SPF. Skin and Hair's Best Friend

By Lauren Salapatek | 03/16/2010 1:48:43 PM

 

Sunscreen in products is not just for the summer months—it can be used all year around. To prevent aging caused by UV rays, sunscreen should be used every day of the year, even if it is a cloudy and you're not even planning on going outside. 
 
I did some research about the importance of SPF on your skin, lips and hair—and each is affected differently by the sun. I also gathered up some products I think your clients will find very useful for everyday SPF wear that you might want to recommend: 
  The Sun
 

 For more information about the products listed below, visit MODERN's Product Directory

  PRIORI CoffeeBerry Natural Daily Protection SPF 25

Not only does this product provide protection against the sun’s UV rays, it serves as a SPF product you can apply daily that will hydrate and brighten your skin over time. Fortified with CoffeeBerry, a potent antioxidant, this lightweight cream was very hydrating.

It melted in with my skin; and like some other sunscreens it wasn’t oily, sticky or clumpy when applied. This daily protection SPF is 98.4 percent natural! The best part is, it goes on in a light beige color so it provides some redness cover-up (or freckle cover-up in my case.)
 
 PRIORI CoffeeBerry Natural Daily Protection SPF 25
 

 Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50

Among one of the first-to-market transparent sunscreens, this fluid is paraben-free and contains an optimized preservative system, minimized chemicals and all-physical broad-spectrum filters. When you apply this to your face, it spreads evenly, dries quickly and leaves no residue.

Before applying this sunscreen, you need to shake the bottle thoroughly so the active ingredients are evenly distributed. The fluid is ideal for oily and acneic skin types—as well as people who have freckles on their faces (like me!) SPF 50 will greatly reduce the risk of getting burnt.

This sunscreen contains Artemia Salina, a plankton which reinforces the protection of sunscreens. It induces Heat Shock Protein 70, which protects all skin proteins—including collagen and elastin against UV damage.
  Skinceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50
 

  Sanitas Vita-Rich Serum

I applied this product twice a day, for a week straight. My skin has been really dry this past winter, so I thought, why not give it a try! This serum is a highly concentrated, 100 percent active formula that contains only essential fats and nutrients that encourage softer, smoother and more vibrate skin. It is not diluted with water or fillers, but instead is rich in squalane (an essential fat). This serum also contains Vitamins A, C, D, E and K.

Each time I applied this product, I used two drops during the morning and at night after cleansing and toning my face. Instantly, my face felt nice and moisturized. The first time I used this product was before I went to sleep. When I woke up the next morning and went about my daily routine, one of my friends commented that my face looked brighter that day!...Must have been from all of those vitamins I put on my skin the night before.


 Sanitas Vita-Rich Serum 
Now I use this serum daily. I have noticed that my face is not as dry as it was before using the product. It has also calmed some of the redness on my face. This product not only helps protect and heal skin, it helps shield skin from sun damage and environmental toxins.


 
COOLA Liplux – Make sure to put SPF on your lips too! The lips are very thin and more prone to aging caused by sun exposure than other parts of the body. Not only can lips get sunburned, but repeated sun exposure can lead to lip cancer. Liplux is a USDA-certified all-in-one lip treatment that is highly concentrated with certified organic and active ingredients. It includes fruit butters like organic raspberry and avocado, aloe vera, shea butter, jojaba oil and rose hips.

I used this product on my lips and it tasted like vanilla with a hint of peppermint. It resembles a lipstick by the way it dispenses. 
 Coola Liplux 
Sunscreen for your hair: Sun damage to the hair can result in brittleness; split ends and faded color…and who wants that? No one! So in order to prevent that problem, tell your clients to pack along a hair SPF when their heading out into the sun.

The sun's light waves are categorized by their intensity. There are three categories of light waves. These are UVA, UVB and UVC. The UVA and UVB can both damage the hair in a variety of ways. It can cause permanent damage to the outside covering of the hair, which is the cuticle, and it can penetrate into the center of the hair, which is the cortex.

UVA rays are the strongest radiation-filled light rays. They can disturb the hair cortex's fiber-like cells that give the hair its strength and elasticity. It can also damage the color pigments that create natural hair color. UVA rays can also burn the hair cuticle, which contains a web of tiny overlapping scales. When the scales are damaged and they can not lay flat, like they are supposed to, hair will look lifeless and dry.

UVB rays penetrate deep into the hair's cortex, easily drying out the hair and causing natural and chemical colors to fade. 
 
  The sun emitting different wavelengths

So for your clients with sun-beaten hair, consider referring them to Goldwell’s new protective Dualsenses Sun Reflects products—exclusively for hair protection from the sun.

   
 Goldwell Dualsenses Sun Reflect Line
 

Leave-in Protect Spray—Defends the hair against the damaging effects of the sun, pool and sea water, while detangling and moisturizing.

Leave-in Protect Shimmer Gel—Perfect for a head full of beach-ready, super-shiny, smooth locks for an eye-catching look that’ll draw the attention of surfers and sunbathers alike.

After-Sun Hair & Body Shampoo—Regenerates hair from the effects of the sun, chlorinated or salt water.

After-Sun 60 sec Treatment—This can reverse the negative effects of the sun, pool and sea water to give your client's hair a moisture boost.

 OR TRY
Redken Color Extend Sun SPF 12

Helps prevent sunburn on the scalp while also strengthening, protecting and replenishing sun-stressed hair. I tried out this product and it has a hair spray smell to it—but it smells good! It also doesn’t leave hair hard or stiff after applying...and it adds a little shine!

If your client likes the smell of coconut you may want to spritz a little HEMP Organics Sun Recovery Spray in their hair. Not only does it moisturize hair, it will make your client feel like they are on a tropical vacation all day long!  
 
  Redken Color Extend Sun Solar Screen SPF 12
and last, but not least....
AVEDA Sun Care Shampoo and Body Wash

A color-safe formula that gently and effectively removes chlorine, salt and product build-up, while helping to maintain moisture balance. It's a wash and a shampoo-in-one!
   
  Aveda Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser
 



 

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for modernsalon.com, salontoday.com and firstchair.com. As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

You can find Lauren on Google+ or e-mail her at lsalapatek@modernsalon.com.

 


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