Salute the Sun
May 16th, 2007
A healthy outlook for your skin.
Let's face it; the summer is all about having fun in the sun. You can't escape it, but you can 'shade your skin' with these helpful tips.
~ Serious Protection
When choosing a sunblock be sure it protects you from both UVB and UVA rays. Most recently, the FDA approved these ingredients that work fabulously in sunscreen protection: Mexoryl, found in La-Roche Posay Anthelios and Lancome's UV Expert and Helioplex found in Neutrogena's Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 45 & 55.
Don't skimp on sunscreen. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation guidelines, you should slather on at least two tablespoons (or palmfuls) for your entire body. Rubbing in lotion vigorously may reduce its efficacy. Also, remember to reapply every two hours and if you are one, who forgets, opt for a higher SPF like Clarins Sunscreen Cream High Protection SPF 30.
~How high should you go?
The opinions vary of just how effective a 30+ SPF really is. The FDA has not taken sides and is currently evaluating whether to endorse SPF's over 15. However, MBB believes that children and sun-sensitive individuals definitely require a healthy dose of SPF 30. Interesting enough, an article in today's NY Times, What's New in Sun-Screen Products, offers a look at the F.D.A. point of view on sun protection numbers.
Depending on where you are, be sure to safely shun the sun with these pieces.
-A hat, cap or visor to protect hair, face and eyes
-Sunglasses for sensitive eye areas
-A long sleeve t-shirt when the sun gets the best of you
-Sunscreen, don't leave home without it
As a rule, SPF products are only 100% effective for six months. After this time, ingredients begin to slowly breakdown, making them less potent.
What's New in Sunscreens
Besides form, a new trend in sun care products is to offer 'multifunctional' benefits like skin replenishing and antiaging through additives such as antioxidants and botanicals.
-DDF Enhancing Sun Protection SPF 30 perfects while it protects. This smart-sunscreen self-adjusts and enhances the natural skin tone while preventing free radical damage.
-Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25 tints the skin in sheer color with no greasy feel. It protects skin from environmental aggravators like, sun, smog and smoke.
-Murad Waterproof Sunblock SPF 30 plays as hard as you resisting water for long lasting defense.
-Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 30 provides broad-spectrum with a matte finish in a powder stick.
-Coppertone Continuous Spray SPF 50 offers a convenient spray for you and especially your children. No rubbing required!
-Freeze 24-7 Ice Shield is the first-ever wash-on UVA/UVB protection facial cleanser that binds sunscreen to the skin while washing away dirt.
-Dermatologica Solar Defense Wipes, SPF 15 offers individual towelettes of sunscreen technology for take-anywhere sun protection.
-Redken's UV Rescue Shimmering Defense daily protective lotion protect and repair damage caused by the sun, sea and pool; especially targets colored, sun-stressed locks.
Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin.