Fast Facts on Sunscreen - Get the Coverage You Need

Welcome to June gloom on the Central Coast. Did you know that UV rays are stronger when the weather is cloudy and/or overcast? True story (see below). So it really doesn't matter if you're a sun baby or shade lover, it's essential you have the right coverage.  And when I say the right coverage, I'm referring to a good sun screen with physical block, NOT chemicals.  Trust me, trying to decipher which ingredients are chemicals can be daunting with long unfamiliar names. So here are my quick tips on what to look for when buying sunscreen.

1) On the back of your sunscreen, look at the "active ingredients". If it doesn't say Zinc, Titanium, or a combo of the two - THROW IT OUT! 

2) If the percentage of active ingredients isn't a 12% or higher, it's not doing much to help protect you. 

3) If you don't want to think about it, stop by PASC and pick up any of the sunscreens I have for sale.  They've all been pre-approved by me!  

The article excerpt -

Sounds crazy, and many people just ignore the claim entirely believing it to be a myth. It’s no secret that one can certainly get sunburned on cloudy days, but is there any science backing up the claim that UV rays are actually stronger on cloudy days?


UV intensity can vary widely with time of day, time of the year, and a locations latitude. (The equator at noon receives much more UV exposure than noon in Norway, for example). Clouds do usually block UV rays, particularly the more nefarious UV-B. On a really overcast day, they can stop 70 to 90% of the UV-B from reaching the surface.

Under skies that are only partly cloudy, something interesting happens. A phenomenon called the ‘broken-cloud effect‘ can occur, which causes higher UV levels – higher than a completely clear sky would allow. A survey conducted at six U.S. cites in 1994 found cumulus clouds could raise surface UV-B by 25%, and in 2004 Australian researchers reported that the UV-B rays associated with DNA damage were up to 40% stronger under partly cloudy skies.


Scientists don’t have a solid answer, but there seems to be two main causes. The first is UV rays bouncing off, and being reflected off the sides of dense clouds, and the second is UV rays being redirected as they pass through very fine wisp-like clouds. An American Scientist article suggested last year that a combination of these thin refracting clouds high up and thick reflecting clouds down low could result in a significant UV boost at the surface level.

People are also less likely to take precautions against sun when it’s cloudy which adds to that risk. This leaves them open to any UV-amplifying mechanisms taking place.

Broken-Cloud Enhancement of Solar Radiation Absorption (pdf)
Process for Determining Solar Irradiances (pdf)
Hockberger, P. E. (2002). “A history of ultraviolet photobiology for humans, animals and microorganisms“. Photobiol. 76 (6): 561–579.


Collagen Induction Therapy - It's time to try it.

We all want healthy skin! When skin is healthy it looks its best! Skin Care Professionals can achieve healthy skin using two points of intervention:

  1. Supply the skin cells with essential building blocks that they require through oral supplements / nutrition and topical skin care. And..
  2.  Tell the cells that control how your skin looks what to do by manipulating their function.

We do this by Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) along with our natural skin care products and Rhonda+Allison skin care lines. Micro-needling or skin needling is an all natural rejuvenation treatment. Helping with the appearance of:


  • Fine Lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Thin skin density
  • Hyper and hypo-pigmentation
  • Rosacea
  • Loss of adhesion and resiliency
  • Premature aging
  • Acne scarring
  • Epidermal density and strength
  • Relaxed skin
  • UV damage( dark spots)
  • Stretch marks
  • Hair restoration

Micro-needling uses medical devices that have very fine, surgical stainless steel needles to make channels into the skin to release growth factors and promote scarless healing, (wound healing) and the deposition of normal woven collagen rather than scar collagen. It is the optimal Rejuvenation treatment that keeps the balance of cell function treating and targeting ALL 3 cells important for healthy skin keratinocyte, melanocites, and fibroblasts while preserving the integrity of the epidermis.

Microneedling is the only rejuvenation treatment that maximizes penetration of essential nutrients and maximizes release of growth factors associated with the positive aspects of wound healing simultaneously.

Source: Dr. Lance setterfield the concise guide to dermal needling expanded medical Edition pg 3,49,50

It's peel time

Welcome to fall… Indian summer is fading away, the days are shorter and cooler and it’s the perfect time to indulge in a mid-depth or deep facial peel. If you’re a loyal reader of PASC emails you know we recommend peels every year after summer. 

There are so many benefits to peeling the skin. Peels stimulate the immunity of the largest organ on the body, peeling away fine lines and brightening dull skin — When your skin is awakened with exfoliation and stimulation good things happen. 

At PASC we don’t just administer a peel and send you home. We have post peel products full the proper nutrients to support and encourage healing. We also offer a post peel appointment (offered at a special price) within 2 weeks of your initial appointment to help slough off the remaining dead skin. Whether this is your first time or you’re a seasoned peel lover, we have peels for every skin type, need or concern. 

Face peel infographic