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September Special: $199 for 2 DermaPen Treatments when purchasing a package of 5!
(Single treatments are regularly $225)

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With another amazing summer in Vancouver behind us, September is all about renewal and fresh beginnings. So if you’ve been neglecting your skin in favour of summer BBQ’s and patio sessions, then our September Special is here to the (derma) rescue.

With celebrity devotees like Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow, it’s little wonder why everyone’s talking about the DermaPen, a revolutionary little tool that kick starts your body’s own natural collagen production. Also referred to as Microneedling, this treatment creates tiny punctures in the skin, tricking the body to build collagen and elastin (which are basically your BFF’s to anti-aging). Besides softening wrinkles, it’s also been proven to lessen the appearance of acne or trauma scars, shrink pores, and fade brown spots.

DermaPen: The New Facial

The old saying that good things come in small packages couldn’t be more true. This little tool offers big results, and has completely disrupted the idea of the traditional facial. If you’re looking for an alternative to laser therapy, Microneedling is the perfect solution for patients with darker skin tones at risk for hyperpigmentation, or those who don’t want to avoid the sunlight for weeks.

Plus you can target much more than just the face. DermaPen treatments can be done anywhere, and are particularly popular for those who suffer from stretch marks or post-natal scarring. Our medical estheticians have treated areas like the legs, chest, or butt, creating a soft, lifted, and smooth appearance in as little as five treatments.

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Though a single treatment costs $225, for the month of September we’re offering TWO DermaPen treatments for just $199 when purchasing a package of five!

Wondering how it works or want to learn more? We have plenty of information and videos on our website. In addition, feel free to contact our knowledgable staff by booking a free consultation.

After years of helping people with their skin, we can safely say we’ve seen just about everything. From dry to oily, young to mature, our medical estheticians have worked with hundreds of people from all corners of Greater Vancouver to help them achieve healthy, glowing, and flawless complexions.

Throughout the years, we’ve learned a thing (or nine) about how to the body’s largest organ. And lucky for you, we’re giving you the inside scoop by sharing our top 9 skincare lessons that will help your skin from the inside, out.

1. Cleanse. We’ve all had those mornings where we’ve woken up with raccoon eyes from last night’s mascara and our foundation strewn across the pillow (yuck!). We know life gets busy, but if there’s one thing you absolutely must do, it’s cleanse before you hit the sack. Here are a few of our faves:

2. Sunscreen. Don’t let Raincouver fool you; those grey clouds aren’t enough to fight off the sun’s harmful rays, causing premature aging and upping your chance of developing skin cancer. Applying sunscreen should be part of your all-day routine, no matter what time of year it is.

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And not all sunscreens are created equal; as we’ve mentioned, you need to opt for Physical sunscreen, which protects your skin from the sun by deflecting or blocking the sun’s rays. It uses non-toxic, mineral-based ingredients like titanium dioxide (a naturally occurring mineral) and zinc to block the sun’s entire spectrum of UVA and UVB rays. This differs from the typical chemical forms you find at the drugstore, and are made up of more than 12 different chemicals, many of which have not been FDA approved. These are then absorbed into the skin and can interfere with the normal function of hormones like estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid.Our go-to physical sunscreen is anything in the Sunforgettable Collection by Colorescience. Pack in your purse and reapply any time of day for easy-peasy application.skincare lessons

3. Ditch the Drugstore. Here’s why: they’re filled with chemicals that will only harm your skin. Better to make life simple and go for the natural, holistic, and scientifically proven good stuff: Osmosis, Colorescience, and Pro-Derm.

4. Moisturize. Yes, that includes people with oily skin. No matter what skin type you have, moisturizer should always be in your arsenal. Here are our faves.

5. Wash Up. And not just your face. We’re talking about your brushes, pillowcases, and face cloths; anything that touches your face on the reg, as these materials can easily absorb and pass on bacteria that can clog pores. (Pssst…this brush cleaner is ah-mazing).

