Category Archives: Sensitive Skin

The Surprising Truth About Inflammation and Your Skin

Curious? We thought so! Here at SkinScience Clinic in downtown Calgary, it’s our aim to both educate and deliver above-and-beyond results. And what’s one of the most common misconceptions we hear from clients here in the clinic? That inflammation is an inherently bad thing.

As a Microbiology and Immunology major of the University of Montreal, SkinScience Clinic’s founder, Marie Bertrand, knows a thing or two about inflammation… and that, despite common belief, inflammation can actually be a good thing.

“Inflammation? A Good Thing?”

While inconvenient, inflammation can actually be beneficial: after all, inflammation is the body’s natural protective response to injury and pathogens (such as bacteria or viruses). Because our bodies are so intelligently wired, they automatically know what to do when there is a disruption of the natural balance within your body; we can also commonly feel when our body may be inflamed, such as after too much alcohol or unhealthy foods.

When an inflammation trigger is registered by our body, our body’s defense systems initiate a flood of molecular action— multitudes of cells rush to the offending area to see what needs to be protected against. Once the trigger is determined, inflammatory mediators—known as “bradykinins” and “histamines”— cause blood vessels to open in order for an increased flow of blood and oxygen to the affected area.

Puffy cheeks post-wisdom teeth removal or a swollen wrist after a fracture are just two examples of our body’s protective responses firing correctly. So when can inflammation turn sour? Well, when our body is incapable or slow at cleaning up the residue of this inflammatory response we enter the drawbacks of inflammation: negative inflammation.

Chronic Inflammation and its Impact On Your Skin (and Overall Well-Being!)

Chronic inflammation—also referred to as long-term inflammation—is classified as inflammation that lasts for a long period of time (months or, in extreme cases, years). Chronic inflammation’s impact is so severe, in fact, that it is ranked by the World Heath Organization as “the greatest threat to human health”.

Telltale signs of chronic inflammation include:

·        High blood pressure

·        Eczema or psoriasis

·        Acne

·        Food allergies

·        Diabetes

·        Heart disease

·        Arthritis

·        Fatigue

·        Digestive problems

·        Unexplained weight gain and/or stubborn visceral fat

These conditions are serious not just due to their potential severity, but also because they can remain undetected in the body for long periods of time before being successfully diagnosed.

“I Think That I Have Chronic Inflammation! How Can I Mitigate It?”

While it may be tempting to sit and despondently ponder how your chronic inflammation came to be (genetics? Environmental factors? Poor nutrition choices? Stress? A sedentary lifestyle? Plain bad luck?) we here at SkinScience Clinic believe in solutions—especially for something such as chronic inflammation, which can be reversed.

We here at SkinScience Clinic advocate for the following in order to reduce and control chronic inflammation:

·        Making nutritious food choices (especially limiting the intake of sugar and refined carbs)

·        Taking a daily probiotic to balance your gut flora

·        Staying hydrated

·        Eliminating or reducing dairy, which, due to the hormones it contains, can cause inflammation

·        Improving your sleep schedule

·        Limiting your alcohol consumption

·        Getting active

·        Managing stress

While these may seem like large lifestyle changes when facing them head-on, educating yourself on your chronic inflammation triggers and slowly making healthy lifestyle adjustments to reduce its effects can eliminate chronic inflammation over time without medical intervention.

Are you struggling with chronic inflammation and its impact on your body and skin? Reach out today to learn how one of our skin specialists can provide you with customized home care and in-clinic treatments to rid you of chronic inflammation for good.

Seasonal Skin Changes ~ Winter Edition

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Once again Calgary we are at the crossroads of a season change. Jack Frost is biting at our cheeks outside and our indoors our heating is also completely dehydrating our skin. We just can’t seem to escape our drying environment (unless we get on a flight to Hawaii) this time of year. Just like we spoke about in our fall blog, we have very different needs for different seasons. That need in a Calgary winter is protecting our skin’s barrier and to fight against dehydration from the elements.

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 It is commonly brought to our attention here in the clinic that people are feeling tight, flakey and chapped but often still shiny and oily as soon as winter hits. That is because Calgary has very low humidity in the air come November. We will focus on ingredients to aid in the protection of our skin’s barrier in one of our harshest seasons. Our spotlight ingredients for winter are Hyaluronic Acid (hydration) and Essential Fatty Acids or Lipids (nourishment) to keep our skin healthy.

