Skin Care

Why Choose Kristyl Skincare Products?

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Hi everyone, my name is Kristyl and I am a skin care fanatic! I created my own skin care line, Kristyl Skincare, a few years back after realizing that the skin care industry wasn’t tailored for Barbados living. I was frustrated that I couldn’t find high quality skin care products that met my precise needs - and I knew that others were, too. In Barbados, most skin care products are imported from Canada or the United States, which means that they aren’t suited for the Caribbean climate. My products are specifically designed for those living in tropical climates. They are lightweight, breathable, and extremely effective. If you’re interested in skin care, here’s some more information on why Kristyl Skincare stands out from other skin care brands:

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Natural and organic

Oftentimes, the ingredients list on a skin care product is hard to read. This is because the products are packed with so many chemicals that you don’t actually know what you’re putting on your face. With Kristyl Skincare, I create my products using naturally-derived ingredients, which undergo minimal processing, and botanical plant-based ingredients like antioxidant-filled chamomile, lavender and green tea, which are antioxidants. Organic products are products that have ingredients that were once living. These are plant or animal-based materials that undergo some processing but do not contain man-made fertilizers, pesticides, growth regulators, or genetically modified organisms. Therefore they are free of parabens. Some of my products are also organic. ALL my products are have absolutely no animal by-products.

Extracts

Kristyl Skincare products contain antioxidants for a plethora of reasons: they are antibacterial, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, firming, restoring, and they limit the production of free radicals. However, I use extracts of these ingredients rather than use them in their pure form because extracts are much more powerful. For example, by using green tea extract instead of green tea leaves, for example, the skin care product is even more powerful.

Personal skin care

Unfortunately, skin care is not one size fits all. Everyone’s skin type, needs, and sensitivities are different. At Kristyl Skincare, you can opt for a starter kit that suits your skin type. Additionally, I can use my skin care expertise to suggest products that I believe best suit your skin if you are unsure of what you need or can't find what you are looking for.

I believe wholeheartedly that there is no one miracle product that fixes any and every skin problem. As I’ve said before, everyone is different. However, there is a Kristyl Skincare product to suit everyone’s individual needs. Regardless of whether you struggle with acne, sun spots, aging skin, or any other skin problem, my products can be of assistance.

Sunscreen

SUNSCREENS - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IF YOU ARE IN THE CARIBBEAN

The ever so popular controversy of what sunscreens or sunblocks are good and what are bad. Here is a breakdown of ingredients you need to know (especially if you live in the Caribbean).

First, you need to make sure your sunscreen is a TRUE broad spectrum. In other words, just because a sunscreen has on its label "broad-spectrum" doesn't mean it covers the Full Spectrum.

Secondly, there’s SPF and UV Protection. Many think SPF, which is always followed by a number on the label of virtually every sunscreen or sunblock, is the measure of the product’s shield strength. This is both correct and incorrect.

SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, is the estimated maximum “amount” of UV radiation that the product can protect your skin from. As for UV protection, there are 2 UV rays we will focus on;
1) UVA - also known as the 'aging' rays and are the culprits to dark spots and skin cancer. These rays burn skin from the bottom layer, coming up. They are very prevalent when it's overcast so it's important to always wear sunscreen even when you are not (knowingly) in direct sunlight.
2) UVB - also known as the 'burning' rays. They are less harmful than UVA because they burn the outer layers of the skin which eventually shed. These rays are responsible for your overall tan or sunburns.

And lastly, sunscreen and sunblock (there’s a difference). Technically, the word “sunscreen” is a loose term that can be used to describe either a physical or chemical sun protectant —but “sunblock” is always used to describe physical UV protection. In other words, sunscreens are usually in lotions or daily moisturizers and can easily be washed off with sweat or water, whereas a sunblock tends to be thicker and has water resistant properties.

Therefore SUNSCREENS are NOT for beach wear. Your first dip in the ocean, or first bead of sweat, and your UV protection is gone! Always make sure your sunblock says ‘Water Resistant’.

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PHYSICAL VS CHEMICAL PROTECTION

A physical block is when the UV rays are reflected off of the product (like a mirror) whereas a chemical block is when the UV rays are absorbed into the product.

