For most of us holiday traditions include family parties, great food, lighting all sorts of candles and piles of brightly wrapped gifts. In our home we have added a new holiday radition– an annual skin cancer check. As a heath and beauty writer I wrote about skin cancer, but myself went decades between skin check-ups. Then a random physical office visit uncovered skin cancer in my husband and a precancerous spot on my leg. If you’ve ever waited for a biopsy, you will want to do anything to avoid a repeat episode. We vowed to have an annual skin check but the months kept rolling by.
I relaized that a needed a date that would always trigger a reminder– and the winter holiday season seemed perfect. Like who can ignore this … Continue Reading… →
This week Kari of Fab Over 40 is the host of Fashion Flash and she has an info packed post on the European Waxing Centers. One has opened in my hood, but past scary waxing experiences has made me keep my distance. Her explanation of their waxing techniques convinced me to make an appointment. Beach season is right around the corner and hair removal is no longer an option. Kari also introduced me to an exquisite new line of products called Naked Princess that are perfect for Mother’s Day. Beautifully designed and packaged they are designed to celebrate being a women. Nice.
And I am so proud of two Fashion Flash friends– Jojami Tyler of Fab After 40 is featured in a full page ad in More magazine. She is an Aveeno Brand Ambassador for their new Active Naturals campaign … 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… →
I tend to distrust new guidelines. They are often painfully bureaucratic and tend to makes things less understandable and more expensive–eg food pyramid to food plate But these new FDA sunscreen guidelines make good sense. Whoever came up with these revisions, decided to focus on five important areas:
1. The term “Broad Spectrum”- this means that the sunscreen protects against against both UVA rays ( which cause skin aging) and UV B rays ( which produce tanning)– and both cause skin cancer. Currently there are no guidelines as to what this has to mean for a product. The new guidelines requires thatfor a sunscreen to be broad spectrum it must contain agents that provide protection against both types of rays and to state that degree of protection on the label. So you might see a label that says SPF15 for UVA and 20SPF … Continue Reading… →
Since I started my anti-aging journey I think that the most frequent problem which my friends and co-workers shared with me for was the freckles and sun damaged skin on their chest, AKA the decollete. Often their chests seemed permanently sunburned and a few had developed skin cancers which needed to be surgically removed. Polling my all-star team of dermatologists for a solution, I got a range of different answers. Some suggested salicylic acid peels, while other suggested Fraxel laser, CO2 lasers or skin lightening cream.
Before I vounteered a friends’ chest freckles for science, I decided to try out some of these options on a large brown spot on my chest. First approach– a laser. The series of photographs show this bad boy freckle before and after treatment. First photo show that that its not that … Continue Reading… →
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.