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The Importance of Using Hyaluronic Acid

No matter your skin type, whether it be oily/acne prone or dry/dehydrated; Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a must have for our winters. People often get confused by the difference between a big drink of water for the skin (HA) and nourishment for the skin (lipids/oils). If you have been to SkinScience for one of our consultations you have probably seen our cranberry experiment. We take dried cranberries and soak them in both oil and water for a few weeks/months. In the end the cranberries soaked in oil are unchanged; hence oils don’t hydrate or ‘plump’ the skin. The cranberries soaked in water are returned to their original state; plump and juicy! This is what we want for our skin. Keeping our HA levels robust will not only protect our skin barrier but with help fight against the early signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.

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The Importance of Using Natural BioLipids

Lipids/oils are equally important to protect our skin’s barrier in a Calgary winter. Some people produce enough oils naturally but if you are a true dry skin type, you may feel like you need some extra nourishment and hydration when the snow starts flying. If you are someone who spends a lot of time outdoors skiing, snowboarding or whatever brings you out into the elements, you will want to give some extra love to your wind whipped skin. Below are our top sellers at SkinScience by skin type/condition to fight back against Jack Frost.

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Best Serums to Restore Moisture and Water into the Skin.

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Our top selling HYDRATING SERUMS for all skin types are:

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  1. Dermaquest B5 Hydrating Serum – Shower your skin in our intensive and lightweight hydrating serum, delivering immediate, luminous moisture, essential for all skin types. With one of the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid this serum is a top seller.
  2. Aliquote Skin HydraLift Infusion – Firming serum with botanical extract 400x stronger then Hyaluronic Acid provides instant hydration for firmer looking skin. Ginseng and fruit extracts protect from visible aging changes caused by pollution and HEV light.
  3. SkinCeuticals H.A Intensifier – This multi-beneficial formula containing a high concentration of pure hyaluronic acid, proxylane (good for glycation) and purple rice extract supports the skins natural HA reservoir in the uppermost layers to help renew plumpness, elasticity and firmness. 
  4. SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel – Contains hyaluronic acid, the body’s natural hydrator, to bind moisture to the skin. Enriched with vitamin B5, this hydrating gel helps maximize the benefits of your daily moisturizer.

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Pro-Tips

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Always layer your serums thinnest to thickest, finishing with a moisturizer and SPF last.

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Best Serums to Restore Natural Lipids and Oils into the Skin.

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Our top selling lipid/nourishment creams for dry and dehydrated skin types are;

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  1. SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 – Specially formulated with a maximized concentration of 2% pure ceramides, 4% natural cholesterol, and 2% omega fatty acids, a lipid ratio optimized for natural barrier restoration in aging skin. 
  2. Dermaquest Nourishing Peptide Rich – Our lavish moisturizer is formulated with drier skin types in mind. Experience luxury from advance peptides, antioxidants and essential hydrators for immediate relief.

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Love your cream but need a boost for winter? Try adding in these top selling serums;

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  1. Dermaquest Radiant Skin Facial Oil – A blend of 9 essential oils that soothe irritated chapped skin. This fast acting, leave ion oil provides healing and anti-inflammatory qualities as it deeply nourishes dry, dehydrated and compromised skin. 
  2. Aliquote Skin Soothing Lipid Repair – Replenishing serum with glycolipids and vitamins E and F provides instant glow and smoother, plumper skin. Antioxidant Lipochroman protects from environmental aging.

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Pro-Tips

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Use the Radiant Skin Facial Oil alone for an SOS treatment or add it to your moisturizer for a daily nourishing boost.

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 The Soothing Lipid Repair makes a great barrier against the elements for skiers or snowboarders and other winter enthusiasts.

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Don’t Forget Hydration from the Inside in the winter!

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And lastly but oh so important, hydrate from within! Drinking lots of water is so important to our overall health. Give it an extra boost with a collagen supplement.

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 Our favorite collagen supplement is;

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withinUs TruMarine Collagen – This Non GMO, wild caught and sustainably sourced collagen is a premium- select grade hydrolyzed collagen, which offers unmatched advantages. withinUs TruMarine Collage provides a high concentration of specific amino acids, which help with the formation of collagen in the body. Sourced from the best raw material, our collagen is extracted exclusively from the scales of wild, sustainable fish from the deep, clean waters of the South Pacific Ocean. Just add to your water and drink!

