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Aiding In The Skin’s Nighttime Renewal Process

Featured In the September 2016 Issue of Dermascope Magazine

Recently Dermascope Magazine asked Stemology’s Founder and Chief Technical Officer to write an article explaining the process of the body and skin’s nighttime renewal cycle. This article was originally printed in the September 2016 issue of Dermascope and online at Dermascope.com.

Sleep is a rejuvenating time for the body, mind, and spirit. It is a necessary part of the daily cycle of living. If a person is deprived of adequate sleep time – seven to eight hours nightly – they risk additional stress and premature aging, which is reflected in the skin’s appearance.

Restoration and Renewal
Scientific evidence supports the connection between sleep and skin aging. While the body is at rest and asleep, many of the processes that go about repairing the damage of the day are set in motion. While asleep, the body’s nervous system switches to a parasympathetic state, which creates increased circulation and oxygen flow to the skin. Because of this increased blood and oxygen flow, internal repair and production activity in the skin is heightened. During certain cycles of sleep, skin cell regeneration almost doubles. This renewal is very important in replacing the epidermal protein sloughed off during the day due to normal exfoliation. It is necessary to keeping the skin from thinning and to maintaining a youthful glow.

The breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid in the extracellular matrix of the skin, which often occurs during the day, is replenished during sleep, when replacement production happens at a higher level. Increased collagen and hyaluronic acid production helps to keep wrinkles away and keeps the skin firmer and better hydrated.

While sleeping, the body’s hydration rebalances. Because of all the regenerative activity in the skin happening during sleep, the skin will lose about 25 percent more water overnight than it does during the day. Thus, the skin can become somewhat dehydrated during the night. Other contributing factors include the lack of rehydration that occurs during the night and the increased water requirement due to renewal activity during sleep.

When a person is removed from the environmental stresses of the day, the body works overtime to repair damage from the day’s pollution, sun, and stress. For the skin, this reparation means quenching free radicals by means of antioxidant activity, removing toxins absorbed in the skin, and reducing inflammation that may have increased from the day’s activities.

There are two key times when human growth hormone is secreted by the pituitary gland: right after heavy physical activity and during certain sleep cycles of the night. Human growth hormone is the master hormone in preventing aging. It stimulates all of the organs of the body toward renewal, including the skin. Since it is secreted during sleep, it is obvious that the repair and renewal process of the skin, in order to fight aging, will also be at its highest activity level.

Given all of this activity within the skin that occurs during sleep, it stands to reason that an anti-aging skin care regimen could capitalize on the natural objectives of the skin at the perfect time of the daily cycle of repair and renewal. Ideally, the best nighttime skin care product would be one that provides outstanding hydration by all possible means, a rich suite of antioxidants to assist with environmental damage of the day, effective and gentle exfoliation to assist in skin turnover, and growth-assisting peptides and amino acids that will help increase skin and collagen growth activity.

 Stemology skincare recently launched Cell Renew Hydro-Plus Overnight Moisturizer with StemCore-3. This rich overnight moisturizer is formulated to optimize the skin’s renewal process during the sleep cycle, with visible results upon waking and over time.

For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/.

~Contributed by Dr. Hal Simeroth, CTO and Founder of Stemology Skincare

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Layering Serum Products

Are More Products Really More Effective?

An Interview with Dr. Hal Simeroth, Founder and Chief Technical Officer for Stemology Skincare

As we know, not all products are created equal. Some products can be used in combination while others can give users a bad reaction when combined. With skincare products becoming increasingly more effective and potent, I often get asked about layering serum products. Is it safe? Is it more effective? Is there such thing as putting on “too much” product? So, today I want to discuss some of the most common questions and concerns when it comes to layering serum products.

Q:           Why layer serums? What’s the advantage of using 2 or more serums versus one? 

A:            Serums often only target one specific skin concern, and people often choose a serum because they usually have a higher concentration of a needed active to address one of those specific concerns (retinol for wrinkles, for example). Some may be focused on delivering antioxidants, others on delivering retinoids, others on skin discoloration such as brown spots or sunspots, and others simply feature a special active that is popular. If you want to cover all of the bases, and enlist a more focused approach to targeting specific skin concerns, you may very well need to layer on more than just one. A few serums have actives that address multiple skin aging issues. But even so, layering can offer a more targeted approach to addressing skin concerns.

Q:           Is there a limit to how many serums you should use at one time?

A:            No, there is not. However, with that being said, the best practice would be to use a multi-purpose serum and then one to two additional serums to further address and target a particular skin concern. However, it’s important to advise clients not to apply too much of any one serum. People often apply too much thinking it will be better, which is not usually the case. A thin layer pressed into skin is best and will get the same result, without all the extra layers and the time needed to let serums dry-down or set in between applications.

Q:           Are there any products that should not be used together?

A:            Be careful about using products that have topical retinoids. There is a limit to the amount that can used before irritation begins, and that can vary based on the sensitivity of your skin. Clients might not be aware that they can be using multiple products where each contain retinoids and, even though individually they are fine, the summation can be irritating. So, always ask your clients what products they are using at home and take the opportunity to educate them on retinoids and potential skin irritation.

Q:           What should I advise clients to look for if they want to combine treatment products?

Treatment products, such as serums, contain the most potent dose of anti-aging ingredients you can find in nonprescription products. It is really the combination of active ingredients that defines the serum – with the main six categories being antioxidants, peptides, retinol, growth factors, alpha and beta hydroxyl acids, and unique botanicals. A well-designed serum, which addresses a particular issue, will select multiple actives that are proven to help with the issue, and not just rely on a single active (e.g. such as Ferulic acid, or Vitamin C).  Be sure the serums clients are using together do not perform the same function or they will end up with duplication and wasted money. Also, if the client has a tendency for oily skin and/or breakouts, be sure that combining products do not deliver too much oil to the skin, which can cause further break outs.

Q:           What’s the best way to apply treatment products when layering?

