How to apply sunscreen

How to apply sunscreen

How to apply sunscreen

Sunscreen can protect your skin against skin cancer and premature aging. However, it is not as effective unless it’s applied correctly. Follow these tips from board-certified dermatologists when applying sunscreen.

Sunscreen can protect your skin against skin cancer and premature aging. However, it is not as effective unless it’s applied correctly. Follow these tips from dermatologists when applying sunscreen:

  1. Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher, is water resistant, and provides broad-spectrum coverage, which means it protects you from UVA and UVB rays. Follow these helpful tips when selecting a sunscreen.
  2. Apply sunscreen before going outdoors. It takes approximately 15 minutes for your skin to absorb the sunscreen and protect you. If you wait until you are in the sun to apply sunscreen, your skin is unprotected and can burn.
  3. Use enough sunscreen. Most adults need about 1 ounce — or enough to fill a shot glass — to fully cover their body. Rub the sunscreen thoroughly into your skin.
  4. Apply sunscreen to all bare skin. Remember your neck, face, ears, tops of your feet and legs. For hard‐to‐reach areas like your back, ask someone to help you or use a spray sunscreen. If you have thinning hair, either apply sunscreen to your scalp or wear a wide‐brimmed hat. To protect your lips, apply a lip balm with a SPF of at least 15.
  5. To remain protected when outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours, or immediately after swimming or sweating. People who get sunburned usually didn’t use enough sunscreen, didn’t reapply it after being in the sun, or used an expired product. Your skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays every time you go outside, even on cloudy days and in the winter. So whether you are on vacation or taking a brisk fall walk in your neighborhood, remember to use sunscreen. For more skin cancer prevention tips, see a board-certified dermatologist.

People who get sunburned usually didn’t use enough sunscreen, didn’t reapply it after being in the sun, or used an expired product.

Your skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays every time you go outside, even on cloudy days and in the winter. So whether you are on vacation or taking a brisk fall walk in your neighborhood, remember to use sunscreen.


Prevent skin cancer

Prevent skin cancer

Skin cancer prevention

Follow these tips to protect your skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure and reduce your risk of skin cancer.

Follow these tips to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays and reduce your risk of skin cancer:

  • Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.
  • Wear sun-protective clothing, such as a lightweight and long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection, when possible. For more effective sun protection, select clothing with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) label.
  • Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Broad-spectrum sunscreen provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
    • Use sunscreen whenever you are going to be outside, even on cloudy days.
    • Apply enough sunscreen to cover all skin not covered by clothing. Most adults need about 1 ounce — or enough to fill a shot glass — to fully cover their body.
    • Don’t forget to apply to the tops of your feet, your neck, your ears and the top of your head.
  • When outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
  • Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand, as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.
  • Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from tanning beds can cause skin cancer and premature skin aging.
  • Consider using a self-tanning product if you want to look tan, but continue to use sunscreen with it.
  • Perform regular skin self-exams to detect skin cancer early, when it’s most treatable, and see a board-certified dermatologist if you notice new or suspicious spots on your skin, or anything changing, itching or bleeding.
A tan is a sign that your skin has been injured

Whether you’re exposed to the sun’s UV rays or visit an indoor tanning salon, every time you tan, your skin is damaged. As this damage builds, you speed up the aging of your skin and increase your risk for all types of skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.


11 ways to reduce premature skin aging

11 ways to reduce premature skin aging

Many things cause our skin to age. Some things we cannot do anything about; others we can influence.

One thing that we cannot change is the natural aging process. It plays a key role. With time, we all get visible lines on our face. It is natural for our face to lose some of its youthful fullness. We notice our skin becoming thinner and drier. Our genes largely control when these changes occur. The medical term for this type of aging is “intrinsic aging.”

We can influence another type of aging that affects our skin. Our environment and lifestyle choices can cause our skin to age prematurely. The medical term for this type of aging is “extrinsic aging.” By taking some preventive actions, we can slow the effects that this type of aging has on our skin.

