Skin+Stress

You made it…the first “unofficial” weekend of the summer is finally here, and warm weather is finally upon us! If you’re like me, you’re probably planning on spending lots of time outdoors this weekend soaking up the sun at the beach, a family cookout, or just spending time outside working in the garden.

Be sure to kick off Summer by practicing safe skincare habits and using caution when spending long hours outdoors. According to the American Cancer Society, 5.4 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the United States alone. At Pevonia, we’re here to help you reveal your most #BeautyFull self and stay safe under the harsh summer sun. Here are a few helpful hints to kick off this sunsational season with Pevonia:

Lather Up

Pevonia’s Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30 is perfect for those wanting to prevent sunburn and protect skin from the sun’s damaging UVA, UVB and infra-red rays and will also counteract their effects.

Wear sunscreen. This should go without saying, but there are so many people that hit the sun without proper protection…either by choice, or simply because they’ve “forgotten” the most important step to having fun in the sun is keeping your skin safe. Don’t be the person to make the ridiculous excuse that sunscreen isn’t necessary when you’re getting a “tan”, because the sun isn’t out, or because you don’t burn…because EVERYONE needs sunscreen, and there should never be an excuse not to lather up.
Sun Tip: Experts recommend lathering up before getting dressed to avoid missing spots on your skin. Be sure to use at least a shot glass worth of sunscreen on your body, and a spoonful on your face. Be sure to apply sunscreen every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating to ensure optimum protection.

Looking for more? Check out our Sun Care Library.

Pack Skin Protection

Just because you’ve lathered up before heading out, doesn’t mean you can choose to forget the skin you’re in while having fun outdoors. Be sure to pack proper sun protection along with you. Here’s a checklist of sun essentials to bring along while spending time outdoors:

  • Wide Brimmed Hat
  • Umbrella or Sun Tent
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Cover Up
  • UVA/UVB Protected Swim Gear

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

Looking to soothe that bad sunburn? Cool, soothe, reduce redness, heal and prevent sun damage and sensitivity caused by sunburn (and waxing!) with this calming, hydrating gel.

This may also seem like common sense, but your body (& and your skin!) need proper hydration year ‘round…and even more in the summer months. Your body releases more sweat in the summer, which can dehydrate your skin, and even sometimes making it more prone to sunburn. If you do get a nasty burn, drinking water can help rejuvenate and recover your skin. Be sure to bring along plenty of fresh water, and avoid beverages containing sugar or alcohol. If you are planning to drink alcohol, be sure to ramp up your water intake to avoid dehydration!

Take a Time Out

Don’t be afraid to take some time away from the sun and seek shelter or shade if you’re spending all day outside…your skin will thank you. Spending a long day at the beach? Take a time out, get out of the water, and enjoy a cool breeze under the shade of your umbrella with a nice long beach nap. Spending time outside at a family cookout? Be sure to head inside or seek shade during your Memorial Day meal and give your skin a rest. Try to find small opportunities for shade or shelter especially between the hottest hours of the day: 11:00am and 4:00pm, and remember to take the time to reapply sunscreen while taking a time out.

Share Your Screen

Looking to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day? Our Phyto-Aromatic Mist will replenish, refresh, hydrate and soothe with this lightweight, moisturizing mist.

Most importantly, be sure to spread the importance of proper sun protection to family, friends, and co-workers this Memorial Day. Did you know that regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing melanoma by fifty percent? Spend a few moments talking to your children about how to properly apply sunscreen, and find activities to help them seek shade throughout the day.
Memorial Day Party Tip: Be sure to host a sunscreen station at your party to give guests the opportunity to lather up and protect.

Did you know? Peels date back to the days of Egypt over 5,000 years ago when Egyptians used acids from fruits and milk as facial peels? So…what is a peel? A facial or chemical peel is a treatment in which an acid solution is used to remove the damaged outer layers of the skin. If you haven’t heard, Pevonia® Botanica introduced an all NEW in-spa professional treatment last week; the YouthRenew™ Hydra-Glow Peel! This ultra-hydrating new treatment, provides your skin with a smoother texture, minimized wrinkles, and lightened hyperpigmentation. Truly emerging your skin for a healthy, radiant, #BeautyFull glow! I had the pleasure of getting to experience this treatment last week, and wanted to share some important information on peels and my take on this exciting new spa experience.

 

…I know what you’re thinking.

The first time I heard “peel” I thought…yikes how can this possibly be exciting? I don’t want my skin falling off of my face? Gross. While the process does remove the top layer of the skin, the peel is properly (and gently!) exfoliates your skin to stimulate the formulation of new cells to provide your skin a more even tone and clearer, brighter skin. Your skin is not literally falling off your face, and there is nothing to fear with this process…I promise. So…what’s the big deal? Why Peel?

Phoencian-Pevonia

ONE…

Who doesn’t want to dive into a retreat for body, mind and spirit, sprinkled with a little mystery? The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona believes in an ancient legend where a mythical phoenix rose from the ashes of its past to be reborn and celebrate renewal. This power of transformation, whether of the body, spirit or mind, is inherent to the philosophy of their Centre for Well-Being. Ideal during the holiday season, their spa rituals lead to inner calm, self-revelation and harmony with one’s own natural rhythms.

