How to keep your makeup from melting in the summer heat

Summer is here and it is HOT! Heat and oil can make your makeup melt away and we have the frustrating task of trying to keep our makeup in place and our skin clean and clear. The combination of heat, sweat and oils from our skin makes our pores clog easily and can also cause breakouts so it’s really important to keep your makeup natural in the summertime months.

I am using Colorescience, which is a sun-protective skin care line. Colorescience products are formulated for different skin types and concerns and all of the products contain zinc and titanium, which are great physical blockers from the sun. Colorescience products are also great because they don’t contain any talc, dyes or fillers so the products do not absorb into the skin and clog pores. Click here to learn more about Colorescience minerals.

Colorescience has fantastic makeup primers that are designed to help makeup stay on all day, offer great benefits based on skin concern, and also provide SPF 20-30 sun protection. The skin mattifying face primer has an oil-absorbing formula that controls shine and reduces the appearance of pores to create a matte finish with the added benefit of sun protection. Other Colorescience makeup primers target concerns such as redness and hyperpigmentation.

I also love the Sunforgettable SPF50 mineral brush which releases sunscreen powder as you sweep it over your skin. It contains 11.8% zinc oxide and 21% titanium dioxide, which are great physical-blocking sunscreens. The powder leaves a smooth, matte finish, and helps to control some of the shine that appears across the T-zone as the day progresses.  In addition to the face, I use it on my ears, neck, chest, and the backs of my hands. I throw the Sunforgettable brush in my bag and carry it with me throughout the day without running the risk of sunscreen leaking or being heat sensitive. I love this product because with the powder brush applicator it offers the perfect solution to re-applying sunscreen over my makeup.

If you have any questions about Colorescience products for flawless and protected skin, not just for summer months but all year round, join us for Coffee & Colorescience on Thursday, June 25th or Friday, June 26th as we welcome Christen Williams, professional Colorescience makeup artist. Christen will be providing personalized color matching and application instructions with your scheduled consultation.

By: Nancy Foster, certified and licensed esthetician


Having Fun in the Florida Sun Without a Sunburn!

I was so excited after I spent an entire day out in the Florida sunshine with my family and not one of us got a sunburn! My husband, two girls, and I recently spent 8 hours at Discovery Cove this past weekend. Our day consisted of snorkeling with the sting rays, swimming with the dolphins, and floating along the lazy river. All of these activities consisted of being exposed to the hot Florida rays. I can 100% say my sun safety techniques worked. Wearing our 30 SPF zinc/titanium water resistant sunscreen with regular reapplication and wearing our Coolibar rash guards kept our skin safe from sun damage. Not once did my husband or two girls complain they were hot in their Coolibar long sleeve UPF 50+ rash guards.

discovery coveIt proves that you can still enjoy all the Florida activities in the summer sun and escape without a sunburn as long as you practice sun safety measures!

By: Gina Mangin, MPAS, PA-C

Pale Skin is In: The Science Behind Sun Protection

In recent generations, popular American culture has portrayed tanned skin as an image of good health.  Yet in reality, suntans and sunburns are a sign of damaged skin.  With an overwhelming amount of studies accumulating from different countries over the years, the word is out about the dangers of UV radiation.  Unfortunately, Florida remains high on the list of tanning bed salons per square mile, new skin cancer diagnosis, and melanoma deaths.  So the question remains – what can we do better to protect our body’s largest organ from its most well known carcinogen?

Speaking from my own experience, the best way to change a habit is to understand why it must change.

First we must understand what UV radiation is and how it harms the skin.  When UV energy is absorbed by the skin, it has the opportunity to damage DNA in our skin cells.  DNA manages new cell division, and once injured, may allow cells to divide uncontrollably and eventually develop into cancer.  Depending on the type of skin cell affected, different skin cancers can form.
When your skin creates “color” in the form of burning or tanning after sun exposure, it is showing you the effort your body is exerting in order to repair injury and prevent further damage.  Sunburns are the surge of blood to the superficial skin delivering immune cells to heal injury after excess UV radiation.  Tans show pigment called melanin that is released in an attempt to shield future damage.  Having a “base tan” means the harm has already been done.  This is the main reason we vehemently discredit the misconception that base tans are good for you.  Furthermore, repetitive exposure to maintain a base tan does not give the body a fair chance to nurse the damage and restore its cells.

Peeling sunburned back

You may notice that burns and tans form several hours after exposures to the sun.  This is because it can take over 4 hours for your body to respond to the initial assault on the skin.

