May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month – a perfect time to focus on proper sun protection and to educate ourselves on this important and possibly life-saving topic. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that approximately 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers and 65 percent of melanomas are due to exposure to UV radiation from the sun, making sun protection of utmost importance in preventing skin cancer.

KNOWLEDGE IS KEY:  UNDERSTAND THE FACTS AND LINGO!

UVA (Ultraviolet A/”A” for Aging): UVA plays a major role in wrinkling, leathering, sagging and other effects of photoaging, as it penetrates the skin more deeply than UVB. UVA damages cells in the basal layer of the epidermis, where most skin cancers occur. UVA is a contributor of skin cancer.

UVB (Ultraviolet B/”B” for Burn): UVB is what reddens or sunburns the skin. It also contributes to the development of skin cancer and photoaging. UVB rays are more significant during mid-day in the summer months; however, they can inflict damage to the skin year round – even in winter!

SPF (Sun Protection Factor): SPF is the measurement of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin (ie, an SPF 15 sunscreen is supposed to prevent reddening of the skin 15 times longer than if no sunscreen was worn).

Broad Spectrum: Sunscreens labeled “broad spectrum,” such as all of PRIORI®’s sunscreens, protect against damage from both UVA and UVB rays.

SKIN CANCER FOUNDATION SEAL OF RECOMMENDATION
Sun protection products with this seal have been reviewed by and meet the stringent criteria of the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Photobiology Committee – a team of experts in the study of the interaction of ultraviolet radiation and the skin.

The Daily Use Seal, which all PRIORI® sunscreens bear, is for sunscreens that are intended to protect for short periods of time (ie, walking to and from car, running errands, etc.). The Daily Use Seal includes a UVA protection requirement. All of PRIORI®’s sunscreens carry this seal of recommendation.

The Active Seal is used for sunscreens that are designed for extended sun exposure, such as outdoor recreational activities, and include both UVA protection and water resistance requirements.

All PRIORI® sunscreens bear the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation for Daily Use.

FDA REGULATIONS
The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) rules for sunscreen labeling help simplify choosing protection from UV radiation. To use the term, “broad spectrum,” a sunscreen must meet FDA tests and requirements. FDA rules also require the term “water-resistant” be used rather than “waterproof.”

 

 

 

SPF IS NOT ENOUGH!
Daily SPF protection is an absolute must for protection against skin cancer; no sunscreen, however, can block all UV rays. The Skin Cancer Foundation provides the following tips for further protection against skin cancer:

  • Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
  • Do not burn.
  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside.
  • Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
  • See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.

In addition to the Skin Cancer Foundation’s recommendations, make sure your sunscreen contains antioxidants to protect against the damaging free radicals that your SPF does not protect against.

The Skin Cancer Foundation offers a wealth of valuable information on skin cancer prevention. For more information, please visit the organization’s website at www.skincancer.org.

It’s an age-old question: What brings two people together? Is there a certain scent, look or behavior that immediately attracts individuals to one another? Surprisingly, researchers have found that the skin’s complexion is a big factor when rating attractiveness. Not only do people focus on the symmetry of a person’s face, but they also analyze their complexion. Studies of individuals reviewing photographs found people with red and yellowish tints to be overwhelmingly more attractive. Research shows these tints are universally more attractive because the colors subliminally signal health and abundance. In fact, research confirms females actually prefer a healthy complexion in their partner than the traditional “masculine” features.

So how does one achieve the red and yellow glow considered most desirable? It’s simple; increase your aerobic exercise, as well as your intake of fruits and vegetables. The red appearance is attributed to higher levels of red oxygenated blood in the skin (increased by exercise), while the yellow hue is associated with antioxidant carotenoid pigments (vitamins found in fruits and vegetables). For most people, it takes six weeks to see a correlation between lifestyle changes and the skin’s complexion. However, there are a few ways to speed up the process:

  • Look for fruits and vegetables rich in colors ranging from red to yellow including carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers and berries.
  • Introduce interval training to your exercise routine by alternating between high and low cardio workouts.

Consider incorporating PRIORI® Advanced AHA Cosmecueticals products into your daily  skincare routine. Advanced AHA works by improving skin health and fitness through internal moisturization of the skin (by inducing the skin to make more moisture retention compounds) and by improving skin exfoliation; this leads to “normalized” skin function, better skin health, and a more radiant complexion.

While PRIORI® can’t change the rules of attraction, we’re more than happy to help you achieve a healthier, glowing complexion!

