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Sun Safety: Let’s Talk About Rays

14 Aug

Sunscreen.

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We think we’re protecting ourselves when we slather up with SPF 30+, but did you know that most sunscreens only protect against UVB rays and leave us open to damage caused by UVA rays?

Wait, what? Let’s backtrack. Before we talk about what we need to be protected from, let’s define the different types of rays.

 

The sun is the earth’s source of light and energy. In order to provide us with the things we need to survive, the sun lets off UV radiation as a part of the light spectrum that shines down on earth. These UV rays are classified by length in three categories: UVA, UVB, and UVC.

 

UVA:

The longest of the waves, these are divided further into two categories (UVAI and UVAII). These waves account for 95% of the UV rays that reach the earth’s surface, and thus we are exposed to these rays often. UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB rays, and contribute to pre-mature aging and wrinkling. It was not suspected until recently that UVA rays were harmful beyond the aesthetic, but it is now understood that UVA rays damage the middle (basal & squamous) layer of the skin and may even initiate skin cancer.

UVB:

These are the medium sized rays. They mostly reach the outer layers of our skin, and are the primary cause for sunburn and sunspots. All sunscreens provide UVB protection, most pretty adequately. Its intensity, unlike the constant UVA rays, changes depending on season and location.

UVC:

These rays are the shortest. So short, in fact, that most of them don’t even penetrate the earth’s atmosphere. As of now, no studies have pointed to UVB rays as a problem for our skin.

 

Because UVB rays and not UVA rays cause the visible damage to our skin, it was long thought that UVA rays were not harmful to us. In light of recent discoveries, UVA rays may be even MORE harmful for us than UVB rays and most sunscreens don’t protect against them! So read carefully, my friends, and when you go out to buy sunscreen make sure you’re getting one with UVAI, UVAII, and UVB protection to keep your skin safe and youthful for years to come!

Turmeric? Tumeric? Turmer-what?

22 Jun

Turmeric. 

We’ve been hearing about this super food for months, but what is it? A powder? A root? A magical health elixir? 

Thankfully, the JUARA Turmeric Benefits Guide is here to answer all of your questions!

So, let’s start with the basics. What is turmeric?

Part of the ginger family, turmeric is a native plant to southeast India. Turmeric is most popularly used in two forms: raw and dried. Turmeric has been used for almost 1000 years in cuisine, medicine, makeup, skin care, and clothes dying. 

What are the health benefits of turmeric?

When ingested, turmeric has historically been used to heal stomach and liver ailments. Turmeric powder concoctions have been used to bring down fevers. It can also be used as an anti-bacterial salve on open wounds. Those who consume turmeric on a regular basis report a reduction in arthritis pain, heartburn, sensitive stomachs, headaches, colds, and menstrual cramps. It may also help those with diabetes, depression, Alzheimer’s, and certain types of cancer.

What can turmeric do for my skin?

Turmeric, with its anti-inflammatory and redness reducing properties, can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions including eczema, allergic hives, and even chicken pox! Turmeric is also a great treatment for acne, as it is both anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. The JUARA Turmeric Face Mask maximizes the healing properties of turmeric by combining it with kaolin clay! 

Are there any side effects of ingesting or topically applying turmeric?

There are no known side effects for applying turmeric directly onto the skin. When ingesting turmeric, however, it is important to remember that turmeric is a blood thinner. Consuming turmeric daily makes it more difficult for your blood to clot, so lessen your turmeric intake if you take medicine that thins your blood. 

 

Do you still have questions about Turmeric and its uses? Leave a comment on our Facebook page!

Just For Men- Skincare Exclusive!

12 Jun

June is Men’s Health Month!

Which means we get to chat about my favorite topic: men’s skin!

Men of the world hear me now: DO NOT NEGLECT YOUR SKIN! We know that you are rugged, tough creatures who can do 200 push ups without breaking a sweat. We also know that your skin is just as prone to breakouts and wrinkles as ours is… and we know you don’t like it.

So here are 4 EASY things you can do to keep your skin ruggedly, kissably soft:

1. Wash Your Face

And not with the old spice bar soap you use on your body. The skin on your face is much thinner and more sensitive than your body skin, which makes it more prone to breakouts from the heavy fragrance in most body care products. Try a cleanser like JUARA Rice Facial Cleanser or even a bar soap designated specifically for face (think Neutrogena). 