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Health Canada approved, Kosher, Non GMO verified, dairy, gluten and soy free, tested for heavy metals. 

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As always if you have concerns with the weather change wreaking havoc on your skin, book in for a service or consult with a SkinScience team member. We will be happy to help you choose the best options for your skins health!

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The Art of the Triple Cleanse ~ The New Way to Deep Clean Your Skin

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BOO!! Hello Calgary, now that we have your attention… have you ever heard of triple cleansing? With Halloween right around the corner, we need to think about the best possible costume and amazing makeup to win top prize at all the parties we will attend. An equally important detail to think about is our skincare routine for makeup removal! We don’t want to pay for one night of glory (Yay, first place!) with a month of clogging and/or breakouts (eeeeekkk, scary).

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Double cleansing is good but triple is better! High coverage makeup has more oils, silicones and waxes in it for better coverage. Better coverage means more clogged pores, especially if you are acne prone. A good removal regimen at the end of the day is always important but ESPECIALLY important when wearing high coverage or specialty (Halloween) makeup! Makeup removal is not the only reason we need a good evening cleanse; throughout the day, airborne bacteria, dirt, dust and pollution is attracted to your skin, and if they aren’t washed away properly, they could potentially contribute to aging, enlarged pores and breakouts (triple eeeeekkk).

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Here at SkinScience we like to do a triple cleanse. Your first cleanse is to remove makeup, the second to cleanse the skin and the third to exfoliate, unclog and refine your pores for better product absorption.

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If you’re still not sure what we’re talking about, triple cleansing involves using a cleanser that is oil-based, or a micellar water (for acne prone) first to break down makeup, primer, SPF and sebum on the surface of your skin. The first cleanse removes makeup primarily. Following it with a deeper water-based cleanser, a second round of cleansing will clean much deeper into the pores to remove any impurities such as sweat and bacteria. Then lastly for our third cleanse using an exfoliating scrub (make sure this is not a nutshell based!), to remove pollution, debris, and to promote skin renewal for brighter more refined skin and better product absorption.

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To make it easy we have broken it down into three skin type routines with some of our top selling products;

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Dry Skin

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  1. Dermaquest Facial Cleanser Stem Cell 3D – This creamy, rich foaming cleanser is the perfect start to your triple cleanse! Fortified with plant stem cells, amino acids and Neodermyl to gently remove makeup and impurities while, bathing your skin in an emollient lather for a renewed complexion. SHOP
  2. Dermaquest C Infusion Cleanser – Overflowing with antioxidants, this foaming cleanser purifies and preserves while slowing the effects of harmful free radicals. Feel refreshed and energized and primed for homecare products, without stripping essential moisture from your skin. SHOP
  3. Aliquote Skin Fresh Complexion Polisher – With diatomaceous minerals, vitamin c and essential oils, this gentle scrub peels away dead skin cells for a smoother, glowing texture. SHOP

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Oily/Combination Skin

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  1. Reversa Cleansing Micellar Water – Gently cleanses and effectively removes face and eye makeup and impurities while soothing ingredients such as lotus vegetal water and allantoin prevent irritation. SHOP
  2. Aliquote  Skin Fresh Complexion Cleanser – Micro-exfoliating cleanser with 2% salicylic acid at low PH enhances dead skin removal while unclogging pores and preventing acne . Antibacterial cold pressed coconut oil and aloe vera balances moisture levels for a clean hydrated finish. SHOP
  3. SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub – This smoothing polish with hydrated silica cleanses pores and softens skin while promoting skin cell renewal. SHOP

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Sensitive Skin

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  1. Aliquote Skin Cashmere Cream Cleanser – Hydrating milk cleanser with lavender essential oil, aloe, and vitamin E. Gently removes makeup and impurities. Soothes redness and dryness. Suitable for face, neck and eyes. SHOP
  2. Aliquote Skin Detox Micellar Gelee – Gentle sulfate-free cleanser with chamomile essential oil and peptides soothes and hydrates normal to sensitive skin. Algae extract clears away makeup, debris, and pollution. SHOP
  3. Dermaquest Algae Polishing Scrub – This cooling scrub uses jojoba beads to remove excess skin cells through gentle exfoliation, leaving the skin smooth and prepped for better product absorption. Deeply hydrating, this scrub primes the skin while relaxing algae extract soothes inflammation. SHOP

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The first cleansing step is important to make sure you wash until there isn’t a single trace of makeup left. If you wear a lot of makeup, this could take 2-3 times, but if you’ve spent time putting makeup on, it makes sense to spend time taking it off, right? After all, a smooth canvas is best for makeup application and we need to keep our skin healthy.