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6. Don’t Pick! Whether it’s pimples, whiteheads, or blackheads, keep your hands off and away from your face, as you’ll likely only do more damage. Suffering from scars? Our Foto-Facials will do wonders to remove discoloration.

7. Easy on the Exfoliation. Rule of thumb: you should be exfoliating gently and no more than twice a week. Your skin is sensitive, and while exfoliation is vital for removing dead skin cells and other pollutants, there’s no need to sand it down completely. These exfoliators and masks from Osmosis and Pro-Derm are gentle yet incredibly effective.

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8. Ban the Tan. Baking in ultraviolet rays, whether it’s the tanning bed or on the beach, needs to stop immediately. Premature aging, wrinkles, fine-lines, pigmentation, cancer – you name it; it’s all caused by tanning.

9. Bar the Bar. Using a bar of drugstore soap to cleanse is one of the worst things you can do, as it strips our skin of natural oils and causes a PH imbalance, resulting in dry, oily or acneic skin. Do yourself a favour and try these gentle Osmosis cleansers that deeply clean the skin and thoroughly remove dirt, make-up, and environmental toxins.

Now that you have our skincare secrets, feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our tips, recommendations, and products. We’re happy to help!

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Meet the Urban Body Laser Team: Janelle

Meet the Urban Body Laser Team: Janelle

Janelle when she competed in her first bikini competition! Looked amazing and we are so proud of her!

We believe that a big part of loving what you do is loving the people that you work with. Thankfully, our team is a close-knit group that supports one another both professionally and personally. Best of all, we have much fun! From work trips to nights out, it’s fair to say we’re one big happy family.

If you’ve visited our office, you may have met Janelle, our Medical Esthetics and Laser Technician. For the past two years she’s been an integral part of our team, which is why we’re giving you the inside scoop on the best treatments, products, and inspiration from our all-star crew member.

What’s your favourite quote?

Too blessed to be stressed.”

What’s the best advice you have ever received?

Forgiveness is for your own mental healing. You must forgive those who hurt you, even if whatever they did to you was unforgivable in your mind. You will forgive them not because they deserve to be forgiven, but because you don’t want to suffer and hurt yourself every time you remember what they did to you. It doesn’t matter what others did to you, you are going to forgive them because you don’t want to feel sick all the time. You will forgive because you feel compassion for yourself. Forgiveness is an act of self-love.

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One of Janelle’s favourite quotes

What’s your daily skincare regime?

First I cleanse with Osmosis Purify Cleanser followed by Quench Plus Hydrator and Sunforgettable SPF 50 Mineral Powder. At night I add in Osmosis Refresh PM Eye Serum and Calm Serum, I often add in Stem Factor serum as well. I use Colorescience mineral makeup daily; the Pressed Compact Mineral Powder as well as Skin Mattifying Primer and finish off with the Hydrating Mist.

What’s the most common question you are asked from clients?

People always ask me how to prevent and reverse the signs of aging. My answer: Photorejuvenation with our BBL system. This treatment is the ultimate “fountain of youth.” These treatments change the gene expression in the skin, which in turn makes the genes mimic younger skin. In other words, old skin cells behave like young skin cells. For ant-aging products, you can’t go wrong with the ultimate kit: Anti-Aging Serum from Colorescience, as well as Stem Factor, Quench Plus, and Renew from Osmosis.

What are the top 5 skincare or beauty products that you can’t live without?

Pretty much everything I use daily will always be in my skincare arsenal. If I had to choose just five, I would have to go with Colorescience Pressed Mineral Compact, Sunforgettable SPF 50 mineral powder, Purify Cleanser, the Quench Plus Moisturizer, and Skin Mattifying Primer.

Have a question for Janelle? Contact her at Urban Body Laser or book an appointment with her!

