Don’t Fry Day

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I can’t say this any better than the National Council on Skin Cancer can, so…

In an effort to raise awareness about a health issue that is largely preventable: skin cancer, the Council is naming the Friday before Memorial Day Don’t Fry Day.

“Any change in your skin, whether burned or slightly tanned, is a sign of UV damage,”
says Drusilla Hufford, Council co‐chair. “The good news is: you can protect yourself and your family members from skin cancer’s main cause: too much sun. In the same way we teach kids to wear bike helmets, we can also teach them to wear wide‐brimmed hats.”

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers in the United States. More people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year than breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer combined. Whether from the sun or an artificial light source, ultraviolet radiation is a carcinogen. According to a recent study, in 2006, in the 116 largest (most populous) U.S. cities, there were, on average, more tanning salons than there were Starbucks® coffee shops.

For more information, including additional statistics and other resources, visit the Council’s site:

Read everything under theNotice’s “Skincare: sun” label here, or check out our favourite sunscreens here!

Biore wants you to preserve your skin

Thursday, May 13, 2010

What it is: Biore‘s SkinPreservation Dual Fusion Moisture Lotion + SPF 30

The feel + moisture factors: The moisture factor isn’t something to complain about, but it’s not totally fabulous, either. While I was using this, I needed a heavier moisturizer at night, though it was fine for the daytime! I think it would be fine for anyone with slightly-dry to oily skin. This strange white-and-green mixture looks like an Asian dessert sinks in like a dream, and kept me a lot less oily than the moisturizer I had been using previously (Olay Complete for Sensitive Skin lotion.)

The other factors: What initially attracted my attention to this one was the SPF — it’s hard to find a good lotion with anything over SPF15, at least in the drugstore! SPF 30 definitely put it in my good books, and it’s the reason why I think the price (about $15) is still pretty damn reasonable, even for just 50ml. What held my attention, though? Well, the packaging is awesome (and hygienic,) the lotions smells lovely (but fades, instead of inducing migraines,) the SPF doesn’t flash out in photographs… y’know. Pretty much everything about it did the holding!

The one problem you might run into is that the two sides don’t always dispense evenly at first; to get around this, hit it on the countertop a few times (hard, and make sure it’s landing flat!) Then, pop off the lid and pump the sides separately to get them both flowing, before putting the pump-lid-thingy back on. They tell you to pump 7-9 times to get both going; I say that’s a waste of product! (Yep, I’m cheap like that.)

(Not a scary monster.)

And, the ingredients — it’s quite the list!

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Zinc oxide 3.9%, octinoxate 3.0%.
INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Water, cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, glycerin, isohexadecane, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, butylene glycol, phenyl trimethicone, cetyl-pg hydroxyethyl palmitamide, camellia sinensis leaf extract, nymphaea coerulea flower extract, melissa officinalis leaf extract, hordeum distichon (barley) extract, disodium rutinyl disulfate, PEG-3 dimethicone, polyacrylamide, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, C13-14 isoparaffin, sodium stearoxy PG-hydroxyethylcellulose sulfonate, dimethicone/methicone copolymer, laureth-7, propylene glycol, iron oxides, disodium EDTA, 1,2-hexanediol, caprylyl glycol, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, tropolone, fragrance, Green 5, Yellow 5, Green 3.

The verdict? While I’m not using this anymore (‘cones,) I would definitely recommend it… and I have been recommending it; like crazy! If you’re not on my diet with me, and you’re looking for a new moisturizer with SPF for the summer, please do give this one a try. I love it!

New at… Barneys

Saturday, April 17, 2010

This list may be short (just two items,) but I couldn’t help but post it all the same!

Violet blush, ladies. I love it, so perhaps now that it’s gone mainstream, you’ll give it a try as well? (Seriously, do!! And let me know how it goes; I’m dying to know if anyone else is into it too.)

And the most hardcore sunscreen container ever:


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Product: Murad Oil-Free Sunblock SPF30

What they say:

A featherweight, easily absorbed sunblock that protects and restores the appearance of healthy skin.

Prevents signs of premature aging caused by environmental exposure by delivering high SPF protection and intense hydration with an oil-free, matte finish.

The truth? Talk about a gross mess! Though it felt smooth upon application, the second I looked in the mirror, I soon saw the sticky, shiny finish it left! My skin was incredibly oily after only two hours — and this is after I drowned myself in silica spheres to try to counter the shininess. I don’t think I’ve ever been quite this disgusted with a product!

What’s even worse: it ate through my plastic. Ate through my plastic. I had it in a five gram jar, and now the jar is toast. There’s a white outline where the sunscreen was, and yes — I’ve tried washing it. It’s damage, not just residue. On top of this, it’s only SPF30, contains parabens and chemical suncreens. If it’s so normal, why couldn’t they have… gee, I don’t know. Made it suck less?

The veriduct? Duh! Don’t even sample this. It’s that nasty. I just don’t understand! The reviews are so good! Unless the sample I tried had gone bad (doubtful) or I’m just crazy (also doubtful, but less so) people are setting their standards way too low.

I suppose if you had never tried high-end sunscreen before, this would be decent… compared to $6 store-brand waterproof goop. But honestly? I’d reach for my $10 Neutrogena way before reaching for this!

On behalf of the orange glow

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

No one likes an oompa loompa tan – but there’s certainly something that can be said for it. (Aside from “tacky”, of course.)

I’ve finally decided that I cannot single-handedly erase the public opinion that tanned is good. I can, of course, still stand tall on my soapbox and preach about it: super-tan is not super-healthy. Beautiful does not have to be bronze.
That said, I support fake tanning. I still don’t think being tan is a necessity, but I support getting bronzed in your bathroom – does that make sense? So, while I still think a bad bottle-bronze looks tacky and awful, I feel a strange sense of support for it.


Well, while bronze may not say beautiful, orangeish says that you’re too smart to let the sun roast away your epidermis just so you won’t be pale. With self-tanners and bronzers, you can slather on the SPF, keep yourself safe, and still look as bronzed as you want. Orangeish means that you don’t have to risk your health just to be tan.
And this is why I support fake tanning.

(But seriously, guys. If you’re so orange I want to eat you — you need to lay off the GlowFusion.)

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