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Summertime Sunscreen Tips for Protecting Your Skin

Your skin is a phenomenal organ that protects your body while also revealing your age. As the largest organ you have, your skin needs to be taken care of, particularly during the summer months. The sun’s rays can ruin your skin and lead to the development of skin cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) reports that one in five Americans will eventually get skin cancer. In addition, sun exposure can lead to the development of cataracts, wrinkles, dryness, age spots, and premature aging. Here’s how you can protect your skin this summer.

Sun protection and Sunscreen

Remember, you can still get hit by the sun’s rays when it is foggy, overcast, or misty outside. Sun exposure is possible all year round but is particularly high in the summer. If you are concerned about the health and or beauty of your skin, consider how you can integrate the following sunscreen tips into your daily behavior.

First, wear sunscreen. This simple but often overlooked habit can do wonders to protect your skin. Sunscreen is available in lotions, creams, ointments, gels, wax sticks, and sprays. The trick is to find a sunscreen you like so you’ll use it more. When you get ready for the day, apply sunscreen before heading out the door. If you are visiting the beach, apply at least 1 ounce on your entire body. If you are outdoors for an extended period of time or swimming or sweating, reapply sunscreen every few hours.

Make sure your sunscreen is water resistant so water can’t remove it. Check the label to ensure it is SPF 15 or higher. Keep in mind that your skin can still get damaged from the sun even if you don’t get sunburned. Next, check that the sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection and will block out UVB and UVA light.

Arrange a consultation

If you are looking for additional ways to achieve more youthful looking skin, contact Aura Skin Spa today. You can reach our office by calling (415) 788-3800. We’re excited to help you look and feel your best!

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Want Healthy Skin? Watch What you put on your Plate

What you put into your body is arguably just as important as what you put on your skin. If you eat healthy foods, not only will you feel better but your skin is also likely to reap the benefits. Likewise, if you are constantly ingesting junk food, your sense of well-being and skin will suffer. Health experts agree, when your diet is lacking in certain foods, you can develop skin problems. Sometimes chronic skin problems like acne, eczema, and psoriasis are directly linked to diet. Here are specific foods that you can incorporate into your healthy skin diet.

Be balanced

Health experts suggest that maintaining a balanced diet is the best route to ensuring and maintaining healthy skin. But there are certain foods that provide a particular boost to the look and health of your skin. These include low-fat dairy products, berries, nuts, fish, healthy oils, whole wheat, and green tea. Here we will address three of these:

Low-fat dairy

Vitamin A is an essential component of healthy skin maintenance. Low-fat dairy products provide one of the best sources of this vitamin. Healthy skin is particularly dependent on food sources with vitamin A. For instance; low-fat yogurt contains not only vitamin A but includes acidophilus- a “live” bacteria for intestinal health –as well. This ingredient may also have a positive impact on healthy skin.

Berries and plums

Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and plums are all high in antioxidants. Studies show that these foods are rated as containing some of the highest antioxidant capacity. The antioxidants and phytochemicals in these foods can protect the cells and decrease the chance of skin damage. Other high antioxidant foods include prunes, pecans, artichokes, and beans

Whole Wheat

Whole wheat bread, muffins, and cereals contain the mineral selenium. Selenium plays an integral role in maintaining healthy skin cells. Some research demonstrates that skin damaged by the sun may deal with fewer consequences if selenium levels are high.

Schedule a consultation

To find out more about how to improve the look of your skin, contact Aura Skin Spa in San Francisco, California by calling (415) 788-3800. Schedule your consultation today!

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If you Haven’t Tried these 2017 Skincare Trends Yet, You Should

The skincare industry is constantly offering new and innovative products to consumers. Some of the most interesting trends this year come from Korea where people prize soft glowing skin along with the skincare experience itself. These “K-beauty” products and trends have quickly made their way overseas and become a big hit in the states. Take a look and see how you can integrate K-beauty routines or other skincare trends into your daily beauty regimen.

At Home Skincare products

The ease of having salon quality products and treatments available in your bathroom has gained considerable interest. Beauty companies have taken notice and now offer handheld devices that have ultra sounds technology, acne treating lights, and lasers. Experts expect to see beauty companies expand they’re at home treatment devices in the next year.

Fun textures

This is where the Korean beauty trends start to surface in an interesting way. K-beauty offers products that not only deliver the desired treatment but also make the application experience extra fun. For instance, in Korea, there are cleansing balls that morph into liquid once they touch the skin. There is also powder to liquid serums available that start off as a powdery substance but transform to liquid as they interact with the skin.