Their Botanical Rejuvenating Stem Cell Facial gives skin a boost of life. Infused with a blend of Argan and Comfrey Stem Cells, and supercharged with Collagen, Retinol and Elastin, this facial starts working quickly to reduce lines and wrinkles.

Take some time to think of visions of a better you while relaxing at their Meditation Atrium or one of their outdoor patios. What do you want to accomplish this season? What do you want to stay away from? Where are you lacking boundaries that perhaps invade your inner peace?

TWO…

You may think there is no need for sunscreen during the winter months; yet, experts disagree.  Combine the need for some color during the winter months with incredible protection and you’ll have YouthRenew™ Tinted Cream SPF 30, an extraordinary 5 in 1 Daily Defense Cream. It’s age-defying and ultra-hydrating, while providing broad spectrum protection, healthy luminosity and a tinted, flawless look. Infused with Collagen, Vitamin C, Olive Extracts and the new Flash Action Unisphere, YouthRenew™ Tinted Cream combines the benefits of BB, CC and DD creams to leave skin with an immaculate finish. And, the added subtle natural tint reduces the appearance of enlarged pores and brightens skin throughout the day.

THREE…

I leave you with the words of Marilu Henner, “Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life.”

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While plastic surgery and Botox have become the norm, there are millions of people who don’t want to go under the knife or needle to preserve their appearance. There are plenty of ways to look 10 years younger, and the good news; it is never too late to end bad habits.

Scientists now believe we have the power to slow down 40 percent of how we age, especially when using authentic botanicals like Pevonia in our daily regimen. Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is a NYC Osteopathic Physician Board Certified in family medicine and anti-aging medicine. Despite his busy schedule, we were able to get him to provide his Top 10 Must-Haves when saying bye-bye to sad aging effects, and hello to youthful, healthy aging:

1. Stop smoking.
“Cigarettes contain some 40,000 toxins, each deposited directly into the DNA of skin cells each time you take a drag,” says Dr. Calapai. “Numerous studies in identical twins have found that smokers look ten years older than non-smokers. That evidence is profound in lines around the eyes.” Talk to your doctor about methods to help you quit.

2. Flex your face.
“Facial muscles are just like body muscles,” he says. “The more you use them, the stronger they get and the less likely they are to sag and atrophy.” Try this quick cheek workout to help build up sagging facial muscles: look in a mirror, smile as broadly as possible while keeping your lips closed and mouth corners turned up. Try to make your mouth corners touch your ears. Next, wrinkle your nose and see your cheek muscles move upwards. Stay like this for a count of five, then relax. Repeat 10 times.

3. Consider acupuncture.
Half of Hollywood is allegedly hooked on the face-saving, radiance-boosting power of cosmetic acupuncture. According to experts, it stimulates skin cells to lay down new collagen fibers under wrinkles, ‘filling them in’ literally while also toning different muscles to restore glow. The added bonus is that most cosmetic acupuncturists treat underlying problems that could be causing your skin to look older, such as insomnia and bad digestion.

4. Have more sex.
Having sex at least three times per week can make you look up to 10 years younger. According to Dr. Dr. Calapai, having more sex is the next best thing you can do after exercise to look younger because it also helps you to naturally release more growth hormones and it’s been proven that having more sex can help you live longer.

5. Avoid sugar.
“Too much sugar in your diet will lead to an age accelerating process in your body known as glycation and glycation does damage to the collagen in your skin making you lose skin elasticity causing wrinkles to appear,” he affirms. Something as simple as cutting out sodas and sweet juices makes a difference fast.

6. Exfoliate your skin regularly.
“Exfoliation increases dermal volume, making skin look less wrinkly. It will also help fade brown spots. You can use a physical exfoliant like a scrub, or a chemical exfoliant, such as a glycolic,” says Dr. Calapai. We say our Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser fits the bill, perfectly.

7. Start intermittent fasting.
The two main reasons why intermittent fasting makes you look younger is because intermittent fasting naturally increases your human growth hormone which amps up the production of collagen for younger looking skin. Dr. Calapai explains that, “intermittent fasting induces autophagy where the cells in your body repair themselves to make a newer much healthier cell to prevent aging.”

8. Exercise.
You may think you carry your age in your face, but people “guess” your age by how you move. The youthful figure is thin, muscular, flexible, and strong. Your exercise program should include lots of cardio (this allows you to move around without huffing and puffing (a definite “geezer” giveaway). Also be sure to strength train with free weights, and add in some stretching to preserve flexibility.

9. Improve your posture.
One of the biggest giveaways for looking old is a curved back with slumpy sitting, and shoulders that ride up too high with respect to your neck. Fix your posture by thinking of the top of your head as a flat surface and then try to get that flat surface as tall as you can. Consciously push down your shoulders. Do this as you walk and sit. Take a “posture check” as often as you think about it during the day. Young people may not have perfect posture, but correcting your posture will make you look more youthful.

10. Eat more oily fish.
Eating fish rich in Omega 3 is optimal but if you don’t like fish take a high-grade fish-oil supplement. Dr. Calapai says that, “none of us consume enough essential fatty acids, which as well as helping our brains to function more smoothly are considered vital to keep skin-cell-membranes in good health and therefore stop the skin from getting too dry.”

Photo by  Sylvain Reygaerts