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**20% off all moisturizers for the month of October. Contact us for details!**

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The warmth of the sun can feel great when it’s shining down onto our skin, but too much can cause painful sunburns, dryness, and peeling which can lead to premature aging and even skin cancer. While we all know the importance of sunscreen, if you’re outdoors all day, you can still get burned even if you’re diligently applying your SPF. To protect and pamper your skin after a long day in the sun, we’ve got a roundup of some of the best post-sun products to help heal and rejuvenate your skin.

Pro-Derm Hydrogel

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Calming and lightly moisturizing, Hydrogel rapidly soothes sensitive, sun-damaged skin. It relieves itchiness and soothes any heat or irritation after sunburn. Made of plant and marine extracts, it’s naturally anti-inflammatory.

Pro-Derm Regenerating Cream

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This cream has been formulated to moisturize, regenerate, soothe sensitive skin and protect against the elements. After skin has been damaged from the sun, the Regenerating Cream accelerates and improves the skin’s repair process.

Osmosis Quench

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Quench is a potent lightweight moisturizer, containing high amounts of hyaluronic acid, organic shea butter, and jojoba seed oil. The ingredients restore damaged skin cells and help build the proteins in the skin. Non-greasy and lightweight, it provides maximum hydration for parched skin.

Osmosis Immerse

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An intense boost of moisture, Immerse is used to calm and soothe very dry skin. Containing powerful antioxidant oils from blueberries, raspberries and calendula, this product helps to moisturize and replenish dry skin.

Osmosis Englighten

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If you gained a few sunspots over the summer or experienced another form of pigmentation from the sun, Enlighten is for you. It lightens and brightens the skin, while simultaneously hydrating and calming the skin. It’s also a preventative treatment, as it offers protection from UV rays.

Even though we’re well through September, we are exposed to the sun all year round; therefore, sun protection is essential no matter what season you are in. Our medical estheticians can help you find the best products for your skin type, so contact us any time. Make sure to take advantage of our October special: 20% off all moisturizers! 

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Summertime means sun, shorts, and sandals. But with that beach hair and bronzed skin also comes sun damage. While prevention is the first line of defense, no one (and no sunscreen) is perfect. We’ve listed our top treatments for after-sun care to keep your skin healthy and glowing.

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Microdermabrasion:
Exposure to sun, chlorine and salt water can dry out your skin, causing it to peel and flake. The buildup of dead skin can make skin appear dull, blotchy and uneven. Exfoliation is crucial to help remove sun damage and rejuvenate the skin, leaving it softer and brighter.

Our microdermabrasion treatments gently rejuvenate the skin with non-invasive exfoliation. By removing the outermost layer of dead skin cells, microdermabrasion leaves the skin feeling smoother and dare we say, younger. We use the Pristine Precision Diamond Peel System because we love how the densely packed diamonds gently remove top layers of the epidermis, stimulating collagen and elastin production and improving blood flow. Microdermabrasion treatments are recommended for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Photorejuventaion:

The main cause of sunspots is prolonged exposure to UV rays from the sun. While increased sun exposure can cause fair-skinned faces to freckle, darker complexions are also vulnerable to uneven pigmentation. In fact, many of us may have a veil of pigment on our skin that we don’t even know is there.

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To counteract this, we highly recommend Photorejuventation. Whether on your face, hands, neck, chest or back, Photorejuvenation can make you look like you’ve turned back time. This treatment pulses light into the skin, heating it to target and remove the unwanted brown and red marks from the sun to deliver a more even skin tone and overall glow. It uses light (in a good way!) to repair and revive your skin in an effective and non-invasive system. These treatments are done in a timely matter and can even be done over your lunch hour.

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Summer isn’t the only time to be worried about harmful UV rays, as we are exposed to the sun all year round. Therefore, sun protection is essential no matter what season you are in. Keep an eye out for our next blog, where we’ll be sharing our favourite after-sun skincare products that are perfect for recovering from the sunny season.

If you have any questions about summer skincare or any other services we offer, our medical estheticians are a helpful guide for finding the best products for your skin type, so contact us any time. We’re happy to help!