Next level face masks

Face masks have been a ubiquitous player in modern American skincare for decades. Beauty companies now offer a variety of face mask options including masks composed of tea, charcoal, coffee, or caffeine.

Acne Gel Bands

In Korea, acne gel bands are a hot item. These gel bands offer pimple-fighting protection by delivering treatment right into your pores. The product works by being painted onto your problem areas then dry into a liquid band-aid.

Face brushing

Face brushing is a new way of exfoliating, enhancing textures, and lessening the appearance of wrinkles. By using a specially designed brush, circular motions are used to scrub and dust the face.

Schedule an appointment

If you have questions or concerns about how to improve your skin, contact Aura Skin Spa. Services we offer include Kybella, vascular vein treatment, and laser therapy. Don’t hesitate to begin your journey toward younger and healthier looking skin today. You can contact us at (415) 788-3800.

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Cold Weather Tips for your Skin

The cool crisp days of fall usher in more than some of the biggest holidays of the year. They can also bring dryness, itchiness, and tightness to the skin. Unfortunately for many, the issue is more than just dryness. In extreme cases severely dry skin can result in eczema, a condition in which the skin is inflamed. Here are some basic tips that you can utilize daily to guard your face, feet, and hands, against the effects of cooler temperatures.

Don’t skip the moisturizer

Your favorite moisturizer may work wonders in the spring, but changing seasons call for a change in products. Opt for a moisturizer that is oil based instead of water based. Oil based moisturizers, or “ointment” products, act as a protective shield on your skin that enable greater moisture retention. Be aware of oil-based moisturizers that will clog your skin. Non-clogging oils include mineral oil, avocado oil, almond oil, or primrose oil.

Have sunscreen on hand

Sunscreen isn’t only for the summer. A fall or winter sun or the glare of bright white snow can damage your skin as easily as a hot July day. Keep sunscreen in your bag or purse to reapply throughout the day on your face, neck, and hands.

Invest in a quality humidifier

The dry hot air of central heating feels amazing on those blustery fall days. But it can take quite a toll on your skin. Put a humidifier in your home to get more moisture in the air. This will help stop your skin from getting itchy or dry. If you can, consider getting several humidifiers to place throughout your home.

Revaluate your daily facial routine

If you suffer from unusually dry skin, fall is definitely the time to back off of using masks or any alcohol based astringents or toners. Instead opt for a mask that touts itself as “deeply hydrating”. Keep in mind that clay based masks usually pull moisture out of the face instead of hydrating it. Also, try a milder foaming cleanser or cleansing milk.

At Aura Skin Spa, we offer a variety of rejuvenating skin treatments and products. Call us today to speak with one of our specialists. You can reach our office at 415-788-3800. Let us help your skin look and feel radiant this season.

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A Simple way to Keep your Skin Hydrated this Summer

skin care San Francisco, CADoctors suspect about 75% of adults in the United States have some form of chronic dehydration. With a daily water recommendation of eight 8-ounce glasses of water, it can be difficult to accomplish. Certain foods hold particularly high water content and are a wonderful alternative to accomplishing your daily water intake. Food alone should never be a substitute for water, but it can certainly supplement your daily water intake. The following fruits and vegetables can help your skin and body feel more hydrated in the coming months.

Watermelon

This quintessential summer food is deliciously sweet and perfect for keeping your body hydrated. With a water content of 91.5%, watermelon is also one of the best sources of lycopenes, an antioxidant that fights cancer. Cut up a watermelon into bite sized squares and keep them stored in the fridge, on hand for when the midday munchies role around or the kids come home from school. Slice pieces of watermelon into a chilled glass of water for a refreshing drink.

Spinach

When lunch rolls around, pile spinach on your sandwich. Spinach has high levels of fiber, potassium, lutein, and folate. One cup of spinach gives you 15% of your daily recommended vitamin E. Vitamin E is a valuable antioxidant for shielding against free radicals.  If you don’t like spinach, no problem—spinach has little taste and is a fantastic addition to any smoothie. With a water content of 91.4%, don’t forget to add this versatile vegetable to your grocery list.

Broccoli

Broccoli is loaded with fiber, vitamin A, potassium, and vitamin C. This impressive nutrition profile also has a water content of 90.7%. This cruciferous vegetable has a laudable amount of sulforaphane, a compound that rids the body of cancer-causing cells. Broccoli can add crunch to a salad, be tossed in a colorful stir-fry, or simply washed and eaten with your favorite dip.

This summer, consider how you can add spinach, broccoli, and grapefruit to your diet to increase your water intake and keep your skin hydrated. For more information on treatments that can keep your skin looking radiant this summer, contact Aura Skin Spa at 415-788-3800.

