show Clarisonic is:
6X More Effective Cleansing than by Hands
61% Greater Penetration of Vitamin C Serums to the Skin
2X A Day Proven to be Safe and Gentle on Sensitive Skin

Consumer Studies Show:
94% Report Softer Skin
90% Report More Radiant and Glowing Skin

Differences on Clarisonic brush heads
Clarisonic Brushes

Clarisonic Twin Pack Brushes - Save 15% with Coupon Code spaViolet15
Clarisonic Mia White, Pink, lavender, electric pink or Grey - $94.05 with Coupon Code SPA05
Clarisonic Mia2 White or Pink- $134.10 with Coupon Code SPA10OFF
Clarisonic Aria White  - $189.05 with Coupon Code SPA05

Friday, September 19, 2014

Revision Black Mask Review

Revision Skincare Black Mask
Revision Skincare Black Mask
Revision Black Mask is a superb way to remove impurities while purging toxins and excess oil from the facial skin.  The result is a moisturized soft, polished and refreshed skin that will help skin cell function.  This also allows for deeper penetration of serums and skincare and a better application of makeup to the skin.  The black color is from Black Iron Oxides and silt that offer minerals to the skin.

The ingredients in Revision's Black Mask offer nutrient rich benefits to the skin.  Silt from freshwater lakes in European Latvia soothe, cleanse and refine the skin.  High quality earth clays Kaolin and Bentonite unclog pores and absorb excess oil from the skin.  Salicylic Acid cleans the pores deeply and exfoliates.  Tea Tree oil offers a natural oil to hydrate and soothe the skin.  Cucumber Extract, Oak Kernel, Bisabolol and Aloe moisturizes and softens the skin. And lastly Sage Extract provides a powerful antioxidant.

Apply a generous amount to the face and leave on for fifteen to thirty minutes for maximum results.  Remove with warm water using cotton swabs that can be tossed, as the black silt may stain.   Perfect for oily skin or all skin types it reduces oils while adding back moisture retention.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Exuviance Vitamin C Anti Aging Booster Review

Exuviance Vitamin C Anti Aging Booster
Exuviance Vitamin C Anti Aging Booster

Exuviance has come up with a revolutionary application for Vitamin C, one of it's kind on being mixed with your favorite serums and moisturizers.  Seen in the magazine's "New You" and "Dermascope", Exuviance Vitamin C Anti Aging Booster is in a powder form for added stability to the active vitamin C.  Vitamin C reduces free radical damage while adding firmness to the skin, smoothing find lines and wrinkles and reducing age spots.

Exuviance uses their patented mega anti oxidant Aceta-C™ to enhance the potency of Vitamin C.  Without fillers or water, this product is 100% pure active, having no ingredients that are not beneficial.  This allows for long term use, having over 200 applications in each bottle.

For application, apply the anhydrous powder from the shaker top on the container to your favorite serum or moisturizer to boost the benefits.  Exuviance recommends mixing with Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex for an optimal dual pair of benefits.

shopspaViolet offers a smokin' deal to pair this duo with an added benefit of  Exuviance Intensive eye Treatment pads for a trio product savings of $33!.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Treatments for Rosacea

Treatment for Rosacea
Concealing Rosacea

Rosacea sufferers help from Miss Violet is here. We have products that alleviate the red , burning and itchy manifestations of Rosacea. One in twenty have Rosacea; the following products help reduce the symptoms.

PCA Skin BPO 5% Cleanser - %10 OFF
NeoStrata Antibacterial Facial Cleanser - %10 OFF
NeoStrata Facial Cleanser 6 oz. - %10 OFF
Exuviance Clear and Smooth  - %10 OFF

PCA Skin ReBalance  - %20 OFF
PCA Skin Clearskin  - %20 OFF
NeoStrata Ultra Moisturizing Face Cream - %10 OFF
Neostrata Bionic Face Cream- %20 OFF

Daytime Protection
Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation - %20 OFF
Eltamd UV Clear SPF 46 - %20 OFF
Skinceuticals C E Ferulic  - $30 OFF

Sunday, August 24, 2014

What are Thymine Dimers, and How Does it Effect Your Skin?

