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An esthetician explores skincare issues and concerns

Sun Protection for Your Lips – Part II June 29, 2010

Back in February I wrote a post about how your lips needs sun protection just as much as the rest of your body.  Now that it is summer I thought it would be a good idea to mention that fact again.  Luckily it is very easy to find lip products with spf in them, and even better there are products for every price range and every lip product preference.

 

Why Your Lips Need Sun Protection

 

Our lips need sun protection because they are exposed to the sun 365 days a year, the skin on the lips is thinner than the skin on the rest of your body, and the lips have no melanin.  No melanin equals no sun protection.  Over time sun exposure destroys collagen and that is why our lips thin as we age.  So using a broad spectrum (protects from UVA and UVB rays) helps to both protect our lips from skin cancer and from sagging and aging in the future. 

Keep one more thing in mind – lipstick and lip gloss do not provide sun protection unless they have an added spf in them.  Be sure to see if your favorite lip product with spf provides both UVA and UVB protection.  Shiny lip gloss actually attracts light to the lips and increases your risk of skin cancer.

 

Lip Products with spf

 

The following list of products is not meant as an endorsement but rather as a guide.  I haven’t tried every product myself and truthfully haven’t researched them extensively to know if they provide enough UVA and UVB protection.  In my opinion using a lip product with spf year round is extremely important so if your favorite lip product provides UVB protection but not UVA than that is a good start in my opinion.

 

 

If you have a favorite lip product with spf in it please share!

 

Source:  Simple Skin Beauty by Ellen Marmur, MD – Page 134

 

Gift Idea for the Men in Your Life June 27, 2010

 

My husband has little interest in the myriad of skincare products that are poised to take over our bathroom.  So it was a great surprise to me when he showed an interest in Dermalogica’s shave products.   I had received a sample of the products and passed them along to my husband not expecting much of a response from him, but my husband not only liked the products he asked if I could get him so more.

A great way to introduce these products to the men in your life is through the Dermalogica Shave System Kit.  The kit contains five sample size products – daily clean scrub, pre-shave guard, soothing shave cream, post-shave balm, and defense block spf 15 – for $35.  The products are the perfect size for airline travel, by the way.  So if your husband travels as much for work as mine does and never checks a bag he doesn’t need to worry about having these products confiscated from him at airport security (and in case you might be thinking the TSA has let up on that policy – think again.  My mother just had a jar of jam confiscated from her at airport security).

The products are said to be for all skin types.

You can order online through Dermalogica or buy online or in stores through Ulta.

 

Does Order Matter? How to Apply Your Skincare Products June 24, 2010

Filed under: beauty,Skincare products — askanesthetician @ 6:18 am
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If you use multiple serums and lotions on your face both in the morning and the evening it can be confusing to know when to apply what.   So how do you apply your products so that you get the results that you want?

The way to apply multiple serums is actually not too complicated.  Keep the following in mind:

  • Apply from thinnest consistency to the thickest
  • Apply the serums with the least color first

Be sure to stop and allow your serums to penetrate before applying another product.  I would suggest applying a serum, brushing your teeth for example, and then going on to the next step in your routine.

After applying your treatment serums apply your moisturizer if you are using one.  If the moisturizer that you are using does not contain spf protection apply your sunscreen.  Then apply your make-up.

Keep in mind that there are some products that you should not apply at the same time since the active ingredients cancel one another out.  For a list of those ingredients see my earlier post:  No Mixing Allowed.

 

Further Reading:

 

Inexpensive Make-up Worth Trying June 22, 2010

If you like to change your make-up look often or just enjoy trying out make-up trends then you know that this can be an expensive hobby.  Luckily there are two inexpensive make-up lines that you can buy in order to experiment and not break the bank along the way – e.l.f  and Essence.

I’ve known about e.l.f., which stands for eyes, lips, face, for a while and mentioned before in this blog.  Their range of products is very extensive plus their prices cannot be beat.  I would suggest reading the online reviews before buying a product, though with the average cost per product being around $1 even if you purchase something you aren’t thrilled with it isn’t like you wasted a lot of money.  You can purchase e.l.f. online (though then you have to pay for shipping so the cost goes up) or at some Target stores.  My local Target has a small selection of e.l.f. products.  Or you can purchase some e.l.f. products online through Target.  Be sure to sign-up on the e.l.f. e-mail list – you’ll get almost daily emails about specials and sales.