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Now that we’re halfway through summer, there are just a few weeks left to take advantage of these beautiful sunny days. While we all know the mood-boosting benefits of exercise, it only gets better when you move those endorphin-pumping activities to the great outdoors. In fact, a study shows that just 5 minutes of exercise in a green space can wake up your body and mind, making you feel happier and less stressed.

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The Urban Body Laser team can attest that there’s nothing like heading outside for fresh air and fitness. Thankfully we live in such a beautiful city that there’s plenty of ways to stay active, whether it’s with a group of friends or that all-important ‘me time’. We polled the Urban Body Laser team to see how they love to get their heart rate up while also soaking up the sunshine (with plenty of sunscreen, of course!). The best part? No treadmill or stair climber required.

Beach Jogging

By taking your run to the beach, you’re getting a lot more than just better scenery. Landing on soft sand decreases the amount of stress that hard surfaces put on your feet, and the resistance naturally works your muscles better than the treadmill. The calming atmosphere of the beach sure doesn’t hurt either! Head to Jericho Beach to clock in those kilometres, and then after your run, the Colorescience Sunforgettable Setting Mist is a must, as it rejuvenates the skin after a sweaty workout.

Hiking

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Not only does hiking offer a physical challenge, but as we mentioned, being in nature is a serious mood-booster. The beautiful scenery and changing terrain shifts your focus to your movements and surroundings, taking your mind off of exercising and providing a sense of calm. Grab a friend and hit the trails for an all-day trek through nature’s playground (just don’t forget to pack plenty of water and sun protection). For the more advanced hikers, the Grouse Grind, Chief, or Sea to Summit are very challenging trails with views that can’t be beat. If you’re looking for something more leisurely, Quarry Rock or Lynn Canyon are also two of our faves.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

A great exercise for balance and strength, stand up paddle boarding is also fun! Ideal for strengthening your core, it’s a relaxing activity where you can go at your own pace and enjoy Vancouver’s beautiful backdrop. By tuning in to the gentle rhythms of the water, a calm sense of awareness can be achieved. Head to False Creek and get paddling!

Biking

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It may have been years since you last pulled out your bike, but it’s never too late to hop on two wheels again. The physical and mental benefits of cycling outdoors greatly surpass riding a stationary bike because you have to balance, steer, and respond to changing terrain. Trouble sleeping? Try going for morning rides along the Seawall, as the daylight exposure will help get your circadian rhythm back in sync and rid your body of cortisol, leading to a longer and more regenerative sleep. Just don’t forget your helmet!

These are just a few ways to stay active while also exploring your backyard. So skip the gym, grab your gear, and head out!

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What’s your favourite summer outdoor workouts in Vancouver? Tweet @urbanbodylaser and let us know, and you’ll be entered to win a FREE Sunforgettable Brush, valued at $88!

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Both in-store or online, these products have sold like hotcakes at Urban Body Laser this week! Check out why our clients are buying – and loving – these popular skin care products and beauty lines.

Proderm Hydrogel and Gentle Cleanser

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These two are what every single one of our clients uses before and after our treatments. If you’re starting a laser hair removal program, we highly recommend these two become staples in your beauty bag. Hydrogel keeps the skin properly hydrated with its 40% organic aloe. It also contains Omega 3, 6, and 9, which help to absorb that aloe deep into the skin. The Gentle Cleanser keeps PH balanced to steer bacteria away and prevent post-treatment folliculitis. It contains 40% aloe barbadensis extract and is enriched with kavender essential oil.

Colorescience Pressed Mineral Foundation

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It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of Colorescience Mineral Make-Up. In fact, it’s the only beauty line our medical estheticians will put on their face. The Pressed Mineral Foundation provides light to full coverage that feels weightless while nourishing the skin in the process. It’s packed with Vitamins A & E, as well as antioxidants like Beta Carotene, Carrot Seed Oil, Rose Geranium, Sandalwood, and Lavender. We carry a wide variety of shades to match your skin tone, just visit us in-store or send us an email if you need guidance picking the right one.