Unstable Molecule for Free Radical Damage
Free Radical Damage Unstable Molecule
Thymine is one of the four main nucleobases in the nucleic acid that makes up DNA structure.  The other three are adenine, cytosine, and guanine.  When the skin is exposed to UV light, thymine absorbs the UV light making it reactive and leading to thymine residues becoming covalently linked.  When these crosslinks occur, the DNA cannot replicate itself or make the correct protein.  Our body chemistry has repair enzymes that can repair these crosslinks to restore the DNA to it's correct sequence.
DNA Strand
DNA Strand

DNA Strand Mutation from Free Radical Damage
DNA Strand Mutation from Free Radical Damage

A sunburn occurs when too many thymine crosslinks occur to repair and the skin cells, leading to the skin becoming painful and dying to leave dead skin cells. Thymine dimers are the reason for melanoma formation, tumors and skin cancer.  Reducing sun exposure, using Vitamin C Serum and covering up when in the sun can help to reduce thymine dimers.  Ferulic Acid found in the popular SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic aids in repairing thymine dimers.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

shopspaViolet is an Authorized Dealer for Skincare

With the Chinese knock-offs, bargain basement bidding sites like Amazon and Ebay and expired products, many shoppers are weary of purchasing products for fear of not getting the authentic, fresh product.

Here is a list of the brands shopspaViolet carries and a link to the brand site on where they state we sell their product.  We buy in supplies equal to what we think we will sell in 4 months or less to ensure fresh product.  We offer slight discounts to encourage sales, while not offering deep discounts to make sure we can keep up the quality and service that our customers deserve.

Blinc - spaViolet
Clarisonic - Spa Violet    Type in Search 92075
COOLA - spaViolet
EltaMD - Spa Violet    Type in Search 92075
Exuviance - M.K. Batra MD Spa Violet
GreenHeartLabs - Click on Lower Right Button "Where to Buy"
Lilash - Write us at to understand how we sell Lilash legally in the United States.  NOBODY is Authorized by Lilash to sell in the United States anymore.  However some retailers like us have inventory.
NeoStrata - M.K. Batra MD Spa Violet
Oxygenetix - Spa Violet
PCA Skin - You Must Call
Revision Skincare - Type in Zip 92075 - M.K. Batra MD Spa Violet
SkinCeuticals -  Type in Zip 92075 Dr Munish Batra Spa Violet Skincare

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Surgeon Generals Warning on Skin Cancer Issued

The Surgeon General issued a warning on July 29th, 2014 for the first time about the dangers of sun exposure rising as a concern in our society.

An estimate of 5 million people are treated every year in the United States for skin cancer, more than Breast, Lung, Prostate and Colon cancer combined. An urge to create more shade in public places, work to inform about the dangers of tanning beds, and fast track new sunscreens for approval are being looked at by the government.  Monday, July 28th, 2014 a Sunscreen Innovation Act to improve the efficiency of getting new ingredients approved was approved by the House of Representatives.  For instance, in 2008 Ecamsule as an ingredient was approved for for a specific product Helioblock SX, but legislation is still waiting for other manufacturers to be free to use it.

Statistics show that the deadly cancer melanoma is diagnosed to 63,000 patients a year (6,000 from tanning beds), leading to 9,000 deaths a year.  Since 1973, skin cancer has increased 200%.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Revision Skincare Line Just Got Bigger with shopspaViolet!

Revision Skincare
Revision Skincare


shopspaViolet now carries more of the popular Revision Skincare Products.  Many have found the benefits of Intellishade as a tinted sunscreen for all skin shades. Intellishade moisturizes  while repairing skin with antioxidants.  Nectifirm is also a favorite as an anti-aging cream to tighten and firm skin on the neck.


Revision Soothing Facial Rinse - Cleanser to PH balance while calming skin. $22
Revision Multi-Protection Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 - Moisturize & protects - 15% OFF
Revision Intellishade Matte SPF 45 - Like Original with a Matte Finish - 15% OFF
Revision Firming Night Treatment - Night Treatment to repair & moisturize - 10% OFF
Revision Teamine Concealer - Conceals & Heals in Light, Medium and Dark - 20% OFF

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Benefits of Grape Seed Extract in Skincare

Grape Seed Extract in Skincare
Grape Seed Extract

 Grape Seed Extract, also known as GSE or vitis vinifera is a powerful antioxidant that is 20 times stronger than ascorbic acid ( Vitamin C ) and 50 times more potent than alpha-tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E ).  Having Resveratrol also is in GSE that is an anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory agent it helps clear up skin and heal.  Grape Seed Extract helps protect against free radical damage being rich in polyphenols, and is a great topical anti aging ingredient.  Grape seed extract is a leftover product of wine making.