I discovered Essence make-up recently when shopping at my local Ulta.  I had two dollars left on a gift card, and I wanted to buy a bronzer/blush combo.  Right before I gave up finding a product I wanted I spotted the Essence display and lo and behold there was a bronzer/blush combo for two dollars!  I’ve been quite pleased with my purchase.  The other day I needed an eyeliner sharpener and found a great one from Essence that sharpens two sizes of eyeliners – regular and jumbo.  Prices average about $2.50 a product.  You can buy Essence online through Ulta or in Ulta stores.

Have fun playing with your make-up!

 

Will Ferrell Sunscreen – I Kid You Not June 20, 2010

I don’t even remember any more why I was looking at the Fred Flare website in the first place.  But as I was tooling around the site I came across what I thought at first was a joke: Will Ferrell endorsed sunscreen  which benefits Cancer for College.  My husband is a big Will Ferrell fan so I thought buying him this sunscreen as part of a Father’s Day gift would be fun and a great surprise as well.

It turns out that Will Ferrell is a long time friend of the guy who founded the non-profit organization Cancer for College.  Craig Pollard founded Cancer for College after battling and surviving cancer twice before he turned 20.  Realizing that many families use up all their savings just to save the lives of their kids who have cancer he wanted to help those kids realize their dream of going to college.  The non-profit holds an annual golf tournament fundraiser which Will Ferrell always participates in, and now Ferrell has also lent his name and image (well partial image) to a sunscreen whose proceeds benefit the group.

The sunscreen is spf 30 and has a lightweight feel.  It went on easily and sunk in quickly.  I definitely recommend it for use this summer.

You can buy the Will Ferrell sunscreen through the Cancer for College website, Fred Flare, and even Amazon.

 

Clothes That Provide Sun Protection June 17, 2010

Depending on where you live summer has already begun (or never left) or it is just around the corner.  I’ve written again and again and again in this blog about using your sunscreen daily and reapplying it as well.  I thought it best to shift gears a bit and write about another way to get proper sun protection – by wearing sun protective clothes and hats.

It turns out that a standard white t-shirt only provides a protection of SPF 5 when dry and 2 when wet.  The darker or more tightly woven your clothes are the more sun protection they provide (truthfully I don’t know the spf ratings for those clothes), but many of us don’t wear clothes like that during the summer.  As the heat intensifies our clothes get lighter and well frankly generally shorter and smaller. 

You can buy sun protective clothing that is made to absorb ultraviolet light.  Usually light-weight polyester, nylon, cotton jersey, or linen these clothes have a tight, nonporous weave and the material is treated with sunscreens.  Sun protective clothing has a UPF rating or ultraviolet protective factor rating which is regulated by both the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Products Commission (CPSC).  UPF ratings vary from 30 to 50.  The fabrics used for these types of clothing are durable, and the sun protection cannot be washed out over time.

A few sources for sun protective clothes areCoolibar,  Solumbra, BloqUV, and Shady Lady Products.   Shady Lady Products is a particularly good site since they have items for adults and kids including clothes, hats, sunglasses, sunscreens, and stroller covers – among many other things.

 

 

Another Option:  Wash The Sun Protection Into Your Clothes

 

You can actually wash sun protection into your clothes using a product called SunGuard.  After you’ve laundered your clothes with this detergent like product your clothes will have a UPF 30 protection factor, and the treated clothes stay that way for up to 20 washings.  This product is very affordable – one package costs $1.99 (plus shipping).

 

 

Sun Protective Clothes for Your Kids

 

It is actually very easy and affordable to buy sun protective swim wear for your kids.  I’ve purchased numerous items for my son at Target, Old Navy, and even the Disney store (Buzz Lightyear waterproof swim hat anyone?).  As mentioned above you can wash your kids day-to-day clothes with SunGuard in order to give them UPF 30 protection.   And there is always The One Step Ahead  and Shady Lady Products for more sun protective gear for your kids.  For more information about protecting your kids from the sun see my earlier post:  Sun Care for Your Baby and Child.

 

And Don’t Forget Your Hat

 

Another excellent way to protect your face, neck, and ears from the sun is a hat.  The websites cited above have hats for sale with UPF protection or consider buying from Village Hat Shop .  If you like hats in general this is a great website.  I have tons of hair and a large head (really) and can never just buy a hat off the shelf in a store, but I found the perfect sun hat on this website.  Depending on the hat they can be very affordable as well.  Also consider buying a hat from Wallaroo Hat Company – they have a great selection for women, men, and children.