Purify Exfoliating Enzyme Cleanser from Osmosis

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An organic, all natural product, our clients are completely hooked to this cleanser. Purify is a universal facial cleanser can be used on all skin types and gently exfoliates the skin to remove dirt, make-up and environmental toxins.

Interested in learning more about these or other products we carry? Feel free to contact us with your questions!

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Mother’s Day is just a couple of days away! Have you found a gift for her yet? You could do the usual flowers, jewelry, or scarf, but why not do something for her that she would probably never do for herself? This Mother’s Day, give her something that will make her feel beautiful from the inside out.

At Urban Body Laser, we offer a variety of services and products that will guarantee to impress your Mom. Here are a few of our most popular gifts for Mother’s Day.

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Photofacial

Your Mom will instantly look and feel younger after she receives a photofacial. BBL Photorejuvenation reduces and eliminates the appearance of freckles, fine lines, wrinkles, or liver spots. Whether on the face, hands, neck, chest or back, this treatment can make her look like she’s turned back time. Book her a series of treatments for maximum results.

Microdermabrasion

This is another effective treatment that will rejuvenate the skin in a painless and non-invasive way. Often compared to the texture of a cat’s tongue, microdermabrasion gently removes the outermost layer of dead skin cells, cleaning your pores and leaving skin smooth and decongested. It’s a great one for Mom because it helps treat and minimize fine lines and wrinkles, discolored skin, and ingrown hairs. Celebrities like Gwenyth Paltrow swear by it!

Beauty Consultation

As women age, their skin’s needs change dramatically. It can be daunting trying to navigate through eye creams, serums, and anti-aging moisturizers. Treat mom with an Urban Body Laser gift certificate and we’ll give her a free skin and beauty consultation! Our medical estheticians can recommend the best products for her skin and from there she can use her gift certificate to purchase whatever products she wants. If she’s also looking to spruce up her make-up collection, we can show her the best shades and tones for her skin that will bring out her natural beauty.
mother's day giftIf you’re wondering about more of our services and which ones will be best for your Mom, feel free to contact us any time!

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How are you planning to celebrate Mother’s Day? Tweet us or post on our Facebook page, we would love to hear about it!

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When it comes to make-up, our clients tend to fall in to two categories: those who wear it, and those that don’t. With so many brands, colours, shades, and products to choose from, stepping into stores like Sephora or even strolling the drugstore can become overwhelming. Luckily, no matter how much or little you wear it, we have a one-stop solution: Colorescience.

Whether you’re heading to work or a night on the town, Colorescience Mineral Make-Up is versatile, easy to use, and (more importantly) won’t pollute your skin. As medical estheticians, we see a lot of people visit us with breakouts and irritations that have been caused by using cosmetics that are full of fillers and cheap chemicals. However, Colorescience is so pure and natural that it actually nourishes and protects your skin while also offering the same coverage as regular make-up. That’s why we always remind clients to use half of what they would typically use with other brands of make-up because with Colorescience a little goes a long way.

Though we carry an extensive list of products from this line (we really love it!), we’re listing just a few of our favourite products that are staples in our make-up regime. Plus they’re easy to pack in your purse when you’re on the go!

Urban Body Laser’s Colorescience Must-Haves

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Colorescience Pallettes

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Colorescience palettes are designed for correcting and highlighting all areas of your face. Apply as a concealer, corrector, eye shadow, highlighter, bronzer or foundation all in one easy-to-pack and convenient package.

This kit contains five complimentary colors combining pressed minerals designed for your skin tone and condition. Each colour can be used separately or blended to cover or camouflage any imperfections like blemishes, dark circles, scars and broken capillaries.

