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The O Spa Visited the Most Exquisite Skin Care & Spa Conference in the Industry this past weekend!

Posted by ospabychelsea on March 24, 2009 at 11:22 AM Comments comments (0)

Pick up a magazine, turn atleast 3 pages and you will more than likely find atleast one advertisement for some sort of skin care product or treatment.  Turn on the tv and more than likely you will encounter atleast one commercial that relates to skin care in some form or fashion.  The skin care industry is constantly evolving with new research, products, equipment, treatments and techniques to improve the health of your skin.  Although it may be impossible to know every detail about every product and technique in this industry, The O Spa strives to stay current with all developments  aligned with its beliefs!  At the International  Congress of Esthetics and Spa conference held March 22nd and 23rd, 2009, there was a wide variety of new and exciting exhibitions, classes and products related to the holistic approach for healthy skin.  I am excited to incorporate this new information here at The O Spa!


  "No one can get an education, for of necessity education is a 
continuing process."   
  ~ Louis L'Amour

Summer is on its way!

Posted by ospabychelsea on February 25, 2009 at 12:21 PM Comments comments (3)

As spring and summer take the stage, remember that the sun and its ultraviolet rays have the greatest impact on how our skin ages. Frequent exposure will weaken the elasten and collagen fibers of the skin at a much quicker rate!  


Helpful tips when selecting skin protection:

  • Only a broad spectrum sun block has both UVA and UVB protection.
  • There are different types of sun blocks to choose from.  One type uses physical agents, another uses chemical agents and some use both of these agents.  Physical agents are gentle enough for every day use and tend to be accepted easier, even by those with sensitive skin. Keep in mind it is recommended that you reapply every 2 hours that you are exposed to sunlight.  Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are two types of physical sunblocks that both offer protection against UVA and UVB rays.  They work by scattering and reflecting uv radiation from the sun before it even hits your skin.
  • Although an spf of 15 is  commonly suggested,  remember that it is the least amount recommended and there are others, such as spf 30, that provide significantly better protection. 
  • To better understand the "sun protection factor", take the amount of minutes it usually takes for you to burn in the sun with no protection and multiply it by the spf you have chosen.  The total is how many minutes this particular spf will delay the onset of burning to your skin by the sun's harmful UVB rays.  (Example:  if it normally takes you 10 minutes to burn without protection and you select an spf of 15, you are able to stay out in the sun 15 times longer.  10x15 = 150; instead of 10 minutes, it's now 150 minutes.) 
  • There are several "water resistant sunblocks" and "very water resistant sunblocks" for those that are involved in water activities throughout the day.  Consider how long you will be in the water when choosing betwen the two.  They also have "sun protective clothing" measured by spf, that would be a good thing to consider if you are outside for a good period of time on a regular basis.

Sunblocks come in all different forms (lotions, gels, oils, sprays and creams).    Remember it's always a good idea to test different sunblocks on your skin to find one that works best for you!  Finding an entire makeup line (foundation, powder, lipsticks, lip balms, etc.) or a moisturizer that already contains atleast an spf of 15 is extremely easy these days!  And remember, spending just a little more makes a significant difference when it comes to skin care products!  

Good Luck!

- Chelsea O -