The sunscreens that we are told to use every day are now the focus of two respected consumer watchdog organizations. And they came up with two very different lists of problems and recommendations. Now what?
The venerable Consumer Reports reviewed more than 60 lotions, sprays and sticks , all with an SPF over 30. After rigorous testing ( more rigorous than required by the FDA) they reported that a startling 43% failed to deliver on their promised SPF. Even more surprising, only 25% of mineral based sunscreens reached expected levels. By contrast 58% of chemical sunscreens met promised protection levels. While better than the coverage than mineral sun protection formulations, its still leaves much doubt about your protection on a sunny day.
This week the host of Fashion Flash is Mirabai of Moving Free With Mirabai. Hands down, Mirabai is the best credentialed exercise guru you will ever meet. And wherever you are in life, she has developed an exercise program for you. She has programs to combat childhood obesity, get moms back in shape, loose weight, improve heart function, and restore strength and flexibility to both prevent and manage osteoporosis. In short there is a reason that she is one of the most popular exercise experts on QVC. I am so thrilled that she is part of Fashion FLash. And if you have specific questions on all things exercise email her at email@example.com. I do and her advice is always just what I need.
I was looking for new books for my granddaughters last week when I spotted a pink polka dot and gingham book at Strand Bookstore. But rather … Continue Reading… →
With the return of warm sunny days, I’m getting a flood of great sunscreen questions. Since 90% of skin aging is due to sun exposure, UV protection is just about the smartest thing we can do to avoid wrinkles and dark spots. But it can be harder than just grabing a tube of goo and dabbing it on.
Question 1: Help! I know I should use sunscreen, but they makes my skin break out.
I know about that first hand. Its so unfair. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, some sunscreen formulations can provoke breakouts, even in women over 40. You should start by looking for oil-free formulations. Check the labels and avoid ingredients like beeswax, petroleum, parafin and shea butter. But oil isn’t the only problem. Breakouts over 40 are the result of inflammation, rather than the hormone/bacteria axis, so other … Continue Reading… →
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.
I’ve been hearing comments and questions about cancer risks and sunscreens and since I am such a heavy user, I needed to get solid answers. The health concerns focus on the the risk of retinol palmitrate, a common ingredients in sunscreens. Retinol Palmitrate ( RP) is a storage form of Retin A. In a sunsreen its used both as an antioxidant and preservative. In lab studies ( eg a test tube) when RP is exposed to UV rays, it can produce free radicals… which can mutate cells. Still with me?
However in mice treated with RP and then exposed to UV rays, there was no cancer. Retinoids have been used on the skin for over 40 years and there is no increase in skin cancer in people that use them. In fact, oral forms of retinoids ( Accutane) has actually been shown to prevent skin cancers. There are many factors in our environment that definately cause cancer– … Continue Reading… →
I woke up this morning and ran to the mirror. Not to see how good I looked, but how bad. I was happy that the vivid red spots were practically painless, but they still looked pretty ceeepy. ( See photo). I had heard that a few days after treatment, concealers don’t work that well on lasered freckles. I had planned to hide out in my house for the next few days, but I had to meet a client to tweak some copy. My choices were a) a veil; b) a very dark restaurant or c) try a concealer. I dabbed on BareMinerals foundation powder on the red spots and it worked better than I could have hoped. My skin looked a bit lumpy, but I would not frighten children.