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3 Lesser known ways to protect your skin this summer

skin care San Francisco, CAThe warmer temperature is driving us in droves to the beach, park, or golf course. All the Vitamin D the sun provides is excellent for your health, but you can get too much of a good thing. Here are three lesser-known tips to save your skin this summer and protect it from aging:

  1. The right sunscreen will make all the difference:  If you want to save your skin from the sun, buy a sunscreen that you love and make it handy. There are dozens of brands, so choose one that you like and put it next to your other toiletries, so you see it in the morning and remember to put it on. Do n’t forget to select a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. If you are genetically disposed to burn easily, have fair skin, or skin cancer in your family history, elect for 30 SPF or higher. Also, find a brand that has sufficient UVA protection. You can find this out by checking the ingredient list. If it includes ecamsule, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, sulisobenzone, oxybenzone, or avobenzone it will provide UVA protection. Remember, if you suffer from sensitive skin issues like rosacea, opt for sunscreens catered to kids, which are formulated to be more sensitive.
  2. Be mindful of makeup: Did you know that the type of makeup you put on each morning could act as a sun filter? Darker eye shadow colors and matte lipstick will naturally deflect some of the sun’s rays. On the other had, high gloss lipsticks or powders attract the sun and expose the skin more. To be safe, remember to apply a moisturizer with at least SPF 15 before adding makeup. Be sure not to forget your lips by applying a lip color or lip balm with an SPF factor.
  3. Dress with the sun in mind: Usually, when summer rolls around, we pull out the sundresses and shorts. However, if you know, you’ll be outside for an extra long time, select for materials that act as natural protectants to the skin. For instance, darker colors, fiber types, and dyes can all contribute to reflecting UV rays. For instance, tightly knit fabrics, nylon, and polyester work well at shielding the skin from the sun. Bleached cotton clothing, not as much.

To schedule a consultation about the services at Aura Skin Spa, contact our office today at 415-788-3800. Let us help you determine what treatments fit your health and beauty goals.

Could acne be a blessing in disguise?

acneOur patients who struggle with chronic acne would not find it amusing if we tried to tell that that there could be something positive about the condition. Acne is unsightly at best, and can also cause physical and emotional scars. But a recent study says bad skin now, could mean younger skin later.

First the science
Researchers from King’s College London have found evidence suggesting that the tendency to maintain youthful skin is linked to the length of our “telomeres.” And as it turns out, people with acne have longer ones, meaning their cells may be protected against aging, according to the lead dermatologist in the study.

But there have long been observations from experts
Skin care professionals have always noticed that some patients have skin that ages more slowly than others. Acne patients often have oiler skin, and as they age, the oil can help keep skin looking plumper and less lined. But now researchers are confirming those observations, and they’ve finally figured out why.

The truth about telomeres
Telomeres are the protective “caps” at the ends of white blood cells, but they gradually break down, shrink, age and die — a normal part of growth and aging. But the length of telomeres appears to be longer in people who have acne so that the deterioration that contributes to visibly older skin, like wrinkles and fat loss, is slowed down.

This one is a stretch, but…
Based on longer telomeres and their relation to skin aging, these researchers think that in addition to extending the youth of skin, long telomeres might also increase life span. It stands to reason that if cells or certain people are aging more slowly, then their bodies should also be aging more slowly. Further research will be necessary to confirm this hypothesis, however.

Enjoy more youthful-looking skin either way
Our acne patients aren’t likely to begin considering themselves genetically blessed, but Aura is here to help. Whether or not you’ve had acne, today’s treatments and procedures can help improve your skin’s appearance, and it can start with a phone call. Make your appointment today: (415) 788-3800.

Clear and Brilliant can mean just that for your skin

Clear and Brilliant We all know or have met someone who has amazing skin, the kind you notice and can’t help envying. But for the rest of us, our skin can be a source of various struggles, from acne scars and dry areas to oiliness and wrinkles. Many of us are also paying the price for too much time spent in the sun with brown spots and rough patches.

If you’re ready to address these issues with action, it could be time to discover the benefits of Clear and Brilliant laser treatments.

Tackling skin concerns gently, effectively and non-surgically
Whether it’s teenaged acne scars or adults acne, eczema or hyperpigmentation, this gentle laser treatment can improve your skin tone, and with little to no downtime. Clear and Brilliant is a non-ablative fractional laser, considered one of the gentlest options for laser skin resurfacing.

Are you a Clear and Brilliant candidate?
The procedure work best for patients who are looking to boost the results of their regular skincare regimen but aren’t ready for more invasive procedures, such as aggressive laser treatments or surgery.

