Gentri Lee: Esthetician or Aesthetician? The Truth

6.22.2012

Esthetician or Aesthetician? The Truth

Ok guys,

It's OFFICIALLY Summer and I have some concerns about you...

Will YOU be wearing Sunscreen this Summer?! Please say yes!

No? Ok, well, let me tell you a little about what you'll be doing to your body...

Did you know...
Getting sunburned/ tan weakens your immune system? That's why cold sore/ fever blister flare ups can happen. That's why you feel tired after spending a lot of time in the sun. That's why you get sick in the Summer. That's why you have acne flare ups.

Did you know...
That while, yes, getting a tan/ sunburn will dry out your acne it will end up being worse in the end? The top layers of skin are dry and well, dead. But underneath is a build up of oil. It can't get through those top thick layers, but as soon as they slough off you will most likely have a break out.

Did you know...
That your neck and decollete show your real age... or worse- your skin's real age? Most people forget about that part when applying sunscreen. But that area needs it just as much.

Did you know...
That you are supposed to apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure? SPF 30 ought to do it, but I'll take whatever you can manage! Don't forget the lips, eyelids (if you don't wear sunglasses), scalp, and ears!

Did you know...
That if you have fair skin, light eyes, and light hair you are more susceptible to skin cancer? Oh, you darker skinned, darker eyed, darker haired people are definitely still able to get skin cancer- but it's easier for you lighty's.

Did you know...
That your body produces Melanin to protect you from the harmful rays of the sun? That's why you tan. Those who have less Melanin in their body tend to burn easier. Doesn't mean you still don't need to cover up.

Did you know...
A freckle or a mole is Melanin that decided to gather together for a party? If you have one that looks DIFFERENT than the rest or one that seems questionable- it'd be a good idea to get it checked out.

Did you know...
That some of the most common areas for skin cancer are- the ear, left side of the face, and left hand? Why? Because that is the side of our body that is exposed to the sun while driving (or the right- if you drive on the right side of the road). Take a look at this truck driver for example:

Did you know...
That the most common place for females to get skin cancer is on their legs? We're always laying out with our legs outstretched.

Did you know...
That free radicals (they cause aging in the skin) are caused by sun exposure (and other causes)? Antioxidants are what fight and fix free radicals, but with repeated sun exposure they probably won't be able to keep up.

Did you know...
That most tanning beds are made with UVA rays? Those are the rays that cause aging and are more harmful because they penetrate deeper into the skin. The rays that burn you when you're outdoors are UVB- burning rays. They can't penetrate as deep- doesn't mean they're not doing damage.

Did you know...
That 80-85% of the skins aging is caused by the sun?! YOU can slow down your aging by 85% by wearing SUNSCREEN!!

Did you know...
That sun damaged can actually be REVERSED?! Guess how...
By wearing SUNSCREEN! That's right!

So what are you going to do this summer??

P.S. thank you all for your concern an kind comments yesterday! I'm doing much better. :)

31 comments:

Samantha said...

Wow, I love this post Gentri! So glad you shared all these "fun facts" that really aren't so FUN if you don't sunscreen it up! In the past i've been terrible about it, but now i'm older and wiser!

Have a great weekend! :)

Sam

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Preach it girl!! :) xo

Stephanie said...

This is such a great post. I am the fairest of them all - as in, I'm almost see through. ;) This girl knows all about the love/hate relationship of needing sun screen!

I'll ad in there- Did you know that you can STILL get sunburned on an overcast and cool day?

I just fried myself in that exact scenario in SF. And I knew better.. but was just so happy to be in SF that my brain shut off.. haha.

Breenah said...

I think that everybody should have to read all of this before being allowed to tan. Thanks for posting!

Elisabeth @ La Vita e Bella said...

okay okay okay - i'll be wearing sun screen this summer gentri - my mother will be proud. its like one of her top three things to be a successful mother - teach her children the gospel, get to them to drink their milk, and put on sunscreen on a regular basis :)

Bri Rios said...

I had skin cancer last year which left me with a big scar underneath my arm and a pretty long scar on my forearm. I was always good about doing sunscreen because I'm so white, but even so I still got melanoma party because it's in my genes! It's always smart to double check those moles!!!

LolitaRose said...

