Choosing a Safe Sunscreen
The long days of summer are here and increased exposure to UV rays is something we all need to be aware of. Are you prepared to protect your skin during this time of increased outdoor activity? We hope to offer some helpful solutions for your summer skin that are safe and simple to implement.
Prolonged sun exposure can lead to premature aging of the skin, wrinkling, as well as suppression of the immune system. Covering up, wearing a hat, limiting exposure during peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and using sunscreen are just a few ways to protect yourself while outdoors.
If using sunscreen, it is important to choose a product that is safe for your skin and also has broad spectrum protection, meaning it effectively protects against significant portions of both the ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) ranges of the light spectrum. The Environmental Working Group (EWG)* discovered that 80% of sunscreens on the market offer “inferior sun protection or contain worrisome ingredients.” One ingredient commonly found in non-mineral sunscreens is oxybenzone. This chemical is a common UV filter in sunscreen and can disrupt the hormone system.
Classic vs. Mineral Sunscreen
Another important factor in choosing a sunscreen is classic vs. mineral. Classic and Mineral sunscreens are differentiated by their active sun protection ingredients. Classic sunscreens use chemical (also commonly referred to as “non-mineral” or “traditional”) active ingredients designed to absorb and dissipate UVA/UVB rays, while Mineral sunscreens use mineral (also commonly referred to as “physical”) active ingredients such as Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide to scatter and reflect UVA/UVb rays. Since mineral actives are not absorbed into the skin these formulas are less irritating to sensitive skin and are also less likely to be absorbed into the bloodstream as “traditional” actives are.
COOLA Mineral Travel Set
At Osmosis, we currently offer COOLA brand sunscreen. COOLA uses as many ingredients as possible that are natural, organic, sustainable and locally sourced. Green, yet still luxurious, each of their high performance products protect and nourish the skin with vitamins and age-defying antioxidants, while remaining free of parabens, paba, petroleum and phthalates. Additionally, they formulate with Plant Protection® rather than Oxybenzone, which allows them to achieve clinically tested, broad spectrum and antioxidant-rich protections while using fewer traditional actives. Better for your skin, better for the environment. COOLA also offers both Mineral and Traditional active based sunscreens, using the healthiest active ingredients possible!
This month we are featuring our COOLA Mineral Travel Set, which includes a quartet of COOLA’s bestselling luxury mineral sun care must haves, all in TSA approved carry-on sizes! These high-performance products protect and nourish the skin with vitamins and age-defying antioxidants, while remaining free of undesirable chemicals. All in a reusable, travel-friendly and limited edition COOLA travel clutch! Order yours now just in time for Summer!
*EWG provides information on sunscreen products from the published scientific literature, to supplement incomplete data available from companies and the government.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) sunscreen guide reviewed more than 1,700 SPF products like sunscreens, lip balms and moisturizers.
Since 2007, they have found a dramatic increase in the availability of mineral-only sunscreens, doubling from 17 percent of products to 34 percent in 2016. Sunscreens using zinc oxide and titanium dioxide tend to rate well in their analysis: They are stable in sunlight, offer a good balance between protection from the two types of ultraviolet radiation (UVA and UVB) and don’t often contain potentially harmful additives.
Oxybenzone is a common UV filter in sunscreen. It is a hormone disruptor and allergen. Sampling by the Centers for Disease Control and Protection has detected it in the urine of 97 percent of Americans. Despite emerging concerns, the sunscreen industry continues to rely heavily on oxybenzone as an active ingredient: it was in 70 percent of the non-mineral sunscreens evaluated for this year’s guide.
Pure Radiance Facial at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary
PHYT’S Certified Organic Facial
Do you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body? Using PHYT’S Certified Organic and Natural Skin Care products, offers a non-toxic option to conventional chemical based cosmetics. PHYT’S helps to prevent signs of aging, rejuvenate cells and makes you look radiant and feel great. Choosing PHYT’S Certified Organic Skin Care products not only takes care of your body, but promotes the sustainability of our planet for future generations.
At Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, we are proud to have partnered with PHYT’S for over nine years. This Certified Organic and Natural skin care line from France, with a 45 year history, has never used synthetic ingredients in their cosmetic formulas. What sets PHYT’S facials apart is their unique patented method using glass ampoules for their packaging. This method insures the freshness of the contents of each ampoule without the use of any synthetic preservatives. Once the ampoules are opened the contents are just as fresh and active as the day they were created. With respect for the environment in all manufacturing stages, PHYT’S offers not only Certified Organic, but effective products to create a perfect harmony with one’s skin. Under the control of dermatological testing for efficiency, PHYT’S Bio-Active ingredients from nature offer excellent proven results, without the harmful effects of toxic chemicals. When receiving any PHYT’S facial at Osmosis, you will experience a beautiful concentration of products rich in vitamins, minerals and Certified Organic – plant extracts, essential oils, cold pressed carrier oils to treat your skin and bring radiance balance and pure relaxation. Visible results based on science and nature. Book your appointment today. Trust your face into the expert hands of our PHYT’S trained aestheticians.
Osmosis esthetician, Azja Light, traveled as a guest of the PHYT’S US Distributor to the production facility and training center of our exclusive French skin care line, PHYT’S. She received a week of training in the origins, facial techniques and uses of these outstanding products.
We have an amazing new facial to enhance your spa experience. The Repair and Revitalize Facial is a 75 minute treatment featuring exciting new products from Naturopathica.
Your skin will be expertly cleansed and a gentle refining glycolic peel will be applied to ensure superior results. The Wrinkle Repair Collection will follow and contains the latest and most effective active ingredients: 15% L-Ascorbic Acid, Argan Plant Stem Cells, Matrixyl® synthe’6® Peptides and a Tri-Retinol blend. Powerful and non-irritating, the regenerative properties of these ingredients work together to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while improving skin tone and firmness. We have also included a “Five Minute Face Lift” utilizing the NuFace handheld microcurrent device to enhance product penetration and visibly lift and tone the skin. You will experience a complete neck, shoulder and face massage with a nourishing facial oil followed by the application of a new professional mask called the Revitalizing Marine Mask. Customized to the specific needs of your skin, this mask is a fortifying treatment that blends micronized French seaweed with healing Zinc minerals, clarifying Kaolin Clay and nutrient-rich Aloe Vera botanicals to detoxify, stimulate, firm and nourish the skin. While you rest with the mask, you will enjoy a luxurious foot treatment. We complete your experience with a brightening treatment and the perfect moisturizer to send you off looking and feeling your best. More exciting news…the Wrinkle Repair Collection is available in our boutique to take home so you can continue the fabulous results from your facial.
The rain has arrived and our brilliant green landscape has returned here at Osmosis. This is a great reminder of the abundant life-energy surrounding us every day. But did you know that the same substance that maintains that life-energy in plants is also good for our skin and body?
Chlorophyll is the green photosynthetic pigment found in plants and allows the conversion of sunlight into usable energy. Research studies in humans have found that chlorophyll supplementation can decrease damage to DNA by carcinogenic substances, effectively deodorize and cleanse the digestive and urinary tracts, and strengthen the blood. Chlorophyll has been compared with human blood by researchers because of its similar molecular structure and is referred to as the “blood” of the plant. So now is the time to add those green leafy vegetables to your diet. The greener the better.
It is a hot-topic at our spa, how stress affects the mind and body and how we can improve health by providing services and an environment that reduce stress. It is important to remember that our skin is also impacted by stress and can appear tired, dull and lackluster. In addition to this, the skin becomes imbalanced and shows more pore congestion, surface dryness and aging.
Prepare Your Skin This Season with Professional Recommendations from Our Expert Aestheticians
Our skin changes with every season and now is the time to take control of your winter skin. The following potent all-natural and organic skin care product recommendations are from our amazing staff of Aestheticians here at Osmosis and are available in our facials and in our boutique.