Beyond harming skin cells, more deeply penetrating UV-A rays break down skin fibers and elasticity that leads to deep wrinkles and sagging skin.  Sun spots and uneven skin tones are also a product of over-exposure.  By routinely protecting your skin, you are not only setting yourself up for a lower risk of skin cancer, but you are also “pre-juvenating” to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy.

iStock_000019535250_SmallSo what are the best ways to prevent sun damage?  Sunscreen is a must.  I highly recommend daily sunscreen use. Think of how much sun exposure your skin gets during a normal day.  Add up your trip to the grocery store, the ride to and from work, walking your dog, and so on.  We get much more cumulative sun than we realize!

My favorite type of sunscreen are physical blockers such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which you can find in the Elta MD line we carry in the office.  Physical blockers work by reflecting and scattering UV energy compared to chemical sunscreens which absorb the radiation.  Look for SPF 30 through 50 and you will get over 96.7% protection.  But remember, no matter how high the SPF, it is important to reapply at least every two hours.  Ask about the Colorscience Sunforgettable brush as an easy way to reapply without having to use a lotion.

Sun protective clothing is becoming my favorite way to keep my skin covered.  I don’t have to worry about applying and reapplying sunscreen over the covered skin throughout the day.  Most sun protective clothing is SPF 50 too!  I am finding more of my favorite brands are offering UPF in everyday clothing, sportswear, and swimwear.  Hats and umbrellas can keep our scalp covered and our skin cool during the hot Florida summer.

I wish each of you a happy summer time!

Jessie Holland, MPAS, PA-C

Confessions of a Sun-Loving Dermatology PA

This is very difficult for a dermatology provider to admit but to be completely honest…I LOVE the sun! More specifically, I love being active outside. My weekends are generally planned around running or races, paddleboarding on a clear day is a must and summer Saturdays on the boat are the best!  No one will ever be able to convince me that Florida isn’t the greatest place to live! However, the very real dichotomy of my life is that I spend a large portion of my work days seeing patients who have developed skin cancer or other sun related maladies related to too much time outdoors.

10623343_10204816267510365_1830139977521431110_oIs it possible to rectify such polarity? I believe there is! My next series of blog posts will help all of my fellow outdoor lovers protect from the damaging effects of the sun (in a realistic way).

The very first and most essential tool is DAILY SUNSCREEN. We all know the importance of lathering on sunscreen for a day at the beach or at a park. However, what most people fail to realize is the amount of incidental sun we receive every day from such activities as driving, walking through parking lots, getting the mail, etc. These seemingly small amounts of time in the sun add up fast and largely contribute to sun damage and premature aging. It is SO important to get in the habit of applying a daily sunscreen to the face, chest, tops of hands and for those with less hair…the top of the head. The key is finding one you like and will actually use and that’s where we can help!

At Sand Lake Dermatology Center, we recommend a sunscreen with an10308248_10152425695027733_468888127836572636_n (1) SPF of at least 30, broad spectrum, and preferably with zinc or titanium. We also recommend using a stand-alone sunscreen even if your makeup has SPF. One of my favorites is Elta MD UV Clear because it is everything the average sunscreen isn’t (thick, greasy, scented, etc.) and I can wear it every day under my makeup. It is also great for acne or rosacea prone skin. Even my husband uses it so no excuses guys! We carry lots of other options including those with tint (Elta UV Daily or Intellishade), ones that are great for outdoors (I like Elta UV Sport), and ones for super sensitive skin (Elta UV Physical)…and those are just a few!

One of my newest favorites is the Colorescience Sunforgettable mineral sunscreen brush. This product is awesome! It’s a mineral based powder that is SPF 50 and it is perfect for reapplying OVER your makeup. There isn’t much of a tint and it’s great for when you are on the go and need a sun protective touch up.

With so many great options to consider, you are bound to find one that works for you. You don’t have to change your outdoor lifestyle but be sure to wear your daily sunscreen to protect your skin.

Coming up next: The antioxidant secret!