Grape Seed Extract is very lightweight and has small molecules to help penetrate deep into the skin adding nutrients to the skin to strengthen the elastin and building collagen. It can retain moisture to aid the skin in retaining the healthy nutrients and plumping the skin to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Grape Seed Extract when taken internally has many benefits as well.  It is one of the most potent sources of Oligomeric procyanidins (OPC ) that helps cardiovascular health.  Improving the capillaries and arteries can reduce spider and varicose veins.  Grape Seed Extract remains in the body when taken orally for 3 days, much longer than Vitamin A, C or E.  It reduces the plaque that can build up in arteries and promotes brain, eye health and mental alertness.  Better blood circulation allows the skin to receive the nutrients and aid in the function.

Products that contain Grape Seed Extract are:

Oxygenetix Foundation
Revision  Soothing Facial Rinse
SkinCeuticals Resveratrol BE 
PCA Skin BPO 5% Cleanser 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

An Explaination on Free Radical Damage

Free Radical Damage is the deterioration of cells and DNA caused by environmental stressors.  These may be sun, chemical exposure and pollution.  The results is oxidation which decomposes or mutates the cells.  This is best illustrated by an apple that has been bitten.  Oxidation causes the apple to brown.

Just like in an apple our body ages from oxidation.  A chain reaction starts at the molecular level that destroys and mutates cells.
Free Radical Damage to atoms or molecules
Free Radical Damage to Atoms or Molecules
Oxidation and Free Radical Damage occur when the paired electrons in an atom or molecule receives an environmental effect that breaks an electron pair.  This creates the molecule to be unstable.  In return this causes the molecules around it to be effected by the unstable molecule making a chain reaction in mutations.

The DNA Strand has a complex makeup that tells the cells how to function and do their job. Here is a healthy DNA structure with the elements in the correct places.
Dna Strand
DNA Strand
At a DNA level this in return causes mutations in the structure, changing the makeup of the cell and causing damage.  The DNA propagates to cause a chain reaction of damage, leading to decomposition, death, and disease of the cells.  The DNA Strand breaks from the Free Radical Damage, and when the repair occurs there is a chance that the repair will be done unsuccessfully and lead to mutation.  This mutation will continue in a chain reaction to new cells being built.

DNA mutations
DNA Damage and Mutation

Protecting Against Free Radical Damage

You may have experienced that when you put lemon juice on an apple, the browning of the apple slows down greatly.  The lemon is as an anti-oxidant that slows down oxidation.  Like the lemon, our cells can benefit from anti-oxidants to slow down the aging process.  More importantly, anti-oxidants not only slow, but stop the chain reaction of damage on a molecular or DNA level from continuing to happen.

Their are many natural anti-oxidant ingredients that can be eaten or applied topically that stop free radical damage.  Each anti-oxidant works in different ways; making it crucial to use different genres of anti-oxidants.  Listed below are the main anti-oxidants in skincare:

Vitamin C Serum: Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant.  Ascorbic acid can overcome free radical damage by neutralizing the molecules that have had an oxidation reaction.  Vitamin C also acts as a protector that will stifle oxidation.  Ascorbic acid is present in all plants which provides a barrier to environmental stress.

Vitamin E:  Vitamin E is the most lipid soluble anti-oxidant and is able to protect the membranes of the molecules from free radical damage.  Vitamin E can break the chain reaction of mutations that have started and repair the damage that has occurred.

Ferulic Acid: Studies have shown that ferulic acid can destroy mutated cells such as cancer cells and reduces Thymine Dimers.  When Ferulic Acid is combined with Vitamin C and E, a synergistic effect is created.  Another poignant CE Ferulic fact is that UV light renders the acid more effective.  Ferulic can neutrilize certain types of free radicals that other anti-oxidants may not repair.

Antioxidant Skincare

Applying these products in the AM will boost protection for the day. As an added benefit they will aid in regenerating cells, building collagen, elastin, evening skin tone and reducing hyperpigmentation while brightening. WOW!

SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic - $30 OFF
SkinCueticals Phloretin CF - $27 OFF
Revision Vitamin C Lotion 30% - $29.79 OFF
C Me Clearly Vitamin C Serum - $15 OFF

shopspaViolet now carries all COLORS of Oxygenetix!

Oxygenetix Colors
Oxygenetix Foundation

Breathable Foundation the Heals the Skin!

All Colors Available

shopspaViolet now carries the full color line of Oxygenetix.  Well known as The breathable foundation that heals and conceals with SPF 25 and water resistant up to 90 minutes.  Blendable shades that heal connective tissue, build collagen layers and conceals rosacea, eczema, wounds, acne and psoriasis.  Models and entertainers know the benefit for how sheer it goes on and stays on under hot lights.

How To Choose the Right Color

If you burn easily, you tend to be blue based.  If you tan well, you will be on the yellow based range.  You may change shades throughout the year as you tan in the summer, our black Irish Miss Violet is finding Tawney superb in July.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Body Acne

Body acne is more common than you think. Body acne develops in a similar fashion as does facial acne, hair follicles or pores become clogged with oil and dead skin.  The skin in the body is thicker and has larger pores, thus the acne lesions may be more severe and more difficult to control.  Acne can develop in any part of your body except the soles of your feet or palms of your hands where sebacious follicles are not present.

Irritation can make body acne more severe.  Anything that rubs against your skin uncomfortably should be removed ( yes, that means tight pants ).  Sweat and damp clothing can exacerbate body acne.  To avoid irritation wear breathable cotton clothing, shower after exercise or excessive sweating.  For severe and widespread acne that may potentially create scarring Accutane (isotretioin ), is a systemic oral treatment that is taken for 15 - 20 weeks and is a long-term cure for acne in most people.  this medication must be monitored close by your physician.

A less controversial yet effective regimen is a topical treatment such as Butt Acne Clearing Lotion with sulphur as on active ingredient or Neostrata Lotion Plus of alpha hydroxy acids.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Juice For Your Lunch !?

juicing for healthy skin
Juicing for a Healthy Life

The ladies at spaViolet have a craving for juice, and we have come to be on a first name basis with our favorite juice spot, Juice Nation, a locally owned organic and raw juicing company in Solana Beach. The girls have gotten tired of bringing in their leftover food and salads and feel energized that a healthy dose of raw vegetables made into a juice can be filling, nutrient rich and a great substitute for the normal lunch.  Juicing has become popular recently and we decided to bring it up because the beauty of your skin comes from products for your skin, but also what you put into your body internally.

For many people, getting the proper amount of fruits and vegetables in their diet they find is hard.  FDA servings recommend about 2 cups of fruits and 2 and a half cups of vegetables a day.  Juicing has become a new fad for getting the vitamins and nutrition without the task of chewing all of the food.

" You need to Chew Your Juice "

Juice can be a substitute for a meal if it's prepared correctly, and their are many popular juice companies that don't give the right balance. Asking questions and a little research will give you a great meal that will sustain and let you feel full.  When using a juicer, or buying it in a store make sure:

- It is freshly squeezed daily
- Some or all of the pulp is added back in for fiber
- Ad additional protein for a balanced diet
- More vegetables in the juice for a lower calorie count
- Get away from the fads of ice cream, ice, yogurt, all fruit.

If you juice yourself, save the pulp and ad it back into your diet in soups, muffins, sauces etc to get the same benefit. 

Does Juicing Cleanse?

No research has shown that it does.  Your kidneys and liver filter out the toxins naturally, and you can get too many vitamins in your diet, the overload not benefiting.  Too much Kale or Spinach can lead to blood thinning from too much Vitamin K, so consult your doctor before you turn into a juicer.

Can I Replace Meals with Juice?

As long as you ad the pulp back in and ad protein to the juice, you can use it as a replacement.  If you just drink the juice your body will lack the fullness and your diet may fail because of a lack of feeling full.

Juicing is a great way to get your nutrients and ad the healthy amount to your diet.  By choosing the right way to juice, it can be a great way to make you healthier and give your skin it's glow.

What to buy for Juicing?