How to prevent premature skin aging

As people age, it’s natural to experience thinner, drier skin and an increase in wrinkles and other signs of aging. However, your environment and lifestyle choices can sometimes cause your skin to age prematurely. To prevent premature skin aging, board-certified dermatologists recommend following these simple tips.

11 ways to reduce premature skin aging

The sun plays a major role in prematurely aging our skin. Other things that we do also can age our skin more quickly than it naturally would. To help their patients prevent premature skin aging, dermatologists offer their patients the following tips.

  1. Protect your skin from the sun every day. Whether spending a day at the beach or running errands, sun protection is essential. You can protect your skin by seeking shade, covering up with sun-protective clothing — such as a lightweight and long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses with UV protection — and using sunscreen that is broad-spectrum, SPF 30 (or higher), and water-resistant. You should apply sunscreen every day to all skin that is not covered by clothing. For more effective protection, look for clothing with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) label.
  2. Apply self-tanner rather than get a tan. Every time you get a tan, you prematurely age your skin. This holds true if you get a tan from the sun, a tanning bed, or other indoor tanning equipment. All emit harmful UV rays that accelerate how quickly your skin ages.
  3. If you smoke, stop. Smoking greatly speeds up how quickly skin ages. It causes wrinkles and a dull, sallow complexion.
  4. Avoid repetitive facial expressions. When you make a facial expression, you contract the underlying muscles. If you repeatedly contract the same muscles for many years, these lines become permanent. Wearing sunglasses can help reduce lines caused by squinting.
  5. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Findings from a few studies suggest that eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables may help prevent damage that leads to premature skin aging. Findings from research studies also suggest that a diet containing lots of sugar or other refined carbohydrates can accelerate aging.
  6. Drink less alcohol. Alcohol is rough on the skin. It dehydrates the skin, and in time, damages the skin. This can make us look older.
  7. Exercise most days of the week. Findings from a few studies suggest that moderate exercise can improve circulation and boost the immune system. This, in turn, may give the skin a more-youthful appearance.
  8. Cleanse your skin gently. Scrubbing your skin clean can irritate your skin. Irritating your skin accelerates skin aging. Gentle washing helps to remove pollution, makeup, and other substances without irritating your skin.
  9. Wash your face twice a day and after sweating heavily. Perspiration, especially when wearing a hat or helmet, irritates the skin, so you want to wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating.
  10. Apply a facial moisturizer every day. Moisturizer traps water in our skin, giving it a more youthful appearance.
  11. Stop using skin care products that sting or burn. When your skin burns or stings, it means your skin is irritated. Irritating your skin can make it look older.

Note: Some anti-aging products prescribed by a dermatologist may burn or sting. When using a prescription anti-aging product, this can be OK. Just be sure to let your dermatologist know.

Never too late to benefit

Even people who already have signs of premature skin aging can benefit from making lifestyle changes. By protecting your skin from the sun, you give it a chance to repair some of the damage. Smokers who stop often notice that their skin looks healthier.


We Found the 5 Best Makeup Wipes for Your Skin and the Environment

We Found the 5 Best Makeup Wipes for Your Skin and the Environment

They’ll get you hooked on that #wipelife. By Hana Hong Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission.

Makeup wipes are both a blessing and a curse. They’re the lazy girl’s best friend—the perfect go-to for nights where we simply can’t be bothered to engage in a full skincare routine. Frequent travelers on the go can also appreciate their simplicity in theory and application—they’re great for both midday touch-ups and redos. But we can’t ignore the major downside: Much like plastic straws and shopping bags, these single-use wipes have become a hot topic of criticism for their sustainable drawback. (Just think of all the wipes you’ve ever used piled in a pit somewhere.) And while the wipe-and-toss mentality is admittedly useful, it’s hard to overlook such a major environmental impact for the sake of convenience alone.

best-makeup-wipes: woman using biodegradable makeup remover wipe

Credit: Getty Images

If you’re unwilling to give up the beloved skincare essential, fret not—as the beauty community is becoming increasingly eco-conscious, more brands are churning out eco-friendly versions fashioned from plant-based fibers and biodegradable materials. You can wipe easy knowing not only where your beauty products come from, but where they’ll go when you’re done with them. Below, five options that let you reap all the benefits of cleansing wipes without dirtying your conscience. 

simple kind to skin compostable cleansing wipes

1 Simple Kind To Skin Compostable Cleansing Wipes

$6, target.com

One of the most tried-and-true wipes on drugstore shelves, these truly simple cleansing towelettes deserve all the credit they get. The brand’s best launch yet is the compostable version of its best-selling cleansing wipes. They offer the same thickness, softness, and strength, but with the bonus of being made of natural, renewable fibers derived from wood pulp.

