We just had to share!

What an honor to compete amongst the best of my peers and judged by the best in the industry” -Tamara at The Skin Games 2017, after winning for the hyperpigmentaion category.

This gal was severely burned by a laser treatment.

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Here we are 8-weeks later healthy skin and faded pigmentation.

8-weeks later

Miss California Loves Tamara’s Skin Care

Such satisfaction when you hear words like this:
“Tamara is not only sweet, fun & enjoyable to be around, but she just happens to be the BEST esthetician around! I am Miss California 2016 and starting working with Tamara my first week on the job. As Miss California, I am kept busy with a jam packed schedule. Days can be very exhausting and I find myself lacking sleep, therefore say hello to dark circles and puffy eyes! Tamara and the help of the DMK products she uses, makes sure that I am always looking fresh and ready to conquer the day. In my preparation for Miss America, Tamara is making my skin looking the best it has EVER been!! I cannot wait to show America how my skin glows because of Tamara’s work. I LOVE Tamara! She can conquer any skin concern you have, or she can help you radiate confidence and have the perfect glow 🙂


I highly recommend Tamara’s skin care services!” – Jessa Carmack.
Stay tuned to Tamara’s Skin Care as we will share the journey with Miss California 2016.

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11 Worst Spray Sunscreens

excerpted from EWG Sunscreen Guide*

These sunscreens are aerosol sprays with SPFs above 50+ and the harmful additives oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate.

Banana Boat Clear UltraMist Ultra Defense MAX Skin Protect Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 110
Coppertone Sport High Performance AccuSpray Sunscreen, SPF 70
Coppertone Sport High Performance Clear Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100+
CVS Clear Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100
CVS Sheer Mist Spray Sunscreen, SPF 70
CVS Sport Clear Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100+
CVS Wet & Dry Sunscreen Spray, SPF 85
Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Sunscreen Body Mist, SPF 70
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Spray, SPF 100+
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70
Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunscreen Spray, SPF 85+

*The EWG Sunscreen Guide rates the safety and efficacy of sunscreens, daily moisturizers, lip products and SPF-rated makeup.

11 Worst Sunscreens for Kids

excerpted from EWG Sunscreen Guide*

These terrible kid and baby sunscreens have at least three strikes against them:

1) oxybenzone,

2) retinyl palmitate and

3) SPFs above 50+.

Two have a fourth strike: they’re aerosol sprays that can harm sensitive young lungs. Convenient? Yes. Good for kids? Absolutely not.

Banana Boat Clear UltraMist Kids Max Protect & Play Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 110
Coppertone Kids Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70
Coppertone Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55
Coppertone Kids Wacky Foam Foaming Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 70+
Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70+
Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55
Equate Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55
Kroger Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70
Kroger Kids Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70
Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Beach & Pool Sunblock Spray, SPF 70+
Up & Up Kid’s Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55

*The EWG Sunscreen Guide rates the safety and efficacy of sunscreens, daily moisturizers, lip products and SPF-rated makeup.

12 Worst Sunscreen Lotions

excerpted from EWG Sunscreen Guide*

These sunscreen lotions claim SPFs above 50+ and contain oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate.

Banana Boat Sport Performance Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100
Coppertone Sport High Performance Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100
Coppertone Sport High Performance Sunscreen, SPF 75
Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55
Coppertone Ultra Guard Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70+
CVS Sport Sunstick Sunscreen, SPF 55
CVS Sun Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 100
CVS Sun Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 70
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Daily Liquid Sunscreen, SPF 70
NO-AD Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 60
NO-AD Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 85
Ocean Potion Protect & Nourish Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70

*The EWG Sunscreen Guide rates the safety and efficacy of sunscreens, daily moisturizers, lip products and SPF-rated makeup.

Sunscreen Hall of Shame

excerpted from EWG Sunscreen Guide*

There are a lot of sunscreens on the market: some good, some bad and then the shameful.

Those in the last category are not only a waste of money and time but also potentially harmful. Here are our picks for products to banish from your beach bag.