No one likes blemishes – they are a pain and tend to make an appearance at the worst times! Whether it’s finding a blemish in the morning – feeling the sensations of a “heartbeat” on your chin that was NOT there before you went to bed – or a chronic cluster of blemishes if you suffer with a skin condition such as acne, blemishes are NOT WELCOME!

We are frequently asked during skin consultations for tips to manage blemishes and steps to quickly banish and prevent them. As with many skincare tips, however, topically applied products are not the only factor involved in successfully managing and preventing blemishes; professional treatments, lifestyle factors, diet and hormones should also be taken into consideration, as these can all have an effect on the skin.

The skin acts as a supplement filter to the kidneys for removing wastes from the blood. Our skin is the largest organ of elimination. When the other organs are congested, the skin tries to push out toxins through the skin. We also make a new top layer of skin every 24 hours, and the skin excretes about 2 pounds of toxic waste daily in the form of perspiration. Taking care of the skin and ensuring that it functions well helps to relieve the other organs of elimination.

A breakout is a sign the body is toxic. The appearance of the skin is a good barometer of the general health of the body; it is a mirror-image of what is happening inside, and a fresh, glowing complexion cannot be imitated by makeup!

PRIORITY Tips to Banish a Blemish

  1. Make Advanced AHA Perfection Facial Gel your best friend. When a breakout occurs, this “blemish-battle gel” will be your skin savior. It will kill the p.acnes bacteria – which forms the blemish – with its active and potent ingredient, salicylic acid. Use regularly on either individual blemishes or on an effected area once to twice daily until the skin has cleared. No bathroom should be without this mighty product!
  2. Keep the skin clean. A good, potent cleanser is critical in banishing surface toxins eliminated by the skin. Advanced AHA Gentle Facial Cleanser or Idebenone Complex Facial Cleanser will gently exfoliate, yet they are mild enough to not cause the skin to become dry. Cleansers that have a drying effect to the skin’s surface should be avoided, as they can actually cause blemishes to worsen.
  3. End each day with a double cleanse. The first cleanse simply removes the surface effects of pollution, dirt, the environment and makeup; the seconds cleanse really cleans THE SKIN. Make this your nighttime ritual, which will help the skin to improve quickly.
  4. Drink a lot of water! Typically, blemishes occur on individuals who either do not drink enough water, or are consuming the wrong fluids. Water is the best ingredient for boosting elimination and ultimately will help to clear the complexion.
  5. Keep hormones and stress in check. Both are culprits for causing blemishes. If you are in doubt about your hormones, see your doctor. Stress is a major lifestyle factor that can wreak havoc on the skin; destressing your life will help to destress your skin.
  6. Use aspirin as a last resort.* When a blemish calls for desperate measures, crush an aspirin with a little water into a thick paste and apply the paste to your skin. Aspirin provides both analgesic and anti-inflammatory benefits, which can help to relieve redness and tenderness in the blemish area.

 

 

* Do not use if you have an allergy to aspirin.

 

Exercise, without a doubt, is one of the healthiest activities we can do for our bodies. Physical activity helps keep the heart and lungs healthier, while making muscles toner and our bodies thinner. But the benefits don’t stop there:  Exercising can also lead to reduced stress and anxiety, better immunity, more restful sleep and even healthier, more radiant-looking skin!

Exercise offers so many benefits to the skin, that it can almost be considered a regular part of a skincare regimen! Start exercising regularly, and here are just a few of the terrific wonders it will do for the body’s largest organ:

Nourishes While Fighting Free Radicals
Exercise increases blood flow, which helps to nourish skin cells. Blood delivers oxygen and nutrients to cells throughout the body, including the skin, and the blood flow even helps carry away free radicals – the #1 cause of skin aging!

Improves Acne Conditions
Skin conditions that can be aggravated by stress, such as acne, may show improvement with regular exercise since physical activity helps to reduce stress.

Cleanses Pores
Sweating causes the pores to open, pushing out trapped oil and dirt – in other words, working up a good sweat is almost like having facial!

Firms Skin
Toned, firm muscles give more support the skin, which helps it appear firmer, with more elasticity.

Decreases Appearance of Cellulite
Although exercising is not a cure for cellulite, toning the muscles can certainly help to minimize the appearance of it.

Radiant Glow
Exercise encourages the skin to produce more of its natural oils, which helps it to look more radiant, supple and healthy.

Decreases Inflammation
Exercise disrupts the body’s inflammation cycle, calming and cooling your system. This can result in less redness, fewer blemishes, and a faster turnover of dead skin cells.

