As you may be aware, the FDA just this week announced new regulations that purport to enhance sunscreen efficacy and make it easier for consumers to navigate the confusing labeling system currently in place. Still, with changes in sunscreen regulations constantly coming down the pipeline, it’s important for us to educate our clients on proper skin protection.
There is a lot of misinformation circulating about the various sunscreen ingredients – mineral vs. chemical – and what constitutes adequate protection. Consumers need to know about the dangers of chemical blockers and what natural alternatives are available, such as Zinc Oxide. If you’re not up-to-speed on this wonder ingredient, read on.
With the great hydroquinone (HQ) debate recently resurfacing, I thought it as good a time as any to take an in depth look at some of the next-generation lighteners and brighteners being used in skin care.
Next-generation lighteners serve as effective HQ alternatives, because they work with a wide range of skin types even the more sensitive skins. In addition to their brightening properties, they also provide antioxidant, moisture and healing support, and promote cell turnover. We work with several botanical lightening agents, but the two I will focus on are Bellis Perennis and L-Arbutin.
Discussing skin protection is, of course, an essential part of overall health. Men have the highest incidence of skin cancer in the U.S. and this is simply because they don’t protect their skin! Enlisting your women clients to get their men onboard with proper skin care is always a great approach, but it doesn’t have to be your only method.