With temperatures expected to reach their highest yet this Memorial Day weekend, you may have plans to soak up the sun. So StyleList tapped Dr. Robin Schaffran, board-certified dermatologist and creator of Dr. Robin for Kids sunscreen, for five simple tips to help you beat the burn.
1. Apply sunscreen liberally 20 minutes before sun exposure. Most people use too little. In fact, according to a study published in the Archives of Dermatology, sunscreen users only apply 50 percent of the recommended amount so they are only receiving 50 percent of the SPF protection. An average adult in a bathing suit requires one ounce (equivalent to two tablespoons or shot glass full) of sunscreen to cover the entire body. For small children, one tablespoon should be used on the entire body. Read more… Keep reading »
“I cannot put this poison on my skin. I do not use anything synthetic.”
– Gisele Bundchen says she refuses to use an SPF when she’s out in the sun because she believes the chemicals that block out the sun’s UV rays are toxic. Instead, she only spends time in the sun before 8 a.m. when its too weak to do any damage. The National Cancer Institute of Brazil was quick to correct the supermodel on her misinformation, by releasing a statement saying, “Sunscreen prevents damage to the skin and is of fundamental importance for the prevention of cancer. This is not any poison, when a public person makes a statement like this, it creates confusion.” I dunno about you, but I’ll continue to take my health advice from experts, not catwalkers. [Daily Mail U.K.] Keep reading »
The latest in retro fashion statements? Slathering streaks of colored sunblock on your nose or cheeks with Zinka products. The gnarly sun protection brand has been popular with surfers for over 20 years, and re-entering the mainstream. Ironic? Awesome? Hilarious? Oh, pipe down hipsters. We see you rolling your eyes while simultaneously applying a stripe of neon yellow to your nose. For those interested in the lifeguard look, you can choose from some 10 colors (mix and match, dude!) including army green, electric blue, blindingly bright orange, and pink.
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Oh, Europe: Land of health care, sexy accents, and skinny people. Another thing they’ve got going for them that we don’t? Superior sunscreen. Apparently, many sun protection products sold in the United States only guard the skin from ultraviolet B rays (UVB). When you’re browsing lotions for a high SPF, do you actually know what that means? Here in the States, it stands for sun protection factor, which gauges a product’s effectiveness only against these UVB rays (which can be responsible for skin cancer and wrinkles), but might not tell you how well it protects the skin from UVA rays, reports The New York Times. In Europe, many sunscreens contain a UVA-blocking ingredient called Tinosorb M, which is unapproved in America. Keep reading »
Great. Just as we had stocked up on all the necessary sun protection supplies for the season, we hear this incredibly disturbing news. An environmental organization claims that “almost half of the 500 most popular sunscreen products may actually increase the speed at which malignant cells develop and spread skin cancer because they contain vitamin A or its derivatives.” The same group also concluded in a study that several of the well-known sunscreen brands out there contain “oxybenzone, a chemical shown in laboratory studies to release a reactive form of oxygen that can actually be skin-cancer contributing.”
Um, who are we supposed to believe now? If this is true, then our options are none too appealing: 1) Skip sunscreen, get burned, risk cancer, 2) Slap on the SPF 70, avoid burn, still get cancer, or 3) Become a vampire. [Vanity Fair] Keep reading »
Only Will Ferrell could, erm, make cancer funny? A comedian knows that sometimes you have to laugh in the face of life’s challenges. Perhaps that’s why he launched his own hilarious sunscreen line for a charity called Cancer For College, which donates funds to students suffering from cancer (who often can’t attend school because the disease takes such a toll on family finances). Where to buy it, after the jump!
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