Which Sunscreen is Right For You?

We have all been there: finding yourself blindly staring at 23 different options of sunscreen and having no idea which one is best for your skin.  Then you end up reaching for one because it’s a prettier bottle than the next!  Think again everyone… think again.  Not only can Timeless help you decide which sunscreen is best for you, but we also are here to educate the importance of sunscreen all year long.

Take this quiz to find out the best sunscreen for you:

1.  When I choose a new facial cleanser, most often I reach for a:

A. Creamy cleanser

B. Gel-like cleanser

C. I like all different kinds

D. I’m too scared to change!

2.  In the summer my skin is:

A. Finally not cracking from dryness!

B. I need to blot my shine at least 3 times a day

C. Usually stays the same all year

D. Who knows – it’s different everyday!

3. When choosing a foundation, I like:

A. Creams

B. Powders

C. The latest trend

D. Help!  Makeup breaks me out!

4. My skincare routine consists of:

A. Whatever doesn’t dry out my skin

B. Whatever is a one-stop-shop product

C. Whatever is on special

D. Whatever won’t break me out

Tally up your score and see below for your results!

Mostly As – Sounds like your skin is thirsty!  And we all know dry skin can lead to a faster aging process.  We have the perfect sunscreen for you – one with an anti-aging built in moisturizer: SkinMedica’s TNS Ultimate Daily with SPF 20.  Use this every morning to hydrate, prevent, and protect!

Mostly Bs – The verdict is in: you have oily skin.  I know it’s hard to imagine applying any kind of product to oily skin, but that’s why easy 100% mineral tinted sunscreen powder is for you.  Try our: Colorescience Sunforgettables SPF 30 or 50 for almost any skin tone.

Mostly Cs – Sounds like you have skin that is pretty adaptable to climates, products, and anything new you want to try.  For normal/combination skin it’s still important to not just get fashion products, but action products.  Make sure your sunscreen is really working to protect against the sun’s damaging & aging rays.  We love to recommend: SkinMedica Environmental Defense SPF 30 or 50 and its ultra sheer physical sunscreen provides broad-spectrum defense against UVA/UVB rays.

Mostly Ds – You, my friend, have sensitive skin… but you probably already knew that!  We don’t want to put anything irritating on your skin either.  Sensitive skin can mean a number of things such as being prone to acne or rosacea, and that’s why for most of our sensitive skin patients we often recommend: LaRoche-Posay’s Anthelios SPF 60.  Its feathery-light feel has a sheer finish, effective UVA/UVB protection with Cell-Ox Sheild, and not to mention it’s also water-resistant and non-comedogenic.

Still have questions?  Give us a call at 614-799-5100 – we are always happy to help you!

Your Skin Will Thank You If You Keep House

Cleanliness Is Next to Skinlinessspring cleaning at timeless skin solutions

That doesn’t sound right does it?

“Cleanliness is not next to godliness. It isn’t even in the same neighborhood. No one has ever gotten a religious experience out of removing burned-on cheese from the grill of the toaster oven.”  ~ Erma Bombeck

It IS Important

Get into that spring cleaning mode, because it’s time to check your medicine cabinet and your vanity.

According to Dr. Carol Clinton, there are some very real consequences to not keeping things in order when it comes to your skin care products.

“These products become less active.

“They have a limited shelf life,” she said.

Telltale Signs

If you get a sunburn, it’s too late.

Sunscreen is one of the products that can be critically important to get rid of in a timely manner.

It loses its effectiveness and can’t protect you from harmful rays and damage if you use it after its expiration date.

Some products will let you know they are done before you check the expiration date through discoloration.

It’s truly best to stay ahead of the game and just go through and do a little spring cleaning.

Spring Clean, Go Green and Save

We’ve got an incentive to clean out all those expired skin care products.

For one week only starting Monday (April 23, 2012) bring in any of your unused or empty  skin care product bottles and SAVE 10 percent on our products.

We’ll recycle the bottle, and you can save.

There is a purchase limit of 10 products and this offer is not to be combined with other offers.

If you’d like to find out what skin care products are best for you, be sure to schedule a consultation here.

 

 

 

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Housewives of Columbus for Real: Skin Care Products

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Who among us doesn’t have a nearly-empty bottle of extravagant elixir that didn’t do much. It’s still hanging out in the medicine cabinet or in a drawer, isn’t it?
C’mon. You’ve got more than a few, don’t you?

