I want to jump into the ” go grey/ not go grey” debate? I recently posted that covering up grey hair is one of the top five anti-aging tips. That being said, grey hair can be beautiful, but its not that easy– or for everyone. While going grey means you don’t need to get monthly tough-ups, its far from low maintenance. When hair goes grey, it changes texture as well as color. Grey hair usually becomes coarse and curly making it more challenging to cut and blow-dry.
Grey hair is also not a single color, but appears in a range of shades. Snowy white or pale silver hair has a natural glow and flatters many skin tones. ( It looks especially beautiful with pale skin and blue eyes). By contrast, salt and pepper grey has little shine and can be unflattering to skin shades with yellow or olive undertones.
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Non-Greasy/Oil-Free – We’ve come a long way since suncare meant a homemade mixture of baby oil and iodine. Heavy, rich sunscreens makes you look sweaty, can ruin clothing, and provoke breakouts– even way past the age when blemishes should be a problem. Breakouts AND bags are just too unfair. When I ask people why they don’t wear sunscreens one of the most common reasons is that they cause breakouts. If you look for non-greasy/oil free on the label, sunscreens will make your skin look better, not worse.
For more information on sunscreens, click on 15minute beauty fanatic on my blog roll. This beauty blog has a great series on sunscreens, including tips on a wide range of products.
3. Alcohol-Free- In some people, alcohol in a sunscreen formulation can sting the skin. If you have felt irritation from sunscreen in the past, an alcohol-free formulation should feel more comfortable. In addition, if you are using Retin A, AHA’s or had recent laser treatments, sunscreens with alcohol may be uncomfortable. If you don’t fall in either category, alcohol- free is a non-issue for your skin.
Fragrance-Free- This is pretty self-explanatory. I tend to favor fragrance- free products since scents are the single largest cause of allergic reactions in skin care products. Adding sun exposure actually increases risks or irritation. A sweet scent also attracts bees, hornets and other biting bugs– definately not a plus. On the other hand nothing reminds me more of a great day at the beach than the smell of Coppertone. If allergies are not part of your life, the presence or absence of fragrance is a non-starter in your sunscreen choice.
When I was a twenty something, Memorial Day was the start of a glorious tanning season. Now that I am over forty, hot sunny days sends me scrambling for the biggest baddest sunscreen I can find. And each year I find myself standing in front of shelves of sunscreens until my eyes glaze over. Should I buy oil free? fragrance fee? and what is Helioplex? In the past I grabbed a few different brands and hoped for the best. Now that I am committed to an anti-aging program, I need to do better. So here is the start of my sunscreen cheat sheet:
1. Broad Spectrum — this means that it provides protection against all types of damaging sun rays. There are basically two types — UV A and UVB. At one time experts believed that UVA was a good guy and caused the skin to tan and UVB was the bad guy … Continue Reading…
Sometimes there are simple answers to complicated problems. I was bummed out that most of the improvements I had seen with Tri-luma were reversed by seasonal allergies. But yesterday I went to an allergist who gave me such a simple and effective solution– a saline nasal rinse. You simply spray a salty solution into each nostril and blow. I did it before going to sleep and by morning, the newly returned shadows were noticably lighter. I have to keep using the saline nasal spray all summer, but its wonderful to have such an easy, low-tech solution.
This just goes to my core belief that we need to get to the causes of beauty problems to really see a difference. If we don’t deal with changes in the body that are driving the problems, then attempts to fix the problem are just a frustating waste of time… and money.
I had been on Tri-luma for almost three weeks and was pleasantly surprised by what I saw. The under eye shadows had lightened considerably. Only the area closest to my nose still had dark blue smudges. I made plans to take some great “after” photos after I got back from a weekend in the country. And that’s where it all unraveled. Saturday morning I woke up sneezing and by Monday my eyes were swollen and red. And the under eye circles? They’re back!
When I had blogged about the causes of under eye circles in March, I explained that congestion of allergies causes pooling of fluids and hemoglobin under the eyes — and here I am the poster girl for under eye allergy shadows. I am hoping that when I get past this allergy episode, Triluma will lighten my under eye shadows again.
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#1 — Protect Your Skin From Sun Aging
Horrifying but true– up to 90% of skin aging is due to sun exposure. The UV rays hammers the skin in four ways– destroying collagen and elastin fibers which leads to fine lines and deep wrinkles, bursts tiny blood vessels, and provokes brown spots and patches of pigmentation. Repeated unprotected sun exposure damages cellular DNA that can lead to skin cancer. In fact 1 in 5 Americans can expect to develop skin cancer in their lifetime. To short circuit sun-related beauty problems, apply a daily moisturizer with a 30SPF starting at the sides of your nose and covering all areas of the face and neck. Get into the habit of using a sunscreen so it feels as much of your daily routine as brushing your teeth.
Sun protection is so important that I will be continuing to share sun care tips and advice … Continue Reading…