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Why You Should Wear Your SPF in Winter

“But it’s winter! I don’t need to wear sunscreen.” I frequently hear this as an Aesthetician. Don’t let the cold and the clouds fool you. Winter often leaves your skin dry and sensitive. These conditions increase susceptibility to UV rays. Snow and ice can reflect up to 90% of damaging UV rays. Protecting skin against UV damage is a year-round commitment. UV can cause fine lines, sagging skin and discolouration. It is just as important to wear sunscreen inside. Ordinary windows do not block UV radiation--approximately 75% passes through clear glass. At Rejuvenation, we recommend wearing an SPF of 30 or higher, which will block 97% of these rays. The best way to maintain your youthful complexion is to wear...

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Sensitive Skin, How to Exfoliate It

Sensitive skin can be frustrating, especially when you’re excited to try out the latest skin-care fad. Those with sensitive faces understand that even the slightest change in your routine can set your skin off. It is always important to read the whole ingredient list (and consult with a medical professional if necessary) before applying any new products. Not doing so can result in a painful reaction and/or further irritation. A challenge for those with sensitive skin is finding an appropriate amount of exfoliation while avoiding irritation. Even those with delicate skin should be exfoliating once a week. Fortunately, there are a variety of exfoliation methods that are varyingly intense and can be done either at home or by an aesthetician.  Chemical...

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Cream vs. Lotion vs. Ointment: Which one works best?

Ointments, lotions, and creams are the most common formulations of products that can be applied to the skin.  The differentiating factors will affect what will work best for you.   Ointments feel the thickest, heaviest, and are the most occlusive.  Think about Vaseline petroleum jelly as a classic example.  Because they create a water-resistant seal, they prevent water from evaporating through the skin and therefore have the greatest ability to hydrate.  Ointments are the best at moisturizing the skin and are suited for people with very dry and scaly skin types.  People with eczema, for example, would appreciate the added moisture ointments can provide, but be careful if you are prone to acne since ointment formulations can flare comedones (black...

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