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INGREDIENTS AND COVERAGE

ZINC OXIDE and TITANIUM DIOXIDE

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The only ingredient that covers the full spectrum of UVA rays in zinc oxide.
The second best ingredient is Titanium Dioxide which is a physical block. These are both 'Active Ingredients' and should state the percentage on the label.

OXYBENZONE - The coral killer
Small amounts of this ingredient is linked to killing our slow growing coral. Make sure to avoid using sunscreens with this ingredient. Want to learn more (article - https://www.badgerbalm.com/s-35-coral-reef-safe-sunscreen.aspx )

HOMOSALATE
This ingredient absorbs a small amount of UVA rays and is a chemical block. It is linked to aspirin so anyone sensitive to aspirin may have a skin irritation or reaction to sunscreens containing it. Some people also get a stinging sensation if the sunscreen is too close to the eyes.

AVOBENZONE
The most common ingredient in sunscreens that are labelled "Broad-Spectrum", however, it's usually about 3% and only covers a very small section of UVA rays. Not ideal for constant Caribbean sunny weather.

Spray Tan

8 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SPRAY TANS

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1) SUGAR SCRUBS ARE BAD NEWS
You'll definitely want to exfoliate pre-spray tan to get even glow; sloughing off old skin cells creates an even base for the tan to adhere to. But if you don't choose the right scrub, it may cause your tan to streak. The oils in popular sugar scrubs coat the skin and cause the tan to run right off. Instead, use an exfoliating mitt with your regular soap and skip applying lotion afterward; spray tans love dry skin.

2) SHAVE or WAX AT LEAST 12-24 HOURS BEFOREHAND
It may seem like common sense to shave before a spray tan, but shaving immediately prior to your appointment can cause the product to irritate your skin. Shaving is a mild exfoliant that exposes new skin cells, which are extra sensitive. DHA (the pigment in spray tan) reacts with those sensitive cells and can cause some serious redness and discomfort.

3) IT IS NOT A BASE TAN
The concept of getting a “base tan” to prevent sunburn is bogus to begin with—but you should definitely know that a spray tan has no effect on your body’s melanin, which is what causes your skin to tan naturally. “Just because you look tan doesn’t mean you’re not going to burn,” We recommend using a daily lightweight sunscreen like EltaMD to protect your skin and your faux-glow.

4) CHLORINE BLEACHES YOUR BRONZE
While taking a dip in a pool won’t ruin your tan, spending hours on-end in chlorinated water will. Chlorine, which is similar to bleach, will take the tan right off your skin. Just limit your swim time after you've gotten a spray tan and pat dry right when you get out of the water.

5) DO NOT PILE ON BODY BUTTER
Some salons may recommend keeping the skin highly moisturized to prolong the length of your spray tan, but that may not be the best advice since the moisture in heavy lotions and body butters will work away at your glow, causing it to fade faster. At KRISTYL, it is advised to use a lightweight lotion instead to keep the skin from over drying.

6) CELL TURNOVER FADES YOUR TAN
Everybody’s tan lasts a slightly different length of time, and it usually has nothing to do with the product. The speed at which your cells turn over has a huge effect on how long your tan will last; the younger you are, the faster your cells turn over, which causes your tan to fade more quickly. The bad news: There's nothing you can do about the speed at which your cells regenerate. The good news: Moisturize with a lotion daily can help prolong the life of your tan.

7) YOU CAN'T MAINTAIN A SPRAY TAN
It would be great if you could keep up your spray tan the way you do your eyebrows or roots, but unfortunately, faux tans don't work that way. If you spray a new tan on top of an old tan, it will look patchy—darker in areas where the old tan remains, and lighter in areas where it's already worn off. You can enjoy your tan for up to one and a half weeks, then removing it and starting fresh. Speaking of which…

8) REMOVING YOUR TAN
If the worst happens and you look more like an Oompa Loompa than a bronzed goddess, don't worry: At-home removal is super-easy. Water breaks down the ingredients in your spray tan and loosens it from the skin, so run a warm bath with a little shower gel mixed in. Soak in it for at least a half an hour, then rub off with an old hand towel. The tan will rinse away with the water, leaving you with a clean slate.