This week the host of Fashion Flash is Shawna of Female Fat Loss Over 40. And if there is a time of year when we really need Shawna it’s during the Christmas holidays. Seriously, it seems that every holiday activity has its own high calorie food. We fill up stockings with sweets, tie candy canes on presents and warm up after ice skating with hot chocolate. And then there are goodies in Christmas songs and stories– the plum pudding in A Christmas Carol, the dancing sugarplums in the Nutcracker, and of course there is that runaway gingerbread man. And unfortunately, there are no traditional Christmas exercise and nutrition programs– until now that is. This week Shawna has focused on tips to stay in shape in times when the only non-fattening thing on the table seems to be a glass of water.
And when you’ve clicked through Shawna and the rest of the timely Fashion Flash posts , take a moment to check out my first n0-nonsense video– “The Truth About Sunscreens”.Friends and family who are heading south for the holidays had asked me for a sunscreen cheat sheet. Rather than download a sheaf of posts on sun and aging, I made this video.
I recently went to the summer meeting of the Americn Academy of Dermatology in NYC. There were a number of new areas of research on the horizon, but frankly at my age, I am looking for new anti-aging tools I can use right now. And I got just that type of info at presentation on skin of color by Dr Wendy Roberts of Loma Linda University.
Most of Dr Roberts presentation focused on the pros and cons of different types of lightening agensts– all good info that I will be using to answer related questions on an upcoming Question and Answer post. But the BIG IDEA came up when Dr Roberts addressed ways to prevent pigmentation. The audience of mostly female derms shared their concerns that patients were just not using and or not reapplying their sunscreens. Dr Roberts suggested adding mineral based cosmetics to increase sun protection. Although they often offer a 10-15SPF, women are more likely to reapply a mineral based bronzer or blusher during the day than a traditional gooey white sun block. So true! I now put on my moisturizer/sunblock as routinely as I brush my teeth or smooth on lipstick. But once I’ve put on my make-up , I’m not going to add more sunscreen over my foundation and blush. Its just not going to happen.
Mineral make-ups contain healthy amounts of zinc oxides ot titanium oxides– the same ingredients that are used many traditional sunscreens. They are also the ingredient of choice when a product is formulated for sensitive or laser-treated skin. There are a number of mineral based product lines but the derms at this meeting suggested that I visit the Jane Iredale booth in the AAD exhibit hall. Good call. This extensive fragrance- free includes foundations, concealers, lip sticks, and blushers, all formulated with a 20 SPF. In addition to providing sun protection they are designed to elegantly hide undereye circles, redness and dark patches. They are so effective that three products have been recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. In short not only do they hide dings and dots, they protect the skin from further sun damage.
Jane Iredale is available from physicians, sold at some Saks and Nordstroms and on line t www.janeiredale.com.