Tinted Sunscreens for Summer

Best tinted sunscreen for your face

In all of my years as a makeup artist, one of the biggest complaints I heard was that layering sunscreen and foundation on the face seemed too heavy. I couldn’t agree more–especially with those who have oily skin or prefer to feel nothing on the skin all day. Finding the perfect combo of face sunscreen and the right coverage foundation is like panning for gold in your backyard. It seems impossible to seek out the right combo, especially as the weather starts to heat up. With the popularity of tinted sunscreens on the rise, I was more than happy to take a look at what was out there and try some for myself.

A bit of a background at what I was looking for: I have combo and super sensitive skin that is prone to breakouts. I prefer mineral sunscreens, and I definitely do not want to shine, but I do not mind a good healthy glow. When it comes to tint, I was looking for something that gave me just a hint of bronze for summer that I could blend down my neck and onto my chest. My skin is fair with redness and an uneven tone, so I was looking for tinted sunscreens that would even out my skin tone and help me look like I got a healthy dose of sunshine. It must be a ‘throw on and go’ type of product that I don’t need to fuss with.

Below are my tinted sunscreen picks as well as picks from other pros. Enjoy!

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Face Shade Coconut Glow SPF 30 – $16 for 1.7oz

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Face ShadeI already love the brand Pacifica, so I knew this was a win. They’re 100% vegan and cruelty-free, and the price point is usually affordable. When I am out and about on a daily basis, SPF 30 is fine for me, and I prefer UVA/UVB protection. This 20% zinc oxide formula has a medium tan tint that is sheer, and dries down to a semi-matte finish. There is a particular smell to it that I wasn’t excited about, but once it dries down on the skin, it is not noticeable. This tinted sunscreen offers hydration plus protection, and is water resistant for 80 minutes–awesome! <!–more–>

CeraVe Tinted Sunscreen with SPF 30 – $13.97 for 1.7oz

CeraVe Tinted Sunscreen with SPF 30I’ve been tempted to try this tinted sunscreen out for myself, and the reviews are good. On Amazon, this product has about 22,000 5 star reviews. One reviewer stated that most mineral-based sunscreens give you a white cast, and this one does not. There are photos on the Amazon page to prove that it not only photographs well, but it isn’t as greasy as some had expected. This one is suited for sensitive skin and keeps your skin moisturized all day. Another plus is that it is fragrance-free and non-comedogenic–need I say more about this drugstore pick?

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield Liquid SPF 50 – $14.54 for 1 oz

MyChelle Tinted Sunscreen
I purchased this lovely item before going to Hawaii because it is reef safe, and I planned on doing A LOT of ocean swimming. This is a higher SPF than the aforementioned products, for those that will be spending time in the hot sun. Since this product contains bentonite clay, it can be very drying as the finish is super matte. The coverage was pretty good considering that it is a liquid sunscreen, but it definitely evened out my skin tone. Another reason to love this item is that there is a color range from non-tinted to dark. A customer on Amazon commented that if you get the non-tinted version that you can add your own foundation to it to create a tinted version since there is a white cast with this mineral-based sunscreen. Did it stay on while swimming? Yes, for me it surely did, but I can’t say that it will for everyone, and it is not labeled as water resistant. The brand suggests using a water resistant sunscreen under it if you will be making a splash.

ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation – $48 for 1 oz

Ilia Serum Sunscreen

This next product is a bit higher on the price scale, but I am sticking with clean beauty products for this list–and this one is worth it. With 30 shades to choose from, this serum ‘skin tint’ acts as a daily skincare product with added SPF 40 sunscreen. This will give you a dewy finish and a boost of moisture, so keep that in mind. If you’re like me and you are ditching heavy foundations for a more even and healthy glow, this is a good one to try. Ilia is vegan, cruelty-free and has a ‘Clean at Sephora’ stamp of approval.

