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.