A:            Once the skin has been cleansed and toned, apply serums beginning with the singularly focused serum, and then adding on a multi-purpose serum. Press each serum into the skin well before adding the additional layer. You do not have to wait for the layer to feel completely dry, just be sure that there is no product left on the skin surface and that it has penetrated well into the stratum corneum. The carrier ingredients of the next serum layer will assist the previous layer in good active delivery. Special area serums (such as eye serum) should be applied prior to face serums. After all serum layers are applied, and sufficiently dry, then apply the daytime or nighttime moisturizer to complete the regimen

Q:           Should the serums layered be changed seasonally? If so, what combination works best for cooler fall/winter temperatures? 

A:            Serums are usually designed to address or prevent various aging issues. One aging issue is sun exposure, which is normally much greater in the warmer seasons of the year. Adding an additional antioxidant serum or an environmental exposure product would be useful during this time of year. A good daywear sunscreen will also be full of antioxidants as well. Additionally, as summer comes to an end, often times we will experience an increase in sun induced hyperpigmentation in the way of brown spots, sunspots and uneven skin tone. This is the perfect time to add a brightening serum as a way to reduce the appearance of any brown spots that may have appeared on the skin’s surface as a result of increased sun exposure.

Stemology skincare offers Cell Revive Serum Complete, which addresses all 12 signs of facial aging – including fine lines and wrinkles, skin elasticity, uneven tone, large pores, free radical damage and more – in one serum.  Additionally, Stemology offers a wide range of serums targeted to specific skin concerns including Collagen Complete, Brightening Serum, Smoothing Serum and Eye Serum Complete.

 For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/.

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Stemology Becomes Official Partner of MedResults Network (MRN) After Successful Test Period

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOS ANGELES, CA – MedResults Network (MRN) announces official partnership with Stemology, the world’s first and only anti-aging skincare brand dedicated to providing all-natural, intelligently organic formulations through the emerging science of adult and plan stem cell technologies. The largest national buying group for aesthetic providers is officially launching the Stemology brand on the heels of successful testing and surpassed sales expectations.

“Adding Stemology to our brand portfolio is extremely exciting as our members are always looking for the latest and best technology in the skin industry,” explains MRN CEO Jeff Routledge. “The brand fuses science and natural, organic formulations, something that’s highly sought-after by professionals in the industry, and consumers alike. Now, MRN Members can have the best of both worlds by offering Stemology products at our exclusive Members – only price.”

“We are so pleased with the success of the brand’s trial with MRN,” adds Stemology Chief Marketing Officer Lori Jacobus. “MRN is the ideal partner and channel for Stemology, targeting more than 2,600 aesthetic medical practices and med spas throughout the U.S., and in turn, their patients and clients. This group really understands the need and demand for quality, efficacy, and eco-aware products that can also serve the growing number of skincare enthusiasts looking for natural formulas backed by clinical science. We are building up sales efforts and look forward to partnering with more MRN accounts in the coming months.”

Stemology products, including bestselling Cell Revive Serum Complete, formulated to address all 12 signs of facial aging – including fine lines and wrinkles, skin elasticity, tightness, tone, and more – are now available to MRN partners.

For more information about MRN and Stemology, visit www.medresultsnetwork.com or www.stemologyskincare.com.

ABOUT THE MEDRESULTS NETWORK

MedResults Network is the nation’s largest buying network for aesthetic medical providers and is based on saving its members time and money! Using the buying power of its 2,600 members, MRN has negotiated with over 50+ national vendors to bring aesthetic providers discounts and rebates on the products and services they use daily. MedResults Network is the only national buying group that offers benefits at no cost to members, with no risk, and with the opportunity for members to continue purchasing directly from their preferred manufacturers and distributors.

ABOUT STEMOLOGY

Stemology is dedicated to providing all-natural, intelligently organic skincare formulations through the emerging science of Stem Cells. Stemology is the first and only brand to bring together both human adult stem cell and plant stem cell technologies, along with a stem cell communicator that greatly enhances intercellular communication to maximize the benefit of stem cell “signaling” growth factors. Stemology products are ethically formulated and do not contain any actual stem cells or DNA. Stemology products are free of phthalates, parabens, GMOs and petrochemicals. Stemology is a cruelty-free company.

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Skincare Solutions For Fall Weather Changes

Fall Into Beautiful Skin

As the season changes, so does the skin, and therefore an updated skincare routine should be introduced. As summer turns to Fall, your clients will be enlisting your help in returning skin to its most even and brightest best!  So, let’s take a look at the most common skin changes and how to help create a seamless seasonal skin transition for your clients.

SKIN CHANGE: SUN DAMAGE

Sun exposure is the number one cause of skin aging. And the majority of that exposure occurs within the summer months. Unprotected sun exposure causes damage to the skin’s epidermis and dermis, resulting in an increase in unwanted pigmentation on the skin.

 Solution: Speed Up Cell Turnover

Now that summer is fading, do the same for sunspots with a skincare regimen designed to help speed up the declining rate of skin’s cell turnover. Look for products with all-natural ingredients that are clinically proven to reduce the appearance of spots that contribute to an uneven complexion. With today’s advanced technologies, it’s never been easier to help your clients achieve a more even skin tone naturally, without harsh chemical ingredients like hydroquinone. Instead, offer products that contain AHA and BHA acids, plus natural fruit enzymes and amino acids to provide exfoliation and naturally help thicken skin and improve circulation.

 SKIN CHANGE: DRY SKIN

The weather change, combined with hormonal changes as a result of aging, reduces oil and sweat gland production, resulting in less natural oils to help lubricate skin. This process causes skin to appear (and feel) dry and dehydrated, leading to a rough, “crepey” appearance.

 Solution: Multiple Hydration Approach

Advise clients to incorporate a skincare regimen that hydrates in multiple ways – by attracting water, binding hydration to the skin and holding it in. Single function moisturizers that simply lay moisture on top of the skin are so outdated, and won’t fix the problem. Dry, dehydrated skin needs to be comprehensively hydrated, with all natural ingredients that nourish the skin, while attracting, binding and sealing in moisture where it can do the most good. Look for products that contain time-release hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump skin’s appearance.

SKIN CHANGE: SENSITIVE SKIN

As the air becomes dryer, skin loses its ability to retain water, which evaporates, leading to dryness and increased sensitivity. Surface lipids, in smaller quantities, no longer form a homogeneous barrier. And because the skin barrier no longer performs its function as effectively, it allows external aggressors and irritants (pollution, allergen particles, etc.) to penetrate deeper into the skin. Skin then becomes more vulnerable and reactive, and is more rapidly and strongly irritated.