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Once you’ve removed the surface grime, it’s time for a deep water-based cleanse – and that doesn’t mean a quick splash. Whether you are triple cleansing or not, make sure to massage your cleanser in for a minute to thoroughly remove toxins, pollution and product buildup. This is especially important if it is an enzyme- or acid-based cleanser, so it has time to perform properly (eating away dead skin cells) – even two minutes would be better.

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Taking at least a minute to do a water-based cleanse will ensure you gain all the benefits from your cleanser and its ingredients. On average, most people only spend about twenty seconds on cleansing, which isn’t enough time to massage the cleanser in properly.

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The third step of the triple cleanse should be performed 2-3 times per week. Exfoliation is essential for healthy skin, but needs to be performed gently as to not create unwanted (and pro-aging) inflammation.

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The temperature of the water matters, too. Too hot and you could risk irritating the skin,  especially if you suffer from acne or skin conditions such as rosacea, so it’s best to rinse with water that is lukewarm.

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Triple cleansing each evening will also brighten any dullness, adding the exfoliating cleanse into any routine will slough away the dead skin cells that are sitting on the surface and will allow serums and moisturizers to better absorb.

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Is it possible to over-wash your skin?

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While your skin needs to be cleansed twice a day – morning and evening – a triple cleanse isn’t always necessary – especially when you wake up in the morning.

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A single water-based cleanse in the AM will cleanse away the skin’s naturally produced oils and everything the skin has detoxed overnight. It will also better prepare your skin to absorb daily routine products. Over-washing can lead to dryness, sensitivity and irritation. The ideal cleanser should be non-stripping of the skins natural oils, and it’s important not to rub the skin too harshly.

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If you are using retinol or other forms of smart exfoliation to be left on the skin at night, it would be better to skip the scrub in the triple cleanse and replace it with the smart exfoliation on those evenings.

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With a triple cleanse you are sure to remove all makeup, pollution and debris, as well as keep the skin renewal process at its best for a clear, smooth and glowing complexion. Leave the scary face for Halloween! 

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If you are unsure of what cleansers and routine would be ideal for you, book in for our 60-Minute Skin Consultation! We will go through all your current products to see what is working, what isn’t and if there is anything missing. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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The Mineral Advantage ~ Why You Should Be Using Sun Protection Every Day

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Aaaahhh Calgary! One minute it’s summer, and the next it’s winter. There’s just no in-between, and it has a HUGE impact on our skin’s health and hydration. One minute you are a sweaty, oily mess, the next, dry and flaky. But did you know that no matter the season, it’s best to wear sunscreen all day, every day? You read that right! If you want to prevent wrinkles, loose skin, brown spots and blotchiness, it’s best to use sun protection on a daily basis.

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When you turn 70 and people think you’re 52, you’ll thank us for this valuable piece of skin care information! 😉

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Before we get into why at SkinScience we prefer mineral sunscreen over chemical sunscreen, let’s address a very commonly asked question: What is an SPF and how does it work? 

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Many people are confused when it comes to SPF values and why a higher number doesn’t necessarily mean better protection for our skin (especially over an SPF50). In order to understand SPF, we need to talk about UVA and UVB rays.

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The Difference between UVA and UVB rays

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There are two types of rays that we need to protect our skin against. UVB – The Burning rays and UVA – the Aging rays. 

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UVB light is in the range of 290 nm-320 nm. There are 2 types of UVA rays, UVA1 and UVA2. UVA1 light is in the range 340-400 nm; UVA2 light is in the range 320-340nm.

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To give you a better understanding, all light has different wavelengths and are measured in nanometers or nm for short. To put this into perspective, a nanometer is one billionth of a meter. Some are visible and some are not. These differences in wavelengths are important because specific sunscreen actives are needed to protect against these rays. UVA rays don’t burn our skin but can cross glass (and therefore windows) and cause significant damage to the skin.

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What Exactly is SPF?