Almay Biodegradable Micellar Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

2 Almay Biodegradable Micellar Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

$4, amazon.com

Almay’s makeup wipes are saturated in micellar water that removes even the toughest of face paint, glitter, or red lip, yet degrades naturally in the compost once you toss them out. Despite its removing strength, it’s also hypoallergenic and uber-gentle on skin, so there’s no need to rinse afterwards.

Face Halo

3 Face Halo Makeup Remover

$22 for 3, amazon.com

I know, I know—reusable makeup wipes? But hear me out—these washable fibers work with just water (the smooth side is for cleansing, while the fiber side doubles as an exfoliator) to cleanse without the need for harsh scrubbing or tugging. The plush microfiber material picks up dirt easily and whisks away even the most stubborn waterproof makeup. Even more impressive: Just one of these little guys replaces 500 single-use makeup wipes!

Beautycounter One-Step Makeup Remover Wipes

4 Beautycounter One-Step Makeup Remover Wipes

$20, beautycounter.com

Even the pickiest makeup wipe connoisseurs will be pleased with the buttery soft texture of this material (which has been proven to start degrading in the compost after just 12 weeks). It’s laced with aloe vera and cornflower water, which work in tandem to calm capricious skin and provide an elevated cleansing experience. 

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Biodegradables Wipes

5 Bioderma Sensibio H2O Biodegradables Wipes 

$10, amazon.com

There is something comforting in knowing a bunch of dermatologists got together and came up with these wipes for sensitive skin. Every French girl’s favorite micellar water in wipe form, these biodegradable options are soothing on even the most fickle complexions.


5 Easy Ways to De-Puff Your Face at Home

5 Easy Ways to De-Puff Your Face at Home

Bloated face begone. By Melanie Rud Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission.

We’ve all been there—you wake up in the morning, take a look in the mirror, and are shocked by how puffy your face looks. There’s a multitude of different factors that might be the culprit. “Facial puffiness is essentially caused by water retention, which can occur as a result of things ranging from hormones to diet to stress,” explains Marie Hayag, MD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of 5th Avenue Aesthetics in New York City. More specifically, dehydration can be a major cause (and remember that caffeine and alcohol are both dehydrating), as can a high salt intake, points out Sydney Givens, PA-C, founder of Skincare by Sydney. (Hence why you wake up puffy if you’ve had too many chips and margaritas the night before.) A lack of sleep, allergies, and even the weather can also contribute, she adds. 

The good news? There are easy things you can do, both to address the root cause(s) of the issue and to quickly de-puff when swelling does strike. 

1 Drink more water

And similarly, try to reduce salt intake, particularly right before bed. “Eating foods that are high in sodium, especially in the evening, makes people thirsty so they drink more water. The water is retained by our bodies and gathers in different areas, including the face,” explains Dr. Hayag. Similarly, when you drink too much alcohol and/or caffeine, the body retains more water where it can (the face) as a response to the dehydrating effects. Ultimately, watching your diet and drinking plenty of water throughout the day are the best ways to combat the causes of puffiness, instead of just addressing the puffiness itself, she says. So, if you needed yet another reason to aim for that goal of eight glasses of H2O each day, this is it. 

2 Change your sleeping position

Sleeping on your stomach or side can lead to increased fluid retention—aka puffiness—in the face; blame the basic laws of gravity. Instead, try sleeping on your back with your head elevated on an extra pillow. “You’re basically cheating gravity to help alleviate puffiness,” explains Givens, while Dr. Hayag adds that this simple tip is one of the best ways to wake up noticeably less swollen. 

