Anti-Aging Bracelets

A while back there  was a fad for copper bracelets that were  supposed to cure arthritis.  Pretty silly.  This year I’ve discovered bracelets that can genuinely help prevent signs of sun damage.   These disposable plastic wristbands  monitor how much sun exposure you are getting– and since 90% of  ski aging is due to UV raays, this little band  is a true beauty aid.  Called SunSense they give you two important pieces of info–1) It  lets you kow how much sun you are getting and 2) it shows you  how well your sunscreen is working.  Here’s how it works:

1.  Before going ouside, wrap the band around your wrist and then apply sunscreen to your body and  on the band.

2.  When you go out in the sun the band turns … Continue Reading…

Sunscreen in Real Time

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…

Soy + Sunscreen = Pretty

Apparently there is no end to the versatility of soy.  Low in calories, sodium, and cholesterol, high in protein and anti-oxidants, now I learn that soy appears  to have a role in anti-aging skin care.   There are good studies  published in top tier  journals that show enriched soy- enriched  skin creams prevents UV damage, preserves  elastin fibers and lightens dark patches.   So far I have found soy in several sunscreens  which is certainly a logical place for them to be.  Soy-enriched products include Aveeno  Continuous Protection Sunblock Face SPF30 ( which also has antioxidants vitamins A, c, and E) and Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion SPF100+.  Neutrogena Age Shield and Repair SPF 55 also contains soy.  In fact the wonderful  skin and make-up site 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic also recommended this product, so I know I am on the right track.   

Given all that soy can do I am looking for  soy-rich … Continue Reading…

True or False –Use Sunscreens When Its Cloudy

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…

A Reality-Based Sunscreen

I am still uneasy over the disconnect between sunscreen recommendations  and what  can actually fit on a human face.  So when I caught a review of  Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunblock SPF70 on 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic, I was intrigued.  This products hits all the marks– it is waterproof, oil-free, PABA free, broad spectrum and contains Helioplex, an ingredient that helps sunscreens do their job.  But what  put Ultra Light Face Shield on my radar?  The instructions said to use only a few drops on the plam of  the hand and spread on the face.  Drops!  Not the  large clumps  that are suggested for most other products. 

This sunscreen goes on smoothly and is absorbed quickly.  As  an extra bonus, it does not leave that  dreaded white sheen on my face.  It is however about twice the price of other Neutrogena sunblocks.  I am going to test it out today with my … Continue Reading…

The Anti-Aging Hat

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…

Sunscreen Sense or Nonsense

  The standard recommendation of one tablespoon of sunscreen  is clearly ridiculous, and even one teaspoon is  challenging.   But if these are the quantities which are used to measure SPF,  how much  good am I doing with  my 1/2 teaspoon?  And I thought I was doing so well diligently applying it every morning. 

I’ve now found a new tool to measure how much protection I am actually getting.  They are disposble strips called UV Sun Sense and I got them in a great suncare skin from Sephora ( Its $25 for 12 samples of different suncare products and I’d get it if  its still available).  As per instructions, I applied  a dab of my sunscreen to the strip and attached it to my wrist.  These  bracelets change color according  to the amount of sun you receive.  At first they turn bright purple.  When the band fades to pink, is time to reapply  sunscreen.  When  it  turns pale yeallow, … Continue Reading…

Sunscreen:How Much is Too Much, Part 2

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…