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Summer is here! As the days get longer and the sun gets brighter, many of us will go on hikes, visit the beach, and go on vacations. As we venture outdoors, it’s important to remember that the sun can be harmful to our skin without proper protection.
Why is the Sun Harmful for Our Skin?
Ultraviolet radiation from sunlight damages the skin’s DNA, which is the first step to skin cancer development. Two basic types of ultraviolet rays reach the earth’s surface:
UVA rays penetrate deeply into the skin to damage collagen and skin cells. It is responsible for the premature aging of the skin. UVA rays can even pass through glass windows in our homes, cars, and offices.
UVB rays are responsible for producing sunburn and cause your skin to appear tan. These rays also play the greatest role in causing skin cancer.
Both UVA and UVB rays cause photoaging of the skin, including brown spots, and wrinkling. But research suggests that all damage from the sun, including skin cancer, can be mitigated with proper protection.
Wear an SPF Every Day!
The secret to eternally youthful and healthy skin is a trustworthy and protective SPF. Since UV rays are strongest during the summertime, it’s easy to get sunburned on even the cloudiest days because clouds do not block UV rays. Here are a few sun-protection tips:
Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher that will protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
Sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours if you’re in direct sunlight. Brush on formulas make reapplying incredibly simple. is perfect for reapplying over makeup or exposed areas like the neck, hands, and scalp.
If you’re participating in water activities, make sure you’re using sunscreens that are water-resistant and reapply every 80-90 minutes to ensure continued protection.
Don’t forget that UVA rays can penetrate through windows. Even if you are socially distancing, working from home, or limiting your time outdoors, you should always wear sunscreen to protect your skin and avoid premature aging.
Lips can get sunburned too. Use lip balms with SPF 30 or higher.
Wear wrap-around sunglasses to protect the skin around your eyes and use a eye-safe sunscreen for utmost protection. has SPF 35 and is designed to be gentle – no more irritation!
There are two main types of sunscreens:
Chemical sunscreens act like a sponge, absorbing UV light with chemical ingredients like oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate.
Physical (also called mineral) sunscreens stay on top of your skin and act as a shield deflecting sun’s ray. They contain two main ingredients, zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
Both are FDA approved and recognized as safe and effective. The one you choose depends entirely on your preference.
Remember: The best sunscreen is one that you will use and continue using. We recommend finding one you love and sticking with it.
Incorporate Antioxidants in Your Skincare Routine.
When our skin is exposed to the sun and environmental pollutants, our body generates free radicals that damage DNA and break down collagen. Antioxidants help your body to stabilize damaging free radicals while protecting, repairing, and preventing further skin damage.
Incorporate powerful antioxidants into your skin regimen. Use targeting serums with high concentrations of Vitamin A (Retinol), Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Vitamin C, and Vitamin E into your skin regimen to protect and repair your skin. has a wide range of serums for every skin type and concern. Always speak to your dermatologist or one of our highly-trained for specific product recommendations.
SPF Does NOT Cause Vitamin D Deficiency
When the sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB) rays interact with your skin, it converts a protein called 7-DHC into vitamin D for your body to use. There is an ongoing belief among many that using sunscreen and other forms of sun protection leads to vitamin D deficiency. This is simply not true.
Research and studies show that people who use sunscreen daily still maintain their vitamin D levels. This is because no matter how much sunscreen you use or how high the SPF, some of the sun’s UV rays will still reach your skin. Remember, even an SPF 50 only filters out 98 percent of the UVB rays, and that’s assuming that you’ve put on the adequate amount of sunscreen needed.
Achieve Your Summer Skincare Goals at Delamar Spa
Our award-winning Delamar Spas offer the ultimate destination for those seeking innovative result-driven beauty and wellness treatments. All three of our Delamar Spa locations (Greenwich, Southport & West Hartford) are open for all facials, massages, and body treatments. We partner with Biologique Recherche (BR), the definitive skincare line, and Valmont, the ultimate anti-aging luxury brand, and their extraordinary and highly effective techniques and treatments to help you achieve your skincare goals this summer.
We always recommend a skin consultation whether you’re a new client or a frequent facial client. Our estheticians are also offering virtual skin consultations.
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Amid the global pandemic, job losses, and the 24/7 news cycle, self-care has become more important than ever. Americans everywhere are exhibiting increased levels of depression and anxiety. We have been forced to turn our bedrooms and kitchen tables into makeshift offices. Many parents are struggling to juggle full-time jobs and homeschooling
When life gets hectic, self-care is often the first thing many people sacrifice. This new year, we urge everyone to commit to self-care. Making self-care part of your routine is not only crucial for your mental health, but it also enables you to be more productive and creative.
Here are some ways you can make yourselfa priority in 2021.
Sunlight is known to increase the release of a hormone called serotonin, which is associated with boosting mood. Social distancing doesn’t mean you need to spend every day and every hour inside your home. Make it a habit to open your blinds and let in the sunshine. Find time each day to step outside and take a stroll around the neighborhood.