Full results can be seen in four or five 20-minute sessions
The treatment begins with a numbing cream to help reduce or eliminate pain. The procedure uses a laser with a roller attachment, fitted with plastic bumps that push into your skin. This causes “micro-injuries” that trigger the skin to heal by boosting collagen production. This is how clearer, healthier skin can be generated.

You will look a bit flushed and chapped
The treatment causes the skin to appear wind- or sunburned immediately afterward, and a mask will be applied to calm your face. Most patients go back to their day with a rosy, slightly flushed appearance. The next day, most patients report that their skin looks normal, and they return to their regular makeup routine.

Clear and Brilliant benefits can be yours

  • Improved skin texture and tone
  • Increased firmness and elasticity
  • Reduced pore size

Learn more about Clear and Brilliant
Make a consultation appointment to find out if Clear and Brilliant is the right treatment for addressing your skin’s trouble areas. Call today: (415) 788-3800.

Three things that could be causing many complexion problems

You come to Aura Skin Spa to find solutions to your skin issues – from wrinkles to rashes to acne. We offer procedures in the office and top products to enhance your beauty regime at home — so that you can cleanse, exfoliate, treat, tone, moisturize and block the sun, just to name a few!

You think you’re doing enough, and then…

Your skin doesn’t look so good, and you can’t understand why. It might be time for a professional treatment or to switch up your products (call for an appointment today: 415-788-3800), but it might be something simpler than that. Maybe you’re not getting enough sleep or eating well. Maybe you’ve been drinking a bit too much alcohol and not enough water.

It’s not always the obvious culprits

facial rejuvenationMost of us know that constant stress, lack of sleep and exercise and a poor diet are bound to show on our skin. But there are a few questions you should ask yourself about some not-so-obvious habits that could be contributing to your problems:

1.) Do you constantly have your phone pressed to your face?

Our cell phones are like hand-held germ collection devices, and yet we press them to our cheeks and jawlines – not great for wrinkles, either. So talk on the speaker setting or make sure you consistently wipe your phone with and antibacterial wipe before you put it next to your face.

2.) Do you change your bed sheets often enough?

Your pillowcase can sheets can be a breeding ground for bacteria, and that’s never going to be a good thing for your skin. So to help prevent rashes and breakouts, change your sheets often. To prevent wrinkles, don’t sleep on your face. And consider investing in at least one silk pillowcase as a real treat for sensitive skin.

3.) Are you always touching your face?

Think about all the things your hands touch. And while it’s been shown that constantly sanitizing your hands isn’t a good idea, you should try not to touch your face. Don’t rest your chin on your hand or rub your eyes or forehead without realizing it.

 

 

Sensitive or sensitized? Find out!

Seems like more and more of our patients are reporting that they have “sensitive” skin when we are putting together their treatment plans, including procedures and products. And yet, skin experts say sensitive skin is a condition that simply isn’t that common. Did you used to have “regular” skin that you would now classify as “sensitive,” becoming dry and irritated and/or breaking out easily?

True sensitive skin is a genetic condition
It’s usually found in very fair-skinned people of Northern European descent. True sensitive skin is more delicate, in part because it contains lower amounts of pigment, and the blood vessels are closer to the surface, making it prone to redness. Sensitive skin also has a less effective protective outer layer so irritants can easily penetrate more deeply, causing inflammation. Conditions and products that wouldn’t cause problems for regular skin can cause itching, blisters, flushing and breakouts for those with sensitive skin.

Be sensitive to your sensitive skin
Aesthetician ServicesIf you truly have sensitive skin, you may need to pay very careful attention to the ingredients in every product you use. Here are some you might need to use sparingly or even avoid:
• Lanolin (used in many moisturizers)
• Alcohol
• Parabens (preservative)
• Beta hydroxy acids
• Retinols
• Quaternium-15 (preservative)
• Formaldehyde
• Fragrances
A good way to find out if you’re sensitive to certain ingredients is to test it. Apply the product to your forearm and leave it on for 24 hours, checking for redness, itching or blistering.

Be aware of too much care
Aggressive over-use of skincare products and treatments can cause our skin to seem sensitive when it has actually become sensitized, which is not the same thing as actually having sensitive skin. Sensitized skin can be also be caused by environmental factors, including:
• Stress
• Pollution
• Smoking
• Alcohol

Choose an experienced skin care expert
At Aura Skin Spa, we understand that sensitized skin can also be the result of over-exfoliation, even chemical and laser cosmetic treatments. So it’s important that you and your skin care professional work together to keep your skin healthy and happy. Call for your appointment today: (415) 788-3800.