Solution: Restore Skin’s Barrier

Through proper hydration and balancing the skin’s natural pH, the skin’s natural barrier can be restored to optimal health, increasing skin resiliency and reducing skin sensitivity. Recommend products rich in ingredients and emollients that support the health of your client’s skin and work to improve the skin’s barrier function, including antioxidants to help protect skin from external aggressors.

SKIN CHANGE: UNEVEN TEXTURE

As the air outside cools, it becomes dryer with a lower humidity factor. Less moisture in the air causes skin dryness and depletion of hydration. Our natural sebum oil cannot keep up with the hydration demands of the dryer climate. This can lead skin to have a more coarse texture.

Solution: Gently Exfoliate

In order to achieve smooth skin, we need to rid the skin of dead, flaky skin on the surface. Regular exfoliation speeds up the cell turnover process, allows the body to produce more moisture, plumps skin and helps build collagen and elastin production. Look for products that contain squalane, carrot seed, meadowfoam seed and argan oils to provide regenerative support and restructuring for smoother skin and optimal cellular function.

SKIN CHANGE: LESS SWEATING

This seems like a no-brainer, but as the seasons move from summer to fall, the weather cools and our bodies no longer need to self-regulate their temperature through sweating. Though sweating is an important function for the body to maintain its proper balance, excessive sweating can lead to breakouts, irritation, and dry skin.

 Solution: Cleansing and Rehydrating Skin

Now that normal to excessive sweating is subsiding, its time to cleanse skin from bacteria and toxins in a gentle way, restoring skin’s pH balance and re-hydrating environmentally damaged summer skin. Use cleansers that have anti-inflammatory ingredients such as chamomile and gentle hydrators that are all-natural.

The latest advances in regenerative medicine – also known as stem cell therapy – have a proven track record in addressing skin damage, from dry skin to sun damage to wrinkles. For optimal results, look for skincare products that utilize this technology and are supported by clinical studies proving their efficacy.

Stemology skincare has all the products your clients need to help transition their skin from summer to fall, including Cell Revive Brightening Serum, clinically proven to reduce hyperpigmentation in as little as 14 days.* For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/.

~Contributed by Dr. Hal Simeroth, CTO and Founder of Stemology Skincare

Sources: Refinery29, Huffington Post

*Study results on file. Stemology skincare and its affiliates do not guarantee results. Results may vary.


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Beauty Trend: Multitasking Products

We Live in a 25/7 World

That’s not a typo. Living 24/7 is so last year. Consumers are now living in a twenty-five / seven world, striving to navigate a fast-paced life while achieving more in less time. The 25/7 movement, coined by WGSN trend forecasting, is about consumers trying to reclaim an extra hour a day in their lives to pause and relax. In the beauty industry, this translates into an increase in demand for multitasking products that will help consumers achieve more in their already time-squeezed lives.

In the past, multitasking beauty products were limited to lipstick that moisturized or a body wash/shampoo combination, in other words, products that didn’t show significant results or changes in the skin. However, today, thanks to improved technology, new ingredients, and cutting-edge formulations, using products that multitask does not mean you have to sacrifice efficacy for efficiency.

These efficacious and efficient 25/7 beauty solutions are real and available now!

Think serums that not only fight one or two signs of aging, but up to 12 signs of facial aging!

Think overnight moisturizers that exfoliate and hydrate, leaving skin looking better upon waking up than it did going to sleep.

Think daytime moisturizers that combine SPF, foundation, hydration and anti-aging properties, saving users time and money.

Think efficacious mask formulas that require less time on the face for increased tightening, lifting and cleansing results.

WGSN sites that consumers are now “prosumers” (professional consumers) who like to know more about their beauty products, the ingredients and what each product can do for them as they try to claw “me time” back from their time-pressured lives. A study published in SkinInc reported that 54% of women surveyed want skincare to be “all natural,” with 59% reporting that they read beauty product ingredient labels prior to purchase. So not only does the beauty industry need to take into consideration putting more multitasking products on the market, but also ensuring that they are natural and formulated with safe ingredients.

Stemology Skincare offers numerous multi-tasking skincare products utilizing natural ingredients and clinically proven formulas. Stemology’s Cell Revive Serum Complete is a breakthrough formula that addresses all the signs of facial aging, including fine lines and wrinkles, skin elasticity, firmness and tightness, skin tone, pore refinement, skin thickness, collagen, and free radical damage.

For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/.

*Contributed by Lori Jacobus, CMO of Stemology Skincare

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Sunglasses Prevent Grow's Feet

Can Wearing Sunglasses Help Prevent Crow’s Feet?

Causes And Solutions For Eye Area Wrinkles

Crow’s feet are the branching wrinkles on the outer corner of a person’s eye, which can abstractly resemble a bird’s footprint. Crow’s feet become more visible than other wrinkles because the skin around the eyes is much thinner. This thinner skin does not have the same structure as the thicker skin on your face and body that helps keep those areas firm. This thinner skin has less elasticity and is therefore more prone to sagging and wrinkling.

The Causes

The causes of crow’s feet around the eyes are the same as what causes wrinkles on other parts of the face. As we age, the skin’s ability to produce elastin and collagen slows. Elastin and collagen are vitally important in helping to keep skin smooth, supple and resilient to wrinkles. As collagen and elastin break down, skin loses its strength and elasticity, resulting in the development of noticeable deep creases, fine lines and wrinkles, including crow’s feet.

Additional factors can make crow’s feet worse, including:

  • Squinting: Any habitual facial expression can eventually cause a wrinkle in the areas of the face that are involved. With squinting, the eye area is the main expression area.
  • Smiling: Though smiling may seem like it is primarily concentrated around your mouth area, it actually can take up to 26 of the 43 muscles in the face to smile…and that includes muscles around your eyes.
  • Sun Damage: Sun damage is the #1 cause of aging, with some citing it as the cause of 90% of skin’s visible aging.
  • Sleeping: Habitually sleeping on your side can cause fine lines to appear where your face hits the pillow.
  • Free Radical Damage: Free radicals, found in the environment and in sun exposure, can cause changes to your skin at a cellular level that lead to aging.
  • Increased Salt Intake. If you have been eating a lot of salty food, it can cause skin to inflame, thin and become puffy, leading to an exaggerated appearance of fine lines including crow’s feet.

