Are Sunglasses Anti-Aging?

You’ve probably never thought about it, but your sunglasses can be very anti-aging!

Here is how to make sure your sunglasses are working for you:

~ First and foremost, make sure that your sunglass lens have 100% UV protection. Polarized lens have nothing to do with UV protection so they may or may not have 100% UV protection. Be sure to double check the UV protection if you have polarized sunglasses!

~ Friction from your sunglasses rubbing against your nose or under your eyes can cause post inflammatory pigmentation or dark marks in the areas where they rub. Be sure to have well fitting, comfortable glasses/sunglasses that you don’t have to push back into place to minimize this friction.

~ Your sunglasses can “wipe away” your sunscreen. Taking off and putting on your sunglasses can literally wipe away your sunscreen leaving your precious under eyes susceptible to sun damage. Do your best to reapply a physical sunscreen (like Emme Diane™Mineral Tinted SPF 40) to your skin, especially the eye area a few times during the day. Also, keep in mind, if you are prone to rubbing your eyes during the day, you will be wiping off the sunscreen as well (so don’t forget to reapply!)

~ Avoid the mirrored, reflective sunglasses. These glasses will literally intensify the UV rays to the skin directly under your eyes. Much like how the sun’s rays are intensified from being near a pool, ocean or in the snow.

~ Opt for the trendy, large plastic frame sunglasses that cover your whole eye area (as opposed to the metal frames that can reflect UV rays as well). These will offer the best protection for your delicate skin around your eyes.

Featured Blog: The Bubbly Blonde’s Skin Care Routine

Hello Beauties! I recently started a new skin care routine that I can’t wait to share with you! I have extremely sensitive skin; so trying any new skin products is a scary matter for me. I have battled redness and breakouts my entire life (really) and have wanted to try different products, but have always been too scared. Well, that has now changed!

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Aesthetician, Emme Diane recently reached out to me and offered to share her products and give me a facial, so I could learn about her, her amazing products and more about my own skin. Well, as you might have figured out, I took Emme Diane up on her proposition and would like to help you get you a little better acquainted with Emme Diane.

Emme Diane L.E., is a licensed esthetician on a mission to solve the seemingly unsolvable skin issues, from acne to aging and everything in between. With more than 18 years of professional experience in both medical and spa esthetics, Emme Diane is actually known for solving “unsolvable” skin concerns, from acne to sun damage and aging skin.

One of the reasons I agreed to try Emme Diane products (besides being won over by her sparkling personality!) is because I’m not terribly knowledgeable about skincare products, but am very curious! I also wanted to learn what might help improve my somewhat problematic skin.

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Emme of Emme Diane in person and she is not only beautiful, but she’s one of those incredible women who loves to help other women! This talented woman actually wanted to help improve my skin and make it beautiful too! Now here’s the best part, the facial she gave me was amazing and I honestly did not get ONE breakout afterward (typically when I have any sort of facial treatment done, my skin breaks out). She sent me home with great products of her Emme Diane skincare line to test, enjoy and see how I like them….read below ( hint: I loved them!). Also, please read to the bottom of this blogpost for the Promo Code and an exciting Giveaway opportunity you’re not going to want to miss!

My Personalized Morning Routine Straight From Emme Diane:

  1. Gentle Cleaner

I’m always looking for a cleanser that leaves my skin feeling clean, but also can completely remove the heavy makeup I wear on photo shoot days. Emme Diane’s Gentle Cleanser took off every last bit of my makeup and has a very light, clean scent.

The Gentle Cleanser is an antioxidant rich, low-lather cleanser, which is perfect for sensitive skin (or any skin type, for that matter!) The silky gel cleanses thoroughly without drying your skin and I truly like it! Very nice product!

  1. Ice!

I never knew this was something I could use to help stimulate my facial circulation and bring on a healthy glow. This is a GREAT Emme Diane tip! So, now I massage 2 ice cubes onto my face every morning for 1 minute in a continuous circular motion then pat my glowing face dry. Try this Insider Tip, because it really does help get your glow on!

