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Summer Sun Protection

Summer Sun Protection

Summer time is the best time to take stock of all the things to be grateful for. We work all year long to finally take some time to enjoy the longer days of sunshine, family, BBQ’s and lazy afternoons relaxing. Longer days, mean longer exposure time to the sun and even with an SPF 30+ we need to reapply and have a physical barrier between us and the sun. 

Being a kid in the ’80s meant having that golden tan, we used Hawaiian Tropics Tanning Oil & even Baby Oil to help speed up the bronzed glow process. I think of all those beach days exposed to the sun with very little if any sunblock. Maya Angelou said “when you know better, you do better”. My goal is to educate you on sun safety without fear of shame or guilt so you can do better.  Remember to always use an SPF of 30 or higher, no sunscreen is waterproof or sweatproof and must be reapplied especially, after swimming every 1-2 hours.

Understand what SPF is, it means sun protection factor and it protects you from the UVB rays that cause sunburn.  There’s also UVA rays, these rays may not cause sunburn but they still cause damage by penetrating deeper than UVB rays and cause premature aging. SPF is our #1 weapon against premature aging caused by sun damage.

The sun is your best source of  Vitamin D but 10 minutes is all you need. Practice safe sun and embrace this time of year!!

Love & Skincare,

Sherena Jarvi L.E. xo

Summer is Coming!!

Summer is Coming!!

Summer is just around the corner and that means longer days,  swimming, sunsets and bike rides but also longer exposure time to the sun.

I was sitting under an umbrella yesterday at the pool watching my granddaughter swim.  I was fully protected by the shade except for my legs. It didn’t seem like they were in the sun for too long but last night I realized what a mistake I made!! They were burnt and they hurt to have the warm water on them in the shower and to even sleep with light blankets on them. Honestly, just sitting in the sun for 10-15 minutes without any SPF on my legs burnt them to the point of discomfort!!

Practice safe sun this summer, I know this was a huge reminder for me that even a few minutes in the sun without SPF can damage the skin. If this happens to you, I’ve included a few home remedies you may try to soothe the burn and let you rest comfortably:

  • Apply a cold damp cloth to your skin
  • Use a moisturizer that contains Aloe Vera or soy to help soothe sunburned skin
  • Drink lots of water
  • Lidocaine is a numbing cream and is safe when used sparingly
  • Take Ibuprofen if pain is throbbing and starting to blister
  • Leave blisters alone

Prevention is key and the best when it comes to maintaining youthful skin

  • SPF 30+
  • Hat
  • Umbrella
  • Sun Protective Clothing
  • Sunglasses especially for light eyed people who are more sensitive to sun exposure

Wishing you all a wonderful summer season filled with much fun, adventure, friendship and memories!!

Remember SPF is you BFF 🙂

Love & Skincare,

Sherena Jarvi L.E.

New Season New Skincare Routine

New Season New Skincare Routine

The seasons are changing and so is our skin. In the winter, our skin is more dry and flaky due to the cold weather. In the summer we tend to be more oily and congested due to sweating and SPF we’re wearing daily. Fall and Spring can go either way, your skin can be more normal or balanced during these months or they can become dry, irritated and acne prone.

It always amazes me when a client tells me they’ve used the same skincare products for over 30 years. Over 30 years!!! I usually follow that up with “how do you like the results?” That question alone makes them really think if they’ve noticed a difference in their skin. I tell my clients if you look in the mirror in the morning and don’t say “WOW, my skin looks amazing!!” You’re not doing something right. It’s ok, I’m here to help.

Hyaluronic Acid is a great product to increase your hydration level, Vitamin C is another great way to hydrate, soothe and calm broken blood vessels.

I encourage you to come in and have a facial and start using the best products to give you the best skin possible. Together, I will help you uncover the beautiful skin you were born with.

Much love, blessings & skin care,

Sherena Jarvi L.E.

Chemicals

Chemicals

What do you think when someone says chemicals? The consensus seems to be that chemicals are bad, just because of their name chemical. Did you know water is a chemical?

Let’s look at the definition of what a chemical is before we go any further. Chemical: Any substance consisting of matter. This includes liquid, solid or gas. A chemical is any pure substance (an element) or any mixture (a solution, compound, or gas) Chemicals occur naturally and can be made artificially.

Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way, I want to talk to you about chemical peels and when I say chemical it may be one the following:

Enzyme Peels: Typically a blend of fruit enzymes; pumpkin, papaya, mango, orange, etc. that gently exfoliates the skin, these do not contain acids and leave the skin pH balanced. Don’t be fooled by the name, the “peel” part is regarding the top layer of dead skin cells with no down time or physical peeling.

Lactic:  Alpha Hydroxy Acid, has enzymes from sour milk and is good for oily skin and helps to minimize fine lines and wrinkles.

Glycolic: Alpha Hydroxy Acid, derived from sugar cane and is a fruit acid gentle treatment for fine lines, acne, dehydration and hyper pigmentation.

Salicylic: Beta Hydroxy Acid from Latin salix, willow tree is effective in treating oily skin, clogged pores and wrinkles.

We’ve talked about chemicals to avoid previously but honestly, my job is to educate you and let you decide for yourself what your personal “no no” list is. Some people will not use hydroquinone as it is technically considered a carcinogenic however, I do educate on this and recommend this lightening agent to break up hyper pigmentation. I recommend using this product as a “treatment phase” meaning use two weeks am/pm then take a break. This is not a chemical you want to be using daily for long periods of time.

I hope this helps demystify some of these scary words you hear bounced around casually from estheticians. Now you’re more in the “know” and can feel comfortable talking chemical peels and maybe even having one.

Love & Skincare,

Sherena Jarvi L.E. xo

 

 

Over the Counter

Over the Counter

I want to talk to you today about a very commonly recommended cleanser by dermatologists, Cetaphil.

Three ingredients to be aware of:

  • Propylene Glycol-  a small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin conditioning agent. It has been associated with irritant and allergic contact dermatitis Dries the skin.
  • Sulfates- cleansing and foaming agents this ingredient is concerning because they were found to break down proteins which can lead to a degenerative effect on the cell membranes. Sulfates were also found to leave residue in the heart, lungs and brain.
  • Parabens- cheap ingredient used as a preservative. Studies have shown, some parabens can mimic the activity of the hormone estrogenic the body’s cells and while estrogenic activity is associated with certain forms of breast cancer, parabens have been found present in breast tumors.

Knowledge is power. Find a trusted esthetician who is educated and offers free education to you while you are being extracted. That is the perfect time for your personalized skincare lesson!! Share my blog with your friends and family, I realize some people may not be able to afford to see an esthetician.

Please make conscious choices when selecting skincare products and DO NOT trust celebrity endorsed products or dermatologist endorsed products, that alone is not a guarantee of quality ingredients.

Sherena Jarvi L.E. xo

Know Your Ingredient List

Know Your Ingredient List

As an esthetician, I am asked ALL the time about certain products and if they’re “bad”.  I won’t say a specific skincare line is “bad” however, I will educate you on certain chemicals I look for as I glance at their ingredient list (IL). Ask yourself, are you using a product with very few if any effective ingredients? A new client of mine was using a celebrity endorsed skincare line and wanted to understand what type of exfoliant she was using. I had her forward the ingredient list and not one ingredient was for exfoliation, not one!!

Do your products contain parabens, dyes, fragrance, sulfates, petrochemicals? Do they test on animals? What is the buffer ratio to effective ingredients, or the percentage of effective ingredients? Do you understand how the products work or the molecular structure? Do you know the difference between a treatment phase and maintenance phase?

My biggest frustration is when clients come to me and they’ve spent a ton of money on over the counter products with very little if any effective ingredients. It frustrates me because you pay top dollar for a “premium” brand that doesn’t work on the cellular level to actually create the change in your skin you need to fight the aging process. Meaning, your skin seems to be fine while using these products but once you stop, there’s no real change or difference in your collagen, tone, texture or wrinkles.

I encourage you to see a licensed esthetician in your area who knows how to treat skin. We are a passionate group of knowledgeable skin experts who love nothing more than helping you achieve your skincare goals.

Love and skincare,

Sherena Jarvi L.E. xo