October 28th, 2010 / posted by paularath

Every time I attend a skin care-related event, I learn something. Skin care has become so complicated and confusing that it’s always helpful to learn more. At Susan Snyder’s http:/www.susansnyder.biz

SkinCeuticals event on Saturday at Oahu Country Club, Kerry Lum, the SkinCeuticals Hawaii rep, shared some basics, as well as information specific to her line. SkinCeuticals is a respected medical skin care line that’s used in spas and the offices of dermatologists and plastic surgeons.  Even Paula Begoun, the “Cosmetics Cop” (whose research I refer to frequently) thinks it’s an effective line with many products that get on her “good” list.

Most of the seminar focused on sunscreens and prevention of future sun damage. Lum reminded us that UVB rays are shorter and, after exposure, skin pinks up or burns and feels warm. You know when you’ve been zapped by them. UVA rays, however, are longer and penetrate more deeply into the skin. And you’re not always aware of the damage they are doing. The SPF factors we see on sunscreens are measured only for UVB rays. So we could be getting a lot of damage and not even know it. That’s why it’s important for us Hawaii folks, with our intense year-round sun, to put on sunscreen even when it’s cloudy.

Lum and Snyder said very few people use enough sunscreen. They recommend a Hershey’s kiss-size blob for face alone. Do you use that much? I know I don’t but I will now. Lum said it’s best not to rub sunscreen in a lot. She recommends patting it on so the SPF doesn’t degrade too much. For body, she recommends using a shot glass-size blob and reapplying it every two hours for maximum protection. Yikes! I really need to  change my sunscreen habits. How are your sunscreen and skin care regimens working?

– Paula Rath

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November 6th, 2010 at 9:28 am

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August 5th, 2012 at 1:53 am

What are the bad ingredients to avoid in a sunscreen purchase?

August 10th, 2012 at 9:02 pm

There are so many bad ingredients I wouldn’t know where to begin. But the good ones are Titanium Dioxide, Avobenzone and Mexoryl. Make sure it says “Broad Spectrum.” I like La Roche-Posay and Shiseido’s sunscreens.

Do you know about Paula Begoun, aka The Cosmetics Cop? She has a staff of researchers who scout out all the information on makeup, skin care and sunscreens. See what she says!


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