  1. Calm Down Toner (spritz 12 times)

I had not ever used a toner, so this product intrigued me! This truly unique toner combines the power of oxygen electrolytes and soothing aloe vera, and the toner releases oxygen slowly to aid the body’s natural defense and repair process. Incredibly calming and nourishing, this toner is perfect for any skin type, but especially good for dehydrated skin, inflamed acne, dermatitis, sensitive or irritated skin.

  1. Bright Eyed Illuminating Eye Serum (optional, but I highly recommend it).

As we age, most of us want to stay looking our very best. If this describes you, then this great product is for you! This luxurious all-in-one eye serum visibly firms, lifts and sculpts eyelid contours as well as minimizes dark shadows, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles and it feels great on your skin!

  1. Skin Quencher Serum

Being in Arizona my skin is constantly feeling dry or thirsty. Skin Quencher is a super quick fix for dehydrated or environmentally damaged skin. The water-based, gel hydrator instantly replenishes water moisture to your skin and gives it a refreshed, plump and hydrated glow. Fabulous serum that does what it claims to do!

  1. Pure Light Lotion (Moisturizer)

What I like about this moisturizer is that is light, water-based and has helped restore the moisture balance of my skin. It’s also perfect for combination/oily skin and sensitive skin (me!), and the non-greasy lotion will give your skin the all day moisture it craves, as well as helping to reduce excessive oiliness. (Emme Diane is a GENIUS!)

  1. Tinted Mineral Sunscreen

I have been using the Tinted Mineral Sunscreen and I love it! It goes on perfectly. I actually wear it to the gym to give my skin an even appearance and I have not broken out!

The Tinted Mineral Sunscreen almost instantly had a cult following when this favorite Emme Diane product launched! It has a sheer, mattifying, silky finish and is water and sweat resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Benefits of the Tinted Mineral Sunscreen:

Sheer Tint

Mattifying

Broad Spectrum SPF 40

Physical Sunscreen (Zinc Oxide & Titanium Dioxide)

Water and Sweat Resistant up to 80 minutes

Non-comedogenic

GREAT PRODUCT!

My Skin Care Evening Routine Designed by Emme Diane:

  1. Gentle Cleanser (use as above)
  2. Ice (even at night!)
  3. Toner (Spritz 12 sprays again) See above for details
  4. Bright Eyed Eye Cream (optional, but I use it faithfully) see above for details.
  5. Serum(s)

Skin Quencher Serum: I began using this serum every third night and now have graduated to using it every other night. My skin has acclimated nicely and doesn’t feel dried out any more.

Clarifying Serum: I apply a pea sized of this amazing product to my entire face being careful to avoid sensitive areas. The Clarifying Serum is for brighter, clearer and more youthful looking skin. It’s also great for acne prone skin, thanks to the multi-tasking fruit acid, Mandelic Acid. This serum also helps to clarify skin, treat and prevent post-inflammatory pigmentation and evens skin. I love this product.

Pure Light Lotion (Moisturizer) See above for details

Extras from Emme Diane

Acne Eraser 2.8%

This effective benzoyl peroxide gel is formulated to kill acne bacteria and assist in clearing the skin of inflamed acne. It is available in 3 strengths to treat mild, moderate or severe acne.

2.5% is best for ultra sensitive skin

5% (most popular) is best for mild to moderate acne

10% is good for more severe acne and also for acne on the back and chest

I keep this handy product close by, just in case a pimple pops up, but I truly have NOT broken out since my facial and faithfully using Emme Diane products!

Sulfur Refining Mask

A therapeutic mask specifically formulated for acne prone skin. Formulated with Sulfur, it helps to breakdown black heads, whiteheads and also acts as an antibacterial agent. It gently exfoliates your skin, allowing for the regeneration of fresh, new skin. Also, contains Bentonite and Kaolin, which help to draw out impurities and clear the skin of excess oil and dirt. This mask is used to reduce inflammation of the skin, fight bacteria, absorb excess oil and exfoliate dead skin cells. Genius!

I use this mask 1-2 times per week, leaving on my face for 3-5 minutes, not longer. I usually apply it and brush my teeth.