3 Use cold water

Whether it’s washing your face with cold water, running an ice cube across your face, or applying a cold compress, chilly temps are your BFF for tamping down puffiness. “This instantly constricts blood vessels and reduces swelling,” says Dr. Hayag. We’re also big fans of the Esarora Ice Roller ($22; amazon.com), more on how to use this type of tool below.

4 Reach for a tool

Face rollers are all the rage these days, and their benefits are legit. Rolling them across your face stimulates lymphatic drainage, getting all that stagnant, excess fluid moving towards the lymph nodes where it can be carried away, says Dr. Hayag. For the best results, you’ll want to roll in a lateral motion, moving away from the center of your face, towards the lymph nodes, which are located along the jawline and in front of the ears, advises Givens. And, per our point about the benefits of cold temps, this will be even more effective if you stash your roller in the fridge or freezer, she adds, noting that jade rollers are especially good because the stone retains the cold quite well. One to try: Herbivore Jade De-Puffing Face Roller ($30; sephora.com).

5 Look for eye cream with caffeine

Puffy eyes are a super common complaint; because the skin here is so thin, puffiness tends to look quite prominent, says Dr. Hayag. All of the above tips and tricks can help, but consider picking up a caffeine-based eye cream, too. “The caffeine constricts blood vessels and diminishes puffiness as a result,” she says. Being deliberate with the application can further up the benefits. Givens suggests applying three dots to the undereye area and gently massaging it in with your ring finger in sweeping motions. Bonus points if you can find a product that has a built-in metal applicator, like the First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy ($36; dermstore.com), to help massage it in even more effectively, and/or if you keep the eye cream in the fridge. 


7 Ways You’ve Been Washing Your Face Wrong

7 Ways You’ve Been Washing Your Face Wrong

You may even be damaging your skin.  By Hallie Gould Updated December 07, 2015

Woman washing face

Credit: Christopher Baker

This article originally appeared on MIMI.

I care a lot about my skin—I have a very intricate skincare routine that I complete every morning and most nights. However, against all advice, I sometimes fall asleep with my makeup on. That, we know, is a no-no. But is it possible that even when I wash my face on schedule that I’m still doing something wrong?

I tapped Rachel Nazarian of Schweiger Dermatology Group for the answers and she detailed seven (yes, seven!) ways most of us are damaging our skin during a wash.

Woman washing face

Credit: Christopher Baker

1 You’re Over-Cleaning.

You should be washing your skin (face and body) twice daily at most. The best times are in the morning when you wake up, and in the evening before you go to sleep. If you’re very active or require more frequent cleaning, keep the washing short, with minimal soap. Each time you expose your skin to water and cleansers, your own natural hydrating oils are stripped. Parched skin looks duller and shows more fine lines and wrinkles.

2 You Are Spending Too Much Time Scrubbing.

Washing your face should be quick—like under 2 minutes.. Don’t spend all day applying the cleanser, or washing it off, and definitely don’t let it sit on your face.

3 You Are Using the Wrong Cleanser.

Buy a face wash that tends to the specific needs of your skin. If you have sensitive skin, you should use cleansers, not soaps, when washing. Gentle non-foaming cleansers like Cetaphil, Cerave, and Dove are great options.

4 You Are Over-Exfoliating.

Never exfoliate if your skin seems dry or red—especially during the winter. Limit the exfoliating cleansers to a once-a-week.

5 The Water You Are Using Is Way Too Hot.

Your skin is delicate, so using super hot water will shock it. Not only does hot water remove the calming natural oils your skin produces, but it will also cause blood vessels in your face to dilate, creating more redness. Keep the water temperature lukewarm and your skin will look and feel better..

6 You Are Using Facial Wipes Incorrectly.

While they help cut down the time spent cleaning your face before bedtime, many contain preservatives and chemicals that should not be left on your skin. Plus, they often leave skin-irritating makeup and oil residue. Rinse your face with lukewarm water and a mild cleanser after you use one to remove any residue.