 

 Source and Further Reading:   Simple Skin Beauty by Ellen Marmur, MD – pages 135-136

 

 

Body Acne June 15, 2010

Filed under: Acne — askanesthetician @ 5:52 am
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For many people acne is not just a problem on their face – they experience breakouts on their chest and back as well.   Of course, this can be as distressing as facial acne particularly as summer approaches and you want to wear a bathing suit or more revealing clothing.

The above illustration does a great job at representing the most common areas of on the body that breakout .  Why do the red areas above break-out the most?  Because that is where the sebaceous glands, or oil glands, are most concentrated on the body.  The above illustration also highlights the groin and buttocks area which can experience breakouts as well or what appears to be breakouts.  If you breakout in your groin or buttocks area it is important to see a dermatologist in order to investigate what exactly the breakouts in those areas are. 

The reasons for breaking out on your chest and back are the same reasons why you breakout on your face – clogged pores and bacteria.  To understand more why one breaks out see my earlier posts:  How Acne Forms and What Causes Acne.

  

Treatment Options for Body Acne

 

Treat your body acne like you would your facial acne.  The main frustration with treating back acne is not being able to properly reach the area that you want to treat.  There are a few ways to get around that issue.  You can use a loofah or sponge on a stick to reach your back when cleansing in the shower.  Acne.org sells a buddy body that helps you apply lotions and creams to your back.   Or if your anti-acne product is in a liquid form (like a toner) transfer it to a spray bottle so you can reach your back with ease.  If all else fails enlist someone in your household to help you apply your anti-acne products on your back.

Some body acne can be brought under control just by gently cleansing the skin and then applying a benzoyl peroxide cream or lotion in the evening.  I suggest using benzoyl peroxide in the evening since it can bleach fabric, and you don’t want to ruin your clothes.  Remember to exfoliate those areas like you would your face a few times a week.  Using an exfoliating product with salicylic acid would be perfect for body acne.

If your chest and back acne is more severe I suggest cleansing with a salicylic acid cleanser and then applying a benzoyl peroxide lotion or cream nightly.  In the morning you could tone those areas with a salicylic acid toner. 

Make sure that your body wash or soap doesn’t contain ingredients that can clog your pores like coconut oil.  And never use any form of alcohol to treat your body acne!  Alcohol is far too drying for anyone’s skin. 

When you use sunscreen on those areas be sure to use an oil-free one.  For instance, just use your facial sunscreen on those area. 

Shower immediately after exercising so that sweat and grime doesn’t have a chance to settle in your pores and clog them.  Make sure that you wear breathable fabric clothes so that sweat doesn’t get trapped on your back and chest.  Avoid irritating those areas or rubbing those areas too much.  There could be a small chance that your fabric softener is leaving a waxy residue on your clothes and aggravating your acne.  Experiment – forgo using fabric softener in your next two or three washes and see if that helps your body acne.

For those of you with long hair make sure that when your hair is covered in conditioner it isn’t sitting on your back while you shower.  After applying conditioner to your hair clip your hair up on top of your head until you are ready to rinse it out.  Conditioners contain a large number of heavy, fatty ingredients that can clog pores.

If none of the above suggestions help your body acne be sure to see a dermatologist for prescription products.

 

  

Recommended Products

 

 

 

Sources and Further Reading

 

 

Change Your Eyebrows – Change Your Life June 13, 2010

Ok so the above title is a bit of an exaggeration, but I still think it is totally legitimate to say:  change your eyebrows – change your face!   A well-groomed and shaped eyebrow makes a tremendous difference in one’s appearance and is a beauty essential that, in my opinion, no women should overlook.

I am not sure why some women resist getting their eyebrows done.  I think some people might feel that it is a vain indulgence to pluck or wax their eyebrows.  Others might see it as a waste of time and money.  Or perhaps still others see doing their eyebrows as time-consuming and perhaps even impossible to keep up at home.  Once again, in my opinion, I think nothing could be further from the truth.  Yes, having well-groomed eyebrows may mean that you have to tweeze a few stray hairs once a day, but overall having well-maintained eyebrows improves your appearance tremendously so I think it is worth the time and effort.

Should You Always Go to a Professional?

 

Though one of things that I do as a esthetician is shape, wax, and tweeze people’s eyebrows I actually don’t think that you always need a professional’s help to groom your eyebrows.  If you’ve never had your eyebrows shaped or its been a long time since you did I do think it is worth it to go to an esthetician to have them shape your brows.  Then you can maintain the shape at home on your own.