I highly recommend these products and will happily continue using them! I am also beyond grateful that Emme Diane reached out to me and allowed me to experience her amazing products. The fact that I can use her products without the fear of breaking out, especially on photo shoot days is so great! If you try her products, I know you will like them too.

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Do I Really Need an Eye-Cream?

Eye Cream GraphicDo I Really Need an Eye Cream?

Unless you don’t mind the delicate skin around your eyes to prematurely droop and wrinkle, I suggest an eye cream for everyone over the age of 20. Prevention is key with your skin and your eyes are the first part of the face to show signs of aging. So why do you need a cream specific to your eye area? Like your lips, the skin around the eye is significantly different than any other part of the face and requires a few considerations. Aside from the fact that eye creams are ophthalmologist tested (safe for the eye area), the skin around the eyes is more fragile, therefore it is more apt to having sensitivities or allergic reactions.

It also does not have oil glands to hydrate the tissue, therefore the formulations for eye creams will generally be more emollient that your regular moisturizer. Unfortunately, many of the claims that eye creams make to actually reverse aging are just wishful thinking. But, it has been my experience and observation that eye creams will help slow the onset of premature aging around the eye area. And in my opinion, that is worth it’s weight in gold!

Eye Cream Tips:

*Avoid eye creams with heavy oils as they can weigh down the delicate skin tissue, weakening the elastin fibers which can cause premature aging. These oils can also seep into the eyes when you are sleeping causing puffiness and irritation.

*Apply underneath the eye during the daytime and all around the orbital bone at night (the bone that circles around the top of your cheekbone and below your eyebrow) . Be sure avoid apply too closely to the lash line as the product might get deposited into your eyes causing irritation.

*Use your ring finger when applying your eye cream as it is your weakest finger. Any repeated or excessive pulling/tugging on the eye area will eventually lead to premature wrinkles…so be gentle!

*Start early! As mentioned above, it is best to start using an eye cream as early as 20 years old. Again, prevention is key when dealing with the skin…especially the eye area.

Do You Love to Travel?

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Do you LOVE to travel but you don’t love what it does to your skin?

If you are anything like me, flying on an airplane can make my skin crazy rebellious! Excessive dryness/dehydration, spontaneous breakouts, extra oilines: it’s certainly not what I bargained for.

So, what causes the skin to act out? The cabins of airplanes have extremely low humidity which will cause the skin to become quite dehydrated (water dry). This is because dry air naturally attracts water, and it will literally rob it right from your skin! So dry skin becomes much drier but on the flip side, oily skin becomes oilier! This is due to oil glands jumping into overdrive to compensate for the lack of water moisture. But this added oil only makes matters worse. It ups the ante for breakouts. In either case, it can be a recipe for skin disaster!

Here are my best tips to mitigate a skin crisis while traveling:

First, before your flight, apply a hydrating serum, such as Skin Quencher Gel,  Dew Drops Hydrating Serum or Antioxidant Serum. These contain the super hydrating humectant, hyaluronic acid, which is a like a big drink of water for the skin. Then you will want to seal in the water moisture from your serum with a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type. Such as Pure Light Lotion, Hydra-Luxe Cream or Rich Replenishing Cream.

Apply your sunscreen liberally and opt for a aisle seat (as opposed to a window seat) and keep the window shade down. The higher you are in altitude; the stronger the damaging sun’s UV rays are. The windows do not filter out the harmful rays so be sure to do your best to protect your precious skin from the harmful rays while flying. My best suggestion for effective, non-pore-clogging sunscreen is Mineral Tinted SPF 40 or Sensitive Skin SPF 40 (both are water resistant so great for beach/pool vacations!)

Drink lots of water while flying. It probably doesn’t surprise you that, just like flying dehydrates your skin, it also dehydrates your body. Be sure to drink a bit more than you usually do to keep yourself and your skin as hydrated as possible.

Do NOT mist the face while flying with a hydrating mist. As much as it seems like this would help, it actually will do the opposite. Again, because the dry air attracts water, the mist on your face will just attract the dry air to rob that water moisture and the water moisture deeper in your skin. After your flight, mist as much as you’d like to bring back that water moisture balance! My best pick for a hydrating mist/toner for dry skin is Calm Down Toner.

