Written on December 9, 2011 at 12:38 pm , by April Franzino
Bigger isn’t always better: This holiday season, Fresh has shrunk their cult-favorite Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments SPF 15 and packaged three— Honey, the perfect pinkish-nude, Plum, and Passion, a just-bitten red— in an adorable Mini Sugar Kissing Trio gift set. The sweet lemon-flavored, super-nourishing balms are so addicting that we carry two of them in our (already-stuffed) bag. These tiny, lightweight versions are perfect for slipping in your pocket or gym bag— or in our case, lightening the load in your purse! The mini set, in its gorgeously-patterned little red box, makes a great little gift— but we doubt you’ll be able to resist grabbing one for yourself.
Tell us: What beauty gifts will you be giving this year?
Written on September 23, 2011 at 12:33 pm , by April Franzino
Today may be the first day of fall, but that doesn’t mean you should stash your sunscreen until next summer. Even on dreary days like today, we protect ourselves with SPF, like Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer SPF 30. This silky lotion absorbs quickly, smells slightly sweet, and does double duty, offering extra protection with a trio of antioxidants: vitamins A, C, and E. Our skin has been smoother than ever and virtually irritation-free since we’ve started using it.
Tell us: What’s your go-to daily SPF?
Written on September 9, 2011 at 9:56 am , by Eleanor Langston
When prepping for my 12-day trip to Italy over Labor Day, I surprised myself and did the unthinkable– I fit all of my clothes, shoes and beauty products into a CARRY-ON. My husband’s jaw dropped when I rolled out my kid-sized suitcase. Space was definitely at a premium, but I luckily included my MVP (most valuable product) of the vacay: VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Moisturising Protective Lip Balm SPF 60+. The texture is ideal– not too oily, but not goopy either. One swipe kept my lips hydrated all day, and I love that it has such a high SPF, since the skin on your lips is extremely thin and sensitive to damage. It’s pricey, but a little goes a long way, so one tube will last you months. An added bonus: It doesn’t have any shimmer in it, so I got my husband hooked on it too.
Written on August 18, 2011 at 9:52 am , by Fitness Magazine
Next up in our Staffer Beauty Snoop series, Art Intern Heidi Smith shares her quick and simple beauty tips, tricks and obsessions:
Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Fresh, relaxed and playful.
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Clean & Clear Morning Glow Oil Free SPF 15 Moisturizer, Soft Lips Lip Balm SPF 20 and Maybelline Great Lash Blackest Black Mascara.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? I put my makeup on while my hair is still wet to save time and let my hair air dry as much as possible to save it from the blowdryer. I like an easy, fast routine.
At night? Before bed, I wash off all my makeup and put on moisturizer.
Post-workout? I don’t like when I see girls with caked-on makeup at the gym. I want my skin to breathe, so I keep my face clean while I workout and wear only sunscreen. Afterward, I jump in the shower.
What beauty product instantly makes you feel good when you use it? A light-textured lip gloss like Lancôme Paris Juicy Tubes Lip Gloss. Anytime I’m nervous, like before a date or special event, I put on this gloss and it instantly makes me feel sexy and more confident.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? Don’t wear mascara at the beach or pool: Raccoon eyes are not attractive!
—By Amanda Downs, beauty intern
Written on June 15, 2011 at 9:35 am , by April Franzino
After decades (!) of deliberation and anticipation, the Food and Drug Administration recently revealed new rules regulating sunscreens that will go into effect in a year. Here, a brief crib sheet on what you need to know:
- In order to be labeled “broad spectrum”, sunscreens must provide equal and adequate UVA (wrinkle and cancer-causing rays) and UVB (burning and cancer-causing rays) protection.
- Sunscreen companies will be banned from labeling their products as “sunblock”, “waterproof” or “sweatproof”; instead, they’ll be able to indicate on the packaging how many minutes the sunscreen resists water, based on FDA-reviewed tests results.
- Any sunscreen under SPF 15 or without a proportionate amount of UVA and UVB protection will have to include a label that states that the product does not provide protection against skin cancer or skin aging.
- The FDA has yet to decide on one additional rule: Whether to ban the labeling of SPFs above 50. They are still accepting comments about this proposed regulation.
What do you think about the new sunscreen rules?
Written on May 26, 2011 at 9:59 am , by April Franzino
It finally feels like summer here in New York City—and Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to our favorite season. Grab your SPF, get outside and have a wonderful holiday weekend!
—The FITNESS Beauty Team
Written on May 25, 2011 at 10:16 am , by April Franzino
May is Melanoma Awareness Month, but you can stay safe all year long with these handy sun safety apps from Appitalism.com:
- Sun Safety (free for the Apple iPhone): Provides useful, up-to-date sun exposure danger information for any U.S. city, along with tips on how to protect yourself and your family from skin cancer.
- UV Index (free for Android): This easy-to-use app allows you to enter your zip code or city/state to get the color-coded UV index each day.
- Coppertone MyUVAlert (free for the Apple iPhone): Offers custom SPF reapplication reminders along with personalized product recommendations, coupons, sun protection advice, and local UV index forecasts.
