Monday, May 02, 2016
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Sun Tanned or Sun Damaged?

Are you "Sun Smart?"  Take this quiz to find out.

Tanning is healthy as long as you don’t get burned.


In 1988 the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) held a consensus conference on photo aging and photo damage.  The conclusion from that conference was that“there is no safe way to tan.”

Everyone knows that skin cancer has been associated with sunburn, but in reality even moderate tanning may produce the same effect.  UV radiation from the sun, tanning beds, or sunlamps may cause skin cancer and can have a damaging effect on the immune system, according to the AAD.  It can also cause premature aging of the skin, giving it a wrinkled, leathery appearance.  A tan is visible proof that your skin is being damaged!


Sunlamps and tanning beds are safer than natural sunlight.


Today, as many as 22 million plus people have used tanning beds believing they are getting a “safe” tan.  The bulbs in many modern tanning beds emit UVA radiation (the so-called “tanning rays”).  Contrary to the claims of some tanning parlors, that does not make them safe.  In fact, they cause deeper skin damage; UVA rays have a suspected link to melanoma, and like UVB rays, they may also be linked to immune system damage and premature skin aging.

Tanning causes wrinkles.


Sun exposure destroys the collagen in the skin.  Collagen is what gives skin its structure and integrity.  As it breaks down, wrinkles occur and the skin sags.  This is called Photo Aging, and it is responsible for up to 95% of premature aging of the skin!  The sun is also responsible for age spots, freckling, blotchiness, and uneven skin tone.

Once I have applied sunscreen I am protected all day.


Sunscreens need to be reapplied every two hours, and immediately after swimming or sweating.  They should also be applied 30 minutes prior to sun exposure.  Don’t forget your ears, nose, neck, hands, and toes.  Lip balm with SPF 15 or higher should also be applied.

My waterproof sunscreen protects me even when wet.


There is no such thing as a waterproof sunscreen and water resistant sunscreens only provide protection for about an hour and a half.  The packaging label should tell you how long you are protected.

I have naturally dark skin and therefore I don’t need sunscreen.


Damage to the skin from UV exposure will occur in everyone who is repeatedly exposed to the sun over a long time.  Damage may be less apparent and take longer to show up in people with darker skin.

The American Academy of Dermatology has more information about how to protect yourself from the sun.  Visit their Sun Smart page at

For more information about skin cancer, prevention, and sun screens, visit


Children and the Sun

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed the SunWise Program to educate children and their caregivers about ozone depletion, UV radiation, and how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun.  To learn more about the SunWise Program, visit

It is never too late to protect your FUTURE skin!


Visit Mirabella for After-Sun facial treatments throughout the summer months to help repair, rehydrate, and refresh your skin!





Winterize Your Skin

Winter weather combined with indoor heating systems that leach moisture from our skin can make it challenging to maintain optimum skin health.

Add busy holiday schedules and celebrations and skin can become tired-looking, dull, and lackluster. Here are some tips to keep skin glowing between professional visits.


Topically Applied Vitamins – Do They Really Work?

It has long been known that vitamins work internally to improve the condition of the skin but now science agrees that vitamins applied directly to the skin can provide great benefits.

Firmly-backed research is now declaring that topically-applied vitamins do in fact work quickly on your skin and provide much needed protection from environmental assaults like UV rays and airborne toxins. And it has even been proven that topically-applied vitamins can decrease the signs of premature aging.


The New Proteins: Peptides for the skin

When it comes to skin care products, naturally you want high concentrations of proven ingredients that will combat wrinkles and restore a youthful appearance to photo-aged skin. Peptides, one of the most potent developments in the skin care industry, do just that.

The peptides used in skin formulations are synthesized from amino acids, and have a small molecular size that allows them to quickly and effectively penetrate the skin to perform specific functions, such as synthesizing collagen, which strengthens the skin and improves elasticity and tone, or rebuilding the dermal matrix, thereby reducing surface lines – all without irritation.

So what does this mean for you?


Sunscreens and Daylight Defense

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