The Solutions

Sunglasses will help prevent squinting, which in turn will help prevent crow’s feet. They also block out UV rays and help prevent photo and free radical damage in the thinner, more sensitive skin around the eye area. However, the glasses you wear must have proper UV protection. Look for glasses that specifically have a UV filter in the lens, which should be denoted by a small sticker on the glasses. Wrap-around sunglass styles offer the best protection followed by glasses with large frames. The more area the glasses cover, the more skin you will protect.

Wearing sunscreen year round, with a particular concentration on the nose and around the eye area. Sun exposure has unequivocally been proven to cause wrinkles and advanced aging in skin. Find an advanced sunscreen that not only protects skin against the sun, but also helps repair skin and increase its health and strength. By wearing sunscreen everyday, you will not only reduce skin aging, but also the risk of skin cancer.

 Stay hydrated. Remind your clients to drink eight to 12 glasses of water a day to help flush toxins out of the body and rejuvenate your skin.

Use a good eye serum or cream. Look for one that is multi tasking, clinically proven and formulated with natural ingredients. We recommend Stemology’s Cell Revive Eye Serum Complete. In a 28 day clinical test, 87% of subjects reported a significant decrease in the appearance of crow’s feet.*

What else? While smiling can definitely cause smile lines around the eyes, we absolutely recommend it. Just put prevention into practice with the solutions listed above, and you and your clinets can continue to smile and light up the world without worrying about what it might be doing to contribute to crow’s feet.

For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/.

Sources: Yahoo! Beauty, Women’s Health

 *Results vary. Study results on file.

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Hyperpigmentation

Top Ingredients for Fighting Hyperpigmentation

Ingredients To Help Achieve a More Even Skin Tone

The essence of younger looking skin is radiance. It’s that rosy glow that children have naturally. And the older you get, the less radiant your skin becomes. You see, attaining a brighter complexion isn’t easy. The process requires two specific steps: exfoliation to remove discoloration and melanin inhibitors to limit hyperpigmentation. Two steps to radiance – one without the other is simply not good enough. That’s why one-step lighteners and brighteners just don’t work.

Here’s what to look for to get the most out of your brightening products:

  1. Natural Exfoliators: Lemon, orange and sugar are all great natural exfoliants to look for in a good brightening product. Lemon and orange are acidic which naturally exfoliates skin while sugar works manually to exfoliate as you rub the product on your face. Bonus – Because exfoliation naturally thickens skin and improves circulation, your pores will look smoother and more refined!
  2. AHA/BHA also known as Alpha Hydroxy Acid and Beta Hydroxy Acid or Salicylic acid are not only great for helping increase cell turnover, they also aid in the reduction of the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles! Each of the acids provides its own unique benefits, and when formulated properly, is an anti-aging powerhouse duo.
  3. Melanin and Tyrosinase Inhibitors: Cell turnover is one thing, but keeping cells lighter longer is the real trick. Look for melanin and tyrosinase inhibitors like vitamin C, ascorbic acid or alpha lipoic acid that reduce the look of pigmentation and help new cells start lighter and stay more radiant longer.
  4. Hydroquinone alternatives are essential ingredients in safe, natural lightening products. Hydroquinone is one of the most common – and most controversial – ingredients in skin lightening products. You’ve about the potential dangers of hydroquinone before. So make sure your lightening products do not contain hydroquinone. We always say, better safe than sorry, especially when it’s an ingredient that has been banned in most countries outside of the USA.
  5. Emollients are ingredients that soften skin and seal in moisture. Exfoliation and lightening agents can be drying to the skin. Make sure your lightening and brightening products contain emollients that rehydrate skin and prevent dehydration and further damage.
  6. Antioxidants help defend the skin against free radical damage (think sun, smoke, and pollution) that lead to dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Look for ingredients like Retinol, green tea and vitamin C, all great natural antioxidants that are good for skin.
  7. Stem Cell Technology, like Stemology’s proprietary StemCore-3, which delivers long-term results by combining human stem cells (ethically gathered from certified adult donors), plant stem cells and ingredient “helpers” to provide a highly effective hyperpigmentation reducer.

Still having a hard time finding a skincare product that includes all these ingredients, try Stemology’s Cell Revive Brightening Serum. It delivers brighter, more radiant skin in just 14 days, with even more dramatic improvement after 42 days. And Cell Revive Brightening Serum is 100% hydroquinone and ubiquinone free!

For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/.

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5 Tips to Selling Skincare

Your Guide To Selling Skincare!

Late last month we were delighted to announce our newest partnership with PCA Skincare! In light of our recent launch, we thought it appropriate to review some important features of creating a successful retail plan when selling skincare in your aesthetic practice.

When we do our annual survey of over 2,500 aesthetic practices, year after year we find that most of our members have not maximized their earning potential with retail sales.  On average, at least 10% or more, of a medical spa’s revenue should come from retail sales…this is often not the case (and this varies for physician offices).  Regardless of whether you come from a medical spa or you’re a part of an aesthetic physician’s office, we’ve included five tips to sell skincare more effectively and to help you increase your overall retail sales.

