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.
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… →
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.
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… →
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… →
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… →
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… →
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… →