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Favorite Find Friday: Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen SPF 40

Written on May 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm , by

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?

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Week Two: Sun Protection Secrets

Written on May 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm , by

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 8: Know your natural SPF. The melanin level in most fair skinned individuals provides a “built-in” SPF of 3.4, while those with brown skin have an SPF of 13.4. Although Mother Nature does provide a nice buffer, official recommendations are daily application of SPF 30 or higher-and with intensive sun exposure reapplying 1-2 ounces (the size of a ping-pong ball) every 2 hours for optimal use. Think beyond the beach or pool, prolonged summer sun exposure can happen at barbeques, outdoor concerts, trips to the zoo or amusement parks with the family and sporting events.

Day 9: Brown is beautiful. No one can dispute the aesthetic appeal of sun-kissed skin. Unfortunately, since 90 percent of skin cancers are caused by ultraviolet light, excessive sun represents a forbidden fruit to most health conscious individuals.  The solution? Tan in a can. Sunless tanners have bridged the gap between dazzling and dangerous. Remember to exfoliate the entire body prior to applying in order to avoid streaks.

Day 10: The “D”lemma. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that humans get via diet and sunlight. This vitamin is found naturally in cod liver oil, liver, eggs, butter and fatty fish. It can also be absorbed by drinking fortified milk/orange juice. We know that vitamin D is imperative for healthy bones, cancer prevention and protection against osteoporosis, cardiovascular and autoimmune disease. An ongoing study from the department of dermatology at Stanford University now shows that this super vitamin may also protect against melanoma, especially in women with a previous history of skin cancer. The dilemma? Because of genetic tendencies, trends towards skin cancer prevention and inadequate dietary intake, some people are deficient in this vitamin.  That being said, supplements and a diet rich in vitamin D foods remain preferable to sun exposure when is comes to ensuring adequate levels.

Day 11: The forgotten land, your scalp. Often times the scalp gets burned because of an “Oops, I forgot to put sunscreen there” or “ I didn’t want my hair to get greasy” maneuver. Ok, no more excuses. Skin cancers develop on the scalp commonly. Worse yet, tumors in this location are more likely to be aggressive and metastasize. Tip: To avoid excessive sheen, spray sunscreen on to the tips of your fingers and work into the hair, starting with the part.

Day 12: There is a formula to melanoma prevention. A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology showed that by applying sunscreen daily to the face, hands, arms and neck one could reduce melanoma risk by 50 percent. An easy fix to a potentially fatal problem.  That being said, the fact remains that 35 percent of women separately surveyed admitted to NEVER wearing sunscreen. Scary, but true.

Day 13: Learn the labels. Sunscreen isles in drugstores can be confusing and overwhelming. Decode the sunscreen Rosetta stone with a few basic tenets.  1-SPF only refers to the amount of UVB protection a product supplies, make sure to look for a label that reads “broad spectrum” to ensure sufficient UVA coverage as well. Active ingredients such as titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, mexoryl or avobenzone, also guarantee that UVA will be blocked adequately. 2-Don’t let the numbers fool you. Nothing is truly 100 percent. SPF 15 blocks out 94% of the sun’s harmful rays, SPF 30 blocks out 97% and SPF 100 blocks out 99% of carcinogenic UVB rays. 3-Sunscreen is like a gym membership-its great in theory, but it only works if you use it (the right way!)

Day 14: Seek the shade or avoid the sun between 10 am and 4 pm, when ultraviolet rays are the strongest. If you are exercising outdoors try to do it in the early morning or the evening. If prime sun hours are more convenient, scope out a big tree and do your squats in the shade!

Give & Get with SkinCeuticals

Written on May 4, 2011 at 7:44 am , by

Talk about getting what you give: In honor of National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, the brand SkinCeuticals will donate $20 to the Melanoma Research Alliance and send you a free full-size bottle of their new Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 (a $30 value and a personal favorite of ours!) when you share a sun protection-related video testimonial on their Facebook page. And each written testimonial posted to their page will garner a $2 donation to the cause. Truly a win-win proposition!

Week One: Sun Protection Secrets

Written on May 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm , by

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 1: Skin cancer is the most common malignancy in the United States. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer. Protect your largest organ by getting yearly checks by a dermatologist and examine your own skin monthly. The silver lining? Most skin cancers are curable if caught early.

Day 2: 90% of the visible signs of aging are caused by daily sun exposure. Ultraviolet A rays cause brown sun spots, wrinkles, saggy skin and the breakdown of collagen. An easy fix? Daily sunscreen application to the face and hands. SPF 30 or higher is ideal.

