Despite elegant new formulations and innovative packaging that makes sunscreen application a snap, too much skin is still going uncovered. In a survey by Coppertone, nearly half of respondents admitted they didn't wear sunscreen at all. Until now, that is. Prepare to excuseproof your sunscreen use!1. Sunscreen makes me breaks outThe truth: Fear of aggravating acne is the number one reason women shun sunscreen, says Robert A. Weiss, MD, president of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. But guess what? Protecting skin from UV light curtails future breakouts. "The sun stimulates oil glands and thickens skin, so pores become blocked," explains Weiss.Problem solved: Keep breakouts at bay with a lightweight, nonoily lotion like Coppertone NutraShield Faces 70+ SPF with Dual Defense ($10.50; drugstores), which is proven not to clog pores.2. It's messy with makeupThe truth: Not freshening your sunscreen is akin to committing skin suicide. Here's why: The potency of sunscreen … [Read more...] about 6 Sunscreen Excuses, Busted!
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A squeaky-clean, spotless house brings a sense of pride to many Americans, but here's the toxic truth: something that should be making us feel good is actually making us sick. From cleaning ingredients powerful enough not just to cut through grease and grime, but also human bone and tissue to products labeled "nontoxic" and "green" that are in fact laced with hazardous ingredients, more than a few of the products on the market made Environmental Working Group's recent "EWG Database Cleaners Hall of Shame" list.The release of this list of some of the worst cleaners sold in America comes several months before EWG is slated to unveil a first-of-its-kind database that will rank the safety of cleaners on the market. Due to be released this fall, the database will be similar to its popular Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, unveiling problematic chemicals and rating products on toxicity.While taking matters into your own hands and using green cleaning recipes is a great way to start detox … [Read more...] about The Worst Cleaners in America
Like most women, you probably wash your face and pat on some obligatory moisturizer in the morning, and then dutifully remove your makeup and cleanse at night. But if that's all you're doing, you're missing out on many opportunities to boost your beauty potential throughout the day. "Cycling your regimen around your internal clock can do wonders for your skin," explains Melinda Milner, spa director at Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, California, where the whole spa menu is based on the body's circadian rhythm (its timed biological cycle). Maximize your hotness by adopting this simple 24/7 game plan.MorningEven if you rest your face on a freshly laundered pillowcase, your skin still gets "dirty" overnight. Washing with a moisturizing, nonfoaming cleanser such as Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser ($8, drugstore.com) will remove the impurities that result from natural cell metabolism and hydrate your skin, says Jeannette Graf, M.D., a dermatologist in Great Neck, New York. To de-puff … [Read more...] about 13 Essentials for Your Beauty Regimen