Perbelle Skin Tone Adjusting CC Cream SPF 43 – $42 for 1.05 ozPerbelle CC Cream

Although I have not tried this product, I have to give Perbelle credit for grabbing my attention! I see an ad for this CC cream every time I log onto Facebook, and the reviews are pretty darn good. Korean-based brand Perbelle claims that this cream goes on clear and adjusts to the perfect shade for your skin tone, and evens out sun spots and any types of discolorations like magic. It contains flower extracts to help with anti-aging and hyaluronic acid to keep the skin moisturized. Another bonus is the addition of niacinamide, which is a powerful anti-aging ingredient that helps brighten the skin. This product does contain fragrance, which was a little turn off for me, but I still want to see what this magic stuff can do!

That will conclude my list of tinted sunscreens to try this summer! Please make sure to read ingredients and make sure there are no irritants that you normally avoid.

Boost your collagen

How to boost your collagen for youthful skin

If you are a frequent skincare consumer (or read beauty articles), you’ve without a doubt read that collagen is essential for maintaining a youthful appearance. You know it’s vital to your skin, and you especially know it is something you need in your anti-aging routine. But what is collagen, and how can you really boost it? Does consuming it make you look younger, or is it a buzzword used in beauty marketing? Let’s take a closer look at collagen and what modern tools are needed to keep it flowing.

Different types of collagen

To simplify collagen’s definition, it is a protein that creates structure all over your body, including the structure of your face, fingernails, and bones. It acts as a cement that glues together cells to create supportive strands. Although there are 28 types of collagen in our body, there are only five significant types of collagen that are the most crucial.

According to renewalliance.com, Type I Collagen is the most abundant in our body (over 90%) and stronger than steel by weight. It is found in our skin, hair, nails, muscle, joints, and organs.

Type II Collagen makes up movable joints.

Type III (the so-called ‘baby collagen’) is the second most abundant collagen in human tissue.

Type IV forms basal lamina, the epithelium-secreted layer of the basement membrane.

Type V is present in cell surfaces, hair and placenta.

Did you know that collagen was this important to your body as a whole? It is the key protein that creates beautiful and healthy-looking skin.

What happens to collagen as we age?Mature woman's skin

The bad news about collagen is that we lose it. When we turn about 25 years of age, our collagen production starts to put on the brakes a bit, then slows down dramatically after age 30. We lose about 1-2% of collagen each year after 30! You will inevitably compromise your collagen levels if you smoke cigarettes or get too much sun or pollution exposure.

When you start to see lines and wrinkles form on the face, your Type 1 and Type 5 collagen is starting to slow down in production. Usually, it is around this time when consumers begin to panic and buy every anti-aging cream on the market in hopes to reverse the damage. While the world isn’t going to end when you get crow’s feet, it may cause you to start to explore anti-aging options that are out on the market.

What can you do to boost collagen?

There are plenty of products on the market that claim to be the fountain of youth, but are you willing to go through expensive and exhaustive trials to find out? Here are two suggestions that combine natural collagen boosters along with some help from laser technology to help create firmer and more supple skin.

Zint Collagen

Supplements

One way many consumers get their daily dose of collagen is to consume it through supplements. This subject is controversial because there have not been many scientific studies done on the effects of consumed collagen yet. Studies that were conducted were performed on very small groups, although the results reported have so far been impressive.

A study done in 2014 of 69 women ages 35 to 55 found that those who consumed 2.5 or 5 grams of collagen every day for two months showed improved elasticity of the skin compared with the group that did not take the collagen.

According to WebMD.com, U.S. consumers were expected to spend $122 million on collagen products in 2018–30% up from 2017. As you can see from this example, collagen supplements and products are a seriously growing trend–but according to doctors, the quality of the supplement is important.

According to WebMD.com, you should choose a collagen supplement from a company that chooses their bones and tissues from cage-free, free-range, and antibiotic-free sources. They also suggest that you shop around for a trusted brand with a third-party label, like NSF or USP. WebMD also suggests that you stay clear of collagen supplements that contain probiotics, fiber, or other types of additives which could interact with the collagen and make it less effective.

OrganicAuthority.com has a nice top 10 collagen supplements list, where their choices were determined using sources like the FDA and the non-GMO Project.

Laser technology

Tria SmoothBeauty Laser

Today’s skin rejuvenating lasers, like Tria’s SmoothBeauty Laser for the face, are made to penetrate the surface of the skin using a non-ablative fractional laser that does not wound the skin as the stronger ablative laser does. This laser has several benefits that include stimulating collagen production to fade wrinkles and smooth out the texture and exfoliating the surface of the skin to help brighten dark areas and give the skin a healthy glow.

