The sunscreens that we are told to use every day are now the focus of two respected consumer watchdog organizations. And they came up with two very different lists of problems and recommendations. Now what?
The venerable Consumer Reports reviewed more than 60 lotions, sprays and sticks , all with an SPF over 30. After rigorous testing ( more rigorous than required by the FDA) they reported that a startling 43% failed to deliver on their promised SPF. Even more surprising, only 25% of mineral based sunscreens reached expected levels. By contrast 58% of chemical sunscreens met promised protection levels. While better than the coverage than mineral sun protection formulations, its still leaves much doubt about your protection on a sunny day.
Question: Can a South Asian women use Forever Beautiful laser to get rid of dark patches? Answer: According to Carissa, the amazing esthetician who works with Dr Z.Paul Lorenc, the short answer is— no. The heat of this milder laser could trigger new darkened areas and leave the skin with irregular pigmentation. To clarify and brighten South Asian skin Carissa uses a two step process. First she pre-treats the skin with for a few weeks with hydroquinone to put the melanin producing cells into sleep mode. Then she exposes the skin to a Q switch YAG laser which was developed originally to remove black pigment in a tattoo. The proceedure needs to be done very very carefully and after treatment sunscreens are essential. To keep the skin smooth and clear a 50SPF sunscreen should … Continue Reading… →
This week Shawna of Female Fat Loss Over Forty. I love this anti-aging site because it explains why diet and exercise routines that kept us trim and fit in our twenties no longer work and offers great tips that deliver after forty. And to keep it real, Shawna shares inspiring stories of her clients.
Breakthrough Study on Sunscreens and Anti- Aging
Just in time for beach season an important article published in Annals of Internal Medicine has good news and bad news about how we protect our skin from the sun. Past research has shown that sunscreens can protect individual skin cells, but this landmark study from Australia showed that IRL situations a broad spectrum sunscreen can slow skin aging. A total of 1000 adults were divided into study groups that were … Continue Reading… →
Sun protective clothing starts with a great hat, but the rest of my body needed a shield from aging UV rays. My first stop was a New York City institution, Paragaon Sports. Located near Union Square, Paragon has a seemingly inexhaustable selection of of equipment for just about every sport you can name. I wandered into their hiking section and started thumbing through their racks. A really hot thirty something salesman came over and asked if he could help me find what I needed. When I explained what I was looking for, his eyes lit up in admiration. ” Oh, I understand, you’re going on a safari.”
I really loved that image, but I had to admit I was planning a hike on a mountain near Kingston, New York. “It gets very … Continue Reading… →
I’ve received quite a few emails asking what moisturizer I use with my sunscreen. Actually I don’t. I’m not a big fan of layering products on my skin. Its hard enough for bare skin to absorb ingredients in a single product. I can’t help but think that adding a separate moisturizer interferes with absobption of sun protection chemicals. And thats what they have to do to be effective. Rather than sit on your face like a ski mask, most sunblocks work within the skin to deal with UV rays.
If you have dry skin or if you are using Retin A and you feel as if your skin is thirsty using just a sunblock, I have two suggestions:
1. Rather than using a traditional sunscreen, use a moisturizer than also has an SPF of at least 30. In fact my … Continue Reading… →