Question: I have little thin red lines on the left side of my face. I know that you have said it can be a broken blood vessel called spider veins, but since I’ve spent so much time in the sun, I wonder if it could be skin cancer.
Answer: Little red lines are the face are usually small broken or swollen blood vessels. They can be causes by high blood pressure, excess alcohol consumption or too much sun. A blow to the face from a fall or even too aggressive massage can also trigger their appearance. But if you are concerned about skin cancer, I would definately have it evaluated by a dermatologist. In fact, according to New York City dermatologist and skin cancer expert Dr Ellen Marmur, we all should have a complete “skin check” every year. After a summer in the sun, early … Continue Reading… →
Along with Stonehenge and the ingredients of McDonalds special sauce, one of the great mysteries of life is how I can get a sunburn on my back and chest when I’m wearing a tee shirt. Turns out that a plain white tee offers only an SPF5– and which drops to SPF2 when wet. This year I decided to try out sun-protective clothing to enjoy the sunshine without the burn.
My first outfit delivered on its promise. I felt cooler and did not develop even the slightest redness during a sunny all day hike in the Hudson Valley. And my Tilley hat that was fortified with insect repellant was so effective I wore it long into evening as I grilled chicken and corn for a dinner with friends. But the … Continue Reading… →
I’ve really bought into the daily sunscreen routinue for my face, neck and hands, but I just can’t deal with my ghostly white legs. In past years I would find the nearest park bench and toast my legs for a little natural color. Now that I know about risks for melanoma, skin cancer and that the sun makes my legs wrinkled and baggy, I’m always looking for a safe, affordable and easy solution. I’ve tried so many– moisturizers with self tanners, self tanning sprays, tinted moisturizers and whole body air brush tan. I liked this one but it cost $65 and lasted only a week– not a regular option.
This week I think finally found a great solution. The winner is– Sally Hansen Salon Airbrush Legs. It’s super simple to apply, doesn’t … Continue Reading… →
Now that sun filled days are here, I am wondering how much sunscreen do I really need to use. Many expert recommend one tablespoon for the face and a total of two tablespoons for both face and body. To test it out, I measured out one tablespoon of sunblock and dumped it on a small plate. Then I went to work, dabbing it on my checks, nose, and chin. I avoided my bang covered forehead. At first, things went fine. My skin seemed very happy with the extra moisture of the sunscreen. But as I applied more and more, it started to pile up on the surface until it looked like frosting — or clown make-up.
One of my biggest concerns when using sunscreen has been wearing make-up over it. Not infrequetly, foundation, powder or blush … Continue Reading… →
This is what one tablespoon of sunscreen looks like on my face.
One of my biggest concerns when using sunscreen has been wearing make-up over it. Not infrequently foundation, powder or blush would turn dark and orangy when applied over sunscreen covered skin. Looking at this photo, I can’t imagine where I could actually put the make-up. Clearly this one tablespoon idea is not something too many experts have actually tried out.
Moving on, I measured out one teaspoon of sunscreen and started to put it on my face. Starting near my eyes, I applied the sunscreen to the sides of my nose and smoothed it out over my chin and cheeks– and there it sat. And sat. Rather than looking like fluffy frosting, … Continue Reading… →
How much sunblock do you use on your face? Most experts recommend one tablespoon for the face and two tablespoons for the whole body. I measured out one tablespoon of a favorite sunblock and dumped it on a saucer. Then I started to apply it to my skin. At first things were working normally. As I applied it, my skin was happy to absorb it. Then as I applied more and more, it started to pile up on the surface until it looked like frosting. ( or clown paint).
It certainly makes you wonder how the “experts” came up with their recommendations. Did any of them ever actually try out this quantity before issuing the one tab guideline. Seriously! Not only did I look like Bozo the Clown, my skin began to burn and itch. I was so uncomfortable, I was gritting my teeth until I could take the shot and rush to wash it off.
I really enjoyed this warm sunny weekend. I applied my usual 30SPF sunscreen in the morning and was off to enjoy the day. By 3pm my sunscreen was long gone as I walked through the first sun-filled street fair of the season. By Saturday night my face felt tight and burned. In the past I would have run for a bottle of calamine lotion or aloe gel to cool the burning sensation. This time I turned to a more organic and scientific remedy — a box of Green Tea.
There are impressive well designed studies that show Green Tea can protect skin cells from sunlight induced genetic damage. I brewed up a strong cup of Green Tea and patted a cooled tea bag to my face. I don’t know if this Green Tea rinse actually reversed my sun damage, but by morning my skin felt cool and comfortable.