For meal replacement, use a Vitamix that leaves in all of the pulp and has the power to grind up the vegetables.  If you purely want juice for the nutrient and vitamin benefits, you can use a Breville Juicer which will work fast and separate the pulp.  If your into the idea of convenience, most juice places offer loyalty programs where if you buy so many you get one free.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Essentials For Summer Fun!!!

sunscreen coupons
Sunscreen for Summer

shopspaViolet has an easy list of travel essentials for your summer fun:

1. EltaMD Spray: So easy your 4 year old can apply! Airplane safe and 10% OFF
2. Neostrata Problem Dry Skin Cream - Change in climate or too many hours in the flip flops will make you wish you had the ultimate moisturizer. 10% OFF
3. Humid?  Traveling to a humid climate will leave you begging for SkinCeuticals Simply Clean Cleanser ($4 OFF) or Butt Acne Clearing Lotion ($3 OFF) for body acne.
4. Relatives and Friends to see?  Look your best with Revision Intellishade (save 15%) tinted moisturizer sunscreen.
5. Get Ready for you Reunion with Lilash Eyelash Growth Serum.  We continue to be the online store with Authentic LiLash, and we now carry LiBrow. Save $21!!!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Antioxidant Serums For Summer Fun

Vitamin C Serum Coupon
Vitamin C Serums

With summer fun, restore and protect your skin from damage morning and night with antioxidant serums.  The sun can alter your skin DNA and cause a chain reaction of long term damage.  Antioxidants repair your past sun fun, boost collagen production, and protect during the day from sunburns and future damage.

Wake up in the morning and apply Vitamin C Serums like Revision Vitamin C 30% or SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic to protect all day.  Apply SkinCeuticals Resveratrol BE for a nightly antioxidant for great repair.  Apply a daily sunscreen with antioxidants like Revsion Intellishade for full protection all day.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Take Control of your Youth!

Anti Aging Skincare coupons
Anti Aging Skincare

Our anti-aging skincare is the first step to making a difference in the way your skin looks. Not to mention, plenty of sleep, staying out of the sun and a little afternoon delight. Our Anti Aging skincare is a great step in the right direction to making a difference in the way you feel.

  Try Revision Nectifirm ($10 OFF) for tightening the skin on your neck, SkinCeuticals A.G.E Interrupter ($31 OFF) for stopping time and repairing your skin, and SkinCeuticals Resveratrol BE ($10.50 OFF) for the amazing benefits of the antioxidant resveratrol.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Got Butt Acne or Bacne ?!

Butt Acne Clearing Lotion treatment for Body acne or keratosis pilaris
Butt Acne Clearing Lotion from Green Heart Labs
Many people have it, many people cover it up and hide it, and embarrassment keep people from talking about it and finding a solution.  What is it? Butt Acne.  If you have it you may have found that typical acne products do not solve the problem.  This problem encompasses back acne, thigh acne, acne on the back of the arms and overall body acne.  The reason is, the acne found on your body is much different than facial acne. 

What is the Difference of Facial Acne and Body Acne?

Facial Acne is caused by an oil gland called the sebaceous gland that will clog up from an overproduction of dirt and oil.  Body acne is caused by an overproduction of kerotin that is produced in the hair folicles leading to inflammation.  The difference in the types results in different ingredients to offer the remedy.  The climate, tight clothes, sitting too long and extra moisture can lead to butt and body acne.

Butt Acne Clearing Lotion and How it Works

Butt Acne Clearing Lotion from GreenHeartLabs will show results in body acne within twenty four hours.  The ingredients of arnica and calenula gently sooth the skin while homeopathic and active ingredients exfoliate and reduce inflammation to clear up the skin.  The lotion is PH balanced and is formulated for sensitive skin and is safe to use for all.

You can purchase Butt Acne Clearing Lotion at for a discounted price with free shipping and samples of other great products.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Botox Used to Treat Chronic Migraines

Migraines can be cured by Botox
Botox can Cure Migraines
Botox is known as a great anti aging practice to slow down the rate that wrinkles appear on your forehead and around the eyes.  Botox has been approved to prevent migraines for adults by the FDA, a debilitating headache pain that many feel.  To maximize the prevention, a course of Botox injections every 12 weeks around the neck and head to dull the effects of future migraines.

A report done in March 2010 that was published in Cephalalgia states that the hours and days of a migraine can be reduced and dulled from use of Botox.  Most drugs that treat migraines are for temporary use and do not allow for the longer term relief that Botox can give.  A study using 1,384 adults in two different studies in the United States in Europe showed the effectiveness and led to the approval by the FDA for use in relieving migraines.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Are Your Men Armed with Great Skincare?