  1. Choose the products your patients want & need! Consider your target demographic and identify what types of products they want. Also consider geographic location—if you’re in sunny southern California, sunscreens and skin repair products are in high demand.  Alternatively, if you cater to a younger, health-conscious customer, you may want to consider adding a completely natural or organic skincare line to your offering.  It’s also worthwhile to review product ingredients as not every skincare line will contain the active ingredients that actually provide the benefits that many brands claim to offer.  Due-diligence is key!  Finally, a good skincare strategy requires that you choose only a select group of retail products that match your brand (in terms of your customer and price point) and don’t confuse the customer.  You’ll more than likely scare someone from a sale if they have to look through ten product lines to identify which one they should take home!  Make it an easy decision and stock three brands or less to remove confusion.
  1. Show off your goods! Where do you generally ‘showcase’ the products you sell? If not properly displayed, then it’s time to make some changes.  All of your products should be on display somewhere in the waiting or reception area.  In addition, remember to keep things C&S (clean and simple).  Don’t put loads of stock on a showcase – just what is necessary to show the range of products you offer. Vendor sales representatives can always help you with merchandising if you don’t think you have an ‘eye’ for design!
  1. If you don’t mention it, they won’t ask. Don’t expect your customers to buy the retail products you put on display, JUST because they’re on display.  Be sure to drive patients to ask about your offering.  You can do this through your digital marketing, signage, and sampling.  Your vendor sales reps will also help you to coordinate events around their brands, they’ll provide signage, and will generally help with a number of marketing tactics to help you get creative to create demand for the products you offer.
  1. Present your products using the most effective sales tool in your practice. I’m not talking about how you present the products when you place them on the shelves or the presentation you may give at a special product event.  This type of presentation is how your employees present themselves when they walk into work every day after having used the products you offer.  Your staff members are walking testimonials to the treatments you offer and the products you sell, so make it available to them!  When a prospective customer sees your receptionist’s glowing skin at the front desk and gives a compliment or asks a question about a product, she’ll be there to save the day and get the sale!  This probably isn’t the type of “presentation” you had in mind, although both types are necessary!
  1. Sell only the products you use. ALWAYS consider what types of back bar products you use when you offer retail solutions. This is extremely self-explanatory and MANDATORY although so many manufacturers don’t offer it and aesthetic providers don’t do it.  If you offer a PCA peel in conjunction with LED light therapy, PCA Skincare and handheld lights, like LightStim, should be in the front office available to customers.  The best way to sell products is to treat your customer/patient with a product(s) and provide them the opportunity to get better results by using it at home. Take this one step further and consider giving a free post-treatment skincare kit to customers to ensure they’ll get the results they desire AND will come back to you for more!

Jamie Parrott, MBA, Vice President & COO, MedResults Network

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Work Like a Dog Day

5 Tips to Reduce the Work of an Aesthetic Provider!

In honor of national “Work Like a Dog Day” (yes, that’s a thing) we decided it would be helpful to outline five simple ways to make your day easier so that you DON’T HAVE TO work like a dog (although we love to honor our hardest workers)!  Everyone knows that in an aesthetic practice, whether you’re a very large or small practice, most employees wear many hats.  As multi-tasking is common procedure for the typical aesthetic business, below are five simple ways to alleviate yourself or your staff today, tomorrow, and hopefully every day in the future.

  • Prioritize your tasks. Define what’s most important for you to accomplish and DO IT FIRST.  So often we spend the first part of our day, which should be the most productive, on remedial tasks that are easy to complete, but don’t add value to the business.  These tasks may make us feel like we’ve accomplished something worthwhile when in reality, the most critical tasks are left undone.
  • Don’t take short cuts…short cuts are never shorter. Temptation in the typical aesthetic practice may include skipping documentation & proper charting, selling a cosmetic Rx without a prescription, or sending patient information through a mobile phone or unsecured system.  All of these choices may save a little time, but could eventually affect the health of a patient, your HIPAA compliance, or your overall compliance with a state board and/or state and federal regulations…all of which, will take up more time to resolve in the future.
  • Delegate the tasks that others can do just as well (if not better). I’ve been to a number of aesthetic practices where I’ve met a physician with an outstanding team only to find out that the physician prefers to manage most aspects of the practice alone.  Managing ‘marketing, purchasing, and scheduling’ is not a one-person job—nor should the key providers in a practice be doing ALL of this independently.  Save yourself the time and delegate.  You’ll free up your time for high-revenue treatments which makes you not only more efficient, but more profitable!
  • Lean on groups (of similar practices) for help & advice. This doesn’t mean I expect you to become best friends with your competitor down the street.  Find a buying group, an educational network, or association to keep you up to date with current treatments, best practices and cost-savings.  Buying groups and GPOs (like MedResults Network) take the headache out of purchasing by negotiating for benefits on products and services so you don’t have to.  Organizations like ASPS, ASAPS, ADAM, etc. offer networking and educational opportunities that you can use in your practice to improve process efficiencies.
  • USE YOUR NETWORKS. Did you read number 4?  The most common mistake I see aesthetic practices make daily, is when they sign up for a buying group or trade organization and they NEVER use the benefits available to them!  Think how much time you could save by using forums to find answers to your questions, by relying on a buying group to help you secure your cost-savings from a wide range of vendors and by attending educational conferences to improve your performance.

This all sounds like added work, but by incorporating each of these steps into your daily/monthly routine (and mindset), you’ll save time and money AND you’ll be operating ethically, legally, and more profitably.

Jamie Parrott, MBA, Vice President & COO, MedResults Network

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The Facts On Sunscreen Safety

Not All Sunscreens Are Created Equal

As a professional in the aesthetics community, you already that not all sunscreens are created equal. In fact, some can be downright harmful to your skin and health. With summer in full swing, we’re sizing up sunscreens and taking a look at what should and should not be in them. Read on for our healthy and safe sunscreen recommendations.

A Safe Sunscreen Should…

  • Be all natural and formulated with mineral sunscreens, such as Zinc Oxide. Zinc Oxide is one of the safest ingredients for protecting the skin against harmful UV rays that can penetrate the skin and damage tissue. It is also effective in healing the skin and is an excellent astringent.
  • Be broad spectrum. This means that it protects the skin against both UVA and UVB rays. Both UVA and UVB rays are responsible for sunburns, with UVA rays being the ones that can get down into the underlying layers of skin causing wrinkling, aging and sometimes skin cancer.
  • Be a lotion, not a spray. Spray sunscreens pose an inhalation risk and may not provide a thick and even coating on the skin. So forego the convenience in favor of skin health and pick a lotion sunscreen.
  • Do more than just protect your skin from the sun. A good sunscreen is multifunctional with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection as well as being anti-inflammatory, hydrating and delivering anti-aging benefits.

 A Safe Sunscreen Should NOT…

  • Be formulated with Oxybenzone is an endocrine disruptor, which can affect the nervous system. It has also been linked to cancer in some laboratory studies. And it reported to cause the release of free-radicals when exposed to the sun.
  • Have a sky-high SPF value. Chose a sunscreen with an SPF, or sunburn protection factor, of around 30. Higher SPF values don’t necessarily offer greater protection against UV-related skin damage. Recently the FDA determined that high SPF claims may be “inherently misleading” and proposed to cap SPF values at 50+. However, the rule has not been finalized yet.
  • Contain retinol palmitate, or Vitamin A. This antioxidant combats skin again, however may scientists say that it can trigger the development of skin tumors and lesions when used on skin the presence of sunlight.
  • Be formulated with harmful chemicals such as parabens, phthalates, PEG’s (polyethylene glycols), propylene Glycol, phenoxyethanol, or SLS/SLES.

