Showing posts with label physical sunscreen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label physical sunscreen. Show all posts

New Neutrogena Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin

So I was at Wal-Mart yesterday and I saw a new Neutrogena sunscreen. Do you wear sunscreen everyday? It really is important to protect you against the sun's harsh rays. Incidental exposure adds up when you are just driving around in your car. It is an all physical sunscreen for people with sensitive skin. It is called, Neutrogena SPF 60 for sensitive skin. Check it out at Wal-Mart or at

Here are the ingredients: (note: the ingredients are in alphabetical order, NOT greatest to least.)

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (4.9%), Zinc Oxide (4.7%)

Inactive Ingredients: Alumina, Arachidyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Ascorbic Acid, Beeswax, Behenyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, BHT, Bisobolol, Butylene Glycol, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Dimethicone PEG 8 Laurate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyl Dimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Methicone, Methylisothiazolinone, Pantothenic Acid, PEG 100 Stearate, PEG 8, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polysorbate 60, Retinyl Palmitate, Silica, Stearic Acid, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Trisiloxane, Water, Xanthan Gum

The high level of SPF is pretty amazing from the percentages of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. If you enter the numbers into the calculator, you would get a Pigment Persistent Darkening(PPD) of around 12. Remember PPD is the number that fights against the UVA rays, which causes aging. A PPD of 12 is good, especially for a physical sunscreen.

Let me know if you try this one! Hopefully it will not be greasy nor leave a white cast. Remember to wear 1/4 teaspoon to your face and a 1/4 teaspoon of sunscreen to your neck. And don't forget to wear sunscreen everyday rain or shine!

Anti Wrinkle Cream, Glasses, and Aging

Aging happens to everybody. Unfortunately, as we get older our eyes cannot see words in books or blogs as clearly as in the past. Do you think you might need glasses? It is important to take care of your eyes and providing them with glasses will keep you from squinting. And the less your squint, the less wrinkles you will get around your eyes. Anti wrinkle cream works, but so does the proper glasses.

There are simple reading glasses that are cute too. They make really nice glasses nowadays, in big brand names as well. Looking like the sexy secretary every once in awhile probably won't be so bad either. If they really bother you though, you could always try contacts. It is all about seeing better and making sure you don't squint, which can cause more wrinkles. 

So have fun reading your books next to a warm fire this winter and be cute doing it. Also remember to wear sunscreen around your eyes even in the winter. Sunscreen is the best anti-aging skincare product. If your face sunscreen stings your eyes then try using a separate one for around your eyes. Use a gentle physical one or the Hawaiian Tropics Baby Faces and Tender Places one is really gentle too. Don't forget about sunglasses either. You can buy prescription sunglasses as well. Sunglasses with broad spectrum UVA/UVB built right into the lenses will protect you from the sun's harsh rays. Sunglasses are wonderful for anti-aging and they will last you forever, unlike the anti wrinkle creams.

Mineral Makeup Coverage

Mineral makeup is huge right now. I do not personally use mineral makeup, but most of my friends do and my Mom does too. My friend has asked me why I do not use mineral makeup? No reason. I have just never tried it.

Mineral makeup contains natural ingredients, including Titanium dioxide and Zinc oxide. Having sunscreen in makeup never hurts that is for sure. And some say that Zinc oxide actually help people with acne, which is one reason why many acne prone say that mineral makeup heals their acne.

Please be aware though, that just wearing mineral makeup alone without sunscreen is not enough protection for everyday running around. Remember to apply a ¼ teaspoon of sunscreen to your face everyday.

Since, researching mineral makeup and sunscreen more, I have found that wearing a physical sunscreen with mineral makeup is best. If you wear a chemical sunscreen the oxides in the makeup can destabilize the ingredients in the chemical sunscreen. Many people do however, say that is taking it too far and that there is little affect by wearing mineral makeup over chemical sunscreen. So it is up to you and your instincts.

My Mom has asked me to look for good mineral makeup that provides great coverage, but still feels light. looks like a great place to me, what do you think? There is no membership to join and they have free access to aestheticians to answer any of your questions. Plus, you can buy trial sizes, I recommend buying a trial size of pretty much any new beauty product to test it out. Try out the mineral makeup product for a week or two in order to see how you like it and if it breaks you out or not.

FDA 4 Star Sunscreen Rating for UVA Rays

So I have talked about how America is getting better with sunscreens and UVA rays before. The FDA has been working on a new regulation that sunscreens will need a 4 star rating to provide good UVA protection.

This star rating system will finally tell us consumers the protection the sunscreen is providing against UVA rays. It is awesome that they are making it easier on people to fine a sunscreen the protects them from UVA rays, because not all do. UVA rays causes wrinkles, tanning, and cancer. We did not know the affects of the UVA rays in the past, we thought that UVB rays were more damaging, which is how the SPF number got put on the sunscreen bottle.

The FDA thought they would have sunscreens out this summer, but unfortunately they have to go through 20,000 comments on the proposed rules. So it looks like the new 4 star rating system will not pop up until next summer.

