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.
Maybe I should change the name of this blog to Retin A News and Views. Not really. Most of the great questions I get deal with different forms of Retin A (aka tretinoin). This week I received such a well thought out question I answered her immediately and now I am posting both her question and the answer.
Question: Do I have to wait until bedtime until I start my Retin A ritual? And if so, why? The last thing I want to do is get up from having fallen asleep on the sofa, and throw water on my face and then wait 30 minues again ( again…why?)
Is the wait to let your skin fully dry? If so, couldn’t I just dry it with my hair dryer on low? Is it to allow it to calm down?
Sun protective clothing starts with a great hat, but the rest of my body needed a shield from aging UV rays. My first stop was a New York City institution, Paragaon Sports. Located near Union Square, Paragon has a seemingly inexhaustable selection of of equipment for just about every sport you can name. I wandered into their hiking section and started thumbing through their racks. A really hot thirty something salesman came over and asked if he could help me find what I needed. When I explained what I was looking for, his eyes lit up in admiration. ” Oh, I understand, you’re going on a safari.”
I really loved that image, but I had to admit I was planning a hike on a mountain near Kingston, New York. “It gets very … Continue Reading… →
Sometimes anti-aging ingredients and skin care product descriptions sound like a review sheet for a medical board exam. This week questions about two anti-aging ingredients sent me to Pub Med, the NIH online medical library for the answers.
Question 1– What is Idebenone?
This is a synthetic antioxidant that is designed to mimic CoQ10, a naturally occurring oxidant found in our cells. (FYI CoQ10 which is responsible for energy, decreases as we get older). Idebenone is an especially powerful antioxidant, perhaps the most powerful antioxidant in our anti-aging arsenal. Antioxidants in general help prevent aging by dealing with free radicals in the cells. Our biggest sources of free radicals are cigarette smoke, alcohol and sunlight. It certainly makes sense to put antioxidnts into a sunscreen where it can do hand to hand combat with … Continue Reading… →
Horrifying but true– up to 90% of skin aging is due to sun exposure. The UV rays hammers the skin in four ways– destroying collagen and elastin fibers which leads to fine lines and deep wrinkles, bursts tiny blood vessels, and provokes brown spots and patches of pigmentation. Repeated unprotected sun exposure damages cellular DNA that can lead to skin cancer. In fact 1 in 5 Americans can expect to develop skin cancer in their lifetime. To short circuit sun-related beauty problems, apply a daily moisturizer with a 30SPF starting at the sides of your nose and covering all areas of the face and neck. Get into the habit of using a sunscreen so it feels as much of your daily routine as brushing your teeth.
Sun protection is so important that I will be continuing to share sun care tips and advice … Continue Reading… →