Important Tip: If you do go to a professional to get your brows done – Speak up!  I actually had a client the other day for an eyebrow wax who immediately told me exactly how she wanted her brows to look, and I really appreciated her input.  I actually always ask my clients to tell me exactly how they want their brows to look, and then I stop at least once or twice while I am doing their brows to show them how they look so we can consult.  I do this because, frankly, everyone has a completely different idea of how their brows should look and what constitutes a beautiful eyebrow.  Just because I think someone’s brows should look a certain way doesn’t mean that my client wants their brows to look that way.  In addition, people take the shape of their brows very, very seriously and can cry over what they perceive to a badly shaped brow.  Beauty is so individual so be sure to try to articulate what you want in an eyebrow shape.  Personally I like natural, thicker looking brows on almost everyone so I am inclined to follow the natural shape of a client’s brows   when I am shaping them.  But not everyone wants that so that is yet another reason to speak up before your esthetician starts shaping your brows.  I would even suggest bringing in photos of models from magazines or photos of celebrities if you see a brow shape that you really like.  Eyebrow styles come and go.  At the moment a thicker eyebrow is in style but that hasn’t always been the case.  See the photos below as an example:

(By the way is anyone else in love with the Drew Barrymore Cover Girl ads as much as I am?  In my opinion whoever is doing the make-up for the ads is hitting a home run every time)

Some professional are really amazing at doing brows and have based their entire careers around it – Anastasia for example.   And some women prefer to only let a professional touch their brows since they understand what a positive impact their brows have on their appearance.  That is entirely up to you.  But if you want to try shaping and maintaining your brows at home read below for tips and resources.

 

Going It Alone: How To Do Your Brows At Home

 

If you want to attempt to shape or just maintain your brows at home there are plenty of resources out there to help you.

When you are doing your brows at home have on hand the following tools:

  • A small scissors
  • A disposable mascara brush
  • a white eyeliner pencil – buy the cheapest one you can find
  • a tweezer

Make sure you are in a location at home that has good lighting so you don’t need to squint too much to see your brows.  Don’t do your brows with a magnifying beauty mirror!  The chances you’ll over pluck greatly increase if you are front of a magnifying mirror.  Be sure to stop, step back, and check your progress throughout the process.  And take your time – though eyebrow hair grows back eventually this isn’t a process you want to rush.

Everyone who wants to teach you how to shape your brows on your own is going to show you the three points that you need to look for in order to create the right shape for your brows.  See the illustrations below:

Use your white eyeliner pencil to create the shape that you want for your eyebrow.  Pluck only the hairs that fall outside the white line or on the white line.  Like I already mentioned keep stepping back away from the mirror to check your appearance.  Use a little eye make-up remover to erase the white lines when you are done.

You don’t necessarily need to follow your natural eyebrow shape if you don’t want to.

I always think of Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas as someone with very stylized looking eyebrows (and yes, I do spend an awful lot of time obsessing about people’s eyebrows).  If you want to go that route by all means go for it:

If you aren’t sure how to proceed on your own watch a video about how to do your brows.  Personally I always seem to learn better from watching someone do something than just reading about it.  Here are two resources:

One note – Though I thought both of these video tutorials were good I think both of them miss a step.  You can begin doing your brows by trimming your eyebrow hair if necessary.  For example, for those of us for curly eyebrow hair trimming our hair ever so slightly is a must.  Use your disposable mascara brush to brush your eyebrow hair up on an angle.  Take your small scissors and very carefully trim the long, curly hairs.  Then brush your eyebrow hair down and see if there if there are any hairs to be trimmed.

Another resource for how to do your brows with step by step written instructions is eybrowz.com.

If you are still stumped about the shape of your brows use stencils.  You can buy them at Sally Beauty or eyebrowz.com.

 

Filling in Your Brows

 

Personally I have too much hair everywhere on my body except for my eyebrows.  Go figure.  So I fill in my eyebrows every morning with eyebrow powder.  I use Bare Minerals though there are many, many more eyebrow powders  and products out there to choose from.  If you are going to use a powder I suggest applying it with a very small, angled eyeliner brush.  I use a brush I have from a kit of travel size, mini brushes.  You could use an eyebrow pencil to fill in your brows as well.  If you have unruly brows use a tinted or clear gel to set your brows.  I personally like this brow gel from e.l.f. because it only costs a $1.