If you’re going to the cosmetic counter looking for something to really, truly help your skin, you may leave empty-handed or with an empty wallet and few – if any –  results.
You might get pretty bottles and fancy labels so popular with the infamous housewives, though.

 

Medical Grade

The products we carry are rigorously tested by the FDA.
What does that mean?
According to Dr. Carol Clinton, the cosmetic counter stuff just doesn’t jump through nearly the same amount of hoops that medical grade does.
“They do not have to go through that testing at all.”

 

Costs Are Similar – Results, Not So Much

Clinton said her patients tell her they go to the department stores and ante up some serious cash.
“They’ll tell me how much they spent for it and the whole line (we carry) doesn’t cost as much as that (one) product,” she said.
Medications are evaluated the same way the skin care lines we have are.
“The products go through the same rigorous testing” as oral medications, she said.

 

A Patient’s Perspective

Carol, one of Clinton’s patients, recently said being greeted with so many choices at the department store was confusing at best.
We can easily help you identify your skin issues and how best to treat them.
“This makes it a no-brainer,” Carol said.
“I still run out to find my lipstick but I don’t worry about my skin care,” she said.
Clinton said, “They are very cost-effective compared to what you find at the department store.”

 

What’s Available

Among lines we carry in Columbus are Obagi, SkinMedica, La Roche-Posay,  DermaRx, Dermaquest, NIA24 and Vivite.

 

To set up a consultation, contact us here.

 

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Even Presidents Aren’t Immune

Franklin Delano Roosevelt may have battled with malignant melanoma.Timeless Skin Solutions offers a wide variety of sunscreen.

FDR’s advisors might have covered up the fact to prevent questions about leadership stability, according to reports.
-Source 

Times change and President Ronald Reagan publicly announced his treatment for non-malignant melanoma in the ’80s.

A great deal of progress in sun damage prevention has been made since the ’40s.

While we can help with some of the issues from too much sun, an ounce of prevention is always worth a pound of cure.

We have a variety of top-notch sunscreen products including those from Dermaquest, La Roche-Posay, SkinMedica and Obagi.

With spring vacation just around the corner, we encourage you to stop by our offices to let us help you pick out a sunscreen that’s right for you.

 

Managing Acne While Traveling

What could be more glamorous than lying on the shores of the aqua marine Mediterranean in the swank South of France?

Oh, who am I kidding?  As a poor student scrounging for food, cheap hostels, and cheap airfare—all of this done in a foreign language, no less—study abroad was a little less Coco Chanel and a little more la vie boheme. I have to admit, I was nervous about how my skin would handle the trip; I have been prone to acne for years, and in my early twenties, my susceptibility is worse than ever.

Manage Acne While Traveling from Columbus

Any person who struggles with acne knows that stress and lack of routine (not to mention air travel, warm weather, and sunscreen) can agitate the situation.  It’s a cocktail for disaster—and not quite the cocktail I envisioned myself drinking on the beach for spring break.

To survive the trip, I constructed (and test-drove) the following plan to combat skin stress while traveling:

  1. Stick to the skincare regime: I stuck to my regime quite vigilantly, avoiding breakouts by using my Clarisonic Brush (which has an impressive battery-life—just remember to charge before you leave!) morning and night. For cleansing, I used Obagi Clenziderm Daily Care Foaming Cleanser followed by Obagi Clenziderm Pore Therapy, and finally Skin Medica TNS Ultimate Daily moisturizer.
  2. Trust the science behind the products: Because I had educated myself on the science of skincare before the trip, I knew how to plan ahead for the different environments I would be in. For days that I was immersed in the dry, stale air of airports and airplanes, I put Skin Medica Hydrating Complex under my moisturizer. For days outside, I always wore La Roche-Posay sunscreen SPF 50 on top of my moisturizer.  I even managed to bring my tiny bottle of Latisse and a few lash brushes to keep up with my eyelash maintenance.
  3. Plan on a chemical peel or two when you return: If any of the above was to fail me, I’d at least be able to whip my skin back into shape as soon as I returned. It didn’t come to that, but I kept my appointment anyway for a quick, welcome-home rejuvenation.

Following these three steps, I was amazed when my skin stayed clear and bright through two weeks of running around Europe.

