The disarming straw hat has endured for centuries as a wearable symbol of the perfect day– long, hot and sun soaked. These hats provide a cool shade that is absurdly flattering, framing your eyes as it seems to erase tiny lines. But wait there’s more– a beautiful straw hat also offers affordable low tech sun protection.
There are a dizzying buffet of straw hat styles and sizes. The key to wearing it faithfully is to find the shape that makes you feel cool and pretty:
The Panama Straw Hat
The first thing youshould know about the Panama hat is that it is not made in Panama. Crafted in Peru and Ecuador, it was introduced to the United States by sailors returning from Latin Panama. It became socially acceptable when worn by President … Continue Reading… →
Question: I’m now a believer and use a sunblock everyday on my face, neck and hands. I’ve been seeing ads for shampoos and conditioners with sunscreens. Should I use them to protect my hair from UV damage?
Answer: Hair is made of keratin, which is also found in skin. But the keratin in hair is dead– which is why you can cut it without pain. And because the hair shafts are dead, UV rays cannot cause cancerous changes. However UV rays can still damage the hair. Shampoos and conditioners with sunscreens are just rinsed out and cannot offer protection. Spray on sunscreens would have to leave a thick greasy film in order to genuinely block UV rays. FYI You will notice that hair care products with sunscreens don’t provide an SPF. This is because their protection cannot be measured the way it can be with the skin.
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 received quite a few emails asking what moisturizer I use with my sunscreen. Actually I don’t. I’m not a big fan of layering products on my skin. Its hard enough for bare skin to absorb ingredients in a single product. I can’t help but think that adding a separate moisturizer interferes with absobption of sun protection chemicals. And thats what they have to do to be effective. Rather than sit on your face like a ski mask, most sunblocks work within the skin to deal with UV rays.
If you have dry skin or if you are using Retin A and you feel as if your skin is thirsty using just a sunblock, I have two suggestions:
1. Rather than using a traditional sunscreen, use a moisturizer than also has an SPF of at least 30. In fact my … Continue Reading… →
It has been overcast and drizzly all week, yet I dutifully applied my morning sunscreen. I have repeatedly read that 40% of UV rays come through even when its grey and cloudy. But I began to wonder…is this true? Or is it like the one tablespoon of sunscreen for the face thing.
Wednesday was particularly humid andcloudy– a bad hair day, but perfect to test the idea. I strapped on a UV Sunsense wristband and walked outside. Within seconds, the ban turned purple– not the bright, lurid, purple I see in the full sun, but a true full purple color. Clearly there were UV enough UV rays out there to activate the band. After one hour walking to Bloomingdales, it stayed the same color. By comparison, on a sunny day, it had faded to lavender– a sign to reapply sunscreen.
Another hour passed as I walked to Otarian, a great vegetarian fast food place. As I sat down to … Continue Reading… →
Some years ago I was walking in the park with a fashionista friend when we spotted Jackie Kennedy strolling with a small child. She was wearing a pair of slim black pants, a black tee, pearls and a beautiful straw hat. “That’s a Tilley” my friend whispered in my ear, pointing to her hat . Well into her sixties, Jackie looked perfect. The name Tilley stuck in my mind and I assumed it was a fabulously expensive designer. Last spring I was at the American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting and there in the exhibits hall was a Tilley booth. It turns out that not only is the hat beautiful, it provides an SPF 50. There are certainly alot of straw hats out there, but this was the first time that I found one with a measured SPF. I tried it on and it brought out my inner Jackie. I bought it on the spot because it was … Continue Reading… →
When I was a twenty something, Memorial Day was the start of a glorious tanning season. Now that I am over forty, hot sunny days sends me scrambling for the biggest baddest sunscreen I can find. And each year I find myself standing in front of shelves of sunscreens until my eyes glaze over. Should I buy oil free? fragrance fee? and what is Helioplex? In the past I grabbed a few different brands and hoped for the best. Now that I am committed to an anti-aging program, I need to do better. So here is the start of my sunscreen cheat sheet:
1. Broad Spectrum — this means that it provides protection against all types of damaging sun rays. There are basically two types — UV A and UVB. At one time experts believed that UVA was a good guy and caused the skin to tan and UVB was the bad guy … Continue Reading… →