When starting an exercise program, remember that the gym is no place for makeup! Wearing makeup while sweating can exacerbate clogged pores. CoffeeBerry® Perfecting Minerals, however, are suitable for the gym; treat your skin to a dose of antioxidants as you workout with nature’s most potent antioxidant, CoffeeBerry® extract. These 100% natural, light-as-a-feather minerals will allow the skin to breath, even while sweating.

Because sweating dilates the pores, always be sure to wash your face after exercising so that the debris pushed out of them doesn’t find it’s way back in!

Go ahead – make exercise your natural secret for healthier, more radiant skin!

 

It’s the dead of winter, and your lips may feel a little chapped, or perhaps even cracked. There are numerous tips, tricks, products and services available to help combat chapped lips, but what really works? How can you transform your lips overnight from cracked and stiff to plump and healthy?

The most important thing to remember is to stay hydrated. During winter months, the recommendation of 8 glasses of water daily is often forgotten because of the chilly temperatures and decreased time spent outdoors. In addition to drinking water, increasing your fruit and veggie intake will help to keep your body hydrated and healthy.

If these solutions don’t seem to do the trick, a light exfoliation can help chapped lips. It is best to exfoliate lips with warm water, a clean washcloth and a gentle scrub. PRIORI® Advanced AHA Invigorating Face & Body Scrub is a great option, because it contains concentrated polyethylene spheres which are both gentle and effective.  First, apply a light layer of the scrub to damp lips; next, use a washcloth to make small, circular movements over the surface of the lips; rinse the scrub off completely and pat dry. This process will slough off dead skin while increasing cell turnover.

Take lip care to a whole new level and “PRIORIitize Your Pout” – an at-home PRIORI® treatment that is designed to rejuvenate the lip and mouth area by exfoliating and deeply replenishing moisture while reducing the appearance of fine lines.

Now that your lips look and feel healthy, steer clear of lip balms that contain fragrances, flavor or alcohol, as these ingredients can further irritate your lips and even increase dryness. Look for products that contain vitamin E and shea extract to ensure healthy lips year-round.

Kiss those dry, cracked lips goodbye and say hello to soft, luscious lips this winter!

We are one month into winter. How is your skin holding up? Winter’s harsh elements can cause turmoil to it! What seemed to be healthy skin in the fall may become dry, flaky, dehydrated, tight and sensitive during winter. Now is the time to reassess how to best take care of our skin to keep it as healthy as possible during this harsh season. These winter solutions tips will help keep your skin radiant and beautiful not only this winter, but year round as well!

Winter Solutions Step 1: Exfoliate
Exfoliating is key to good skin health. Advanced AHA Invigorating Face & Body Scrub helps remove dead skin cells, enabling hydrators to penetrate more effectively. When used 1 to 3 times weekly, it helps to better prepare skin for the following Winter Solutions steps.

Winter Solutions Step 2: Correct
Correction is the most powerful step in a winter skincare routine, as it helps to improve moisture retention, cell renewal and nourishment.

Advanced AHA Skin Renewal Cream is ideal for most skin types and conditions. It gently exfoliates, enabling moisturizers to function more effectively, while increasing the skin’s natural moisture levels and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Idebenone Complex Smooth Lines contains skin-balancing ingredients and works at the cellular level to protect and correct the skin. Essential fatty acids and ceramides help strengthen the skin’s natural barrier function.

CoffeeBerry® Day Complex is ideal for dry, flaky skin, and contains nourishing, all-natural ingredients, such as shea butter, beeswax and aloe vera, for soothing, calming and firming effects.

Winter Solutions Step 3: Treat
Advanced AHA Replenishing Masque is designed to repair, replenish and restore impaired skin. With LCA Complex and essential fatty acids to attract and bind moisture to the skin, it will leave winter skin deeply hydrated, supple and radiant.

Winter Solutions Step 4: Hydrate
Moisturizers protect skin from the harsh winter elements by providing a barrier between the skin and air. All skin types need moisturizers – even oily skin conditions.

Advanced AHA Barrier Repair Complex’s repairing ingredients soothe even the most sensitive skin, while leaving it fully restored and hydrated. It helps repair damage and acts as a soothing aid for conditions such as rosacea and acne.

Idebenone Complex Moisturizing Facial Cream uses the most advanced antioxidant to help protect skin at the cellular level. Utilizing a time-released action to moisturize skin from morning until night, it is clinically proven to provide a 231% immediate increase in skin moisturization.

CoffeeBerry® Night Complex revitalizes and restores dry, flaky skin with natural moisturizers, such as argan oil, sunflower seed oil and olive leaf extract. It can even be used during the daytime during the cold months, when skin may be especially dry.