2. Change Your Razor Blade

After 3 uses. No exceptions. None.

3. Wear Sunscreen Everyday

Even when it’s cloudy, the sun’s rays beat down on your face. Constant unprotected exposure, over time, can be dangerous and cause premature aging. To protect yourself from rays without greasing up your skin, try a sunscreen specially designed for the face! Suntegrity makes a sunscreen/moisturizer duo with SPF 30.

4. Try a Fragrance-Free Aftershave

Do you get little red bumps after shaving and you can’t figure out why? You’re shaving in the same direction the hair is growing, but the bumps won’t disappear! It may have something to do with your aftershave. As heavenly as men’s aftershave can smell, the fragrance may be doing more harm than good. Try something fragrance-free to keep a smooth complexion. JUARA Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner makes a great, soothing aftershave! 

 

Your Skin Care Spring Clean!

24 May

May is a month of fresh starts, new beginnings, and of course Spring Cleaning!

But I’m not talking about spring cleaning for your house… I’m talking about spring cleaning for your face.

Makeup is NOT meant to last forever!

Do you still have that purple eyeliner you bought 4 years ago as a joke and sometimes wear when you go out with your girls?

It’s time to LOSE IT! So to help you get the most out of your makeup ‘spring clean’, here it is:

The Ultimate Guide To Makeup Shelf Life:

Mascara: 3 Months

Mascara has the shortest shelf-life because it has the highest risk of transferring bacteria into the delicate eye-area. And whatever you do, don’t add water to drying-out mascara!

Dry Eye Shadow: 2 Years
Liquid Eye Shadow: 10-12 Months
Eyeliner Pencil: 6-18 Months

This one really depends on how you use it. An eyeliner pencil that is sharpened before each use and is only used to line the outside of the eye should last you a good 18 months. If you’re not as vigilant and tend to line the inside of your eyes, you should probably toss it after 6 months.

Blush: 1-2 Years
Cream Blush: 1 Year
Lipstick: 2 Years

But make sure you disinfect your lipsticks if you use them while you’re sick!

Liquid Foundation & Concealer: 12-18 Months

With foundations and concealers, it’s not the makeup that holds germs- it’s the brush. If you use a disposable applicator, great! If not, make sure to disinfect your brushes at least once every 2 weeks for optimal cleanliness.

 

High Blood Pressure Is Affecting… Your skin???

22 May

High Blood Pressure Affects 1 in 3 Adults in the United States.

But what does that really mean? And how is it affecting your skin??

Blood pressure measures the rate at which the heart pumps blood and the effect that force has on the walls of the arteries. High Blood Pressure is extremely common and, as it has very few visible symptoms, can go untreated for years in seemingly healthy adults.

Dissecting The Numbers

So when you go to the doctor and they tell you your blood pressure is #/#, what does that really mean? Well, the top number (systolic blood pressure) measures the BP when the heart is beating and the bottom number (diastolic blood pressure) measures the BP in when the heart is resting in between beats. So what’s healthy? How do the numbers break down?

These are the current numbers according to The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute:

Blood Pressure     Top Number     And/Or     Bottom Number
Normal                          >120               AND                      >80
Prehypertension        120-139            OR                      80-89
High BP 1                     140-159            OR                      90-99
High BP 2                      160+                OR                      100+

So now that we’ve got the numbers down, what does this mean for your skin?

As your blood pressure rises over time, blood vessels throughout the body become damaged. The damage done to these vessels, especially the smaller ones at the surface of the skin and on the face, can cause a rash to form on the body. Damage to blood vessels near the face can also lead to decreased oxygen levels being delivered to the skin, which can result in the following symptoms:

  • loss of skin elasticity
  • dull skin
  • red skin
  • ashy skin
  • slowing of collagen/elastin production

So what can you do to stop this from happening?

  • Yearly doctor visits to check your blood pressure

Catching rising blood pressure before it gets out of hand is key!

  • Add less salt to your foods
  • Exercise Daily-

Even a 10 minute walk can make a difference!

  • Manage your weight

High BP is often correlated with obesity

  • Try a Mediterranean diet

High in fruits, veggies, and protein. Low in red meat and carbohydrates.

  • Listen to your body!

Feeling sluggish or weak? Don’t ignore it- get checked out!