Day 3: Talk to the hand! Damaging ultraviolet rays come through the windows of most cars, leaving your hands (as they rest on the steering wheel) and the left side of the face, most vulnerable to unwanted sunspots and wrinkled skin. Apply sunscreen to the backs of your hands before and after your commute, and enjoy the appearance of youthful hands for years to come!

Day 4: Protect those gams. The most common place for melanoma in women is the calves! Avid runners, swimmers, tennis players and other outdoor sports enthusiasts should be particularly cautious. For ultimate protection, slip on  sun-protective workout gear and apply sunscreen.

Day 5: Melanoma is the most common cancer in women between the ages of 25 and 29. The culprit? Tanning beds. “Parlor” patrons are exposed to 12 times the annual UVA dose compared to the dose they receive from outdoor sun. Tanning bed devotees younger than 35 increase their melanoma risk by 75%. Look for moles that are asymmetric (one side is not the mirror image of the other), have an irregular border /color or those that are larger than the size of a pencil eraser. Pay close attention to subtle symptoms, such as pain, soreness, itchiness or a visceral compulsion to recurrently examine a mole—these are all reasons to pick up the phone and dial your derm.

Day 6: Fifty percent of Americans will have at least one skin cancer by the age of 65. Remember if you can spot it, you can stop it. Look for any spots on the skin that are bleeding, oozing, crusting or not healing. These are all potential signs of skin cancer.

Day 7: When it comes to skin cancer prevention, women are better listeners. A recent study published in the Archives of Dermatology revealed that when men and women melanoma patients were surveyed up to a decade later, women were more likely to have adjusted their behavior towards sun protection. Results of a separate questionnaire showed that women more often seek skin exams because of a concerning mole or fear of previous sun exposure. Men on the other hand, were usually inclined to get skin checks only after a diagnosis of skin cancer. Tip: Make a date for annual his-and-hers derm appointments!

Tried-It Tuesday: What Will You Look Like in 30 Years?

Written on March 22, 2011 at 1:01 pm , by

Find out with the new Rodan + Fields Age-O-Meter Facebook App: You upload your picture, then age progression software instantly adds 30 years to your face. We tested it (the things we do in the name of journalism!) and suffice it to say, we will be taking care of our skin (hello, SPF!) with even more fervor than before. Try it yourself and get inspired to stay out of the sun and pamper that precious complexion!

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On a Mission Part 2: Tennis Ace Serena Williams

Written on September 16, 2010 at 7:43 am , by

We sat down with tennis champ and Mission Skincare co-founder Serena Williams to talk skincare, sports—and her favorite mascara. Here’s what she had to say:

Serena’s beauty must-haves:

Mission Skincare All-Sport SPF 50+ Continuous Spray

Lancôme Ôscillation Powermascara

Mission Skincare Rejuvenating Face Moisturizer Lotion with SPF 30

On a Mission Part 1: Softball Player Jessica Mendoza

Written on September 14, 2010 at 10:47 am , by

At yesterday’s launch of Mission Skincare’s The M Foundation, a charity that supports young athletes, we got the chance to chat with Olympic gold medal-winning softball player Jessica Mendoza. Take a peak:

Her favorite finds:

Mission Skincare Anti-Sting Sunscreen SPF 30+ Facestick

Mission Skincare Wild Berry Ultra-Gloss

Next Up: Our interview with tennis star Serena Williams…stay tuned!

No-Mess SPF

Written on August 19, 2010 at 12:28 pm , by

Yes, you can reapply facial SPF without getting gooey—or messing up your makeup: Sunscreen powders offer physical UVA/UVB protection via minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Dust the sheer formulas over makeup before going out for lunch, at the end of the workday, or after your workout—they’re also great for reducing shine in steamy weather. Don’t use SPF powder as your day-at-the-beach facial protection or to replace your regular morning sunscreen, though; they’re best for touch-ups. Our picks (both are portable, spill-proof, and come equipped with handy applicators): Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral Powder SPF 45 ($30) and Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF 30 Dry Sunscreen Translucent ($44).

REVEALED! Top Makeup Artist’s Summer Secrets

Written on June 16, 2010 at 11:57 am , by

Is the heat putting a damper on your beauty routine? We met with Lancome makeup artist, Suzanne Katz, who shared her secrets for getting (and staying!) gorgeous in the summer. No more melting mascara! But watch out, your ice cream cone is dripping!