Winter Solutions Step 5: Protect
The sun’s rays damage skin no matter what time of year it is, so SPF should be worn year round. All PRIORI® SPF products bear the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation and provide both UVA and UVB protection.

CoffeeBerry® 100% Natural Perfecting Minerals brush-on SPF 25 products are perfect for winter wear. In clinical studies, Perfecting Minerals were shown to provide a 23% decrease in red pigmentation (rosacea) and a 39% decrease in dryness, all while providing instantly beautiful, flawless coverage.

Winter PRIORITY Treatments
PRIORI® Professional Treatments moisturize, brighten the skin and slough away the effects of cold weather and stress!

Both the Advanced AHA Barrier Repair and Replenishing Peels are moisturizing and supply essential skin nutrients. For the ultimate in skin pampering, the Deluxe Anti-Aging Treatment includes a relaxing massage and Replenishing Masque, leaving skin feeling smooth, supple, fresh and hydrated.

For correction, the Idebenone Complex Superceuticals® Anti-Pigmentation and Anti-Aging Peels provide amazing results – visible from the first treatment – and rapidly improve results through the course of professional facial treatments.

CoffeeBerry® Natureceuticals Lunchtime Yoga Facials start with a rebalancing welcome massage. CoffeeBerry® treatments offer both skin brightening and hydrating properties.

Don’t let winter take a toll on your skin – put these winter solutions to work for healthy, radiant skin no matter what the season!

Happy New Year! With the new year comes new resolutions! While a majority of resolutions seem to relate to taking better care of ourselves, how about also including a few resolutions to take better care of your skin? Just a few small additions to your skincare routine will result in healthier, younger-looking skin for 2014!

Resolution #1 – Daily SPF Protection
We cannot stress the importance of daily SPF protection! According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more than 90 percent of the visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging are caused by the sun; so SPF protection is anti-aging protection! Whether it is a hot, sunny day or a chilly, cloudy day, sunscreen should be worn EVERY DAY. Remember, all PRIORI® SPF products contain antioxidants for free radical protection, offering total topical anti-aging and sun protection.

Resolution #2 – Weekly Masque
Facial masks provide deep nourishment to the skin, but unfortunately, many people neglect this pampering step! Add Advanced AHA Replenishing Masque to your weekly routine to instantly moisturize and help replenish the skin’s natural barrier function. Rich in humectants and emollients for advanced moisturization, Replenishing Masque leaves the skin feeling revitalized, smoother and more supple. Its light citrus scent, which comes from natural grapefruit extract, enhances the at-home, spa-like experience for the ultimate in pampering!

 

Resolution #3 – Exfoliate
Exfoliation is one of the most important steps in any skincare routine and the key to good skin health, no matter what the skin type or season is! When used weekly, Advanced AHA Invigorating Face & Body Scrub will help remove dead skin cells, enabling hydrators to penetrate more effectively and leaving the skin baby soft.

Resolution #4 – Professional Treatments
PRIORI® Professional Treatments “jumpstart” the PRIORI® anti-aging home care regimen, accelerating and maximizing the benefits of the products for even faster results. These highly effective treatments help your skin look younger almost immediately while taking your results to the next level. PRIORI® offers a wide range of Professional Treatments that deliver immediate gratification in the form of quick, visible results with no downtime. Book a series of PRIORI® Professional Treatments at the beginning of each season to maintain a healthy glow year round. Talk to your PRIORI® skincare professional to determine which Professional Treatment is right for you.

Resolution #5 – Treat Skin from the Inside Out
Unhealthy eating habits can lead to dull, sallow skin! Make antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables part of your regular diet and only allow yourself to indulge in not-so-healthy choices, such as sugary sweets, greasy foods and alcohol, occasionally. Drink plenty of water daily, too. When skin is dehydrated, it is more prone to wrinkles and loses its natural resiliency. In order to achieve healthy and luminous skin, it’s imperative to hydrate from the inside out.

Here’s to beautiful, healthy skin in 2014!

As New Year’s festivities approach, it is easy to get caught up in the excitement of celebratory cheers. While the media touts the benefits of various alcoholic beverages for heart health and high antioxidant content, it is important to drink in moderation to help protect your skin. The skin is the largest organ in the body, and when you indulge in alcohol, the kidneys go into overdrive to remove the excess water from your system. The removal of water from the body leads to dehydration, which can make the skin look dry, puffy and red.

