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How to read a sunscreen label

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

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Choosing the right sunscreen can help reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun. Learn to read the labels.

SPF – stands for Sun Protection Factor and only measures against protection against UVB rays.UVB rays are the main cause of skin reddening and sunburn.

Broad Spectrum – Provides UVB and UVA protection. UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB and are responsible or aging and skin cancer.

Not all sunscreens are created equal

Monday, May 25th, 2015

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There are two kinds of sunscreens on the market: Chemical and Physical.


Chemical sunscreens that contain active ingredients such as Avobenzone, Oxybenzone, Benzophenone, which are absorbed into the skin. This is an undesirable consequence since the chemicals pass through the skin creating free radicals.  These ingredients are known to irritate the skin and migrate (gets in eyes).


Physical agents, such as Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide, act as an umbrella or metal blanket to reflect and scatter solar rays. Physical agents lay on top of the skin and are not absorbed, avoiding irritation.

The benefits of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) during the summer

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Ascorbic acid also known as Vitamin C, is the main ingredient in the Abella Skin Care Cellution C.

This is an ideal product to use during the summer with benefits including:
* Packed with antioxidants.
* Protects against UV radiation.
* Slows down melanin production (pigmentation) caused by the hot summer sun.
* Stimulates collagen production that gets broken down with sun exposure.
* Anti-inflammatory against sun burns.
* Topical Vitamin C products, such as the Cellution C, produce much higher concentrations in the skin than any nutritional supplements

During the summer months more of your body is exposed to the sun. The Cellution C can be mixed with you favorite body lotion and be radiant from head to toe.

Fact: 20 minutes of direct sun exposure will take your body 2 weeks to repair the collagen damage.


Does waterproof sunscreen really exist?

Friday, June 28th, 2013

The 4th of July long weekend is around the corner and it will be hot. That calls for being outdoors and swimming which means you need waterproof SPF protection. Does waterproof sunscreen really exist?

No, but some sun protection products are water resistant and have been tested to last 40 or 80 minutes when swimming or sweating (read the label). No matter the claim, sunscreens need to be reapplied every time you towel dry and every two hours. Keep this in mind when you and your loved ones are out celebrating America’s Independence.

What is the best way for dark skin tones to exfoliate?

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Darker skin tones absorb more radiation than lighter skin tones. For this reason it is recommended to exfoliate less aggressively but more frequent. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), Glycolic, Retinol or Lactic Acids are great ingredients to exfoliate dark skin. They remove dead skin cells, and they are less irritating to ethnic skin than rough, harsh scrubs. Scrubs or overuse of mechanical facial brushes can cause irritation that can become pigmentation.  When exfoliating the skin a sun screen product is required to protect the new skin cells and prevent pigmentation.

Do I continue Face Peels in the Summer?

Monday, June 4th, 2012

We have received an email from one of our loyal customers asking if she can continue her skin care program with Peels during the summer. The answer is Yes, you should not stop your regular skin care program. It is true the sun is stronger in the summer but there are several ways to combat the summer sun while continuing your skin regimen.  You work all year on your skin and there is no need to give up for a few months in the summer and start over in the fall.

We have a few suggestions for you to consider:

1)      Each day continue applying your broad spectrum sunscreen of 30+ or more and reapply after swimming or sweating.

2)      Seek the shade or an Umbrella on a beach or pool day.

3)      Wear sun protection fabrics. Abella is a big supporter and owner of several Tilley hats that offer fabrics and stylish hats with ultraviolet protection. (

4)      Try to avoid going into the sun during the hottest time of the day.

If you have any skin care questions please feel free to email and we will gladly respond promptly.

Not All Sun Products Are Created Equal

Monday, February 20th, 2012

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Winter Outdoor Vacations

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

As we set out on our winter vacations we remember to pack the essentials; comfortable shoes, hats, sunglasses, jackets, etc. seem to be the main concerns. But don’t forget to leave home without your sunscreen! Just because the winter weather is upon us does not mean the threat of UV rays is gone. Whether you are skiing or on a cruise sun protection is the key to keeping the good times rolling. Nobody wants to be stuck in their room with a sunburn missing out on all the fun.  

We suggest the Abella SolarShade SPF 45. This product covers the whole family spectrum from babies (6 months and up) to your spouse. This is a physical broad spectrum sunscreen that when spreads onto the skin reflects the dangerous UV rays. For the more active members of the family you will be happy to know it does not burn the eyes when perspiring during physical activities. The SolarShade SPF 45 is water resistant and contains an ingredient that prevents it from coming off the skin into the water harming sea life.

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For a hint of color with your protection please check out Abella’s ColorShade SPF 30+ available in four tints.

Summer equals Waxing!!

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Summer has arrived and we are baring more skin this equals waxing!! We want to make sure you are prepping your skin correctly and offer a few helpful hints.

Before a wax treatment avoid using harsh exfoliants, chemical peels, and any skin products that have Alpha Hydroxy Acid for 3 to 5 days prior to your appointment.  Although a gentle exfoliating product such as the Abella Exfoliating Cleanser can be used 48 hours prior to your treatment to remove dead skin cells that can clog and grip your hair follicles. After your wax use a gentle cleanser like the Dual Cleanser to keep area clean and non-irritated.

After your wax we suggest you wait 48 hours before sun exposure and recommend wearing the ColorShade SPF 30+ or the SolarShade SPF 45. After waxing your skin is sensitive and more prone to sun damage and can tan unevenly.

If you apply self tanners, wax first then wait about 24 hours to apply your self-tanner to ensure a streak free result.

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Protect & Preserve your Tattoo Investment with SolarShade SPF 45

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

SolarShade SPF 45 delivers higher UV blocking efficiency than most commercial sun care products and acts like a barrier of sun protection on your skin. This silicone based product is a physical sun block (not chemical), which means it does not penetrate the skin or your ink. Instead this product acts like an umbrella protecting your ink from sun damage.

The Titanium base scatters UV light before it can enter the skin preventing your tattoo from fading that is due to both UVA and UVB radiation.  The silicone found in the SolarShade makes the tattoo brighter and more visible providing the highest water resistance levels of any topically approved material. The most important feature of the silicone is it does not dissolve tattoo dyes like many sun products on the market. As beach season approaches make sure you protect your tattoo with the SolarShade SPF 45.