Mascara

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Every woman seeks long, voluminous lashes without smudging or clumps. Colorescience Mascara has created the perfect formula that provides buildable coverage to thicken and extend your lashes without looking like you have tarantula eyes. This product is unlike any other mascara we’ve ever used, as it resists humidity, water, and smudging while holding and lifting your lashes for that sought-after ‘fringe’ appearance.

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It doesn’t get any easier than the Loose Mineral Foundation. Just sweep the brush over your entire face and neck in a circular motion and you’ll have lightweight coverage that’s not only water resistant, but also contains SPF 20 to protect your skin.

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To finish the look, add a rosy glow with the Loose Mineral Cheek Colore (Just Barely) or a sun-kissed tan with the Mineral Bronzer. Both of these products contour and highlight your complexion by adding richness and warmth. Plus they contain Vitamins A & E, pearl powder, and oat powder that help sooth and condition the skin.

LIPS
Pucker up with the Sunforgettable Lip Shine with SPF 35. Lips are given a natural shimmer that brings out the natural shade of your lip colour with a glossy finish.

Final Step: Set It!

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A few spritzes of the Setting Mist keeps make-up and sun protection in place all day and activate the vibrancy of minerals for an ultra-natural, luminous look.

These are just a handful of products from Colorescience that we recommend, but to learn more about which shades and other types of make-up they offer feel free to contact our medical estheticians for a free consultation.

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If you’ve ever perused the sunscreen aisle in the drug store, then you understand just how confusing it can be. With row upon row of countless brands, the options seem endless: waterproof, water-resistant, sweat-proof, sport, mist, lotion, face, and body are just some of the variations you have to navigate. Then you have to decide which SPF level, which can go from 4 all the way up to 90. Who knew trying to protect your skin could be so daunting?

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The truth is there are really only two types of sun protection that you need to know about: physical and chemical.

Physical vs. Chemical Sunscreen

Physical sunscreen protects your skin from the sun by deflecting or blocking the sun’s rays. It uses non-toxic, mineral-based ingredients like titanium dioxide (a naturally occurring mineral) and zinc to block the sun’s entire spectrum of UVA and UVB rays. Once applied, it sits on top of the skin and works to reflect the sun immediately upon application. Though you may think sunscreen should be white, in reality the pure forms are not. Physical sunscreens like the ones we carry can be mixed into a moisturizer or in mineral products like Colorescience and are completely unnoticeable.

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Chemical sunscreens are typically what you’ll see at the drug store and are made up of more than 12 different chemicals, many of which have not been FDA approved. These are then absorbed into the skin and can interfere with the normal function of hormones like estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid. Dr. Oz published this article explaining the dangers of chemical sunscreens and how they are linked to abnormal development in fetuses and growing children, as well as breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer.

While chemical-laden sunscreens require you to slap on layer upon layer, clogging your pores and eventually causing breakouts, physical versions are so pure that a little goes a long way. A small dab is plenty to guard from the sun’s rays without congesting your skin, allowing you to reap the benefits of a clear, smooth, and protected appearance.

Given the negative effects and dangers to your health, it’s clear why we prefer physical sunscreen. Our favourite products include the Osmosis Shade and anything from the Colorescience Sunforgettables. Not only do we carry these at Urban Body Laser and our online store, we also wear them every day (yes, even when it’s raining!).

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Designed for daily use, the Osmosis Shade is so pure that you only need a pea size or less for your entire face. If it feels “cakey” and has a thick white appearance then you know you’ve used too much. This high-performance, luxurious sunscreen/moisturizer is ideal for all skin types and can be applied in the morning before your make-up.

Other must-haves are the Sunforgettable products from Colorescience. These act to both protect your skin from UVA/UVB rays as well as a make-up line. We love the Retractable Brush Mineral Powders that are available in a variety of shades to best match your skin tone. You can also choose from a Lip Shine, Primer, and Setting Mist all made with SPF 30 or higher.

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Sun protection isn’t just something to concern yourself with during Spring and Summer; it should become a part of your daily skin regime 365 days a year. To find the right products for you, contact our medical estheticians for more information.

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