After your flight, you might be feeling a little dry/flakey. If this is the case, you can gently buff off those dry, dead skin cells with a gentle scrub, such as our Skin Smoothing Polish. Be sure to follow with your hydrating serum, appropriate moisturizer and sunscreen and you will be glowing for your getaway!

Dry vs. Dehydrated: What is your skin thirsty for?

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Did you know your skin could be water dry, oil dry or both?

If you have ever experienced the phenomenon of slathering on layer after layer of cream and STILL feeling dry and tight OR if your skin is super, duper oily and you still get flakey, dry skin- you need to read this! There is a HUGE difference in how we quench the thirst of the skin. And it’s all dependent on what skin type you are!

First, let’s break down the different types of dry skin:

Water Dry (Dehydrated) Skin

This skin condition lacks water moisture. It is not necessarily indicative of how much water you drink, although if your body is dehydrated, your skin will typically follow suit. This condition can be experienced by anyone, which means your skin type can be oily, dry or combination and still be dehydrated. This condition can come and go depending on your environment/climate/season, using products that are drying on the skin, airplane travel, etc. This skin condition is usually recognized as feeling/looking tight, crepey, flakey and possibly itchy.

The best way to combat water dry (dehydrated skin) is by using products that contain humectants, such as sodium hyaluronate (a.k.a. hyaluronic acid) which is like a big drink of water for the skin. Then, be sure you seal in the water moisture with the appropriate moisturizer for your skin type.

My favorite humectants?

Dew Drops: a hyalurionic acid serum

Antioxidant Serum: a stable Vitamin C (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate) in a hyaluronic acid base

Skin Quencher Gel: an aloe based gel with other moisture loving humectants.

Oil Dry Skin

This skin type is lacking it’s own oil production. This is an actual skin type that you have had from birth. You will usually feel dry all over (hands, scalp, body). Unfortunately, this skin type is more susceptible to premature aging as oil moisture keeps the skin lubricated, protected and the skin cell working most efficiently. This skin type is usually recognized as feeling/looking dull and lack-luster.

The best way to combat dry skin is by using emollient-rich moisturizers on top of a humectant. By sealing in the water moisture with an emollient rich moisturizer will not only combat the dehydration in the skin but replace the much needed oil moisture to soften and lubricate the skin.

My favorite emollient rich moisturizer?

Hydraluxe Cream and Rich Replenishing Creme, which are both ultra-hydrating creams that are perfect for even the driest skin types.

Acne Safe Protein Powder and Recipe!

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 Acne Safe Protein Powder and Recipe!

A few good options for protein powders that are acne safe are:
Vega One Sport
Orgain Organic Protein Powder
Perfect Fit Protein
Sunwarrior Classic Protein
Paleo Egg White Protein
Bone Broth Protein Powder
For acne safe protein bars, you can either make your own at home with my recipe below, or a good option is Vega Sport Protein Bars in Mint Chocolate or Chocolate Coconut.

Emme Diane™ No-Bake Acne Safe Protein Bars

Ingredients:
-1 cup of almond or coconut milk (original; unsweetened…make sure it doesn’t contain carrageenan)
-3 scoops of your acne safe protein powder (chocolate, vanilla or any flavor you choose!)
-3 cups of rolled oats
-1/2 cup of natural almond butter
-1/2 cup of dark-chocolate chips or dried cranberries or coconut chips or any other topping you can think of (no peanuts/peanut butter).
Instructions:
Mix dry ingredients together in large bowl. Then add your almond butter…at this point I knead the mixture with my hands to combine to a crumbly consistency. Then add the liquid and knead/mix until combined (it will be sticky!). Next, spread evenly into bottom of greased casserole dish and place in the fridge for about an hour. When you’re ready to eat, cut into bar-sized pieces.
Warning: they are a little gooey!
You can make many variations with this recipe. The sky’s the limit!

Hormones and the Premature Aging of Skin

Did you know that aside from hormonal breakouts, did you know our hormones affect the premature aging of our skin?