By: Theresa Helsel, MS, MPAS, PA-C

Sun safety is more than SPF

Many times in the office I am asked what sunscreen is the best. Of course I recommend an SPF that is 30 or greater with titanium and zinc oxide. I also share with patients other ways they can practice sun safety. Our first line against the sun is our clothing, then sunscreen. The problem is not all clothing protects our skin the same. An average white t-shirt offers a Ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 4, but there are better options than a white t-shirt. We now have many clothing lines that offer fashionable alternatives with great sun coverage. Sun protection in clothing is graded by UPF rather than SPF, so the higher the UPF, the greater sun protection one will receive. UPF protects against both UVA and UVB. Ranges of UPF are

Good: 15-24photo 1

Great: 25-39

Best: 40-50 ** blocks 98% of UVA and UVB rays

Great clothing accessories to help protect your skin include shawls, ponchos, shirts, hats and my favorite for golfers are removable sun sleeves. Many of the LGPA players sport this look in vibrant colors.  A variety of fabrics are available for activities such as swimming, fitness, golfing, and multi-use. photo 2

Clothing lines that are available include Eclipse Sun Products, Sun Day Afternoon, and my personal favorite Coolibar. If you shop at and use the promotional code MED15 when checking out you will receive 15% OFF your entire order.

So when heading to the beach, golf course, or even just for a walk, don’t just wear your sunscreen– also remember your sun protective clothing and accessories!

By: Gina Mangin, MPAS, PA-C

Sunforgettable new product!

My patients know how strongly I feel about protecting our skin from the sun. Avoidance of peak hours of the sun (10 am – 4 pm) and use of sun protective clothing, hats, and umbrellas are key. I am also a devoted user of Elta MD sunscreens. However, I have always fallen short when it comes to reapplying sunscreen as often as I should, which is about every 2 hours. It can be difficult to reapply even lightweight sunscreens when I am all fixed up with nice makeup and clothing. But by adding the Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush to my routine, I can now effortlessly reapply my sunscreen.

SPF 50 BrushThe Sunforgettable brush releases sunscreen powder as you sweep it over your skin. It contains 11.8% zinc oxide and 21% titanium dioxide, which are great physical-blocking sunscreens. The powder leaves a smooth, matte finish, and helps to control some of the shine that appears across the T-zone as the day progresses.  In addition to the face, I use it on my ears, neck, chest, and the backs of my hands.  I can throw the Sunforgettable brush in my bag and carry it with me throughout the day without running the risk of sunscreen leaking.  And I love that I can quickly touch up my kids’ (and husband’s) sunscreen without a fuss!

If you are interested in a demo of the Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush, please ask during your next appointment or just stop by the office. The feedback that I am getting back from staff and patients who are using the Sunforgettable brush is fantastic!

By: Allison K. Arthur, M.D.

Shepherd’s Hope…Caring people, Caring for people!

Sand Lake Dermatology Center is proud to support Shepherd’s Hope, a nonprofit, faith-based organization of volunteers that exists to provide access to healthcare for the uninsured. Dr. Christopher Crotty began volunteering when Shepherd’s Hope first opened its doors 18 years ago. Since then, Shepherd’s Hope has grown to five separate clinics throughout Central Florida. After spending an evening at the Shepherd’s Hope Ocoee Health Center, I was inspired to regularly volunteer my time as well. I have now been providing care for patients of Shepherd’s Hope for over a year, and it has been quite a rewarding experience.

Patients who are eligible for services through Shepherd’s Hope have an income at or below 200% of the poverty level, are uninsured, or not eligible for government-assisted healthcare programs. Utilizing these criteria, Shepherd’s Hope has provided over 160,000 free medical visits since first opening in 1997. Patients are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis by volunteer medical providers including primary care physicians, virtually any medical specialist and even dentists. While clinic visits are at no cost, patients may be responsible for some diagnostic tests or prescription medications that are not able to be covered through the organization.

For patients with more complex dermatologic conditions that we are unable to appropriately treat at Shepherd’s Hope health centers, we can refer them to our office and take care of them free of charge. Thanks to the resources available at Sand Lake Dermatology Center, these patients who would otherwise not have access to dermatologic care or dermatologic surgery are able to receive proper medical care.

Dr. Crotty and I take great pride in volunteering at Shepherd’s Hope and our whole office stands behind us in supporting Shepherd’s Hope and its patients. Several of our staff members attended the ‘Famous Faces Masquerade Ball’ in October and had a great time celebrating and raising money for the organization. Supporting Shepherd’s Hope is one way we at Sand Lake Dermatology Center can help those who are falling through the cracks of the healthcare system.

heroes of hopeIf you know anyone who could benefit from Shepherd’s Hope or a medical provider who might be interested in donating his or her time, this is a very worthwhile opportunity. Information may be obtained from the website

By: Nicole Hill, MPAS, PA-C