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SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor.  This a measurement of how well a sunscreen will protect against UVB rays (based on the assumption that you apply enough ie. teaspoonful for the face), the kind of ray that causes sunburn, damages skin and can contribute to skin cancer. The number of an SPF is a measurement of protection from the amount of UVB exposure and this is where it gets a bit tricky.

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If your skin would normally burn after 10 minutes in the sun, applying an SPF 15 would (theoretically, if you apply enough sunscreen and in perfect lab conditions) allow you to stay in the sun for approximately 150 minutes (a factor of 15 times longer). Again, this is approximate and will depend on skin type, the intensity of sunlight, environmental conditions and the amount of product applied on the skin. That being said, an SPF value tells us about the amount of UVB rays screened/blocked, but doesn’t tell us anything about how well the product blocks UVA rays (the rays that cause skin aging).

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For daily use, most dermatologists recommend an SPF 30 as it offers enough protection for an average day. If you are spending a lot of time outside for hiking, gardening, running, walking, sports or a vacation, a higher SPF will be beneficial for added protection. Most people don’t apply enough to get the true SPF rating. For example if you apply only ½ the amount needed (this is very common) of a 30 SPF your likely only getting an 15 SPF, so less protection. This is why dermatologists (and the Canadian Dermatology Association) have upped the suggested daily minimum from SPF 15 to SPF 30. Again this is enough for the average day. You still need to re-apply every 90 minutes ensure the best protection against damaging UV rays.

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Higher SPF sunscreens often mean higher UVB protection but do not tell us anything about UVA (aging) protection. Remember that oh so silent but deadly ray we spoke about earlier? Most chemical sunscreens will claim Broad Spectrum Protection and can get away with it if it can screen one of the types of UVA rays. But remember, there are 2 different UVA rays with different wavelengths.  These rays are aging us and causing damage as we sit in our cars, offices and nap on that sunny spot on our couch! A true, well rounded Broad Spectrum Protection SPF will protect against all UVA (short and long) and UVB rays.

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The Mineral Advantage

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So, let’s get down to it. Why at SkinScience do we prefer mineral sunscreen over chemical sunscreen? It is really quite simple.

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Chemical sunscreens have to absorb into the skin for 15 minutes before being active and then they absorb the rays to act like a screen. The actives found in most chemical sunscreens are a combination of oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and/or octinoxate. Some are known to be more harmful than others, such as oxybenzone. These have been recently called for more research by the Food and Drug Administration for further research on safety, including, skin irritation, hormonal disruption and even skin cancer. That in combination with not always being a true broad spectrum protection (all UVA and UVB protection) is enough to see why mineral sunscreen is a better option. Now let’s get to the benefits of a mineral sunscreen and you can draw your own conclusion.

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Mineral sunscreen is safer and does not get absorbed into the skin. It blocks and reflects rays away from our skin immediately as opposed to being absorbed and then filtered like a chemical SPF. The actives in a mineral sun screen are Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. These are naturally found in our environment and are also safe for our oceans. Most protected reef tours will not allow tourists to use chemical sunscreens because it is harmful to marine life. Zinc is known to be a natural anti-inflammatory and can help regulate oil production (yay for acne prone skin!). Zinc oxide is a true broad spectrum protection and protects against all UVA and UVB rays. There are studies that show that visible light can age us. Think of our computer and television screens, our phones and even the office lighting. Minerals are blocking against these aging wavelengths as well. Can your chemical sunscreen do that? NO!

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The following table (courtesy of TiZO) gives a great visual explanation of why zinc oxide is the best mineral sunscreen for you, and why you should not use a sunscreen containing Titanium dioxide alone. Always use a Zinc oxide based sunscreen, or a [zinc oxide + titanium dioxide] based sunscreen.

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Our Clinic’s Favorites

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 Some of our favorite mineral sunscreens are:

SkinCeuticals – Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF50 & Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF50 

DermaQuest – SheerZinc SPF30

Image Prevention Plus – Daily Hydrating Moisturizer SPF30 & Daily Tinted Moisturizer SPF30 (oil free).