If you want a good UVA sunscreen now, check out my other post with a list of sunscreens with estimated UVA protection called PPD.

Happy Friday!


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SkinCare Product Marketing Hype

Be careful when buying any product. Some brands may only have one or two good products. There is no reason to buy all the products from one line. This is just another marketing hype to get you to buy more of their products.

Also you may hear claims that such and such company makes bad products, but it doesn’t mean all of their products are bad. This itself is another claim. This is why you should take responsibility yourself and really research the ingredients on every product you buy. This will help your skin and your wallet.

Many people have their own agenda out there. Claims on sunscreen have been coming up a lot lately. Well not all sunscreens work well, which is why you especially should know how to read the active ingredients. Unfortunately the UVA protection is not written on the bottle like the UVB protection is, which is what the SPF number is. There are bottles of sunscreen in most brands out there that do not have any UVA protection at all! And then there are bottles of sunscreen in that same line that have great UVA protection. Fortunately the FDA is working on getting the UVA number put on all bottles of sunscreen.

In the mean time look at the percentages of the active ingredients on your bottle. Use the ciba calculator to get a estimation, just an estimation, of the UVA protection that your sunscreen is providing. Also make sure to apply the correct amount of sunscreen to be properly protected or you will burn. ¼ teaspoon for face, ¼ teaspoon for neck, shot glass for whole body, don’t forget your hands too. And remember to reapply every two hours, immediately if you going swimming or sweat excessively.

I hope you all are having a fun summer!

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Cleanser and Sunscreen in One!

Have you heard about St.Ives new cleanser that has SPF 10 built right into it?

Well, unfortunately this product will NOT do exactly what it fully claims. Sunscreen cannot be put on through a cleanser very efficiently. If you wash off the cleanser then there cannot be much sunscreen on your face or hands.

Plus I would think that cleansing ingredients would actually work against any sunscreen staying on your face. Not too mention that you are suppose to splash your face with water to remove this St.Ives cleanser. Water removes sunscreen. Apparently a little SPF will stay on your face. Also if you look at the ingredients in this St.Ives cleanser you will see that there is only titanium dioxide. There is no zinc oxide. So this sunscreen/cleanser would not protect you very well from UVA rays.

Plus there is always the small fact that many doctors say that an SPF 15 or 30 NOT 10 is recommended for everyday!

Some skincare products have high claims. People should not believe all the claims on products. This cleanser/sunscreen will not fully protect you from UVA and UVB rays. This sunscreen/cleanser will provide some UVB protection. I hope this post reaches some people! Use this in addition to your regular sunscreen.

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Rosacea Series: Treatments

Control your rosacea flare ups with these treatment tips!

First of all since everybody's skin is different, rosacea treatments will be different for everybody. Treatments depend on how severe your rosacea is at the moment. Doctors can prescribe antibiotics and topical treatments to get your rosacea flare ups under control now! Using a long term topical treatment will help you from having a rosacea relapse. Finacea, plexion, metrocream or metrogel can help.

When needed doctors can also perform laser treatments or other surgical procedures to help eliminate blood vessels and severe redness.

The skincare that you choose can affect your rosacea. Skincare made for sensitive skin often works best. Avoid anything that stings or irritates your skin. Being gentle with your face is key. Euresin redness relief products work well.

After you wash your face make sure to wait about 10 to 20 minutes before applying topical medicine. If you apply the medicine in the morning wait another 5 to 10 minutes before applying sunscreen and then at least 20 minutes before applying makeup.

Do not use abrasive scrubs or acids if you skin gets irritated. I have heard or people with rosacea using retin-A, though people often buffer it with creams or wash it off after 30 minutes. The retin-A does not really help with the rosacea, it helps with wrinkles and acne. Read my other post on retinoids.

Don't forget your sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses when going outside. Wear sunscreen everyday rain or shine! Read my other posts on sunscreen if you want to make sure yours is protecting you correctly!

Whatever you are using if it works then stick with it. Do not buy new products often, stick to what works. Use a new product for a month to fully see if it works or not.

I hope this helps you! For more information seek your doctor or read the website. There is also a Rosacea Board to gain advice from others who have Rosacea!

Now go and enjoy your summertime! Happy Friday Everyone!

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Are You Putting on Sunscreen Everyday?

How long have you worn sunscreen everyday? For me, I have worn sunscreen off and on for about 7 years. And I do not even know if that sunscreen that I wore was stable, the odds are that the sunscreen was unstable. So I have worn an stable sunscreen consistently everyday for only two years now.

Now I cannot make any excuses because it is my own fault. I thought that sunscreens would break me out because of my very oily very acne prone skin. Now it is true that some sunscreens will break you out, but some will NOT, it just takes time finding the right one. I also knew about the harmful effects of the sun, but I thought no, I won’t get cancer, not me. And I also really loved looking tan, I mean I live on the beach, everybody around me is tan too. I still love looking tan, but I try to do it by the spray on tan method.