Spray sunscreens can be inhaled, and they don’t cover skin completely.

SPF values above 50+ try to trick you into believing they’ll prevent sun damage. Don’t trust them. SPF protection tops out at 30 to 50.

Oxybenzone can disrupt the hormone system.

Retinyl palmitate may trigger damage, possibly cancer.

*The EWG Sunscreen Guide rates the safety and efficacy of sunscreens, daily moisturizers, lip products and SPF-rated makeup.

How the sun can damage your skin even in the dark

February 19, 2015

The damage the sun inflicts on your skin may be even more insidious than was previously thought, according to new research.

A study published Thursday in Science finds that the effects of sun exposure can continue to wreak havoc on your DNA — even in the dark.

The researchers say that as much as half the harm the sun does to the DNA in skin cells occurs up to three hours after exposure via a chemical process they call the “dark pathway.”

“The main lesson of our research is that your skin doesn’t stop getting damaged when you get out of the sun,” said Douglas Brash, professor of therapeutic radiology and dermatology at Yale School of Medicine and the senior author of the paper.

Scientists have known for 50 years that exposure to UVB and UVA light negatively affects the DNA in skin cells. When a photon is absorbed by DNA, it can cause the bonds of two of the base letters on the DNA strand to fuse together. This puts an unnatural bend in the DNA and makes it difficult for it to replicate properly.

This type of damage is called a cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer (CPD) and it happens in a millionth of a millionth of a second — right after the photon hits the skin.

“It should be the end of the story,” Brash said.

But in 2011 Brash and Sanjay Premi, an associate research scientist in therapeutic radiology at Yale, made a surprising discovery. They had just received a grant to study human and mice skin cells called melanocytes that produce melanin. Specifically, they planned to study how those cells respond to UV exposure.

To make sure all their lab equipment was working correctly, the researchers exposed the cells to UV light and then measured the number of CPDs or dimers that occurred.

When they looked at the samples again a few hours later, they expected to see the amount of dimers would go down thanks to the repair mechanisms in cells, but instead, the number had increased.

“The first time we did this, we thought it was a defect,” said Premi. “But we replicated it several times, using different techniques to confirm this was the real thing.”

Once the researchers determined that UV exposure really was continuing to harm DNA even after the lights went out, they decided to figure out why.

In a series of experiments they found that direct exposure to UV light causes dimers to occur in the DNA of all types of skin cells, but only melanocytes continued to accrue these defects in the absence of light.

That was another curve ball because melanin is known to protect the skin from direct sun exposure, but now it seemed to be the source of the dark pathway damage.

After more experiments the scientists discovered that UV light activates enzymes in the cell that combine to “excite” an electron in melanin. The energy from this excited electron gets transferred into the DNA. That in turns creates the same damage caused by direct absorption of a photon by the DNA.

Brash said that the chemistry underlying the “dark pathway” has been seen in jellyfish and fireflies, but never before in mammals.

For example, fireflies use the energy of excited electrons to generate bioluminescence, he said.

The dark pathway probably starts during sun exposure, but continues for hours afterward, Brash said.

Now that scientists know about this newly discovered chemical pathway to DNA damage, they may be able to interfere with it. During their research, the scientists used two chemicals that could stop dimers from occurring after UV exposure, and they might give scientists a clue to what types of chemicals to investigate.

“The idea would be to take the energy of the electron and divert it somewhere else,” Brash said.

He said that in the future people might put sunscreen on before they go out and put on another cream during the car ride home.

John-Stephen Taylor, a bio-organic chemist at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., who was not involved in the study, said the work is impressive.

“To uncover this thing took a range of experiments across a variety of disciplines,” he said. “They did biological experiments and chemical experiments and photo-physical experiments.”

He said that the researchers were not able to see the chemical reaction that led to the DNA degradation firsthand, but that the circumstantial evidence presented in the paper is very convincing.