Colorescience – Sunforgettable Powder Sunscreen SPF50

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Good to Know (and Remember)

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  • The sun is wonderful for your overall health, but can be damaging to the skin (and eyes). Wear your SPF daily, and sunglasses too!
  • UVA and UVB rays are present even on a cloudy day, whether it’s spring, summer, fall or winter.
  • While UVB rays are not as strong in the winter, UVA rays are constant throughout the year and can contribute to skin aging.
  • UVA can easily go through glass (and that includes windows) into your home, car or office.
  • Even if you are not feeling or seeing the burning effects of the sun, the rays are still there.
  • Think of your SPF as a daily moisturizer and not just sun protection because you now know a mineral SPF can protect against so much more!

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Wondering which mineral SPF would be best for YOU? Search no more, come and visit us today and let’s find a sun protection you will fall in love with! (yes, it is possible!)

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403.287.1477

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Essential Oils and Pregnancy: Which ones are safe, How to use them and Which ones to Avoid

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Disclaimer: SkinScience Clinic has always taken a conservative stand when it comes to pregnancy, breastfeeding and skin care. Essential oils contain powerful actives, and we recommend that you consult with your doctor first, before using any type of essential oils. Clinical studies addressing the safety of essential oils in pregnancy are scarce, due to the ethical problems with testing substances on pregnant women and their fetuses. For this reason, scientific literature primarily relies on history of safe use, recognizing that some pregnant women will be more sensitive to essential oils than others, based on their genetic differences. If you are pregnant or lactating, please consult with your doctor before using any product containing essential oils.

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ARE ESSENTIAL OILS SAFE DURING PREGNANCY?

Many women seek out natural remedies during pregnancy because they want to avoid taking medications or using anything that is toxic on their skin or in their diet. Essential oils (EO) can help with certain pregnancy symptoms, aches, even with severe discomfort in some cases, but some of them shouldn’t be used while pregnant or breastfeeding.  Before you use your favorite essential oil, get informed on which EOs are safe for your little one.

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Essential oils have become a very popular choice with women looking for alternative ways to ease the uncomfortable symptoms of pregnancy (nausea, morning sickness, muscle aches, back ache, stuffy nose, sleep problems, etc.). The latest report by Value Market Research claims the Global Essential Oil Market was valued $7,200M USD in 2017 and is likely to reach at $12,745.02 MN USD by 2024. 

The EO trend is here to stay, so better get informed – knowledge is power when it comes to EOs!

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WHEN CAN I USE ESSENTIAL OILS?

When it comes to using essential oils during pregnancy:

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Skip the First Trimester Altogether – no EOs

Second + Third Trimester, Breastfeeding – pick your EOs carefully

Source: Mayo Clinic

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Just like EOs’ actives can pass through the layers of skin, some essential oil components may pass into the bloodstream all the way to the placenta (or breastmilk while breastfeeding) where they could affect the growing baby and its development. There is still a lot to learn on how essential oils might impact pregnancy. There is very little scientific data about the specific (cellular and molecular) mechanisms of EOs, so better safe than sorry.

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THE BEST ESSENTIAL OILS FOR PREGNANCY

As long as your pregnancy is going well, the following essential oils are regarded as generally safe by the scientific community when used as recommended, during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters:

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  • Bergamot – Citrus bergamia
  • Cardamom
  • Chamomile – Chamomilla recutita, Chamaemelum nobile
  • Cypress – Cupressus sempervirens
  • Eucalyptus
  • Frankincense – Boswellia carterii
  • Geranium – Pelargonium graveolens
  • Ginger Root – Zingiber officinale
  • Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Rose – Rosa damascena
  • Spearmint
  • Sandalwood – Santalum album
  • Ylang Ylang – Cananga odorata genuina

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HOW TO USE TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS WHEN PREGNANT

The International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists has created guidelines on using essential oils safely when pregnant. They recommend limiting EO use to two most common way of administration: inhalation and topical.

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It is best to AVOID INGESTING essential oils until you are done breastfeeding.

Source: WebMD

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Inhalation

Pregnancy brings on many side effects, and a common one is a heightened sense of smell. You may love some scents and absolutely hate others, so choose an oil that is not only safe, but isn’t overbearing for you. Inhalation using a diffuser can be especially effective for pregnant women suffering from nausea and sleep issues. If you have a diffuser, make sure you’re following safe diffusion guidelines, as per the manufacturer’s recommendations.

