I was laying out at my apartment pool the other day when one of my neighbors, a very nice old man, asked me if I was wearing sunscreen. And because I'm so used to lying about this, I nodded yes. I was in my relaxation mode and wasn't in the mood to explain myself. He smiled and said, "That's good. You ALWAYS should. I just got back from the doctor and found out I have skin cancer so always remember to put on your sunscreen!"...more
Summer is almost here, which means that it's time to think about sunscreen. It's also Skin Cancer Awareness Month, so this is the perfect time to talk about protecting your skin. Each year, new evidence comes out helping consumers choose the best protection for their skin, and frankly, all this information is a bit confusing to juggle when looking at those bottles in the drugstore. To make it simple, I've broken down what you need to look for in a sunscreen, as well as how popular sunscreens match up against the guidelines. (Hint: that sunscreen you've been using for years could contain dangerous chemicals or be flammable!)
My husband recently took our son to a dermatologist for a rash, and I filled out the forms online before the appointment. One of the questions was about sunscreen: Did the patient use it daily and what SPF?...more
Even though the summer is coming to an end, it is important to know what warmer climates can do to your skin.Whether you live in a humid or arid climate, both climates generate their own set of beauty-based anxieties. It is important to take care of your skin during all seasons and to be aware of how your skin changes according to climate, and seasons and what it needs in response to such changes....more
Without a doubt, the question that I am asked most often about natural skin care is about what kind of sunscreen I use on myself and my daughter. This is a bit of a controversial subject, as there are many big, well-known companies using all sorts of chemicals in their products. With the increase of skin cancer, sun protection is more important than ever, but at what expense given the chemicals in sunscreen?...more
It happens to all of us. Summer hits, we start wearing more skirts, and you look down at those legs that have been in hiding all winter. They're pale, and if you're like me, paler than average. Then you start to think, "I need a tan..."
Well, you don't. Really. You absolutely don't.