7 Your Wash Cloth Needs Washing.

It’s important to use a clean cloth every time. An unwashed cloth can harbor bacteria, and if left damp, can even transfer fungus to your face. Keep a stack of clean towels available and toss into the laundry after every use.


Experts Say These 7 Things Will Make Your Skin Look Older

Experts Say These 7 Things Will Make Your Skin Look Older

If anti-aging is your primary skincare goal, you’ll want to read this. By Melanie Rud

Updated August 28, 2020

Aging is a simple fact of life and, quite frankly, something that’s unavoidable. And that’s why we’re all for owning your age and embracing those new lines that crop up as you get older. That being said, it’s important to remember that there are both intrinsic and extrinsic causes of aging. The intrinsic ones are those that you can’t control—AKA the passage of time and your genetics. The extrinsic ones are the ones you can control—a litany of external factors that have a direct impact on your skin. You’re likely aware of some of the more commonly talked-about ones, sun exposure being the biggie. But there are plenty of other, seemingly innocuous, daily habits and activities that you may not be aware are making your skin look older. Here, skincare experts weigh on seven of these surprising aging culprits. 

1 Sleeping in your makeup

It’s no surprise that not washing your face before bedtime is a recipe for clogged pores and breakouts, but did you know that it can also end up aging your skin? Those breakouts cause inflammation in the skin, which exacerbates aging, explains skin care expert and surgeon Dr. Jessica Wright, owner of Rejuvenate Austin, a med-spa in Austin, Texas. Secondly, if you’re not cleansing your skin thoroughly, any anti-aging serums or lotions you use at night are unable to penetrate effectively, she adds. The bottom line: Nightly face-washing is a non-negotiable. But on that note…

2 Overzealous makeup removal

How you wash your face and take off your makeup is also important. “It’s critical to think of your skin, especially the skin around your eyes, as a delicate tissue. Do not pull or tug this skin,” cautions Dr. Wright, as this can ultimately further the development of lines and wrinkles. In order to mitigate the need for lots of scrubbing, she suggests washing your face in the shower, after you’ve let your skin get super wet for about five minutes. Then, follow a two-step process. Use a gentle micellar water first to remove any makeup, followed by a gentle cleanser to wash off any leftover dirt or oil. 

3 Snacking on sugar

Remember how we talked about inflammation as an aging trigger? Well, sugar induces major inflammation throughout your body, the skin included. “This inflammation leads to an early breakdown of collagen, and ultimately the appearance of wrinkles and aged skin,” explains Devika Icecreamwala, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Berkeley, CA. It triggers a process known as glycation and the production of advanced glycation end products, aptly-dubbed AGEs. “These form when proteins or lipids are exposed to high levels of sugar in the blood. Your immune system doesn’t recognize these molecules, and inflammation ensues, having an aging effect on all of your cells,” adds Dr. Wright. Easier said than done, for sure, but try to limit your sugar intake as much as possible, instead opting for antioxidant-rich fruits when a sweet craving hits (or, at the very least, pick dark chocolate over milk chocolate). 

4 Quick trips to the store

So yes, you probably know that sun exposure is very aging. But did you know how quickly that sun exposure can add up, and that it’s not just unprotected beach days that are the culprit? Think of that quick trip to the grocery store, say Brooke Moss and Lauren Sundick, dermatology physician’s assistants and founders of The Skin Sisters: “It amounts to two to three minutes of sun exposure walking in, two to three when you’re walking out, not to mention the aging UVA rays that go right through the glass of your car window.” Your best bet to counteract all of this incidental, unexpected exposure is to get in the habit of applying sunscreen every morning, even if you’re not planning on leaving the house, as well as keeping a powder sunscreen in your car for quickie, on-the-go touch-ups, they say. 

5 Pursing your lips

“About 90 percent of my patients have tiny vertical lines around their lip, smoker’s lines, even though they’ve never smoked,” says Dr. Wright. So what gives? Repeatedly pursing your lips, often without even knowing it, creates these perma-lines. Avoid drinking out of a straw, which also leads to these lines, she says. And since pursing your lips is so involuntary for many, you may want to consider a neuromodulator injection, like Botox, to relax that muscle so the movement isn’t as prominent, she says.  

6 Constant screen time

We get it—everyone is attached to tech devices these days. But there are a bunch of skin-related issues that can pop up as a result. First, there’s the matter of high-energy visible light, AKA HEV, AKA the blue light that’s emitted from electronic screens. “That blue light can penetrate even deeper into the skin than the sun’s UV rays, leading to collagen breakdown and even discoloration,” explain Moss and Sundick. Along with limiting screen time, using a protective antioxidant serum, skincare formulated for blue light protection, and setting your phone to night mode can all be helpful. Constantly squinting at your device can also be problematic, increasing the formation of wrinkles around the eyes, adds Dr. Icecreamwala. And on top of that, “looking down at your device can lead to ‘tech neck,’ when the skin around the neck and jawline becomes saggy and etched with horizontal lines,” she says. To combat these issues, make sure that one, you get your eyes checked so you don’t have to squint, and two, are using the same anti-aging products on your neck as you are on your face.

7 Ignoring your hands

Ever look at someone and think how youthful they look—and then see what their hands look like and are totally shocked? “The hands are often forgotten, but they can show similar signs of aging as you’d see on the face—wrinkles, crepiness, and brown spots,” say Moss and Sundick. The solution is simple: Simply apply any skincare product you’re using onto the back of your hands. You don’t even need to make it a whole separate step; simply wiping any product that’s left over after you complete your facial routine onto the backs of your hands can make a big difference, they say. 


The 5 Best Skin Serums

Sure, a new pair of shoes or that handbag you’ve been eyeing for months would be nice, but if we’re honest, most of us would rather shell out money that will help keep our skin looking its best. After all, your skin is the first thing that people notice about you, and it can immediately make people think you are much younger than you actually are — or worse, much older. 

While an elaborate, hour long, 15 step skincare routine isn’t right (or realistic) for everyone, there is one added step to the basic wash, tone, moisturize routine we’ve all been familiar with since high school — serums. Serums promise more target results, more potent formulations, and even options for customization. 

Take a look around and you’ll quickly see that there are plenty of face serums on the market today, all promising to protect your skin from those pesky free radicals, erase and prevent your fine lines, and even help clear up any blemishes. And it seems the more promises a serum makes, the more expensive it gets. However, this is one of the times that more expensive doesn’t always mean a product is better. 

Choosing a serum can be overwhelming and confusing… So how do you know which one is right for you? Thankfully, we’ve had the chance to try many serums, and we’re more than happy to tell you about our favorites. 

We are proud to carry iS Clinical, a line of superior quality skin care (including serums) that is powered by the most innovative ingredients on the market today, and that have also been proven through clinically substantiated results for more than 10 years. We’ve put together a list of skin serums we’ve tried and loved, resulting in skin that no only feels more hydrated and protected, but also looks healthier and younger. Check out a list of our favorites below: 

1. iS Clinical GENEXC

iS Clinical’s GENEXC serum can be thought of as “life insurance for your skin” — the newest and greatest, most powerful anti-aging serum on the market today. This revolutionary formula features iS Clinical’s proprietary combination of Extremozymes, clinically proven to help protect, revitalize, and enhance the foundation of healthy skin, while also providing multi-level protection and long-term improvements to the appearance of your skin. Key benefits include age defying, brightening, superior antioxidant protection, improved overall health and integrity of the skin, and more. 

2. iS Clinical Super Serum Advance+

iS Clinical’s Super Serum Advance+ is a clinically proven and scientifically advanced formula serum that combines a 15% concentration of iS Clinical’s next generation L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) with a bioidentical Copper tripeptide growth factor. This high potency serum has been shown to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, help improve the look of raised scar tissue and fine stretch marks, safely brighten the skin and help visibly diminish uneven skin tone, provide support against environmental aggressors, provide antioxidant protection, and more. 

3. iS Clinical Active Serum

iS Clinical’s Active Serum, the line’s most popular product, is a powerful “results-oriented” serum. This fast acting formula provides long term results by decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, visibly evening out skin tone, and even clearing up skin that is prone to breakouts and blemishes. But don’t take our word for it — physicians have labeled this product as “phenomenal” and “remarkable,” producing results in as little as 2 days. Safe for all skin types and ages, this powerful serum promises to leave your skin smooth. Additional benefits include the appearance of smaller pores and softer skin. 

4. iS Clinical Poly-Vitamin Serum

iS Clinical’s Poly-Vitamin Serum is a great option for even the most sensitive skin, including patients undergoing chemo treatments. This serum promises to bring life to your skin, with its micro-circulation and hyaluronic acid. This formula boasts a powerful combination of bionutrients, essential vitamins, and age defying antioxidants, deeply hydrating the skin while delivering visible and significant improvements to the texture, tone, and overall appearance and integrity of your skin.  

5. iS Clinical White Lightening Serum

iS Clinical’s White Lightening Serum is a fantastic option for skin with hyperpigmentation or melasma. This serum is great for the summer, when your skin tends to get the most exposure to the sun, resulting in the most damage. This powerful formula safely reduces the appearance of uneven skin tone, while also significantly exfoliating the skin without peeling. This serum is lightweight and absorbs easily, making it the perfect option for overall coverage or as a targeted boost or spot treatment. The concentrated botanical ingredients of this formula provide a number of ageless benefits, including smoother and softer skin, a brighter complexion, long-term visible improvements to the skin, the appearance of smaller pores, and more. 


5 Safe & Effective Ways to Detox Your Body Naturally

People have been looking to naturally detox their bodies for hundreds if not thousands of years. Ancient cultures in Europe and Asia practiced regular cleansing techniques in order to improve the balance between the mind and body. These detoxification methods were often used in conjunction with physical activities such as yoga and mental activities such as meditation. Keeping the body and mind clean and clear was said to be the key to living a long and happy life.

Today, people still choose to detoxify their bodies in order to look and feel their best. Modern diets typically include a lot of processed foods that can cause toxins to build up over time. Detoxifying your body can be one of the best ways restore its natural balance. Unfortunately, not all detoxification methods are created equal. Try out one of these safe and effective ways to detox your body naturally.

Way #1: Fast.

Your liver plays a key role in filtering toxins from your blood, but other organs such as your kidneys, lungs, and intestines also play a role in this process. A compromised digestive system will not effectively filter these toxins from your blood. One popular way to jumpstart your body’s detoxification process is to perform intermittent fasting. This can be done in one of two ways. 

Some people prefer to do a daily fast. In order to do this, they limit their calorie intake to a set period of time each day, usually an 8 hour block of time. For example, one might eat between noon and 8pm each day and fast from 8pm until noon the next day.

Another popular way that people choose to fast is by heavily restricting their calorie intake for 2 to 3 days. In some cases, this means consuming only water while in other cases people choose to incorporate fruit juice into their diets. If you choose to go this route, experts recommend drinking fresh squeezed juices that you make at home rather than commercially purchased juices. Store bought juices frequently have a lot of added sugars, making them a poor choice for a health conscious individual. 

Way #2: Increase blood flow.

Another way to stimulate your body’s natural detox systems is to increase your body’s blood flow. Regular exercise can help to increase blood flow and improve overall health. 

A foam roller can be a great tool to use in conjunction with exercise. Roll out your muscles daily to increase circulation and encourage blood flow, stimulating your liver and digestive system and helping to speed up the removal of toxins from your bloodstream. 

Way #3: Clean up your diet.

Another great way to eliminate toxins from your body is to clean up your diet. Cut out substances such as caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine. Limit your intake of refined sugars and saturated fats. This means that you should be avoiding most processed foods during your detox. Clean eating will make it easier for your body to detox naturally. Once your initial detox is complete, it is a good idea to keep up the clean eating in order to maintain this low level of toxins in your body.

Way #4: Use natural cleaning products.

An often overlooked way to detox your body is to limit the number of toxins that you come into contact with on a daily basis. During this time, you should limit your use of commercial cleaning products. This includes things like household cleaners filled with harsh chemicals. Opt instead for a naturally occurring substitute. 