Many people still do not listen to doctors’ advice about wearing sunscreen everyday. They just do not think that cancer can affect them. Many people think they only need sunscreen just at the beach on long sun exposure days, but it is all the incidental sun exposure days that really add up. What will it take for more people to listen? People have to want to do it. Learning more about the sun's UVA rays and anti-aging might also help, especially since so many people are so anti-aging obsessed nowadays.

Perhaps reading about the sun and anti-aging posts will help too:)

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SPF Eye Creams!

I thought I better talk about wearing sunscreen around your eyes! I don’t think I mentioned that you can put the same sunscreen that you put on your face around your eyes too! In fact, that would be ideal! Given that most sunscreens or should I say moisturizers with sunscreen within do not provide very good UVA protection. So dab some sunscreen all around your eyes and eyelids!

Just make sure if does not sting your eyelids or eyes. Especially oily girls, some sunscreen may seep into your eyes and sting so it is just another time of trial and error. Other than that there is no problem with using the same sunscreen! This idea goes right along with your nighttime moisturizer too, you can also use that around your eyes. Special eye creams are just another way for skincare companies to get more money out of ya. Just be sure not to use a huge glob, dab a little bit around your eyes. Your eyelids will tell you if they need more moisture or not.

Now if you insist in using a special eye cream with sunscreen make sure to read the active labels! One that I think that has decent, not good, but decent UVA protection is Neutrogena’s Healthy eyes SPF30. This sunscreen is physical so be careful about not mixing it with your chemical face sunscreen! It also only has a UVA protection of 3 or 4. Remember 8 is good for everyday.

Now some people may think that this is fine. I just think that the eyes are usually the first to show aging, so if there is anyway to wear a higher UVA protective sunscreen, then wear it! However, you do have to use what you can tolerate, afford, and obtain easily. So wear this sunscreen if you must. Although, I have heard that Hawaiian Tropics Baby Faces and Tender Places SPF 50 works good around the eye area as well. I will let you know how I like this one soon. And I will keep my eyes open for more options out there!
Always remember to wear your sunglasses every time you go outside too!

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SPF Moisturizers and SPF15 vs. SPF 30

Since my last post on sunscreen in makeup. I thought I would talk about layering sunscreens.

You can't layer a sunscreens to increase the protection.

Just a reminder you have to be careful when layering under and over sunscreen. Avobenzone can be destabilized with octiNoxate. So check your makeup and your moisturizers make sure they don't have octiNoxate or oxides. Also again you can't mix your foundation with your sunscreen, because it will interfere with the sunscreen's filters.

Moisturizers with SPF in them are fine to apply solely as your sunscreen. As long as you are applying the 1/2 teaspoon to your face and neck. However, most moisturizers are not substantive, like regular sunscreens are so they may not adhere to you face and be as protective. Also many moisturizers don't contain UVA protection either.

Should you use SPF15 or SPF30? This question has been debated by many.
SPF30 is NOT twice as protective as SPF15.

Well, SPF 15 protects you from 93.3% of UVB rays. And SPF30 protects you from 96.7% of UVB rays. So SPF30 is only 4% more protective.

However, SPF30 is recommended by many, because so many people under apply their sunscreen. If you don't apply the recommended amount of SPF30, there is no way how to tell how much protection you are really getting. So if you apply the recommended amount of SPF15 and under applied SPF30 sunscreen, the SPF15 would be more protective because you applied the recommended amount.

Remember 1/2 teaspoon for the face and neck everyday, rain or shine!

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Beauty is Only Skin Deep, but are Chemicals?

Physical vs. Chemical sunscreens. It's the never ending debate. Really it is up to you.

First of all incidental sun exposure (everyday running errands) is actually more damaging then direct sunlight!
Incidental sun exposure causes 80% of our aging.

There has been no evidence that sunscreens are toxic, though researchers have mentioned some questionable ingredients.

Ingredients in anything are still being questioned, in both chemical and natural products! Even in your daily body lotion. Nothing is guaranteed! It's good that scientists are continuously testing the ingredients, making sure that they are safe for us to put on our skin.

Padimate O/Octyl Dimethyl PABA in physical sunscreens is photomutagenic.

Oxybenzone/Benzophenone-3 in chemical sunscreens is estrogenic in some studies. And some studies say it should not be applied to large areas of the skin, repeatedly. Many doctors recommend not putting it on children! (I would follow this advice, and use all physical for babies and children to a certain age.)

However, chemicals do not act the same way they do when tested on animals, we are humans, we are different.
Studies show that the absorption of sunscreen chemicals are very limited. Skin is a barrier that prevents chemicals from entering your body. Most chemicals in skin care products will not go into the blood stream, nor past the first layer of skin and then they disappear naturally. There is really no clear evidence that longterm use of sunscreens is harmful.

So we must remember not to jump to conclusions. Most
Chemicals in sunscreen and skin care products are not something that should be added to your list of worries. Especially when there are other proven things to worry about, like the affects that UV rays can cause.

When hearing claims about skin care ingredients, check the source, make sure it is from scientific evidence. Many claims are often boasted by bias propaganda.