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Essential Clean Beauty Must-Haves for Travelling

March Break comes at a time of year when we are all done with Winter. We are over the cold, snowy mornings, scraping off our cars before work, trying to keep our grip on the road as the snow builds and builds. We are on the cusp of Spring with the birds chirping as we awake each morning, the smell in the air becoming fresher and more hopeful.

Jet-setting off to somewhere hot and sunny for the March Break makes the transition from a harsh Winter to a renewing Spring all that much easier. However, the transition for your skin from cold to hot weather can cause unwanted breakouts, irritation, and redness.

Must-Have Green Beauty Products for Vacation!

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Here are our Must-Have clean beauty products for travel:

1. Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo cloths-to-go
– The 100% unbleached bamboo cloths are infused with vitamin C, E, and B12, jojoba oil, sunflower oil, organic honey and a blend of citrus essential oils sourced from the Middle East. They are alcohol, paraben and sulfate free, and are also 100% biodegradable. They are the perfect solution for cleaning your face from salt water, sweat, and all-over grime in a hurry!

2. Coola Sunscreen Body Spray (SPF 30)
– This spray-on sunscreen goes on clear and absorbs within seconds. With delicious scents such as Citrus Mimosa and Pina Colada, this quick and easy sunscreen application smells great while protecting your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays.

3. Coola BB Cream with SPF
– This mineral BB+ cream lightly evens out your skin tone while providing your face with SPF 30. This vegan formula is 70%+ certified organic and is perfect to give you an even complexion during the day. Note: If you are using it mostly for sun protection, remember to reapply it every two hours for maximum protection.

4. Éminence Tropical Vanilla Face Moisturizer
– This moisturizer smells like a vacation in a bottle! It has SPF 32 and is perfect if you want sun protection without any colour, such as in the BB cream. Not only does this moisturizer protect against the sun, it also hydrates and nourishes your skin at the same time!

5. Fitglow Beauty Calm Cleansing Milk
The Calm Cleansing Milk is the perfect travel cleanser it is is light, nourishing, and easy to use. This vegan, gluten-free calming blend has many purposes. It can remove make-up, cleanse your face, and reduce redness and irritation. Simply bring this cleanser and some cotton pads and you will be able to keep your skin clean and nourished throughout your days in the sun!

6. Fitglow Beauty Cloud Comfort Cream
– This light but effective moisturizer contains cloudberry which deeply hydrates skin while reducing redness and irritation, arnica to heal and smooth skin, and meadowfoam seed oil which protects the skin against environmental damage. This cream is perfect to use at night to help repair redness and irritation, while providing deep hydration to the skin.

7. Coola Tinted Mineral Liplux 
– Some of us are very diligent with applying our SPF to our bodies but often forget about our lips! Coola’s Mineral liplux provides a light tint of colour while protecting the lips with SPF 30. The skin on our lips is some of the thinnest skin we have, which means it is the quickest to burn and needs extra protection.

These products help keep your skin clean, protected, and happy so your focus can be lying on the beach, sipping on Pina coladas and enjoying quality time with your family.

The Sun Scoop

We all love the golden glow, but did you know that sun exposure is a leading cause of dark spots and hyper-pigmentation.   Ever pick up a bottle of sunscreen and try to figure out all the codes and what they all mean?

There’s waterproof, water resistant, SPF, UVA, UVB, but what does is all really mean?  Do you even really need to apply sunscreen?…the answer is YES!
In light of the recent Banana Boat sunscreen recall, we’re sharing the scoop this week breaking down all you need to know about proper sun care.
The SUN Scoop

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor.

Sunscreens are classified by an SPF number; you’ve probably all seen them on your sunscreen bottle (SPF30). This SPF number is calculated measuring the fraction of sunburn-producing UV rays that reach the skin.

For example, “SPF 15″ means that 1/15th of the burning radiation reaches the skin through the recommended thickness of sunscreen- protected skin vs unprotected skin.  You really want to be using an SPF of no less than 30 to protect  yourself not only against the risk of skin cancer but also premature aging skin.

Follow? Great, now let’s get into the nitty gritty science behind UVA and UVB rays:

Sunlight is made up of two types of harmful rays: UVA and UVB.  The UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis, the skins thickest layer, while it’s the UVB  that burns the superficial layer of our skin.  It is the UVB rays that is the key in developing skin cancer.  No matter the rays, be it UVA or UVB, unprotected skin exposure can lead to premature skin aging, wrinkling and cause permanent damage over time.  Unfortunately most people don’t begin to see signs of sun damage and become aware of the risks of not applying sunscreen until we begin to age.

COOLA sunscreen has a Farm to Face Philosophy

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The Canadian Dermatology Association recommends wearing sunscreen 365 days and year and most importanly during peek hours of 11am – 3pm.

So what is it you really want to look for in your sunscreen?

No matter what brand of sunscreen you purchase you want it to be a Broad-Spectrum sunscreen.  The FDA has strict guidelines to determine what sunscreens actually are able to be labeled at Broad-Spectrum.  Broad – Spectrum sunscreens provide protection against both UVA and UVB rays.  Giving you the maximum protection from the suns harmful rays.

Mineral sunscreens vs. Traditional sunscreens

Mineral sunscreens use active mineral ingredients such as Zinc Oxide, that reflect the sun’s rays to protect exposure to your skin.  There are two types of sunscreens Classic and Mineral Sunscreens, they can be differentiated by their active sun protection.  Classic sunscreens use chemicals to absorb & dissipate UVA/UVB rays.

Lastly, and newest to the way we understand sunscreen, is the concept of nanoparticles.  Slowly we will be seeing guidelines put forth on how to differentiate when purchasing sunscreens. In the meantime we can explain it as such:

A nanoparticle is a piece of material so tiny that the only way to measure it is in nanometers. To put this to scale, 1 nanometer equals one-billionth of a meter. ” A nano particle will enter the blood stream but a non-nano will not. That is why non-nano is safer. Chemical sunscreens will enter the bloodstream and that is why DNA altering ingredients such as oxybenzone have become a growing concern.

COOLA, now available at Pretty In Pink Spa, is non-nano.  Their Farm to Face philosophy offers mineral suncare products for the entire family.  COOLA uses ingredients that are hypoallergenic, paraben free, antioxidant enriched, water resistant & water proof yet still luxurious without compromising on performance.  Their products protect and nourish the skin with vitamins and age-defying antioxidants.

We hear it all the time from new moms ‘what sunscreen is safe for my baby’  We are happy to share that  COOLA has an SPF50 for your little ones over 6 months old.  Start your baby on their way to a natural environment while safeguarding them from the sun’s harmful rays and pollutants.  This baby SPF 50 sunscreen is designed especially for a baby’s delicate skin using minerals.

No matter how long you or your family will be spending time outside be sure to apply  your sunscreen before you head outdoors.

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