I am *always* caking on the sunscreen. Especially cuz I'm a huge baby about getting burnt...so it was big fail on Monday (when I volunteered at an all day Golf Tournament) when I put on spf 50 TWICE and my face still got burned. OUCH. I'll have to remember to get the spot right by my hairline next time. Thanks for the super informative post!!!

Robin said...

Oh, Gentri. You are grand. Really, you are. But I have to throw in this little tidbit because I care so much about y'all:

Did you know that sunscreen can give you cancer!? (I know this sounds like hype, but check out the facts: http://thankyourbody.com/sunscreen-i-never-thought/)

I believe it is CRITICAL to be smart about the sun. It's true that that sun can do some serious damage. And I don't recommend just going out on the beach all day long with no protection. But I do think we need to be REALLY wise about our sunscreen choices. I personally choose to eat nourishing food to help me utilize the sun's rays into protective vitamin D. I also choose to not stay out too long before covering up with a hat or long sleeves. And if I know I will be out longer then I choose my sunscreen VERY carefully.

Check out the Environment Working Group's sunscreen guide to find the safest sunscreens. Please share this with everyone:

http://breakingnews.ewg.org/2012sunscreen/


Love you.

Gentri said...

Hey robin!

The risk of skin cancer from the sun is FAR greater than the risk of cancer through sunscreen. Everything causes cancer these days and i do think you have good points and I do like being natural to a point. But I'd rather risk getting cancer from sunscreen than having my ear chopped off because I didn't wear it.

Robin said...

Definitely don't mean to be argumentative here. :) It's really not in my nature. I just think letting people know that not all sunscreens are created equal is super important. If you look at the actual research (and not just what the studies paid by the sunscreen manufactures) you will see that skin cancer is at an all time high, but sunscreen usage it at it's all time high too. And the American Medical Associated has even (quietly) said that sunscreen has been linked to an INCREASE in skin cancer.

Part of the problem is people get a false sense of security when they lather up. Or they use a really high spf which can actually cause more burns because of the chemicals in it. All I'm saying is that instead of preaching "slather it on" we should be teaching about better protection from the sun: covering up, not spending all day during in it, eating nourishing food so our body can deal with it.

Sunscreen has only been around since the late 1930's. People used to spend ALL day working in the sun and they weren't all dying from cancer.

I personally think we need to reconsider the chemical obsession we have and look at how our bodies were designed and it's connection to the world.

Checking out the EWG link is an easy way to choose better sunscreens. There are safer alternatives... even with sunscreen.

:)

Janette said...

Ok! Okay! You had me at the bro picture! lol I need to wear more sunscreen! I look great with a tan though..bahaha! But I rather look young than tanned. Thanks for the tips!

Janette, the Jongleur

Maria DaintyandDecadent said...

As a pale fair skin girl myself, it aggravates me when people say I need a tan. Not because of vanity but because I realize that they may not be aware of the risks of a tan. Thank you for this post :-)

Maria
www.daintyanddecadent.com

simplyevani.com said...

Thanks for sharing all these tips Gentri!! Such important information and I appreciate the knowledge!

Evani

Lindsay said...

Did you know... You have convinced me to wear sunscreen?

Gentri said...

For sure, we're just discussing

While I do feel you have good points- eating healthy cando WONDERS for our bodies and certain vitamins and minerals can help assist in our body's resistance to the sun, there aren't any foods that will stop skin cancer or sun damage.

Covering up is super important and wearing a hat can save your scalp- its not always the best option. It's hot- people need to be outside without wearing long sleeves and pants. Plus the suns rays can penetrate through clothing.

I definitely agree that different sunscreens are better than others! Definitely. The trouble is people don't know which ones are better. And that's a different post for another day. Even mineral makeup has sunscreen properties!

In most cases skin cancer doesn't kill- but it can deform and DEFINITELY age. My main point in this post was to make people aware of the harmful affects the suns rays can have on our bodies. Sunscreen is the easiest and most effective way to protect the skin- and it's convenient which is important for the public.

Siri Elaine said...

Great Post Gentri! I am a strong believer in sunscreen!
You are amazing!
XX
SIRI

The Students Wife said...

I love this post! I'm going to have my sisters read it!


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2Anchor said...

I love these posts! I find out so many things! I'm such a sunscreen user. My husband makes fun of me...I told him he wont when he is wrinkly or has skin cancer. <3

xoKylee

Ashley Eliza said...