I also realized another very important piece of the puzzle: when traveling, don’t forget to relax, wherever you are.  Walk the beach, hit the slopes, tour the cobblestoned streets—whatever makes you happy is sure to give you a beautiful glow.  In addition, stay hydrated and take advantage of local delicacies—maybe not the croissants so much, but fresh seafood and the area’s local produce.  With fresh air, sleep, relaxation, and of course, some great products from Timeless Skin Solutions, travel doesn’t have to be a disaster for your skin.

FDA Approves Sunscreen Labeling Changes

Just yesterday, the FDA made some serious changes to its guidelines for sunscreen labeling. As you may know, this has been a concern of mine for years, and it is finally being addressed. When choosing a sunscreen, you need to consider protection from the rays that will burn your skin (UVB, and the number associated with the sunscreen) as well as protection from aging and potential cancer causing rays (UVA).

Many people don’t know that those ultraviolet A rays are the ones that cause wrinkles. They are so strong that they can penetrate glass and can travel even deeper into the skin than the UVB rays. When this happens, the UVA rays injure the cells in the basal layer of the epidermis (where most skin cancers occur) and damage the skin’s DNA. It is these changes or mutations that can lead to skin cancer.

What to look for: The label on the sunscreen you purchase should say “broad spectrum”. This means that, starting next year, it will provide protection against both UVA and UVB rays.  SPF greater than 50 will only be labeled 50+ as there is so little difference between sunscreens above the 50 (UVB) rating (in terms of protection from burning in the sun).  The FDA did leave open the possibility that a company could claim higher than 50, if they could prove a significant difference deserving the higher value.

From my experience, I prefer longer acting UVA sun protection as found in La Roche Posay Anthelios line.  If you’re in a pinch and can’t find this brand, I also recommend Neutrogena.

Here is a list of some other changes the FDA has put into action:

  • The terms “waterproof” and “sweatproof” on sunscreen is now banned. The FDA says these are “exaggerations of performance.” Companies can use the term, “water resistant,” only if test results back up the claim, and they will have to say how many minutes the sunscreen can last in the water.
  • The phrase “sun block” will be banned because products don’t completely block the sun, they deflect it.
  • Only products with a SPF of 15 or higher can claim to lower the risk of cancer.

I am glad to finally see this new change being made to sunscreen labels. This will support our personal and effort to prevent skin cancer and premature aging.

Review: La Roche-Posay Sunscreen

Oh la la, Bonjour mes belles! I’m home from my jet-setting adventures through France and its surrounding countries and can say that the international trend report is in: pale is beautiful.

Take one step into the Louvre museum in Paris and you’ll see immediately that painters for centuries, the likes of Botticelli and DaVinci, have celebrated the luminosity of healthy, glowing, and unblemished skin. It’s a rather…er…timeless look, if you will.

What else is in vogue in France? Innovation in science to create products for optimal skin care. This means remedial formulas created with natural, medical-grade ingredients which penetrate the pores and layers of our skin more effectively. These deeper layers are  precisely where we may be harboring the foundations for acne, wrinkles, graying and dull skin, and other annoying skin detriments, so reaching them is crucial to changing to the texture or general condition of our skin. Vive la science!

There are pharmacies on every corner in France, indicated by iconic glowing neon-green crosses, where pharmacists assist the French in obtaining prescriptions, medications, and beauty products. The French know that health and beauty go together like baguettes and brie. When it comes to protection from sun damage, each and every pharmacist in France, from the beaches of St. Tropez to the Eiffel Tower, will prescribe the exact same tried and true line: La Roche-Posay.

Clinically speaking, this French favorite boasts a striking main ingredient, their unique selenium-rich Thermal Spring Water, which comes from the heart of a small village in central France called La Roche Posay. Loaded with minerals, this sunscreen is a tireless protective force against the beating rays of the summer sun, with anti-aging, soothing properties for anti-inflammatory cellular preservation.

My favorite thing about this product is that it is hypoallergenic and great for sensitive skin. As an acne-prone individual in my early twenties, I can personally attest that this is the first sun block product which has not led to facial breakouts. Stop by Timeless Skin Solutions and we’ll help you choose the La Roche-Posay sunscreen that’s right for you.

The only other French beauty tip I can prescribe you is a nightly glass of red wine from la Loire valley, sipped slowly, for anti-oxidants (doctor’s orders!) and you, too, can be beautiful just like zee French.