Olympic Beauty Care

Olympic beauty tipsThe 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…

What’s The Problem With Sunscreens?

sunscreens should be applied before hitting the beachThe 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.

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The Must Have Anti-Aging Tool

Anti-Aging ToolDid 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…

Is Rosacea Treatment Different for Men?

Rosacea in men questionQuestion:   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…

Could Your Dry Skin Be Due To Diabetes?

diabetes monthOctober 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.

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Can Your Sunscreen Lower Vitamin D?

Vitamin DI’m not subtle  when it comes to my enthusiasm for sunscreens and the numbers from the Skin Cancer Foundation  support my views:

* Up to age 60, up to 90% of skin aging is actually sun damage

* 5 million people in the US  are treated each year for some form of skin cancer

* The incidence of skin cancer has risen 77% between 1992 and 2006

* 90% of all non-melanoma skin cancers are due to UV rays

* Melanoma is the  most common form of cancer for young adults  25-29

Despite these numbers I hear  many reasons  ( excuses?) for not using sunscreens and most of them are easily refuted.   But then there is the issue of vitamin D.

Vitamin D 101

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Even More Good News About Olive Oil

Olive oil for the skinQuestion:  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…

If sunscreens are so good, why do they make my skin breakout?

Question and Answer logoQuestion:  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…