Many people like to use essential oils such as a Thieves Household Cleaner in place of chemical based cleaning products. Thieves Cleaner is made up of clove, cinnamon, lemon, and eucalyptus oils. Together, these oils can naturally clean almost any surface in your home.

Way #5: Limit stress.

While this is easier said than done, minimizing your stress levels can go a long way towards keeping your body in balance. Stress triggers the release of cortisol, a hormone that has been linked to countless negative impacts on your health. These negatives include weight gain, increased blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Limiting the amount of cortisol in your bloodstream can go a long way towards helping your body rid itself of other toxins.

To learn more about improving your overall health the natural way, check out our website or contact one of our knowledgeable employees. Our team at Pure Luxe Medical is committed to helping all of our clients lead a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. 


4 Reasons You Want Medical Grade Skin Care Products

There are hundreds if not thousands of skin care products on the market. How can you tell which products are high quality and which are a waste of money? Any expert will tell you that while some high end skin care products are overpriced, others are worth every penny. Finding a line of high quality skin care products that work for you is the secret to looking and feeling your best.

The best skin care products are those that keep your skin replenished even in harsh conditions, and using medical grade skin care products is one of the best ways to accomplish this. For the following reasons, you should consider incorporating medical grade products in your skin care routine. 

Reason #1: They are sold by a licensed medical professional.

Unlike over the counter skin care products, medical grade skin care products are only available from stores that operate under a physician’s license. This means that Pure Luxe Medical and other establishments like it are under the supervision of a medical director. You will be able to get individually tailored advice from our team of professionals as well as getting an expertly crafted skin treatment whenever your skin needs a boost.

Note that skin care products that are developed by medical professionals are not necessarily medical grade. Medical grade products must be sold by medical professionals, not just developed by them.

Reason #2: They often contain higher concentrations of active ingredients.

As we discussed, medical grade products must be sold by licensed professionals. This is an important distinction since certain components of common skin care products are regulated by the FDA. A licensed medical professional is allowed to recommend a wider range of products than an unlicensed retailer. This typically means that a medical grade skin care product can contain a higher concentration of its active ingredient than a comparable over the counter product.

In many cases, this higher concentration means that the active ingredient can reach a deeper layer of skin. Many skin problems originate in your skin’s deepest layers, so a skin care product that can reach every layer of your skin can be the most effective. Treating only the surface layers of your skin tends to mask the problem rather than completely rectifying it.

However, it can be difficult to accurately compare the concentrations of active ingredients between medical grade and over the counter products. This is because the labels on over the counter products do not always include the concentration of each active ingredient. If you have unsuccessfully used an over the counter product in the past, it can sometimes be a good idea to try a similar medical grade product before giving up entirely.

Reason #3: They are clinically proven to be effective.

Many skin care products are tested on animals or not tested at all. Each of our skin care products has been clinically proven to protect your skin and help to heal damage caused by environmental factors. This means that medical professionals and their clients have had past successes with these products and are comfortable recommending them to new clients. A product with a good track record is more likely to be effective, so you will want to make sure that any product you select is the best in its category.

Reason #4: You can find a combination of clinical and at home products.

Many over the counter products are designed to be used as a stand alone line, but the most effective treatments usually combine clinical and at home treatments. When using medical grade skin care products, a professional will be able to recommend an at home treatment that will compliment your in store treatments. An in store facial or other treatment can be a great way to jumpstart your skin care regimen, so the option to take this combined approach should not be overlooked. 

All of the skin care products we sell at Pure Luxe Medical are made of the highest quality ingredients, ensuring that each product is perfectly formulated to keep your skin looking and feeling radiant. We focus on keeping your skin healthy, balanced, and well protected in addition to making sure you always look your best. Daily life can leave your skin feeling dry and lackluster, but our medical grade skin care products can help to protect your skin from UV radiation, airborne chemicals, and a buildup of oils and skin cells. Browse our website or contact one of our team members to learn more about how you can choose the skin care regimen that is right for you.