The connection between stress and inflammation and skin aging has been observed for hundreds of years. Our skin is an incredibly dynamic organ that plays a vital role in our ability to sense the world, regulate our temperature, protect us from infection, and maintain homeostasis. Our skin also has a robust immune system of its own, as well as its own endocrine system. This allows the skin to be highly adaptable to acute stressors (think skin injury), but also leaves it susceptible to the detrimental effects of chronic stress which can lead to “skinflammation” and premature aging.
As if acne isn’t bad enough on your face, right?! Have you ever experienced bance?
Over 50% of people who experience facial acne lesions will ALSO have acne on the chest, shoulders, and back. Similar to the uninvited visitors on your face, the upper trunk has many sebaceous (oil) glands, making it a prime target for acne.
No matter your age (from pre-teen to full adulthood), we’ve got you covered!
Save the Wave Skincare’s suggested skincare routine would consist of four acne-reducing staples: Bamboo Charcoal Soap, Purifying Blueberry Charcoal Mud Mask, Calming Facial Toner with Witch Hazel & Lavender, and one of our five Mineral-based sunscreens.
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that affects both men and women, typically becoming apparent between the ages of 30-50, and is most common in fair skinned people with Celtic and Scandinavian ancestry (but can also affect darker toned skin). Heredity can create a susceptibility to developing Rosacea.
We all get SOME ultraviolet exposure during the day, even if just doing our day to day activities such as riding in the car, going to the store, walking our dogs, and going to the post office, etc. It is important to PROTECT our skin every day from this incidental exposure. EVERY DAY we need to apply a mineral-based broad-spectrum water resistant sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher, even on cloudy and overcast days. Focus on high exposure areas such as the face, neck, chest, ears, hands, and the top of the head. Other sun protective measures include seeking shade from 10am to 4pm if possible, protective clothing such as long sleeve shirts and wide brim hats. Remember to reapplying sunscreen every 80 minutes after swimming or sweating.
Sunscreen: where it came from and why it’s important for ALL of us. Sunscreen was first developed in 1930’s and credited to both Franz Greiter and Benjamin Greene. The first sunscreen formulas were a thick combination of cocoa butter and...
Want to know a person's age? Just look at their hands.
We have all heard that before, and for good reason. After the face, the hands are the second most visible, tell-tale signs of a person’s age - and one of the most neglected parts of our body.
Think of all our hands do for us, and all we put them through during an average day; Fine detail work, picking up groceries, washing dishes, planting a garden, incessant hand washing with drying soaps, brushing the dog, cooking dinner, cleaning the house, helping to build a Lego set, laundry, and the list literally goes on and on (and on).
The least we can do is show our hands a little love.
This company wouldn’t be complete without the other half of the brilliant duo. On this Friday is Easter weekend, allow us to introduce you to Elena. Hey everybody! My name is Elena Avila and along with my sister, Heather, I...
Who are the founders of Save the Wave Skincare? We thought we would introduce you to them on a person level, one at a time, from a person point of view. By knowing us personally and understanding where our skin and self-care passion comes from, our new and existing customers should be at ease trusting the validity of our brand, our integrity and our medical training in order to create a quality collection for you.
We often discuss the importance of applying a daily SPF, as great looking healthy skin starts with consistent protection from ultraviolet radiation. We cannot stress enough that EVERY day, 365 days a year, we should be protecting all exposed areas of skin (especially focusing on the face, neck and chest) with a sunscreen that has at least an SPF 30. While sunscreen is the true MVP, other protective gear like hats, sunglasses, long sleeves, swim shirts, and pants definitely contribute to the success of the team.
Apples are high in polyphenols inhibit AGE (advanced glycation end-products) formation, which can prematurely age the skin. They have been implicated in other chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. The old “apple a day” adage is as true as true can be!
You have been hearing about retinoids and retinol for decades.
What’s the difference? While both products are Vitamin A derivatives, Retinoids are prescription strength products that require a visit to the doctor and the pharmacy. Retinols are weaker but over the counter and much easier (and less expensive) to access. Both can help with fine lines and wrinkles, mild to moderate acne, boosts collagen production, speed up cellular turnover, and improve unwanted pigmentary changes of the skin.
There are many “triggers” that worsen rosacea, and each person may have different triggers. Common triggers include: sun, hot beverages, harsh or irritating skin products, scrubbing the skin, drinking alcohol, and hot spicy foods.
There are so many reasons for us to have this terrible winter skin: eczema, the dry cold months of the season, and aging skin. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what can help, but we took the time and did the work on your behalf.
As if they weren't going through enough: school, relationships, sports, and family. The teen years can also be a challenging time for their skin and hair: acne, oily complexion and hair, seborrhea (which can cause irritation and flaking), and early sun damage. Let us at least simplify the skincare issue for them.
"I'm a guy - I don't like to put things on my skin." We must hear this 10 times a day in clinical practice, when we ask gentlemen about their skincare routine. Whaaaaat? Hold the line! There is nothing easier (or sexier) than healthy, great looking skin. We’re here to change your mentality on the topic (for the better).
Winter months are a magical time of the year. Snow and ice, bundling up in our favorite sweater, hot cocoa, fireplaces, snow days, and sledding are just a few of our favorite things this time of year, but the cold, dry air can wreak havoc on our skin. In addition to the changes in the environment, we tend to use more drying heat to stay cozy in our house and take longer, warmer showers. All of that combined tends to dry out our skin. Dry skin tends to be irritable skin. It's even worse for our friends who have compromised skin already, such as those with aging skin, eczema and psoriasis.
We are one week into 2020, and Heather and I have spent time mapping out our goals for the New Year. We recognize that life is busy, complicated and there was much to reflect on in 2019: professional goals, health, fitness, children and family, our role in the community/world, environmental impacts, and of course Save the Wave Skincare.
When talking about skin care routines with patients, I often get this question. For my younger patients, and eye cream may not be necessary, but for most of us over the age of 30, a specific product for the eyes can be very beneficial.