Stemology Skincare offers a suite of sun care products including Cell Renew SunVeil™ Complete OneTint™ Moisturizer SPF 17, a multifunctional, 3-in-1 formula that delivers deep hydration to skin, while Full Spectrum SPF 17 defends against harmful UVA/UVB rays, and Cell Renew EnviroExpose Repair and Restore Crème, a revolutionary formula featuring a unique blend of cell nutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory agents that has clinically proven ingredients to reduce skin inflammation by 31%*.

For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/.

Sources: Safe Mama, Live Strong, EWG

Contributed by Dr. Hal Simeroth, Chief Technical Officer for Stemology Skincare

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MedResults Network And PCA Skin Form National Partnership

MedResults Members Now Have Access To An Exclusive Loyalty/Rebate Program Through PCA Skin

July 26, 2016

Today MedResults Network, the nation’s largest buying network for aesthetic medical providers and medical spas, announced their new national partnership with PCA SKIN®, the originator of advanced blended chemical peels.  For over 25 years PCA SKIN® has been a trusted industry leader in the development of effective in-office skincare treatments for aesthetic medical professionals as well as a recognized quality brand of skincare products for patients.  MedResults Network’s 2,500 aesthetic members now have preferred access to the entire PCA product line and education programs.

Founded in 1990 by an aesthetician and developed by a dermatologist, PCA SKIN is grounded on three core pillars: product innovation, excellence in education and unparalleled customer support.  Originally founded on the modified and enhanced Jessner’s peel, PCA SKIN has spent the last two decades expanding their portfolio to include treatment options for all skin types, ethnicities and conditions. Over one million PCA SKIN peels are performed globally each year.

PCA SKIN has led the industry in skin health education, teaching clinicians globally in the physiology of the skin and the safe and effective application of chemical peels.  Their entire customer support team consists of licensed aestheticians who combine aesthetic education and business development for their providers.

In addition to their line of advanced chemical peels, PCA SKIN® has a full skincare product portfolio which provides comprehensive solutions for all different skin types and conditions.

When asked about the partnership Jamie Parrott, Vice President and COO of MedResults Network stated:

“After a year and a half of due diligence to ensure that our members have access to the best skincare products in the industry, we couldn’t be more excited to partner with PCA SKIN.  Their focus on quality and efficacy are above and beyond industry standards. We are also highly impressed that in addition to being the leaders in advanced chemical peels, they offer the best solutions to address a wide variety of skin types and conditions through their products specifically developed for at home use by patients. I’m confident based on my own personal results using the PCA skincare line that we’ve made the best decision for our network.  MedResults Network members have long asked for a trusted source for medical-grade cosmeceuticals and we’re delighted to announce that we can now provide them with the best through PCA SKIN.”

Josh DeBlasio, Vice President of Sales at PCA Skin was also quoted:

“We at PCA SKIN are thrilled with our new partnership with the MedResults Network.  Recently, we were recognized as one of the fastest growing professional skincare companies and there are now more than 1,000,000 PCA SKIN chemical peels performed annually.  Our commitment to innovation, education, growth and our customer-centric approach aligns very closely with MRN and their core values.  We believe this partnership will bring enhanced value to both companies’ customer base and we are excited to launch this partnership to the aesthetic community.”

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​About the MedResults Network
MedResults Network is an organization based on saving our members time and money! Using the buying power of our 2,500 members, we’ve negotiated with over 50+ national vendors to bring aesthetic providers discounts and rebates on the products and services they use daily.  MedResults Network is the only national buying group that offers benefits at no cost to members, with no risk, and with the opportunity for members to continue purchasing directly from their preferred manufacturers and distributors.

Company Contact Information

Jamie Parrott, VP & COO  •  MedResults Network  •  Jamie@medresultsnetwork.com  •  844-799-2384

Company Info:

PCA SKIN  •  6710 E Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251  •  844-722-2428

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Help Your Clients Stop Summer Sunburn

Smarter Choices This Summer for Healthier Skin

 You’ve seen it time and time again in you spa or medical practice. For many clients, summer sun can lead to summer sunburn. And while wearing a broad-spectrum SPF is a no-brainer to help prevent sun damage; healthy skin this summer (and all year round) is not just about putting on sunscreen! It’s also about stopping inflammation.

Inflammation is a stress reaction of the immune system for any reason – from sunburns to an infection. And it is also a key culprit scientists are studying for its involvement in everything from obesity to heart disease to depression. Help your clients learn that preventing sunburn is more than just putting on sunscreen with these inflammation-fighting tips.

Mind What You Eat

What you put into your body is as important as what you put on your body when it comes to preventing and fighting inflammation. Incorporate some of these super-foods into your diet this summer to help protect your body from inflammation.

  • Broccoli a Vitamin C powerhouse and a good source of calcium
  • Hemp Oil and other omega-3 fatty acids also contain gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) to further fight inflammation. Remember to look for the unrefined organic oils.
  • Tart Cherries reduce inflammation ten times better than aspirin!
  • Spinach contains plenty of carotenoids, one kind of inflammation-reducing antioxidant.
  • Pineapple contains bromelain, an antioxidant that boosts your immunity naturally.

Incorporate a Healthy Lifestyle

To truly prevent inflammation as much as possible, you’ll need to take action and change aspects of your lifestyle too.

  • Exercise Regularly, at least two and a half hours of moderate exercise each week has been shown to lower markers of inflammation by at least 12 percent.
  • Get a Massage. Research suggests that a 45-minute massage can lower your levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines.
  • Take Supplements, such as vitamin D and fish oil. In the lab, vitamin D shows a significant anti-inflammatory effect on cells. Fish Oil has been shown to decrease the need for anti-inflammatory drugs in some patients.