How non-ablative fractional lasers work: The laser’s heat promotes collagen production, which triggers the skin to tighten up. Thousands of tiny columns are created by the fractional laser to stimulate a healing response, resulting in less visible crepey-ness and wrinkles along with a smoother texture.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), non-ablative laser treatments cost about $1,031 per session in the medical office, and it will take several sessions for most people in order to see good results. Tria’s SmoothBeauty Laser for at-home use targets beams of light deep within the skin to stimulate collagen production the same way that professional laser treatments do. In other words, you’re getting the same technology, but for a fraction of the cost of one session of laser treatment. No trips to the clinic and everything is done on your schedule!

Apply the sunscreen!

One more tip that will help you save your precious collagen: Use SPF 30 or more. A majority of your collagen is lost through UV exposure, so make sure you find a good SPF moisturizer or sunblock that you can wear daily.

4X Hair Removal Laser Holiday Kit

Holiday gift ideas from Tria Beauty

Tis the season to be merry, jolly, and don’t forget the holiday gift shopping! I know it can be stressful to shop these days, especially with stores closing or retailers only allowing a certain amount of customers inside. Thankfully, Tria has great gift ideas for your gal pals, sisters, moms, and yes, even the men in your life! I’ve curated a nice list for holiday shoppers who prefer the ease of shopping online for beauty and self-care–no gas or standing in line required!

(Pricing may vary due to holiday promotions)

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X Holiday Kit – Best value!

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X Holiday Kit A lot of ladies and gents have been eyeing the 4X Hair Removal Laser all year long, and now’s the time to get the best deal on it when bundled with the Soothing Gel and copper-infused sleeping mask. This kit includes the InStyle award-winning 4X Hair Removal Laser, which is perfect for anyone wanting to permanently remove hair from their legs, underarms, and for men, it even works on chest and back hair (with a lovely assistant to help with placement!).

The kit also includes our own Soothing Gel pre-treatment product that feels cool to the touch and helps minimize the sensation of the laser zaps. I also love it as a post-shaving treatment since it cools down the irritation that my skin sometimes gets. The copper-infused eye mask is my lifesaver when it comes to getting proper beauty sleep. I wear this plush mask every night to block out the light, and it also serves as an anti-aging mask to help reduce lines. It’s easy to wash! Just toss in the machine and it is as good as new.

What I love about this kit is not only the savings, but you are getting a total bonus gift when you order. You will receive three full-sized skincare gifts valued up to $230! Now those would make great stocking stuffers, or you can stuff those in your skincare drawer for yourself!

Tria SmoothBeauty Holiday KitTria SmoothBeauty Holiday Kit

If you’ve had experience in a clinical setting having fractional laser treatments done on your face, you will probably know that it is costly, time-consuming, and during quarantine, sometimes impossible to have done! Luckily, Tria’s SmoothBeauty Laser uses the same fractional laser technology that the clinics use, and at a fraction of the cost. Doing your own laser treatments at home is convenient and hassle-free. If you are in the market for anti-aging products and you want something to boost your routine, this is your product!

In our SmoothBeauty Holiday Kit, you will also receive the copper-infused sleeping mask, which is amazing for blocking out the light as well as treating fine lines around the eyes. As a bonus, you will also receive three mystery skincare gifts–full size! Perfect for stocking stuffers or trying them out for yourself!

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X Deluxe Kit

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X Deluxe KitIf you are just interested in the hair removal laser itself, I highly recommend purchasing this device along with the Soothing Gel in the Hair Removal Laser 4X Deluxe Kit. The Soothing Gel is the perfect companion to the laser, as it pre-treats the skin before the laser session and helps keep the skin calm and cool during the treatment. I have done laser sessions without using the gel and I noticed a big difference in how the laser felt on my skin. I also use the gel after the treatment to give myself one final soothing touch. Since the gel is not available as a standalone product, your chance to buy it is only within the Deluxe Kit.

Tria just launched the Luxe Grey color of the laser, which makes the perfect gift for the men in your life! Keep in mind that the laser is approved safe for men to use from the neck down.