One last note – if your brows don’t turn out exactly how you want them to look don’t panic – they will grow back and then you can try again.

Also – check out this interview with eyebrow guru Damone Roberts for even more tips.

Learn about threading, yet another way to shape your brows, in this article from Beauty Etc.

And see my post Over Tweezed Your Brows?  Don’t Worry for tips on filling in sparse brows.

For more tips also see 4 Ways to Get Fabulous Eyebrows from Daily Beauty.

 

Sun Care for Your Baby and Child June 10, 2010

As parents we have an important responsibility to protect our children from all kinds of harm and that includes properly protecting our children from the sun.  I know there is a lot of confusion amongst parents about the proper way to protect children from sunburn and from sun exposure in general so I hope this post will help clear up any confusion.

I think it is important to keep in mind why sun protection for children is so important.  Research has shown that two or more blistering sunburns as a child or as teen can increase the risk of melanoma later in life.  Excess sun exposure can lead to dehydration, fever, damaged skin, and even cataracts.   Skin cancer is the affects of cumulative sun damage starting in childhood and can, though very rarely, affect even children.  It is believed that DNA damage to skin cells that are less than 35 years old can increase skin cancer risk later in life.

The information here in this post I received from a pediatric dermatologist, from my son’s pediatrician, and from Simple Skin Beauty by Ellen Marmur, MD.

 

 

Over all Tips for Sun Care for Your Children

 

  • If at all possible try to avoid time in direct sunlight between 11 am to 4 pm (or just between 11 am and 2 pm even) when the sun is the strongest.  Yes, as a parent I know that this is pretty much next to impossible, but nonetheless I felt that I should mention this anyhow since it is something to keep in mind.
  • Remember that sand, water, cement, roads (and snow) reflect over one half of the sun’s rays.
  • Cloud cover and even smog do not block a significant amount of the sun’s rays from reaching the earth.  Just because it is an overcast or cloudy day does not mean that you cannot get a sunburn.

 

Sun Care for Babies Under 6 Months

First and foremost I want to put to rest the myth that you cannot use sunscreen on a child who is 6 months or younger.  While you don’t want to slather your baby with sunscreen at such an early age it is fine to use sunscreen on small areas of their bodies like the face and backs of the hands.  Of course your first option in order to protect such a young baby is protective clothing, a hat, and shade.   There are plenty of ways to create artificial shade for your baby with umbrellas and stroller canopies.

Sun Care Tips for Children Over 6 Months

 

  • Try to dress your kids in clothes that are lightweight but made with a tight weave.  Hold up clothes to the light to check the weave.  The less light that comes through the better.
  • Consider adding sun protection to clothes with SunGuard.
  • Buy your kids clothes that already has UPF protection (ultraviolet protection factor) especially their swim clothes.  It is actually pretty easy and affordable to find swim wear with UPF protection.  I’ve found items for my son with UPF protection at Target, Old Navy, and even the Disney store.  Or buy through One Step Ahead which pretty much has a solution for every real (or imagined) child issue.  Another great online site for clothes, sunglasses, and sun stroller covers for kids is Shady Lady Products.  I was impressed by both the selection and prices on this site.  They even sell a book about sun safety for children.
  • Consider buying your child sunglasses with UV protection.  One Step Ahead is a good source for that.
  • Make sure your child wears a hat.  I’ve been buying my son bucket style hats since they shade his face, ears, and neck.  Getting a child to wear their hat is a whole other story, of course.
  • Use sunscreen yourself and reapply so that your children learn from your example.  Wear a hat too.
  • Use sunscreen on your children.

Sunscreen for Kids

Tips

  • Remember that if all possible to apply sunscreen to your child about 20 to 30 minutes before you go outside so that the sunscreen has enough time to start working.  I know this can be hard so just try to keep it in mind.
  • Use plenty of sunscreen on your child – don’t skimp!
  • Make sure to cover your child’s entire face including ears.  Don’t forget their feet or the backs of the knees.
  • Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours.
  • Reapply sunscreen immediately after swimming or after your child has been sweating excessively.

What to Look for in a Sunscreen:

 

  • Make sure that your sunscreen is broad-spectrum so that it blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Use a sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 though 30 is preferable.  Spfs higher than 30 don’t offer much more protection since spf 30 already blocks 97% of the sun’s harmful rays; spf 30 will give your child more than adequate protection as long as you apply enough and reapply it.
  • “Waterproof” and “water-resistant” sunscreens offer about 4 to 20 minutes of protection while you are swimming.