Be Conscious Of What You Put On Your Skin

  • Reduce your exposure to toxins by using natural products, especially in your skin care. When your immune system encounters foreign substances – including environmental toxins – it can react by creating inflammation.
  • Look for antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients in your products that will help reduce and prevent free-radical damage, which can lead to inflammation.
  • Utilize the latest innovations in skincare, like stem cell technology, which has a clinically proven record of successful skin rejuvenation, from burn victims to fine lines and wrinkles.

Stemology Skincare offers a suite of sun care products including Cell Renew SunVeil™ Complete OneTint™ Moisturizer SPF 17, a multifunctional, 3-in-1 formula that delivers deep hydration to skin, while Full Spectrum SPF 17 defends against harmful UVA/UVB rays, and Cell Renew EnviroExpose Repair and Restore Crème, a revolutionary formula featuring a unique blend of cell nutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory agents that has clinically proven ingredients to reduce skin inflammation by 31%*.

For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/.

 Sources: Body Ecology, LiveStrong, MindBodyGreen

*Study results on file.

Contributed by Dr. Hal Simeroth, Chief Technical Officer for Stemology Skincare

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Stacked Protocols

A Cumulative Treatment Approach

Peanut butter is better with jelly. The taste of Italian food is enhanced by wine. Music sounds better when played through good speakers. You get it. One thing is good, but when you pair it with a complimentary item it becomes great. Such is the way in esthetics with stacked protocols.

A stacked protocol combines two or more products and/or technologies for a cumulative treatment approach. This dual-action method is ideal for any client looking for visible and immediate anti-aging results on the skin. A combination of a state-of-the-art delivery system, with cutting edge science in anti-aging, all natural skin care formulation, can take results from great to amazing!

Stacked protocols start with efficacious, professional skincare products. Look for products that are scientifically backed by clinical studies that prove results. Check the manufacturer claims and ask for their study summaries. Also commit to natural, organic and-cruelty free products. It is possible to find products that deliver amazing results as well as being chemical-free, paraben-free, non-GMO and vegan!

Once you have a safe, proven anti-aging skincare line in place, you can combine those formulations with proven, effective delivery systems for amazing stacked protocol results, without the serious down time of lasers, and more invasive procedures.

Micro-Needling

Micro-needling is a treatment that utilizes a tool called a dermaroller which creates tiny pinpricks in the skin that work like canals, allowing the topical products to reach deeper into the skin. Additionally, these tiny pinpricks signal your body to repair the skin, sending collagen to the epidermis, which helps skin become stronger, fuller and more radiant.

HydraFacial

The HydraFacial treatment promises clearer, more hydrated, younger-looking skin immediately by utilizing a machine with a double-helix like vacuuming action to exfoliate dead skin cells and rid the skin of excess oil. HydraFacial prides itself on being just as aggressive as chemical peels, microderabrasion and manual extractions—without the irritation.

SculpSure Body Contouring System

SculpSure is a non-invasive body contouring system for the reduction of stubborn fat in areas such as the abdomen and love handles. Clinical trials show an average of a 24% reduction in fat volume after a single treatment. Combine this system with a facial protocol for a full-body beauty treatment.

Stemology Skincare offers three stacked protocol facials including the HydraFacial, which combines Stemology professional products with the hydradermabrasion chemical peel; Youth Activating Facial, which combines Stemology professional products with a dermaroller for better product penetration; and SculpSure Body Contouring, which combines a fat-reducing body treatment with an anti-aging facial.

For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/.

Contributed by Dr. Hal Simeroth, Chief Technical Officer for Stemology Skincare

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Summer Vacation Travel Essentials

Ensure a Quick Trip Through the TSA CheckPoint

As aesthetic and beauty professionals, traveling with tons of beauty products is a given. Chances are you can’t leave home without at least your favorite cleanser, toner, treatment product (or three), eye serum, scrub, day moisturizer, night moisturizer, maybe a mask, hand lotion, body lotion and lip gloss at a minimum. But getting these items through security can be a nightmare. To help maximize your time enjoying the moment, and keep your summer vacation relaxing, we’ve got 10 tips for traveling beautifully.

  1. Know what qualifies. The Transportation Safety Administration’s (TSA) definition of a liquid includes liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes. Each passenger can bring one quart-sized bag only of these liquids through the TSA checkpoint.
  2. Transfer your liquids. Let’s face it, the majority of personal care products fall into the TSA’s definition of a liquid substance. However most of them do not fall into their size restrictions. If you are carrying-on your bag, each “liquid” item must be in a travel-sized container that is 3.4 ounces (100.55 ml) or less. So, we’ve gotten pretty good at transferring our products into alternative bottles.
  3. Pair down for carry-on. The TSA allows for more liquids to be included in checked luggage. So, only bring your necessities onto the flight with you. Our top items include a good hand lotion, uber hydrating moisturizer (traveling is terribly dehydrating to skin!), lip-gloss, toothpaste and toothbrush, dry shampoo and deodorant.
  4. Get a cute liquids bag. If you are carrying-on, TSA asks that you place your liquid items in a 1-quart sized clear bag for ease of screening. So, before you reach for that Ziploc, consider a cuter option, like one of these from Flight 001, because you can be stylish and functional at the same time.
  5. Know what isn’t included. Exemptions to the liquid carry on rule are medications and infant and child nourishments. Clearly label any medication to help facilitate the screening process and remove any liquid medications from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings.
  6. Check larger liquid items. Any non-flammable liquid, gel or aerosol personal care products that are larger than 3.4 oz/100.55 ml are allowed in your checked luggage. So, stow your serums, hairspray and contact solution here. And remember, aerosol sprays are prohibited, even in carry on, for some International fights so be sure to double check your carrier just to be sure.
  7. Keep the mood lighting in your checked bag. Gel-type candles are permitted in checked luggage. However all matches and lighters with fluid are prohibited in checked baggage. But, not to worry, you can include one book of safety (non-strike anywhere) matches in your carry-on bag.
  8. Sharp item rules have been updated. A few years back, tweezers, sewing scissors and razors had to be packed in checked luggage. However, newer revisions to the “sharp items” rules allow travelers with carry-on luggage to include small scissors (less than four inches, measured from the fulcrum), tweezers and disposable razors. Safety razors with blades and razor-type blades are only allowed in checked luggage.
  9. Security regulations vary by country. If you are traveling internationally, make sure to check your destination country’s travel laws. Though most of the European Union, as well as Australia, Japan, Singapore, Iceland and Norway, have airport security rules similar to the United States, it’s always smart to check with the country you are visiting before packing.
  10. Be friendly with the TSA agents. It is the traveler’s responsibility to be knowledgeable and prepared when packing for vacation. But with all the rules, things can easily get missed. At the end of the day, whether you can take an item with you on vacation or not is up to the TSA agent you are working with. So always remember to be patient and kind in your dealings with them.