Skin Care for Men
Skincare for Men

Some daily tips by Miss Violet :

1. Use daily cleansers instead of soap to reduce acne and not aggravate skin.

2. Moisturize while repairing skin with NeoStrata's Lotion plus for the body and Problem Dry skin for heels and elbows.  great for fishermen and calloused skin.

3. Hydrate, protect and maintain your skin with a lightweight sunscreen like EltaMD UV Clear and UV Daily.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Now Stocking EltaMD UV Spray Broad Spectrum 46

EltaMD UV Spray for children and non-aerosol
EltaMD UV Spray

shopspaViolet now carries EltaMD UV Spray Broad Spectrum 46.  Perfect for the family and especially squirmy kids.  The non aerosol spray is great for airline travel and next to campfires.  Spray in hard to reach places and allow the sunscreen to go on white and absorb to be clear and transparent.  Just like every other EltaMD product, a dermatologist favorite for being Fragrance-free, oil-free, paraben-free, sensitivity-free and noncomedogenic.  We offer a coupon for 10% off with SPA10OFF.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Stock up on Quality Summer Sunscreen!

Quality Zinc and Organic Sunscreen Coupons
Great Sunscreen for Summer Fun
Stock Up on Summer Sunscreen at Great Savings!
Don't get stuck at the last minute buying inferior sunscreen full of harsh preservatives and chemicals. That also feels like plaster on your body. Stock up on our Dermatologist fav sunscreen.  COOLA Organic Sunscare, Elta MD Sunscreen, Oxygenetix Foundation, Revision Intellishade and Multi Broad Spectrum as well as SkinCeuticals UV Fusion for your summer fun.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Are Nanoparticles Safe in Sunscreen?

Nanotechnology in sunscreens has received a buzz of attention with the consumer conscious wondering about the dangers outweighing the benefits.

Nanoparticles or Micronized particles

What Is a Nanoparticle

Nanoparticles in sunscreen in short is taking the mineral active ingredients in sunscreen and making their particle size extremely small, measuring about 1 / 8,000th the size of a human hair. Nanoparticles are found naturally and recently have been manufactured in many applications, one being in sunscreen to allow the application to go on clear and lightweight, without a white film over the skin.

What Are the Danger's of Nanoparticles in Sunscreen?

Titanium Dioxide, and to a smaller extent Zinc Oxide are photocatalysts.  This means that UV rays can cause them to cause free radical damage in live skin cells.  The smaller the particle, or nanoparticle, the more the UV rays will cause this reaction, and the more opportunity it has to penetrate deep into the skin where their is live skin cells.  The smaller the particle also, the less effective it is with UVA rays, the type of ray that is prevelant all year around, all day.

Titanium Dioxide is used in many foods to give a white fresh look including ice cream, toothpaste, and the ever popular M&M's candy.  Nanoparticles in many ingredients are dangerous if inhaled as it is harder to remove from the lungs, making powder sunscreens more dangerous.

Are the Danger's Valid?

Research hasn't been able to determine if the nanoparticles reach live cells to cause damage.  Humans in a 5 day study showed a negligible amount of zinc oxide in the blood stream. (Gulson 2010)  To counteract the free radical damage, coatings such as silica and or alumina are put on the particles which result in the UV reaction to be encapsulated and not harmful by 99% effectiveness. (SCCNFP 2000, Pan 2009)  Careful precautions are also put into making the active ingredients stable to reduce this reaction.  The FDA lately has issued a draft guidance in looking further into the issue to decide the dangers.

How to Shop for Sunscreen Safely

Benefits for using sunscreen far outweigh the damaging effects of the free radical damage.  With special coatings on the particles, their may not be a reason for concern at all.  And the jury still is out on whether the sunscreen penetrates to live skin cells.  Using Vitamin C Serum daily in the morning will help free radical damage and counteract the effects of damage from UV rays caused naturally or with sunscreen.  Using sunscreen with antioxidants also help to mitigate free radical damage.  Non-Nano labelled on products can be misleading as their is not a regulation on size, and some particle sizes may be still at a nano level.  Many propose labeling to say whether it's nano or not to make an informed decision.  Simply, the thicker the sunscreen looks and feels, the less of a nano form it will be.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Ingredients in Sunscreen

Quality Ingredients in Sunscreen
Ingredients in Sunscreen

Ingredients can be described as two different types.  Chemical or organic ingredients absorb the rays and can easily be put in sprays and easy applied applications.  Physical or Mineral sit on top of the skin block UV rays and can go on heavy and give you the white film on your skin.  Their are pros and cons to both as we will discuss.

