Skincare

My 4 Personal Favorites for Late Summer

Near the San Diego coast where I live, summer doesn’t really get started until after our „May gray“ and „June gloom.“ During these months, you’re likely to find the beaches covered in a low, gray marine layer. But sure enough, as July approaches, brilliant blue graces the skies and summer truly begins!

At this time, I turn to my 4 favorite products to keep my skin healthy and looking its best. I’d like to share my summer skin care strategy with you.

#1 Daily hydration = Hyaluronic Acid Active Concentrate

The sun’s UV rays aren’t the only stress-factor for the skin; exposure to the sun also dries it out. To combat this, I apply a daily dose of Active Concentrate Hyaluronic Acid Complex before applying my moisturizer. This light gel forms a protective film of hyaluronic acid on my skin that binds water molecules and acts as a moisture repository throughout the day. My skin thanks me with a well-nourished, smooth appearance.

#2 Daytime sun protection =  BEAUTIPHARM All Day Moisturizing Balm SPF 15

During the work week the time I spend in the sun is limited. I use BEAUTIPHARM All Day Moisturizing Balm with SPF 15 because it is a perfect base for makeup and provides the perfect amount of sun protection. It absorbs quickly, keeps my skin soft and smooth, and protects it from premature aging.

#3 A perfect finish = Transparent Powder

To create the perfect summer look, I lightly apply our Transparent Powder after applying the Active Concentrate Hyaluron Complex and the BEAUTIPHARM All Day Moisturizing Balm SPF 15. This powder absorbs both sebum (oil) and excess moisture for a natural looking matte finish.  It evens out my skin tone and helps me look my best.

#4 Nighttime skin recovery = Active Concentrate Repair Complex

Recovery is an important part of prevention. After a day in the sun, I indulge my skin at night with our Active Concentrate Repair Complex. (You don’t have to have mature skin to begin taking measures to prevent wrinkles, especially if you love the sun like I do!)

The rich, concentrated formula supports the skin’s natural restorative process, while its light texture leaves the skin feeling silky smooth with no oily residue.

For over 65 years, it has been core to our purpose to help every woman look and feel her best at any age.

 

For healthy summer skin and timeless beauty,

 

Verena Eckstein

The Right SPF for Summer

An Eckstein Story About Sun Protection

Not everything we sell in Germany is allowed to be sold in the U.S.; one of our best selling products in Europe is our Active Concentrate Sun Shield SPF 50, our highest level sun protection using state-of-the- art technology not yet recognized by the FDA.

 

Why am I telling you about this product?

We have a long history of preventative skin care research. Nearly 50 years ago, we introduced our SPF 3 sun protection. Amazingly, at the time it was considered unlikely to be topped! But in the early 70’s, we developed a strengthened sun protection product with SPF level 6. This was a big deal back then and my grandfather believed that a higher SPF of 12 had no future.

My father thought differently. He developed products with increasingly higher sun protection factor because he recognized that people’s lifestyles were changing – resulting in a decrease in the skin’s natural sun protection. This has the consequence that the skin is unprepared when exposed to intense sunlight, and therefore needs maximum protection, such as with our Sun Shield SPF 50 Active Concentrate.

 

How much SPF do I actually need?

The answer to this question depends on several factors. I’ll use myself as an example.

When choosing a product I consider the following factors:

 

Morning and Evening Sun

In the morning and late afternoon, the sun’s intensity is approx. 20 times less than at midday. For this reason, I can spend up to 3 hours in the sun without getting a sunburn, which gives me plenty of time for a leisurely walk to the university or a relaxed early evening at an open air café.

 

Every Day Sun Protection

Because I work during the day, I’m typically only exposed to the sun during lunch break. Both my make up and Beautipharm Skin Care with SPF 15 provide enough sun protection to allow me up to 2 hours in the sun. This is ample protection for me with this amount of exposure during the day.

 

At the beach, only 50 SPF will do

In contrast, if I plan to spend the day at the beach I need maximum sun protection. Due to my skin’s limited sun tolerance, this means SPF 50. In fact, I tend to avoid the midday sun and instead find a nice shady spot to hang out.

 

Innovation is at the heart of our company. We continuously develop – and improve on – products in order to meet the needs of our changing environment. 

 

For healthy skin and timeless beauty, 

 

Verena Eckstein 

How To Help Prevent Sunburn

The Sunshine “Happiness” Factor

Why does the sun have so much appeal?  The effort to stay warm, requires a tremendous amount of energy from our body.  Consequently, it responds to warmth in the same way as it does with chocolate – by releasing the “happiness hormone” called serotonin.

The body has natural protective mechanisms in place to protect us from sunburn. It does this by trying to disperse UV rays that enter the skin so they don’t reach deeper more vulnerable layers. This includes producing melanin and thickening the outer layer of the skin, called lightschwiele.

 

Too Much Of A Good Thing

But overdoing it in the sun causes damage and inflammation to the skin, and the skin protests and turns red. The amount of time we can enjoy the sun without getting sunburned depends on our natural skin, hair and eye color, as well as our pigmentation.

 

How Much Sun Can My Skin Tolerate?

One of the best ways to answer this question is by using the Fitzpatrick Scale originally created by Thomas Fitzpatrick, MD, at Harvard Medical School in 1975. It is used to estimate our skin’s response to UV light, by classifying our complexion by type.  Time spent in the sun beyond our body’s natural protection ability, can lead to sunburn.

 

5 Things I do To Nourish & Protect MY SKIN

1. According to the Fitzpatrick Scale I have skin type II, so I know that any time spent in the sun beyond 10-20 minutes I need extra sun protection. When my skin is pale, I use a sun cream with high UV filters, of SPF 30 or more. Versus, if my skin’s already tanned, I often use a product with lower UV Filter, such as our Beautipharm Skin Care with SPF 15.

2. To nourish and repair following time in the sun, I use Beautipharm Sun Milk Apres lotion on my body, and at night I apply the Active Concentrate Repair Complex to my face.

3. I enjoy the sun year round in moderation to allow my body a continuous production of protective pigments and Lichtschwiele.

4. My meal plan includes an abundance of green vegetables, carrots and tomatoes. The carotenoids in these foods can help my body protect against oxidation and, consequently, sunburn as well.

5. To play it extra safe I avoid the midday sun, wear protective clothing, and wear sunglasses to prevent wrinkles around my eyes.  

 

Wishing you a great start to summer and safe sunning,

 

Verena Eckstein