The Summer Olympics of 2016 is the year of the women. Strong, beautiful and determined, they dominated attention in the swimming, track and gymnastic events. But these incredible athletes are still women and they have developed beauty care routinues to meet the challenges of training and competing. There are four key areas that they address– dry skin, body hair, dry hair and water resistant make-up.
Committment to Sun Protection
From soccer players to synchronized swimmers, athletes in the Summer Olympics are exposed to unrelenting UV rays. While they are decades away from skin aging, they are at increased risk of skin cancer. In fact ,the Skin Cancer Foundation reports that in the last 30 years there are more cases of skin cancer than all other cancers combined. … Continue Reading… →
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.
Did you ever wonder of your suncreen is really working? I did and was routinuely bummed out when I faithfully applied lots of sunscreen glop before going out– only to come home with freckles and a red nose. Then I discovered sun sensitive wrist bands that changed my relationship with sunlight. These flexible bands use light sensitive technology to monitor your sun exposure. Here’s how they work:
When you take the UV SunSense wrist band out of the packge it is pale pink As you wrap it aound your wrist, it turns dark purple as soon as it is exposed to light Now dab on a bit of your current sunscreen and go out to enjoy the day. When the band fades to light … Continue Reading… →
Question: I am writing to you about my husband. He has rosacea and so far nothing seems to help. Are there different products for helping men with rosacea?
Answer: April is Rosacea Awareness Month and the perfect time to answer this question. Rosacea is a common skin problem that affects an estimated 16 million Americans. It causes frequent skin flushing, acne like breakouts, skin thickening and can even affect the eyes. While there are a number of theories out there, we don’t really know the cause. What we do know is that people with rosacea have an overactive immunue response to foods and the environment. In response to sunlight, spicy foods, alcohol and heat, they over produce natural antibiotics called cathlicidens.This causes blood vessels to expand … Continue Reading… →
October is National Diabetes Awareness Month — a disease that affects an estimated 30 million Americans. Its pretty well known that the high sugar levels of diabetes has been linked to heart disease, strokes and blindness. What is less well known is the impact of diabetes on the skin.
Elevated blood sugar affects every organ so the body tries to flush out the sugar in urine and perspiration. This dehydrates the skin leading to cracking and peeling. This severely dehydrated skin becomes rough, thin and flaky. It damages the outer layer of the skin so severely that it no longer can act as a barrier aginst dirt and bacteria. Not only does it increase chance of infections diabetes makes it harder for the body to fight infections.
Question: I know that olive oil is good for my heart. Does it have any special benefits for my skin? Does it offer anti-aging protection?
Answer: I am so happy to be the first to tell you, yes and yes. Olive oil has unique value both in your diet and on your skin. Like all fats, olive oil form a film on the surface of the skin that prevents water evaporation.his definetely helps the skin hydrate, reducing flaky dryness. But unlike other oils like mineral oil or corn oil, olive oil contains powerful compounds that offer additional value.
The Secret Weapons in Olive Oil
This pale gold liquid is rich in a compound called squalene which is also a component of healthy skin. … Continue Reading… →
Question: Sunscreens are always the last step of your treatment plans. I hear what you are saying, but sunscreens make my skin breakout– and I’m 34! And if I spend time in the sun, my skin actually clears up and looks geat. Could I be allergic to sunscreens?
Answer: I hear you too!. For years I found that sunscreens didn’t so much prevent a sunburn as they triggered more breakouts. Turned out that many sunscreens contain ingredients that provoke acne. Most contain oils, waxes, and polymers that clog pores. Others have chemical sunscreens like oxybenzone and homosalate that are irritants– and over age 30 acne is often provoked by inflammation rather than excess oils. To get the benefits of a sunscreen without problems, look for oil free physical sunscreens formulated with zinc oxide or titanium oxide. Mineal based powdered … Continue Reading… →