- Handy Weather for Blackberry (Free for the Blackberry): Venturing out of the country? This app shares worldwide weather forecasts for over 40,000 preset cities, including the UV index, real feel temperature, wind, and humidity.
Written on May 23, 2011 at 4:43 pm , by Eleanor Langston
May is Melanoma Awareness Month, so we are going to feature weekly sets of sun protection secrets from Mona Gohara, M.D., FITNESS advisory board member and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University. Get set to up your sun smarts and stay safe all summer!
Day 22: One person dies of melanoma each hour. The most common cancer amongst women in their 20s takes someone’s life every 60 minutes. However, if detected early, melanoma is curable. Do monthly self skin checks to seek out moles that appear new or different.
Day 23: Examine all your parts. Don’t forget to look at the palms, soles, behind the ears and in the scalp-melanoma can occur on non-sun-exposed skin as well.
Day 24: One is the magic number. One blistering or five non-blistering sunburns in childhood double the lifetime risk of melanoma.
Day 25: Know your risks. Other risk factors include: those with a family history of melanoma, individuals with fair skin and light eyes, or multiple moles and tanning bed use.
Day 26: No one is immune. Everyone regardless of skin color is at risk for skin cancer. In fact, when skin cancer occurs in brown skinned individuals it is usually more aggressive and more likely to metastasize. The most common locations for melanoma in people of color are the palms, soles, under the finger/toenails and on mucous membranes (mouth or genital skin). Amongst those with darker complexions skin cancer is more likely to occur in areas of previous trauma, scars, burns or radiation-although the sun plays a role it is not the most likely culprit. Daily sun protection, yearly visits to the dermatologists and monthly self-skin checks are recommended for all ethnic groups.
Day 27: Melanoma and breast cancer are linked. Recent studies have shown that those with melanoma are more likely to get breast cancer and that those with breast cancer are at a higher risk for melanoma. This could be as a result of genetics or more diligent cancer surveillance in these populations. Other people at an increased risk for skin cancer are organ transplant recipients and those with lowered immune systems such as HIV+ patients. All of these groups should establish care with a dermatologist in order to ensure early detection should a problem arise.
Day 28: Beautiful skin is healthy skin. Protecting your skin daily will ensure radiant skin for life. May is Skin Cancer Awareness month. Share with buzz with your family and friends; spread the word, save a life.
Written on May 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm , by Eleanor Langston
Day 16: Like SPF, Moisturization is a must year-round. Keeping the skin well hydrated helps to decrease the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage. Take note of what special care your skin may need. For eczema prone, sensitive skin try Aveeno Nourishing 24-Hour Ultra Hydrating Whipped Soufflé, which contains colloidal oatmeal to soothe the skin. For rosacea, Eucerin Redness Relief helps to mask summer flushing. For acne-prone skin, Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer is light and effective. Always top these moisturizers with a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher every single day, 365 days a year.
Day 17: Eat to beat skin cancer. Antioxidants are the ultimate antidote to free radical damage. Fruits and veggies that fit the bill: kiwi, mulberries, blueberries, blackberries, prunes, pomegranate, pink grapefruit, red grapes, kale, spinach, brussel sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli, beets and red bell pepper.
Day 18: Avoid summer sheen. Courtesy of sebum, the skin’s natural oil, many of us struggle with that not-so-fun glisten. This summer, let the sun do the shining and look for mattifying primers that have SPF too. (Studies show that unprotected skin can produce up to 26 percent more oil when exposed to UV rays than SPF-covered skin.)
Day 19: Sneaky sun spots. Sun damage rears its ugly head in many ways, but one of the most menacing is the seemingly out of the blue appearance of permanent brown sun spots (aka, lentigos). Lentigos almost inevitably darken and become more obvious over the summer. Diligent, daily sunscreen use and lightening creams with hydroquinone, soy, licorice root extract or other skin lighteners are the gold standard for treatment, but sometimes a quick fix with concealer is in order.
Day 20: Yoga benefits the mind, body, soul and skin. Stress creates muscle tension all over the body, especially the face. Tense facial muscles parlay into wrinkles, permanent lines and can increase the effects of sun damage. Training the body to diffuse tension with meditation techniques helps contracted facial muscles to relax. Plus, working out can help ward off cell damage head to toe, which is important for skin cancer prevention.
Day 21: Visible light can worsen melasma. Just when you thought you were safe from the sun, buried in your office, mired in deadlines and meetings. Enter “need for daily sunscreen” reason 101. Recent data out of Henry Ford Medical Center Department of Dermatology, has indicated that melasma (darkening of the face from sun, pregnancy, or birth control pills) can indeed be worsened by the indoor visible light we are exposed to in the office, home, shopping malls, etc. Don’t panic, no need to slather on “greasy, coconutty” protection, instead channel cosmetically elegant make-up enriched with physical UV light blockers, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.
Written on May 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm , by April Franzino
In keeping with Melanoma Awareness Month, we’re divulging the best facial sunscreen we’ve ever encountered: Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen SPF 40. Pricey, yes, but the titanium-dioxide based formula is natural, non-irritating, feels like silk, blends seamlessly and undetectably—and has a soft baby-powder-but-better scent that we can’t get enough of. Most important of all, we actually look forward to applying it every morning. What’s your go-to SPF?