Thanks for sharing this, Gentri! My SIL always reminds me to wear my sunscreen (shes a mater esthetician) and always suggests that i use a moisturizer that already has sunscreen in it!
i love learning some new facts in this post and it really is a reminder to me that i need to wear it (i tend to just wear the tanning oil.. oops) but don't worry i shall go buy some sun screen this weeken d:) i want pretty skin when im old!

hope you hae a lovely weekend my dear! ps sam and i will be down there in exactly a month!

xoxoxo

Ashley said...

I'm a paradox of nature. I am VERY fair skin. Almost milky. That being so, You would think I would tan/burn easily. I don't. At all. I go all summer long without sunscreen, yearning for at least a burn, but I get none.

But, perhaps I'll just submit to being creamy and put Sunscreen on anyway. ^.^

Derek and Talia said...

reversed? thats crazy! and i'm happy to say i wear a sunscreen spf15 daily-you'd be proud girl :)

Meagan Murtagh said...

good work on posting this!
i try to always wear screen!!!

Jenn said...

Do you have a cure for discolored and an uneven complexion? Because I lived in Alaska and it was the palest I've ever seen my skin & I looked so sick that people asked if I was alright. I don't tan like a crazy person but my face looks so much better when it is tan and even.

Also, does anyone have any statistics on skin cancer in the olden days when they didn't have sunscreen? Do our eating habits have anything to do with skin cancer going up and our susceptibility to getting it easier?

Denise said...

I have light skin, light eyes AND light hair!! Great, I was doomed from birth!

Jamie said...

I have fair skin, blue eyes, and light brown hair. My entire life my parents ensured I was slathered in sunscreen. As an adult, I spent a few years trying to tan. I finally resigned myself to the fact that it will never happen and now I'm the opposite - I always have a coverup on, 75+ SPF, and a huge hat. I am excited about the fact that I will look so much younger than the ladies my age who spent decades getting tan!! Fair skin can definitely be a blessing.

Beckie said...

Yep, I am one of the lightys. Sunburns are no fun! Thanks for all your facts. : ] And you know what's scariest about the first picture? He looks like a guy who lives down my street... : /

***I'm playing catch-up on blog-reading again, so here goes the comments...

1. Happy late Birthday! I'm sorry I missed it! I'm sure it was a great one though and I hope you enjoyed it thoroughly. How old are you now? I would guess maybe 22-24?

2. So sorry you've been sick : ( I totally feel that comic strip though. I don't usually google it when I'm sick, but rather if something sort of pops up that's out of the ordinary. I usually keep looking until I'm satisfied that it's nothing, and it ends up going away on its own haha!

3. Those goats? Too freakin cute! And their little pink tongues? Gah! I practically melted! So cute!!

4. Great posts (even the giveaways, though I didn't enter) lately. So generous! And your outfits have been great too : ]

Yay! I won't get behind again...I won't get behind again...I won't get behind again... ; ]

Elise Frederickson said...

This is super great. I've been having this debate since summer started 'cause I want pretty tan legs ever so much. I can rock the white legs for healthiness sake though. Any suggestions on great face sunscreen that won't make me break out?

Britta Marie said...

this was a great an informative post! thank you so much for sharing. do you have a sunscreen that you wear daily that you would recommend? especially one for the face?? thanks

kimberly rae said...

seriously!

this is something i never really thought that much about .. in florida where i grew up the #1 goal is to be tan. and being that im super pale, this was really hard. i have SO MANY freckles on my shoulders, back and face from when i was growing up!

but one of my besties in nyc is OBSESSED with wearing sun screen and when i realized that her skin looks as good at 28 as it did when she was 15/16 (seriously, she hasn't aged at all) i was like, okay i need to do what she does!!

thanks for sharing! :)

Mel said...

THank you for taking such great care of us ! You're so nice ! And I will DEFINITELY wear sunscreen (yep, I'm a lighty, and I don't like sunburns anyway ;)

Kitty said...

Thanks so much for writing about this. I wear sunscreen on my face every day, and when I was driving a lot, on my hands! (so easily forgotten) I'm amazed that people still sunbake and use tanning beds, knowing the risks of skin cancer and the aging effect is has on your skin.

I had it in my mind to do a post on this very subject, but it slipped off my radar (probably because it's winter here in Australia and it hasn't stopped raining for what feels like months!)

Kitty
xo
Kitty & Buck.