The following product recommendations are from our amazing staff of Aestheticians here at Osmosis and are potent all-natural and organic skin care products available in our facials and in our boutique.
Alli: “The seasons are changing and this has a huge effect on our skin. Something that helps my skin stay hydrated throughout the seasons is the Chamomile Cleansing Milk from Naturopathica. This is a gentle light cleanser that helps prevent against impurities while keeping your skin smooth and glowing. The chamomile helps calm dry sensitive skin while keeping the skin hydrated. Use every day.
April: For this winter season I would recommend the Carrot Seed Facial Oil from Naturopathica to hydrate and protect the skin. With its rich content of fatty acids it will help restore the skin’s outer layer while reducing redness and inflammation that is damaged by UV exposure.
Azja: Autumn is here and Winter is near. With shorter days and longer nights we usually don’t get as much exposure to intense sunlight. This is a great time to treat our skin with the Botanical Skin Brightener from Naturopathica, a natural complex to lighten and rich in antioxidants helping to fight free radical damage.
Without the harsh additive of hydroquinone, a chemical bleaching agent which can irritate the skin, Botanical Skin Brightener offers 100 % skin loving results using extracts from Licorice Root, Red Wine Polyphenols, Daisy Flower, Lactic and Ascorbic Acids.These potent botanical ingredients can repair and correct uneven complexions, hyperpigmentation, and even acne scars bringing a healthy radiant glow to anyone. This is one of my favorite products for this time of year. Remember to always use a sun protection, look for Naturopathica’s chemical free Mineral Spf in both 17 & 30.
Heather: Winter time can be harsh and leave our skin feeling dry and dehydrated. In order to allow our moisturizing products to penetrate and work to their potential, we first need to eliminate the barrier of dry dead skin debris. I suggest using a gentle exfoliant regularly. I love the Gommage Contact + from Phyt’s. This non abrasive soft scrub is rich and creamy with the feel of a mask and will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated. Plus the aromas are heavenly with hints of Ylang Ylang and Clove. Use 1-3 times per week.
Lori: Dehydration is common in the winter with indoor heating and low humidity. We need to absorb any moisture we can and a perfect way to maintain this is Masque Hydra’gel from Phyt’s. The key ingredient is hyaluronic acid which is natures humectant. I suggest using this mask once a week and you’ll feel immediately soothed and ultra hydrated.
Nicole: With the cooler months upon us, now is the perfect time to address sun damage in your skin. My two favorite products are the Sweet Cherry Enzyme Peel and Vitamin C15 Wrinkle Repair Serum from Naturopathica.
The Sweet Cherry Enzyme Peel is an exfoliating mask that brightens and smoothes sun damaged skin. It is vitamin rich and helps to refine pores. Recommended use would be 1-2 times a week and to be left on for 3-4 minutes. The perfect pair to this product is Vitamin C15 Wrinkle Repair Serum. This is a potent daily serum packed full of antioxidants to brighten and tighten the skin. With a powerful dose of 15% Vitamin C, this serum is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Rebecca: The Polishing Pear Fig Enzyme Peel from Naturopathica is a great product to keep on hand during the harsh winter months. The jojoba beads and enzymes gently dissolve and sweep away any build up of dead or dry skin cells keeping the skin smooth while the pear puree is loaded with antioxidants to boost skin’s immunity. By using this peel 2-3 times a week skin will remain supple and bright all winter long.
Roberta: Biocera Ion Spray is an amazing product. It is ionized water that hydrates the skin. The spray bottle is refillable with purified water and the tourmaline beads and colloidal silver ionizes the water. It creates an anti-bacterial surface and can be used on the body and on surfaces. You get 300 mists out of one refillable bottle which can last for over a year. Developed by Dr. Jeon in 1994, this amazing product works on improving hydration from the inside out making it key in the journey to youthful skin. It is also ideal for dehydrated winter skin while fighting off those nasty flu bugs this time of year. Come have a treatment, and experience Biocera for yourself.