Chemical Sunscreens absorb into the skin and need 20 minutes to allow to soak in before being effective.  They can go on very lightweight and thin, allowing it to go into many easy applications for sunscreen like aerosol sprays which help with squirmy kids.  Chemical Sunscreens ingredients have been known if ingested to cause hormone disruption, but not conclusive on topical use (read more here).  Chemical Sunscreens can also cause irritation and allergic reactions.

Mineral or physical sunscreens usually go on thicker and can cause a film on your skin.  Mineral ingredients are rare to cause any sensitivity or allergic reactions.  Zinc Oxide absorbs the rays and changes it into infrared heat, completely harmless.  Titanium dioxide absorbs as well, but can transfer to nearby electrons which can lead to free radical DNA mutations.  To counteract this a layer of silica and or alumina captures the titanium dioxide to not allow the free radical damage.

Zinc Oxide is the number 1 sunscreen ingredient for broad spectrum coverage, no sensitivity and no adverse reactions.

A Broad Spectrum Sunscreen protects from UVA and UVB rays.  Here is a guide to the ultraviolet waves and note that there is a breakdown of UVA to 1 and 2, some sunscreens will work only certain rays.

UltraViolet Light and UVA and UVB spectrum
UltraViolet Light Waves

Here is a list of FDA approved sunscreen ingredients and what they protect in the spectrum of rays:

Mineral or Physical:
Zinc Oxide -                                                  UVB, UVA1, UVA2
Titanium Dioxide -                                          UVB, UVA2

Chemical or Organic:
Aminobenzoic Acid (PABA) -                         UVB
Avobenzone -                                                  UVA1
Cinoxate -                                                        UVB
Dioxybenzone -                                                UVB, UVA2
Ecamsule (Mexoryl SX) -                                 UVA2
Ensulizole (Phenylbenzimiazole Sulfonic Acid) - UVB
Homosalate -                                                    UVB
Meradimate (Menthyl Anthranilate -                  UVA2
Octocrylene -                                                    UVB
Octinoxate (Octyl Methoxycinnamate) -            UVB
Octisalate ( Oxtyl Salicylate ) -                          UVB
Oxybenzone -                                                   UVB, UVA2
Padimate O -                                                    UVB
Sulisobenzone -                                                 UVB, UVA2
Trolamine Salicylate -                                        UVB

Friday, May 23, 2014

An Explaination of UVA and UVB Rays

UVA and UVB Rays and how it effects the skin
UVA and UVB Rays
UVA Rays are prevelant all year long, and the same intensity all day long.  They are the longest wavelength and penetrate the deepest into the skin going to the dermis layer.  Clouds and glass does not stop UVA rays, and many people may not understand that not all sunscreens stop UVA rays.  Tanning Booths are mostly UVA rays.  And unfortunately, UVA is the major component in aging skin.

UVB Rays are shorter in wave length and follow the rotation of the sun.  UVB is most prevalent in the summer, and at peak daylight hours.  UVB affects the top layer of skin called the epidermis.  UVB is the culprit of sunburns, redness and skin cancer.  Clouds and glass as well as all sunscreens protect against UVB rays.

How ultraviolet waves are smaller for UVA and larger for UVB
UltraViolet Light UVA\UVB Light Wave

To protect against both UVA\UVB rays, choose a Broad Spectrum Sunscreen.  Apply Liberally and don't forget the earlobes, chest and back of arms, many unforgotten spots.  COOLA Suncare offers organic sunscreen rich in antioxidants and with broad spectrum protection.  EltaMD Sunscreen offers a great doctor's choice for being fragrance free and great ingredients to hydrate, exfoliate and restore your skin.  Oxygenetix Foundation is breathable and a lightweight shear tint to keep up with the hot temperatures and conceal blemishes.  Revision Skincare offers our best selling Intellishade which is a tinted moisturizing sunscreen and also a Multi Broad Spectrum SunscreenSkinCeuticals has Physical Fusion SPF 50 with a tint that matches all skin tones.
Quality Sunscreen with Coupon Codes
Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Benefits of Benzoyl Peroxide in Acne Treatment

PCA Acne Cream has Benzoyl Peroxide for treatment
PCA Acne Cream

Benzoyl Peroxide is an important ingredient in acne treatment for cleansing skin from dirt, oils and dead skin cells.  It has been known to regulate the oil production in the skin created by sebum.  Benzoyl Peroxide helps to reduce blackheads as well as whiteheads, pimples and acne breakouts that can lead to acne scarring and cysts.  

