Anti-aging peels and lasers for a discolored decollete or chest Continue Reading…
Answer: Despite our best intentions, sunburns happen. Its all to easy to forget to reapply sunscreen during the day and by the time the sun goes down, you’re red and achy. To deal with the sunburn I suggest assembling a little sunburn emergency kit in advance. You need just five affordable and easy to find items:
2. A real live Aloe Vera plant
3. A jar of Shea butter
4. A box of Quacker’s Oatmeal
5. Green tea bags
Here’s the drill: When you realize that you’re fried, take two aspirin. This will reduce the inflammation which is the root of the pain and damge to your skin. Then fill a tub with lukewarm water and swish a handful of oatmeal into the water. Get in and soak for 20 minutes. Oatmeal is one of … Continue Reading…
For the past three years I have been compulsive about putting on a 30 SPF sunscreen. My reward? A dead white skin tone. Sure I no longer have freckles and dark patches and I can brighten things up on my face with make-up, but my stick arma and white legs are on their own. I know that this means I am successfully avoiding sundamage, but I’ve actually used up a big tub of bronzer just this summer to try get some color.
I tried sunless tanning creams and the results were a splotchy mess. I decided to go for the gold and get a professionally applied spray tan for my entire face and body. Several friends recommended Portofino in New York where an individually applied tan is about $60.
Following their instructions, I shaved my legs and exfoliated my entire body with a Buff Puff. My skin felt very very clean. … Continue Reading…
Fragrance-Free- This is pretty self-explanatory. I tend to favor fragrance- free products since scents are the single largest cause of allergic reactions in skin care products. Adding sun exposure actually increases risks or irritation. A sweet scent also attracts bees, hornets and other biting bugs– definately not a plus. On the other hand nothing reminds me more of a great day at the beach than the smell of Coppertone. If allergies are not part of your life, the presence or absence of fragrance is a non-starter in your sunscreen choice.
#1 — Protect Your Skin From Sun Aging
Horrifying but true– up to 90% of skin aging is due to sun exposure. The UV rays hammers the skin in four ways– destroying collagen and elastin fibers which leads to fine lines and deep wrinkles, bursts tiny blood vessels, and provokes brown spots and patches of pigmentation. Repeated unprotected sun exposure damages cellular DNA that can lead to skin cancer. In fact 1 in 5 Americans can expect to develop skin cancer in their lifetime. To short circuit sun-related beauty problems, apply a daily moisturizer with a 30SPF starting at the sides of your nose and covering all areas of the face and neck. Get into the habit of using a sunscreen so it feels as much of your daily routine as brushing your teeth.
Sun protection is so important that I will be continuing to share sun care tips and advice … Continue Reading…
You see antioxidants advertised in practically everything from baby cereal to low-carb beer. Some experts believe that antioxidants can prevent cancer, heart disease and aging. Other scientists are rather dubious about the health benefits of antioxidants. As with most things in life– the truth lies somewhere in between.
Antioxidants have the ability to subdue unstable molecules known as free- radicals. These bad boys are molecules that have lost an electron. Free radicals crash around cells interferring with routinue functions such as growth, repair and immunity. Things calm down when antioxidants provide the missing electron.
There is no shortage of antioxidants in our environment. The short list of antioxidant- rich items include vitamins A, C and E, olive oil, salmon, green tea, red wine tumeric and sunflower seeds. We have lots of laboratory studies that show anti0xidants can protect cells … Continue Reading…