What are UV rays doing to your skin?

As people age, they want to do things to prolong or rejuvenate the beauty they had in their youth.  People see the wrinkles, lines, age spots, and other skin blemishes as physical imparities that take away from their natural beauty.  Our skin ages as we get older.  It is also affected by our surroundings.  Doing such things as being in the sun for too long, dry air, smoking, stress, and other factors also causes our skin to age.  Our skin becomes dry, irritated, and itchy because of these issues and also from health problems that we might have.

Skin care companies want to solve these problems that are faced by people every day.  By focusing on the harm that is causing the problems, skin care companies hope to solve some of the major issues.  Skin care companies want to boost the natural defense system of the skin against pollutants.  Back in the day, UV rays used to be a factor facing people and skin care companies.  Companies included UV filters into products to absorb or reflect the UV light that can cause damage to the skin.  Anti-aging creams are the big factors for skin care companies these days.  Many people see that anti-pollution creams and anti-aging creams are similar.

Anti-aging creams made up 28% of all skin care products that were sold back in 2013.  Companies are trying to push these new products out to consumers.  New studies are being done to show that pollutants are causing problems to the skin of people.  The article that I read goes on to explain the ad campaigns that many companies have started to bring awareness to this issue.

I found this article to be very interesting and I would like to do find out more about the studies that are being done and if any progress has been made in proving that such pollutants are causing such problems to occur in people.

Latisse. Make your lashes longer and more thick

The topic of the blog this time is about a product called Latisse and is used by Plastic Surgery Aesthetics Inc.  Latisse is meant to provide you with longer lashes.  Women like to have long lashes because it is a symbol of beauty.  Other reasons include; looking more attractive, creates a dramatic effect, more option when applying makeup, and even help with self-esteem.  Women will use fake eyelashes, mascara, and curling to achieve this look of beauty for themselves.

Latisse was created to help women with have better eyelash growth.  This is an FDA approved drug.  Latisse is not a one-time thing to fix your problems.  You apply Latisse each night before you go to bed.  Progress in thicker and longer lashes is most noticeable after 16 weeks of use.  It is also recommended to continue using it after you have reached your goal of longer lashes.

Latisse is a safe product to use on your eyes.  It is important to note that it is a prescription drug.  You need to talk to your eye doctor to make sure that you can use the product without having any adverse side effects.  I tried to find some negative effects from using Latisse.  The only thing that I came across was that it can cause the skin of the applied area on the skin to be darkened and even the color of your eyes darkening.  Another side effect of Latisse is dry eyes.  That can happen if the product gets in your eyes.

For those that want to have longer and thicker lashes, you should take the time to consult with your eye doctor, cosmetologist, dermatologist, or esthetician for more information.  From what I have found, it is a product that can help women achieve their beauty goals.  It is safe to use and the results do happen.

Do you know what’s in your skin care products?

Every day is a learning experience for me with my skin care blog.  I am new to blogging and the skin care industry.  One of the topics I came across while reading some articles was the use of all natural skin care products versus synthetic products.  I don’t know if it is a new trend in skin care or something that has always been around.

One of the first things that I came across was on biofreshskincare.ie.  In the 8-minute video I watched, it describes the toxic chemicals that are used by large companies in their products.  Businesses like to use packaging techniques like making the box green, or using flashy words like all-natural, herbal, or organic on their labels.  These are marketing strategies to get people to buy their products.  They know people will buy their product if it lists such words that has to deal with organic since that is what consumers are looking for.  Another website I checked out was safecosmetics.org.  If you have some time, visit this website as it provides you with a lot of detail about low toxicity in products, safe chemicals, and it even provides safe cosmetics tips.

Not all chemicals are bad.  It is important that we know what we are putting into our bodies because these toxic chemicals can have adverse effects on our body.  Safecosmetics.org even has a list of chemicals for us that can harm our bodies.  The food we eat and the air we breathe, and the water we drink is filled with toxic chemicals.  All this information kind be scary since there is so much happening to our bodies that we can’t see.  I think it is important to be informed of these chemicals so we can do our best to minimize the damage that can happen.

The last thing that I want to talk about are the all-natural products that we can use.  One thing that you can do is to make sure that the products that you use and buy are organic.  Know where the product and the ingredients in the product came from.  Biofreshskincare gives a list of all natural skin care.  This list includes; biodegradable ingredients, no artificial colors or preservatives, earth friendly formulas, and cruelty free.

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Taking care of your skin during the winter

I live in an area that is very cold and dry during the winter time.  My skin gets dry and my lips become chapped.  I’m sure many of you might face similar problems where your skin becomes cracked, dry, and even irritated because of these harsh temperatures.  Luckily there are solution to help prevent and restore our skin to its natural beauty.  Here are some tips to refresh your skin this winter:

  1. Use a better moisturizer.  This one seems pretty basic but it can make a difference for you.  It is best to use a moisturizer that is oil based, rather than water based.  The oil helps to create protective layer for your skin.  There are a lot of products that you can try and use.  I suggest finding a product that fits your needs best.  A word of caution.  Make sure the moisturizer you use is non-clogging.
  2. 2. Use sunscreen.  Sunscreen can help prevent sunburns from the winter sun.  This sounds a little strange, but when I went camping and hiking in the snow in Oregon, I would put on sunscreen because the ground acted as a giant mirror reflecting the UV rays towards my face.  Another thing to remember is that the higher the elevation you are, the greater the risk there is of UV radiation.
  3. Talk to a specialist.  One of the best things that you can do for yourself is talk to a specialist.  Generic store brands might not always be the best product for you to use.  Everyone’s skin is different and will react differently.  It is good to a dermatologist or esthetician.  They can analyze your skin type and suggest products that will better meet your skin needs.

If you liked this post, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email for more information. Thank you for taking the time reading this blog.

Who is PSA Inc.?

Plastic Surgery Aesthetics or (PSA) is a skin care company that is based in the Portland Metropolitan Area.  PSA Inc. has been around since 1980.  PSA has moved locations over the past few years and their website needed to be updated. I have recently taken on a project to increase their social media presence.

Last year I had the opportunity to create a new website for PSA Inc. Now that the site is up and running, it is time to begin working on our social media presence.

The new site: http://www.psaskincare.com/ is still in the process of being updated.  There are always changes that can be made to help improve the user interaction and experience.  I hope to make many of these changes over the next few weeks and months.  I will let everyone know of these updates through blogs and updates on all social media sites that PSA Inc. is connected to.  PSA Inc. is a family owned business.

My aim is to help publicize the site to the different social media sites to further connect people with this business.  There is a lot to offer in this blog so I will have to take it one step at a time.  I hope that I can do my best to promote PSA Inc., the products and treatments, and the values that we uphold as a company.

We want people to have access to skin care products and information.  We hope to make these products more accessible to people who may not live in the Portland metropolitan area.  This is the first time that a blog has been used by PSA Inc.  The purpose will be to inform readers our current skin care trends, news, and products.

In order to stay connected with PSA Inc.  Connect with use on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and google.


Site Update December 2015

These last few months have been really busy for PSA, inc. and the development of the new site. We have recently gone back through to make sure all the links to the different pages work. There were broken links to pages that don’t exist anymore and the same link was for every button. These changes have been made to improve the overall quality of the site to help you better navigate between the different pages.

This site will continue to be updated.

For the social media links to work, you must be logged into your account to view any content that is posted on our social media pages.

Thank you for your time. If you have any questions, please call us. Our number is 503-692-4880

We operate in the Portland metropolitan area and our store hours are between 9am and 5pm.