Here’s what you need to know and what you can do about it:

It’s common knowledge that hormones can really wreak havoc on the skin triggering acne breakouts. Unlike boys/men (who generally have one hormone fluctuation in life during puberty), women have multiple hormonal fluctuations throughout their lives. From puberty, starting or stopping birth control, pregnancy and breastfeeding and then simply because as women, our hormones shift every 7-10 years. So this means, if you are acne prone, you can expect these hormonal fluctuations to trigger acne breakouts.

So what can we do about it?

Be proactive! Making sure you are using a skin care regimen that address the root cause of acne (which is an inherited condition that results in genetically defective pores that malfunction) and controlling the acne bacteria colonization. For example, I may not look like I have acne prone skin (I do!) but this is because I use the Acne Skin Set religiously to keep my skin clear and radiant. (It is also very anti-aging and brightening, because at 37, I definitely do not want to sacrifice those elements just to be clear!).

Also, make sure you are avoiding all the known triggers. This includes foods, pore clogging products/makeup, lifestyle habits, etc. All this info is found in our Acne Bible! You can email me to request your copy!
What might not be understood is how our hormones can begin to cause accelerated aging on the skin. When a woman goes through menopause (or has a hysterectomy), our hormones change dramatically decreasing the amount of estrogen in our bodies. This lack of estrogen effects the skin in various way; a decrease in collagen, elasticity, oil production and the ability to hold onto water moisture.

Basically, the skin begins to become drier, thinner, less buoyant and supple and fine lines/wrinkles become more apparent.

So what can we do?

Some suggest hormone replacement therapy by supplementing with estrogen. However, I DO NOT advise this without the approval of your doctor as my mother had estrogen receptive metastatic breast cancer and this method could have been detrimental to her. Other alternatives would be to give the skin what it needs topically to support our graceful aging process.

This would include hydrating cleansers, toners and moisturizers to restore the balance of water and oil moisture in the skin. Topical Vitamin C (like in our Antioxidant Serum) to support, nourish and fight off free-radical damage. Retinols and Peptides to help stimulate new collagen growth in the skin. And, of course sunscreen to prevent the harmful UV rays from un-doing all your hard work!

Our Anti-Aging Skin Care Set includes all of these key elements to make sure your skin looks as youthful as you feel!

Click here for the Acne Skin Set!

Click here for the Anti-Aging Skin Care Set!

Exercise and Your Skin!

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How Does Exercise Affect My Skin?

Exercise increases blood flow and stimulate the lymphatic system helping to nourish skin cells and carry away waste products.  If you’re in poor health (or don’t exercise regularly), you have fewer blood vessels in your skin, and it shows. The skin begins to look sallow, dull and even grey. Throughout the day, your skin also accumulates toxins from a number of sources. This includes polluted air, dirty surfaces you touch or come in contact with and especially some hygiene/beauty products such as deodorant or moisturizer. Exercise helps to flush these toxins out of your skin giving you that much sought after rosy, healthy glow.

Believe it or not, working up a good sweat is similar to getting a mini-facial! Because circulation is increased when sweating due to physical activity, many of the toxins and impurities are expelled from the skin by way of the sweat through open skin pores. (Just be sure to thoroughly wash your face afterward!  This prevents debris from getting sucked back into the pores and causing breakouts.)

Exercise and Stress:

Exercise also eases stress that can wreck havoc on your skin. When your body detects stress, it prompts the release of stress hormones, such as cortisol, from your adrenal glands. Cortisol triggers glands in your hair follicles to crank up production of sebum. Sebum is a useful oil that normally makes its way up and out of the hair follicle taking dead skin cells. However producing too much of the oil can block up the follicle, leading to a pile-up of dead skin cells behind it. This is followed by inflammation and acne. Lower cortisol levels — and thus lower stress — means less chance of your skin overloading on immune cells and less chance of acne flare-ups and more normal levels of oil production.

Exercise for Weight/Body Fat Loss:

Exercising for weight/body fat loss, by means of weight training and building muscle, can definitely make your skin appear tighter. Crash or extreme diets where large amounts of weight are lost in a short amount of time can cause potentially irreversible loose, sagging skin. Whereas losing body fat slow and steady while incorporating strength-building exercises that increase the lean muscle mass that sits just under the surface of the skin can create a lifted, taut looking skin. Essentially you are replacing fat volume with muscle volume. Building toned, lean muscle under your skin is one of the best ways smooth the appearance of cellulite. However, the more muscular support your skin has the more firm and elastic it will appear.