Alcohol can also make your skin appear gray and dull, as it robs the body of Vitamin A, which is vital for cell turnover and renewal. If New Year’s parties and cocktail events are in your future, follow these tips tips to help reduce alcohol’s effects on your skin:

  • Drink water the day of the event to keep your skin hydrated and glowing
  • Steer clear of drinks with extra sugar and salt (i.e. margaritas and most mixed drinks)
  • Alternate alcoholic drinks with water
  • Avoid greasy foods the night of the event

If you follow these tips and still wake up the next morning with lackluster skin, PRIORI® products are here to the rescue! Clinical Recovery Serum is great for all skin types because it offers a soothing effect as it delivers powerful DNA repair enzymes and Vitamins C and E to the skin. Turn to Advanced AHA Smoothing Eye Serum to help combat the effects of dehydration and to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness around the eyes.

Happy New Year and cheers to starting 2014 with beautiful skin!

The holidays are a busy time – so busy, that stress can sneak up on us while preparing for the festive season! There’s still shopping to do, gifts to wrap, cards to send and travel and activities to plan, amongst what seems like a zillion other items our on holiday to-do lists! It is easy to become wrapped up in all the hustle and bustle and let stress take over.

Stress affects the body in more ways than one, even taking a toll on the skin! Stress can cause the skin to become dehydrated, making it look aged and dull. It also causes an increase in hormones that can worsen conditions like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne, fever blisters and hives.  As if that’s not bad enough, stress also increases cortisol levels, which causes the body to crave high sugar and high fat snacks (which are all too easy to find during the holiday season)! Yikes!

While it’s impossible to completely eliminate stress, there is a way to manage it and prevent it from wreaking havoc on your appearance! We recommend an indulgent treat, one for relaxing and getting your skin into tiptop shape for all the holiday festivities to come: the WOW Factor Facial!

The WOW Factor Facial features Idebenone Complex Superceuticals® and is a 60-minute facial that really delivers a “wow” factor with dramatic, visible results. You’ll feel the stress melt away from the beginning with the “Opening Alignment,” which is a series of deep breathing exercises and stretches to align the body. Experience PRIORI®’s signature “Relax and Firm Facial Massage,” which incorporates yoga techniques and pressure point work to give a “manual facelift.” You’ll see total skin rejuvenation with improved elasticity, texture, tone and clarity. This treatment visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while brightening the complexion. Relax and lose yourself in a wealth of massage and wake up looking radiant and refreshed with youthful-looking skin for holiday festivities!

Click here to locate a PRIORI® spa partner near you and schedule an appointment to “WOW” that holiday stress off your skin!

Happy Holidays!

The holiday party season is here, which means lots of late nights, holiday cocktails and minimal sleep. To help get you ready for the festive craziness, we put together some simple skincare tips to help get you looking your best, no matter how many party invitations you get!

Pampering is the name of the game, so indulge your skin with some simple facial massage using your favorite cream cleanser that will provide triple-duty benefits: clean skin, a “beauty-flash” treatment and added circulation to help firm, plump and tone the skin. Facial Cleanser is ideal for this; with the super-potent antioxidant, idebenone, and AHA and BHAs, Facial Cleanser will become your new secret weapon for the holiday party season.

To get skin ultra-smooth with minimal extra effort, add exfoliation by incorporating Invigorating Face & Body Scrub into your skincare routine to boost smoothness, minimize pores and reduce flakiness. The results will be baby-smooth, radiant skin with only one application!

Staying hydrated is one of the most important skincare steps for terrific-looking skin no matter what the event! ‘Tis the season to find a moisturizer that will do some serious skin-saving work for you. The sooner you can add a power-packed product to your routine, the sooner you’ll reap the benefits. Look for a moisturizer with antioxidants, wrinkle smoothers and skin lighteners to cover every potential skin care concern in time for the party circuit. If you have not tried Moisturizing Facial Cream, you will wish that you had! Don’t forget to increase your daily water intake, as it truly makes a difference in how your skin feels and skin looks – remember to double-up on water with every holiday cocktail!

Not logging enough pillow time? Hide the evidence with your favorite eye serum to reduce puffiness and dark circles. Smoothing Eye Serum is PRIORI®’s award-winning eye serum and ultimate go-to product to look instantly more awake and party ready.

Get glowing skin with Perfecting Minerals for instantly flawless skin plus SPF protection. Adding a touch of Sun Kissed will enhance the skin, making it appear as if you just returned from a two-week honeymoon!

Sleep is as crucial for your complexion as it is for your figure, so don’t skimp on it. Your body replenishes skin cells and produces collagen and elastin (which keep your skin strong and plump) while you’re sleeping.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday party season!