Deep Hydrating & Brightening Regimen Mask KitNuvesse Deep Hydrating Masks

If you are a fan of sheet masks, you will really love these! The Nuvesse Deep Hydrating & Brightening Mask Kit includes a full month’s worth of masks and a rollerball serum to touch up between your treatments. These luxurious masks are packed with nourishing hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and aloe vera. The serum infused within each mask instantly plumps your skin visibly improving tone and texture. I just love the serum rollerball for daily use before my moisturizer to give my skin an extra pump of a moisture boost. This kit makes a great gift for anyone who is a skincare fan, and they will definitely be hooked on these masks!

SmoothBeauty Eye Care KitSmoothBeauty Eye Care Laser Kit

This small but mighty laser uses the same technology as Tria’s SmoothBeauty Laser for the face, but this device is specially designed to use under the eyes. The SmoothBeauty Eye Care Kit is your complete kit for at-home treatment for crow’s feet, fine lines, and wrinkles. When used daily as part of your skincare routine, the laser boosts the collagen under your eyes to help plump up those fine lines that we see as the first sign of aging. Since moisturizing is important while using fractional lasers, this kit comes complete with the Tria Nourishing Eye Renewal Cream, which helps to soothe the treated area and calm the skin’s redness that it may experience after lasering.

This makes a perfect gift for tired moms, business professionals that work late, and anyone that wants younger-looking eyes!

Happy Holidays and happy shopping! Stay safe and healthy.

To find out more about Tria and its products, please visit the website or take a look at reviews on our YouTube Channel!

Tria SmoothBeauty Laser

Anti-aging skincare routine for crow’s feet, eye wrinkles

We all age differently–some of us see the first signs of aging around our mouth or eyes, and some of us seem to wake up suddenly with a face full of lines. I definitely started seeing my first signs of aging under my eyes when I turned 40, and I knew that the eye wrinkles cream I had been using for over 10 years wasn’t going to perform a miracle. I needed something more! When I discovered the SmoothBeauty Laser combined with good skincare products, I noticed those pesky lines that bothered me are now a thing of the past!

Let’s dive into this effective skincare routine that is customized just for those crow’s feet and the area under the eyes.

How does non-ablative laser work under the eyes and on crow’s feet?

Tria’s SmoothBeauty Laser uses non-ablative laser technology to help promote collagen production, which aids in smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles (yes, crow’s feet!) under the eyes. This laser device works by delivering a beam of light that promotes cellular renewal. The laser sensation does feel like a bit of heat, but it is not uncomfortable if you work your way up from level 1 to 3. I prefer to use my laser at night due to the redness that may occur after the treatment. I do treatments for 8 weeks (at least 5 days per week) and then take a 4-week break and do another 8 weeks (then repeat the process).

Within a 2-week period, I noticed the fine lines on the outside of my eye area were basically gone! The smoother area under my eye creates the perfect canvas for applying my concealer and powder, without creasing up or settling in the lines. With the help of the laser, the collagen production that results will fill in the lines and smooth out the area without the use of fillers or Botox, and without making appointments at a clinic.

 

Skincare routine

To calm redness and to relieve any dryness that may occur after laser treatments under the eyes and on the face, Tria has specially formulated skincare products to not only calm and soothe the skin, but to help you maintain your daily anti-aging routine.

Immediately following your nightly laser treatment, use a hyaluronic eye cream that will soothe redness and cool down the area before you sleep.

To really rake in the benefits of your laser, the use of our Nuvesse Tired Eyes, Puffiness and Dark Circles Regimen Kit will give your eyes an extra boost of anti-aging power if used once per week. This eye mask kit also contains a serum roller that you may use daily under your eye cream treatment. The eye masks contain vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and camellia seed oil significantly increase hydration brightening the look of dark circles and diminishing the look of fine lines and puffy eyes. These work great right before a special event and help concealer look smoother.