Major Triggers for Melasma

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Melasma, the pigmentation ruled by hormones, is the most stubborn of all pigmentation to fade. Along with proper home care (like our Lighten Up Skin Set), there are some rules that need to be followed.

 

The major triggers for melasma are:

Genetics: Those with melasma are genetically predisposed. (We obviously can’t change that.)

Hormones: Pregnancy, birth control, hormone replacement therapy, and natural hormone fluctuations can darken pigmentation. It is important to pay special attention to what active ingredients you are using on your skin when you are pregnant. Some may be contraindicated.

Sun exposure: So crucial to avoid sun exposure as much as possible (make sure to wear a hat, sunglasses) and always wear a physical sunscreen (zinc oxide/titanium dioxide) everyday. And re-apply every 2-3 hours (I suggest having baby wipes on hand to wipe the skin down then re-apply so that the skin doesn’t get too “gunky” during the day.)

Heat: You will want to avoid saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs, hot yoga, and no steam during a facial treatment. Also, just know that any laser or light treatment that gives off heat will be triggering. It might not appear that way at first, but it is going to bring the pigmentation back with a vengeance and make it 10 times hard to fade.

Friction: You will want to avoid scrubs, polishes, microdermabrasion facials, Clarisonic brushes or other skin brushes.
Make sure you do your best to eliminate any of the melasma triggers above. Starting a lightening skin care system can help make sure you are successful at fading it!

 

Not All Sunscreens Are Created Equal

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It is important to know that there are basically 2 types of sunscreen: Chemical and Physical

Chemical sunscreens (e.g. avobenzone, helioplex, and other’s with unpronounceable names) undergo a chemical reaction with the UV rays, absorbing them and then release the extra energy as heat. The sunscreen’s chemical reaction is only for a limited amount of time, hence you will have to reapply after 2-3 hours to ensure you are still protected.

Physical sunscreens (e.g. zinc oxide, titanium dioxide) create a barrier of protection that reflect and scatter the UV rays. What’s great about these sunscreens is that as long as the barrier is intact (meaning you haven’t sweated or wiped it off), you will not need to reapply as frequently. (And in case you were wondering, Emme Diane Sunscreens are ALL physical sunscreens to ensure the best protection!)

What does Broad Spectrum mean?

Broad spectrum means that the sunscreen protects against both UVA (the “aging” rays that cause damage and cancer) and UVB (the “burning” rays that cause a sunburn). It is important to know that the physical block, titanium dioxide only protects against UVB rays so you will want to make sure that it is mixed with a UVA blocker (such as zinc oxide, which blocks both UVA and UVB rays).

What’s up with the SPF 100??? No…you do not need to get a SPF 1,000,000 to make sure you have the best protection. In fact, the higher rating in chemical sunscreens means that you are only exposing yourself to excessive amounts of chemicals (which won’t protect you any better than an SPF 30.) However, I would rather you use a 100 SPF sunscreen than no sunscreen…so slather up!

Are you using enough sunscreen to actually achieve the SPF rating?…most people use only 1/4 of the proper amount! The best rule of thumb is approximately one shot glass full of sunscreen for the body and a nickel-sized dollop for the face. Do not forget to reapply after swimming or sweating!

Does Sunscreen break you out?

I totally understand. Most do. Emme Diane Sunscreens are formulated without any pore-clogging ingredients, so this is a non-issue!

 

So, in short, the key elements to look for on a bottle of sunscreen are:

Minimum 30 SPF (but don’t go crazy and get the 100 SPF)

Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen

Make sure you use enough! Shot glass for the body, Nickel-size for the face

Reapply, reapply, reapply!

Bonus: Active Ingredients are Zinc Oxide and/or Titanium Dioxide

 

Need Sunscreen? Emme Diane Sunscreens will be available for purchase online soon. But in the meantime, you can place an order by sending an email to emme@emmediane.com. Practice Safe Sun! <3