Question: I am a 45 year old South Asian women. I now live near Chicago and the weather is usually grey and very cold. My cousin says I still need to use a sunscreen and I think its unnecesary at this time of year. Who is right?
Answer: Umm, I tend to stay out of family arguments, but in this case I have to say your cousin is right. The UV rays are hitting our skin all year round. While your melanin rich complexion provides protection from sun aging and skin cancers, even weak UV rays can provoke unwanted patches of darker pigmentation known as hyperpigmentation or melasma. Brown spots and splotches are an increasing problem for skin of color. Rather than spend a good part of your beauty dollar on products that promise to brighten and even out the skin tones, prevent hyperpigmentation … Continue Reading… →
When it comes to personal care products, I tend to follow the less is more philosophy. Rather than shelves of different options, I like to find what I think is the best product for me — and then stick to it. This sets the bar pretty high and a new formulation has to be unique to find a spot in my medicine cbinet. I’ve not added to my Fabuous Fifteen in more than ayear but with newly sensitive skin, I needed new options:
1. Anti-Redness Foaming Cleanser ( Alaur, $50) — When it comes to skin care it seems that most people start with a moisturizer. Not me. I think that the right cleanser is the foundation of any treatment plan. When my skin developed a type of rosacea, I … 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… →