If you’re in Connecticut, there are plenty of hiking trails that provide scenic pathways for casual nature-lovers and highly-skilled hikers alike. Bring along your furry friend on a weekend hike in Connecticut and stay the night at any of the dog-friendly Delamar locations.
Don’t Skip Any Meals
Sometime a busy work week and schedule can cause you to skip meals. Your body needs fuel to perform and keep running the heathiest way possible. Make it priority to log off, sit down and enjoy a nice meal.
Can’t find time in your busy schedule? Take your lunch break at a local restaurant or set up a date night with your significant other. Even if you need to bring your laptop, the change of scenery can help lighten your spirits and allow your body a much-needed break. Artisan Southport, as well as l’escale restaurant in Greenwich are open for lunch, offering artfully curated menus with locally and seasonally inspired dishes, as well as an exhaustive wine list.
Pamper Yourself with a Spa Day
Numerous studies and research confirm the benefits of a massage for your health and wellbeing, some of which include reducing anxiety, stress, blood pressure, sleep insomnia, muscle strains, and more.
Facials are also a wonderful way to give yourself some healing and rejuvenating TLC while treating specific concerns. Amongst the most important health benefits of having regular facials are: stress relief, purifies and reduce skin congestion (mask wearing is a big factor here), encourages lymphatic flow, and promotes circulation. You can choose a relaxing treatment or pick a high-tech option.
A facial = circulation = healthy, vibrant skin. Remember to also stay healthy by giving yourself plenty of time to rest, following a healthy diet, and being active for beautiful, glowing skin.
Now more than ever, it’s important to take a break for a few days to revive and recover from crazy work and home life. Whether it’s binging TV shows all day, exploring the areas around the hotel, making a spa appointment, or enjoying a nice meal, booking a staycation can help reduce fatigue and give you the break you need and deserve. Whatever it is that brings you pleasure, make it a priority to enjoy it.
At Delamar, our three hotels are now offering a 15% discount from our daily rate to Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island residents looking to treat themselves to a staycation.
Treat Yourself at the Delamar
With distinctive charm and unparalleled service, each Delamar Hotel is the perfect place to enjoy life and indulge in everyday pleasures. Whether you need to break away from the home office life or luxuriate in health and wellness in one of our spas, we welcome you to treat yourself at the Delamar. Remember, taking care of yourself first makes it easier to care for those around you!
There is always time to bask in joyful moments, big or small — even if it’s a little hard to see right now during the pandemic. If you find your way to the Delamar, there are ways to celebrate life’s joyful moments everywhere you look!
De-stress and Unwind at the Spa
All three of our Delamar Spa locations open for all facials, massages, and body treatments. Our spa therapists are practicing social distancing and wearing masks. And we are managing occupancy with one client at a time. Rest assured that you will be safe while you de-stress and unwind at our spas.
Can’t make it in person? We are also offering virtual skin consultations so that you may look and feel your very best!
Delamar Hotel’s Pet Program
Pet care can be hard to come by during these times. When you take a weekend getaway at Delamar, your furry friend can come too! Need more of a reason to celebrate our Pet Program? Part of your nightly pet fee will be donated to a local animal charity.
Enjoy Art Near and Far
Connecticut has a robust history-making way for lots of art and culture. With three locations across the state, Delamar gives you the best in gracious living and the ultimate convenience. Which location you choose depends entirely on the nature of your trip. Explore the nearby museums that surround all of our hotels within a short distance. If you don’t want to go public, you can find art throughout our hotels and even in your room.
Micro weddings are a great way to say your vows without losing the chance to celebrate with loved ones. Work with the Delamar team to design your dream wedding. So, whether you’re celebrating your private elopement or planning your dream micro-wedding, Delamar is will make it an event to cherish always.
Many things have changed this year, but the celebrations like birthdays or anniversaries go on. With Delamar packages, you can still celebrate your biggest milestones. No matter what the event you are commemorating, Delamar will make it special.
Cozy Short-Term and Long-Term Accommodations
DELAMAR Hotels offer extended stay luxury accommodations with thoughtful amenities designed to lift your spirits and provide comfort during these extraordinary times. Enjoy a relaxing and restful stay at any of our three luxury hotels, and beautiful beaches, hiking trails, and cultural attractions across our beautiful state of Connecticut. Bring your loved ones and even your family dog!
Working from home can be tough; we get it. After an unexpected year of staying home, it can be good to switch it up every once in a while. Taking a break and working from our Delamar hotels, for even a day, can do wonders for your mental health and provide a much-needed break. Work-life balance is still important.
With distinctive charm and unparalleled service, each Delamar Hotel is the perfect place to enjoy life and celebrate everyday pleasures. Whether you’re looking for a getaway with your significant other, break away from the home office life, or luxuriate in health and wellness in one of our spas, we welcome you to come to celebrate and create a joyous moment of your own at the Delamar.
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