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PREGNANCY-SAFE ESSENTIAL OILS + OPTIMAL USES

Essential Oils for nausea and morning sickness:

  • Ginger
  • Cardamom
  • Spearmint
  • Peppermint 
  • Lavender

Essential Oils for calmness and to reduce anxiety

  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
  • Vanilla
  • Ylang Ylang

Essential Oils to Clear Sinuses

  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemon

Essential Oils to reduce Swelling and Water Retention

  • Lavender
  • Ginger
  • Geranium

Essential Oils for Heartburn

  • Peppermint
  • Sandalwood
  • Chamomile
  • Ginger

Essential Oils for Energizing

  • Citrus
  • Grapefruit
  • Mandarin
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon
  • Spearmint
  • Sweet Orange

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Your skin may be even more sensitive when you’re pregnant, so diluting EOs is especially important to avoid irritation. Never apply pure essential oils directly on the skin while pregnant. Use 3-4 drops of essential oil for every ounce (30ml) of your favorite base (oil, lotion or moisturizer). 

Essential Oils to prevent Stretch marks: 

  • Frankincense
  • Rose
  • Chamomile

Essential Oils to promote Sleep: 

  • Lavender 
  • Frankincense
  • Ylang Ylang

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ESSENTIAL OILS TO AVOID DURING PREGNANCY

Essential oils are highly concentrated, and have various levels of toxicity when not used properly. Don’t assume it’s safe because it’s natural, and be aware that not all essential oil companies test their oils for quality. 

The medical literature reports that some essential oils appear to interfere with hormone behavior in the cells, and scientists suspect that some EOs may work as endocrine disruptors. Some EOs can also interact with medications, or cause an allergic or toxic reaction. Others can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, provoke skin rashes, allergies, racing heart, vomiting, seizure and even contractions. Essential oils can be powerful, so it’s better to be extra-uber-ultra safe than sorry.

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The following ESSENTIAL OILS are believed to be UNSAFE for use during pregnancy:

  • Arnica
  • Basil
  • Birch (sweet)
  • Bitter almond
  • Boldo leaf
  • Broom
  • Buchu
  • Calamus
  • Camphor (brown or yellow)
  • Cassia
  • Cedarwood
  • Chervil
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove (bud, leaf or stem)
  • Coriander
  • Costus
  • Deertongue
  • Elecampane
  • Fennel
  • Horseradish
  • Hyssop
  • Jaborandi leaf
  • Juniper berry
  • Melilotus
  • Mugwort
  • Mustard
  • Nutmeg
  • Origanum
  • Parsley (large doses)
  • Pennyroyal
  • Pine (dwarf)
  • Rosemary
  • Rue
  • Sassafras
  • Savin
  • Savory (summer)
  • Tansy
  • Thyme red (large doses)
  • Tonka
  • Wintergreen
  • Wormwood

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SKINSCIENCE’S GUIDELINES FOR USE OF ESSENTIAL OILS DURING PREGNANCY

  1. Do not use EOs during your the 1st trimester of your pregnancy.
  2. Some EOs can be used during the 2nd and 3rd trimester. 
  3. Never ingest EOs (even diluted) during pregnancy and lactation (breastfeeding)
  4. The best ways to use EOs during pregnancy and lactation is topically and by using a diffuser.
  5. When using a diffuser, only use it for 10-15 minutes at a time, for a maximum of 3 times per day.
  6. When used topically – less is more when it comes to EOs. Always dilute a few drops (3-4) in a carrier oil (30ml of grapeseed, coconut, olive or almond oil).
  7. Avoid using absolutes.
  8. NEVER add essential oils to the birthing pool.
  9. Only use EOs that are approved by your doctor.

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PREGNANCY-SAFE SKIN CARE + ESSENTIAL OILS

Here are a few skin care products (as well as Canadian-made essential oils) that are safe to use during pregnancy (and recommended by Marie):

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Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman’s life, where a healthy diet, lifestyle and skin care can contribute to a healthy pregnancy. It’s also a time where we can experience skin changes (unfortunately, not everyone gets that coveted pregnancy glow), including sensitive skin, itchy skin,  stretch marks, increased oiliness and more acne breakouts than usual. That’s normal for most pregnant women, and SkinScience can help you find healthy, non-prescription options to help you out.

Do you have questions about your skin care products? We would be happy to help you find the best skin care routine that is safe for you and your baby!

Our popular 1-hour “Skin Care Consultation” is only a phone call away: 403-287-1477. 

We look forward to meeting you (and your future baby) soon!