 Stemology makes skincare travel easy with their Travel Skincare Essentials. Keep skin looking its vibrant best, even when you travel. We all know that traveling can wreak havoc on our skin (can the air on a plane be any drier??), but with Stemology’s TSA approved Travel Skincare Essentials, beautiful skin is always within reach.

Planning ahead and packing properly can facilitate the screening process and ease your travel experience at the airport.

 For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/.

Contributed by Lori Jacobus, CMO of Stemology Skincare

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Spring Clean Your Skin

Spring Renewal, Skin Renewal 

Contributed By: Lori Jacobus, Chief Marketing Officer for Stemology Skincare

We spring clean our house. We spring clean our wardrobe. We spring clean our diet. So, why not spring clean our skin? Spring is all about purging the things that no longer serve us and incorporating new products, techniques and habits that help us rejuvenate, renew and refresh. Here are our 10 tips to spring clean your skin this year.

  1. Wash your makeup brushes. While we are assuming you are following our previous advice of washing your makeup brushes once a week to avoid product and bacterial build up, spring is the perfect time for a deep cleaning. If your normal routine includes a quick-dry spray cleaner, take the time now to do a full soap and water wash on your brushes.
  2. Exfoliate your elbows and heels. Tank tops and flip-flops are cute and comfortable summer wardrobe staples. Make sure your elbows and heels are prepared for their reveal by regularly exfoliating them. Follow with a heavy cream moisturizer day and night.
  3. Throw out any expired products. Most people don’t realize that skincare products expire just like food and other perishable items. Review the label on your products for specific expiration times. If you can’t find an expiration date, a good rule of thumb is to toss out any products that have been open for 12 months or longer.
  4. Book a professional treatment. Start springtime out right by having a professional esthetician assess your skin. A good facial will take off the layer of dull dead skin cells, revealing the beautiful new skin beneath. Then ask your esthetician about their recommendations for changing up your at-home products for spring (see below).
  5. Transition your skincare routine. As we all know, seasonality in skincare is equally as important as seasonality in fashion. Just like you are switching out your pants for shorts, switch out your heavy moisturizer for a lighter one.
  6. Stock up on new sunscreen. Purge last year’s sunscreen collection and start anew with the ultimate SPF arsenal. Our sunscreen defense team includes a daily moisturizer with SPF, a water-resistant sunscreen for exercise, a spray on high-SPF sunscreen for days at the beach and a sunscreen lotion for our face and more sensitive areas on our body.
  7. Pamper the skin all over your body. Say hello to spring with a rejuvenating full body massage. Ask your masseuse to work out all the kinks of a winter indoors and walk into this new season renewed from head to toe.
  8. Invest in professional hair removal. When spring arrives that means summer – and bathing suit season – is just around the corner. Now is the time to invest in professional hair removal treatments like laser or electrolysis, which can take a few months to see full results.
  9. Get new sunnies. The number one cause of crow’s feet is squinting. So, with longer days and shorter nights, make sure your eyes are protected. And what a great excuse to invest in a new pair of sunglasses!
  10. Lighten up your makeup. Spring is about being light and natural. Lighten up your foundation. Switch out your darker blushes for more coral and pink tones. And ditch your dark red lips for nudes and naturals.

Are you ready to spring clean your skin?

 For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/.

 

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Here Comes The Sun

Do You Know Sunscreen Fact from Fiction?

Contributed By: Dr. Hal Simeroth

We all know that excessive sun exposure can be bad for our skin and our health. But, there are many myths surrounding sunscreen and sun exposure that continue to linger. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, each year more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States, and the sun’s UV rays cause more than 90% of those. Test your summer sun knowledge with our Sunscreen Fact or Fiction quiz.

 

Fact or Fiction: Most of the skin damage we associate with aging – wrinkles, discoloration, sagging – is UV related and can be prevented.

Fact! According to a recent study, up to 80% of skin aging can be blamed on UV ray exposure.

 

Fact or Fiction: A few sunburns over a lifetime won’t hurt you.

Fiction! Even one, single sunburn can increase your risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. And suffering five or more sunburns doubles your lifetime risk!

 

Fact or Fiction: You should apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you go outside.

Fact! Apply at least one ounce of sunscreen to your body at least 30 minutes prior to going outside. Then reapply every two hours, after swimming and after excessive sweating. If you are planning on being outdoors more than usual, use a water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

 

Fact or Fiction: If you get out of the sun when you skin starts to turn red, you should be okay.

Fiction! Act quickly at the first sign of skin reddening. Get out of the sun and start treatment. Sunburns can take up to six hours for symptoms to develop. Blisters can develop hours or even days after a particularly bad sunburn. So if you’re seeing red, chances are it will only get worse.

 

Fact or Fiction: Flu-like symptoms can be signs of sunburn.

Fact! Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, chills, nausea, headache and weakness, can all be caused by sunburn. These symptoms can appear within a few hours or a few days after sunburn occurs.

 

Fact or Fiction: There isn’t a medicine that can help your sunburn heal.

Fiction! Take a dose of ibuprofen at the first sign of sunburn and keep it up for the next 48 hours. This will reduce swelling and redness, and may even prevent some long-term skin damage.

 

Fact or Fiction: Peeling skin is your body’s way of attempting to rid itself of damaged cells.

Fact! Peeling and itching are some of the last signs of sunburn and your body’s way to rid itself of sun-damaged cells. Reduce the urge to scratch and pick at skin. It will only make the healing process take longer and could permanently scar your skin.

 

Your best strategy for saving your skin is prevention, attention and action (PAA). What are you doing to prepare for the summer sun? Tell us in the comments.

Additional Sources: Skin Cancer Foundation, Daily Mail

 

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