Keys Solar Rx - A Natural Sunscreen That Delivers

If you’re concerned about keeping your skin looking young and healthy, and who isn’t, then you’ll be interested to learn about Keys Solar Rx sunblock. Keys Solar Rx is a broad spectrum UVA and UVB blocking sunscreen that carries an SPF rating of 30+. What makes it unique is that even though it zinc oxide as its sun filter, it doesn’t leave a white cast to skin. This is a tremendous benefit if you have skin that is not fair. You get the benefits of a safe, effective and natural sunscreen, that actually looks good on skin!

Keys has been rated by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Report as the safest sunscreen on the market. The EWG gives Keys an EWG Skin Deep Rating of 0 (0 to 10 scale where 0 is best). Keys Solar Rx was also featured as the most effective non-waterproof category sunblock for UVA and UVB in the Consumer Reports July 2007 issue.

Because it uses only zinc oxide and not any chemical sun filters, it is ideal for use on sensitive skin and children.
Keys Solar Rx Is Effective

With a UVB (UV Burning) rating of SPF 30+ and a UVA (UV Aging) rating of four stars using the EU rating system, Keys delivers. We now know that the sun is responsible for more than 80% of all visible skin aging. That’s why the use of a well-formulated sunscreen is an essential part of any anti aging skin care regimen. Sunscreen used daily, year round is one of the the most important things you can do to keep skin healthy and youthful. Remember that the SPF rating of a sunscreen only tells you how much UVB protection you’re getting. SPF is no guarantee of UVA protection, which is  why the four star rating for Keys Solar Rx is so important. 

In addition to its UV protecting ability, Keys Solar Rx is also a moisturizer. Along with the healing and soothing properties of Keys Luminos moisturizer, Solar Rx contains an 18.5% concentration of uncoated nano-zinc oxide. Zinc oxide is capable of protecting against the full UVA/UVB spectrum of sunlight. It has also been shown to possess healing properties, including anti-bacterial and antimicrobial properties. Individuals with sensitive skin including rosacea and redness can benefit from it.

Like all Keys products, Solar Rx avoids the use of fragrance, which can irritate skin.
Using Keys Solar Rx

Keys Solar Rx is designed to offer the maximum physical protection from UVA and SPF 30 for UVB burning rays. It’s recommended that you reapply at least every two hours to exposed skin. If you are in tropical or high intensity sun conditions, more frequent application is recommended. Keys Solar Rx is very effective, but because it is not water resistant, it is not suitable for sun bathing, extreme hot weather sports or swimming. You should also practice safe sun habits and not rely on sunscreen as your sole method of sun protection.

Keys Solar Rx


Glow With Mandelic and Malic Acid M2 Skin Care

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic acid and lactic acid deliver a number of skin benefits. In addition to their primary use in exfoliating dry, dead skin cells that sit on the stratum corneum, there is evidence to suggest that they may help to reverse sun damage and stimulate collagen development.

Two new AHAs that are increasing being used in skin care formulations are mandelic acid and malic acid. These skin beneficial AHAs have a larger molecule size than the more widely used glycolic acid, allowing for slower penetration. Slower penetration leads to less skin irritation making the use of mandelic and malic acids very suitable for everyone, including those with sensitive skin.

MCK Labs, the manufacturers of MaMa Lotion, has recently introduced a new range of mandelic/malic acid skin care products, M2 Skin Care. The M2 Collection consists of 3 products:

Regular use of the M2 line of skin care products will help to deliver skin benefits including:

  • Evening skin tone, reducing age spots & freckles 
  • Significantly reduce acne breakouts 
  • Tightening the skin & pores 
  • Reducing or erasing fine lines & wrinkles 
  • Significantly reducing symptoms of rosacea 
  • Helping fade signs of melasma

Skin Will Gow 

In one month, regular use of the M2 Skin Care line will result in skin that is noticably improved. Clarity and color will improve; areas of pigmentation will be greatly reduced and the overall texture of your skin will be softer and smoother.

After two months, skin should experience a significant reduction in the number of blemishes. And, if blemishes are still present, they will be greatly reduced in size. Plus the marks they leave behind will fade faster than previously. The end result will be skin that is smooth, flawless and glowing. 

Beneficial Ingredients

The benefits of M2 Skin Care can be attributed to the combination of mandelic acid, malic acid and an algae extract. Mandelic acid is naturally antibacterial, which helps to combat against one of the contributing factors to acne. It also absorbs and controls oil, further helping to reduce blemishes. Malic acid is a natural humectant and antioxidant. As a humectant, it acts to draw water out of the dermis and into the epidermis, keeping skin hydrated. Its antioxidant ability helps fight free radicals, which can contribute to skin damage.

The formulation is rounded off by an algae extract specially selected for its non-irritating anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties.  


Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Skin

Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are one of the most widely used ingredients in skin care preparations. Derived from a number of fruits as well as milk, alpha hydroxy acids can improve a number of skin conditions including dry skin, wrinkles and skin discoloration.

Historical records show that even Queen Cleopatra used AHAs in the form of milk baths (milk contains lactic acid) to improve the look of her skin. Now, a number of skin care products contain these acids as an essential component that can help improve your skin and help maintain it looking even toned and smooth.
Alpha hydroxy acids are very efficient in their ability to exfoliate or remove the dead surface layer of your skin; this dead layer of skin cells give their way to a new layer of healthy and fresh skin cells on the surface. Regular use of AHAs will improve the texture and appearance of skin, leaving it with a subtle, but distinguishable glow.

AHAs commonly found in skin care formulations include:
1. Glycolic acid derived from sugar cane. Glycolic acid is one of the more well known and widely used AHAs.
2. Lactic acid which is found in milk. It is not as irritating to skin as glycolic acid, yet still delivers significant benefit.
3. Citric acid which comes from citrus fruits.
4. Malic acids from fruits like apples and pears.
5. Mandelic acid from almonds. It is a gentle AHA and ideal for treating darker skin complexion, as the risk of developing hyper-pigmentation (as is more common with the use of glycolic acid) is quite remote.

You can use alpha hydroxy acids in several different ways:
1. As chemical peels in administered by a qualified skin care specialist. Chemical peels tend to contain AHAs in concentrations over 20%.
2. As cleansers or toners to mildly exfoliate skin.
3. In creams, serums or lotions. Because the AHA stays on skin, these types of formulations will deliver more substantial results than cleansers or toners, which are removed quite quickly.

How Do AHAs Benefit Skin?

AHAs are effective skin exfoliants that can help your skin many ways:
Effectively remove dead skin cells that reside on the surface of your skin
· Help the growth of new skin cells,
· Studies have shown that AHAs may aid the production of collagen and elastin, which are the two important skin components that help to provide structure to skin
· Reduce the appearance of wrinkles, skin roughness and skin discoloration

Alpha hydroxy acids work best when formulated at low pH to ensure their efficacy. Sensitive skin types may want to start with lower concentrations, around 4% before gradually building up to using higher strengths. Concentrations above 20% should be administered by qualified professionals.

AHA Side Effects

Because of their acidic nature, you may experience skin irritation including local redness and itching. Some individuals may also have low intensity pain at the site of application. AHAS also increase skin’s sensitivity to sunlight, which could possibly lead to sunburn. Ensure that you cover up with a good broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun blocking sunscreen each day along with your AHA preparation.

Individuals with medium to darker skin complexions can suffer from pigment changes. This may be more problematic with glycolic acid. Mandelic and malic acids as found in a product like MaMa Lotion tends to be better tolerated by these individuals.