 

 

Pumpkin Seed Oil

7 beauty products made with real pumpkin

This time of year, people everywhere go nuts for anything pumpkin spice–lattes, body lotion, candles, you name it. The problem that I have with it is, most of these products do not contain any real pumpkin. Because something is labeled “pumpkin spice” it does not mean it really contains the wonderful benefits of pumpkin. I decided to take a deep dive into the interwebs to search for beauty products with real pumpkin and pumpkin seed oil, and I’ll be honest, there wasn’t much to find, but what I did find looks very promising!

The benefits of pumpkin

If you are a skincare collector, like me, you will most likely have tried an enzyme mask that contains pumpkin. You may or may not remember a tingling or stinging sensation while using it. This is because pumpkin contains alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) that are known to increase cell turnover and works as a brightener. Similar to glycolic acid and lactic acid, pumpkin will also help slough off those dead skin cells and give you a smooth glow.

You will also be happy to know that pumpkin also contains antiaging antioxidants Vitamin A and C, which are famous for boosting collagen=plumper skin!

Pumpkin seeds are just as equally great for the skin, but play a different role. Chock full of essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, this oil has many benefits for the skin, including protecting it and regulating oils. PETER THOMAS ROTH Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Enzymatic Dermal Resurfacer

PETER THOMAS ROTH Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Enzymatic Dermal Resurfacer $60 for 5 oz.

Good for all skin types, this triple-action exfoliator uses pumpkin enzymes, aluminum oxide crystal, and AHA to reveal smooth and radiant skin. If you have enlarged pores, dull and uneven skin, this is your new best friend. Some Sephora customers say that they saw an immediate difference after using the mask. This product has almost 5 perfect stars on Sephora.com!
One Love Organics Botanical B Enzyme Cleansing Oil

This cleansing oil uses enzyme action and pumpkin seed oil to remove makeup and impurities. The oil’s cocktail contains zero parabens or synthetic fragrances, and no GMOs. If you have dry skin and seeking out anti-aging ingredients, you will love bringing this into your double-cleansing routine. You will still have to use a foaming or gel cleanser to remove any oil residue–especially if you use the SmoothBeauty Anti-Aging Laser.

Arcona Pumpkin Body Lotion 10%

If you have sun-damaged skin on your body, this lotion is for you. Infused with pumpkin extracts and glycolic acid to improve tone and elasticity of arms, legs, and anywhere you need help! Arcona uses no harmful ingredients, so you can feel confident that you aren’t using anything toxic on your body. A win-win!

Pumpkin Seed Oil

Pure pumpkin seed oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is deeply hydrating. There is a long list of benefits including helping to promote hair growth by strengthening hair at the follicles and lessening stretch marks. For hair benefits, you can leave it on the scalp for 20 minutes for shine and prevent split ends. The product is currently rated 4.5 stars on Amazon!
Lush Handy Grurgu

Lush Handy Gurugu Hand Lotion $21.95 for 3.5 oz

If dry and cracked hands are your worst enemy during the colder months, you may want to check this out! This luxe hand cream contains peanut, cashew, almond and pumpkin seed butters, and soothing essential oils to moisturize dry, sore hands. A huge win for this product is that customers say it helps with their eczema. Plus, who doesn’t like going into the amazing Lush store?
Chargrin Valley Soap & Salve Company Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm
This natural lip balm is loaded with cold-pressed virgin pumpkin seed oil, an excellent emollient and moisturizer. Pumpkin seed oil is chock full of nutrients like Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, Vitamins E, A, and C, and it is rich in the mineral zinc. Pumpkin seed oil readily sinks into the skin, does not leave skin feeling oily and helps repair dry damaged skin and lips.
You can receive the benefits of this balm along with using the Nuvesse Firming & Anti-Aging Lip Serum Roller to combat wrinkles around the lip area.
Pumpkin Seed Oil Capsules
Loaded up with cardiovascular support nutrients, this pumpkin seed oil supplement contains two forms of Vitamin E, alpha-tocomonoenol, and gamma-tocomonoenol. Pumpkin seed oil is a source of zinc and phytochemicals, which helps promote urinary and prostate health in men as they age. Overall, the supplement contains a high content of healthy fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6, which provide support for cognitive function, brain development, blood-sugar metabolism, and healthy skin, joints, and connective tissue.
Doesn’t this list sound better than a pumpkin-scented candle? These healthy options are here all-year-round!