Which Sunscreen Should You Choose:

Of course since the EWG annual sunscreen report came out recently there are many concerned parents, and I feel that I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the report yet again (see my earlier post about my opinion on the report).  By all means follow the EWG’s sunscreen ratings if you want.  Just know that the EWG seriously disapproves of spray sunscreens which, in my opinion, are a god sent to parents who have fidgety and/or uncooperative kids.

  • Most doctors recommend using a pure mineral sunscreen with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide on babies and on children’s faces.  (I actually found that my son developed a rash on his face, though not on his body, when I used a chemical sunscreen on his face)
  • The pediatric dermatologist that I took my son to recommended Blue Lizard sunscreen (which, by the way, gets a good rating from the EWG if that is important to you).  She also recommended Walgreens zinc oxide paste sunscreen for his face.  Last summer I had no trouble finding this sunscreen, but this year I couldn’t find it any more at my local Walgreens.  Instead I bought him Walgreens Spf 70 sensitive skin sunscreen since it was the only one I could find that just had zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in its active ingredients.  I saw online that Walgreens also sells another mineral sunscreen – Walgreens Baby spf 60 pure and gentle sunscreen stick.
  • In her book Simple Skin Beauty Dr. Marmur writes that her children use Banana Boat Kids Quik Sunblock Spray Lotion.  I couldn’t find that exact product online but Banana Boat has plenty of sunscreen options.  I bought Banana Boat Sport Spray spf 50 for my entire family to use on our bodies this summer.

 

What to Do if Your Child Gets a Sunburn

 

  • If your child is less than one years old and gets a sunburn call your doctor immediately.
  • If your child is over one and gets a sunburn call your doctor if there is blistering, pain, or fever.
  • In case of a mild sunburn:

                      Give your child water to replace lost fluids

                      Use cool water on the skin to make it feel better

                      You can give your child medicine to relieve pain – but consult with a doctor first

                      Only use medicated lotions on your child if your doctor oks it

                      Keep your child out of the sun until the sunburn heals

Here are some kid sun safety tips from The Skin Cancer Foundation.

 Thank you to Jenny Silverstone from Mom Loves Best for the great inforgraphic!

I hope these tips help.  Have a great and sun safe summer! 

 

I Got a Skin Cancer Screening – Here Are All the Details June 8, 2010

 

 

PLUS –  a few things I learned about sunscreen during my visit to the dermatologist:

I do think it is important to practice what you preach so I went to get a skin cancer full body exam.  Of course the fact that my husband mentioned that a mole on the back of my neck which I can’t see at all looked strange to him helped push me to make the appointment as well.

The appointment itself was quick and easy and made all the better by the fact that the dermatologist was friendly and outgoing.  The nurse took my vitals and had me remove all my clothes except my bra and underwear; I put on a paper robe with the opening in the back.  Once the doctor entered the exam room I told her about the two moles I wanted her to look at in particular.  After she looked the moles over the doctor examined my entire body – from the scalp down, front and back including under my bra.   It took all of five minutes – quick and easy like I said.  Just think – five minutes to put your mind at ease (which is what happened with me) or to diagnosis a serious skincare condition.  I truly don’t see a reason not to do a screening.

  

 

And the sunscreen issue:

Since the dermatologist was so friendly I jumped at the opportunity to pick her brain a bit about some skincare issues.  First off I asked her what she thought about the EWG annual sunscreen report.  Her response was that she didn’t agree with the findings in the report and that the group’s conclusions were misguided and even silly.  Though my initially my thoughts about the EWG sunscreen report had been more borderline (see my earlier blog post about the report), that I was inclined to change my sunscreens to recommended brands by the EWG eventually, now after more thought I am beginning to think that the dermatologist is right.  Since the EWG is the ONLY group saying the things that they are saying about sunscreens I want validation for at least another source before agreeing with them.  The dermatologist told me that she recommends La Roche Posay Anthelios 45 Ultra-Light Fluid for Face and Vanicream SPF 30 (which by the way the EWG thinks is ok). 

 

So please consider getting a skin cancer screening ASAP.   All you need is five minutes (and ok time to wait to see the doctor too)

 

For more reasons to get a skin cancer exam read this article from Skin Inc. :  Skin Cancer Screenings More Important Than Ever

 

 
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