Waves of Skinspiration

Eye Cream 101
The When, Why, and What on all things eye cream.
Elena's Skincare Must Haves
Ever wonder what a dermatology PA (with great skin) uses daily to achieve healthy and beautiful skin?  Read on, to learn how our founder, Elena, maintains her youthful complexion.
OTC Retinols
Over the counter retinol comes in many forms - Retinol linoleate, Retinol acetate, Retinaldehyde, Retinyl Palmitate, Propionic acid, and vitamin A propionate.
This vitamin A derivative has long been the gold standard and key ingredient in at home skin care, because it works!
How to Get “Event Ready” Skin

It's Event Season!

Spring and Summer bring so many exciting and life changing events: graduation, weddings, vacations, reunions, girls trips, and family get togethers.  Many people want their skin to look better for these events, but don't know where to start; fear not, we can help!

Read on to learn what products are right for you!

Do I Have To Wear Sunscreen Everyday?
Elena shares with you why, yes, you need sunscreen EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  But why, and which one can be the difficult issue to solve.  No worries, we can help!
How to Layer Your Products
If you've ever thought, "Does it matter how I layer my products?", the answer is . . . .probably, but maybe not.  Read on to learn more.  
Skinflammation = Inflammation + Skin Aging

Inflammation + Skin Aging = SKINFLAMMATION

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. 

Should I care about my exposure to blue light?
What is all the fuss about blue light exposure? Do I need to protect my skin against blue light?  The answer: YES!
We’ve got your back, seriously.

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. 

Got 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.
What is THAT on my skin?! Day 4: Rosacea.
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.
What is THAT on my skin?! Day 3: Melasma.
Millions of Americans have been dealing with unwanted dark patches on their faces for many years. The dark patches you are seeing are called Melasma. 
What is THAT on my skin?! Day 2: Atypical Moles.
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.  
Celebrating National Sunscreen Day!
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...
How old do you look? Ask your hands.
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.
About us. Meet Elena!
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...
About us. First up, Heather Dyer CNP

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.

First up, Heather.

Spring SPF Planning: From Head to Toe!
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.
Farmers Market and Skin Health
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!
Retinoids vs. Retinol
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.