Benzoyl Peroxide is an antibiotic, but unlike oral antibiotics, it won't reduce the resistance to bacteria.  Benzoyl Peroxide kills the Propionibacterium acnes which causes inflamation.  PCA Skin has a couple of great products that have Benzoyl Peroxide, PCA Skin BPO 5% Cleanser - $35, 10% OFF and
PCA Skin Acne Cream - $22, 15% OF.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

How to Choose an Acne Product

Skin Care Acne Treatments with AHA and salycilic acid
Skincare Acne Treatments
Each acne product has different ingredients that aid in helping to reduce bacteria, clean skin pores, reduce inflammation, exfoliate dead skin cells and\or reduce oil production.  Here is a list of the major ingredients in acne products and what they do.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid ( AHA ) - Exfoliates and increases blood flow to the skin to reduce acne by clearing pores and removing blackheads.
Products with Alpha Hydroxy Acid
NeoStrata Problem Dry Skin - 20% Concentration
PCA Skin Acne Cream 
Exuviance Clear and Smooth
PCA Nutrient Toner

Benzoyl PeroxideClears up acne sores and reduces future breakouts by removing dirt and oil from skin pores. Is an antibiotic that is more effective in killing bacteria than other acne products.
Products with Benzoyl Peroxide
PCA Skin BPO 5% Cleanser - $35, 10% OFF
PCA Skin Acne Cream - $22, 15% OFF 

Gluconolactone - A gentle exfoliator of dead skin and antibacterial.  Also an antioxidant, great for sensitive skin.     
Products with Gluconolactone
NeoStrata Antibacterial Facial Cleanser - 4%
NeoStrata Facial Cleanser  - 4%
NeoStrata Oil Control Gel - 4% 
NeoStrata Bionic Face Cream - 8%
NeoStrata Ultra Moisturizing Face Cream - 10%

Gylcolic Acid -  Reduces active acne by reducing blackheads and marks, cleaning pores, boosting collagen production and evening out skin tone.
Products with Glycolic Acid
NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash - 18% Concentration
NeoStrata High Potency Cream - 18% Concentration
NeoStrata Lotion Plus - 15% Concentration
NeoStrata Face Cream Plus - 15% Concentration
NeoStrata Daytime Protection Cream SPF 15 - 8% Concentration
NeoStrata Ultra Daytime Smoothing Cream SPF 15 - 8% Concentration

Lactobionic Acid - An AHA that is gentler and less of an irritant that glycolic.  Exfoliates and promotes collagen production.
Products with Lactobionic Acid
NeoStrata Bionic Face Serum -10% Concentration
NeoStrata Bionic Face Cream - 4% Concentration

Niacinamide -A great anti inflammatory ingredient for the skin.  Regulates oil production, exfoliation of dead skin cells and a skin brightener to reduce acne scars.
Products with Niacinamide
Eltamd UV Clear SPF 46 - $30, 20% OFF
PCA Skin Clearskin - $36 - 20% OFF

Retinol - Helps to exfoliate and reduce acne outbreaks and scarring by reducing oil production, bacteria and inflammation.
Products with Retinol
SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5%
PCA Skin Clearskin - $36 - 20% OFF

Salicylic Acid - Well known to penetrate deep into pores, which cleans dirt, oil and dead skin aid in acne treatment as well as make other acne ingredients penetrate deeper and be more effective.  Has been known to control sebum production, the gland that creates oil in the skin.
Products with Salicylic Acid
SkinCeuticals Blemish plus Age Defense - $73.75 - 3.5% Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment - $12.25 OFF
Exuviance Clear and Smooth - $28.80 - 2.5%  Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment - 10% OFF
Revision Brightening Facial Wash  - $3 Off

Acne Skincare recommended by dermatologists
Dermatologist Recommended Acne Skincare