Skin Cancer Awareness Month: A Multi-Pronged Approach to Skin Cancer Prevention

Some goodies from ZO Skin

Some goodies from ZO Skin Health!

A few weeks ago, I got an e-mail inviting me to meet Dr. Aaron Kosins, a plastic surgeon based in Newport Beach, CA, and his team while they were in New York City.

Over coffee, Kosins explained his skin cancer prevention and skin care philosophy. It has a simple, four-pronged approach:

1. Sunscreen. This one is pretty basic. “Everyone knows sunscreen is a good thing,” said Kosins. “But you need to reapply it every 90 minutes or so, and most people forget.” I always forget to reapply.

2. Antioxidants. Kosins also explained sunscreen doesn’t block all of the sun’s UV rays. Some UV radiation still gets through and causes the formation of free radicals. These free radicals cause inflammation and DNA damage, which leads to skin cancer. So you need antioxidants. These neutralize free radicals and prevent them for doing damage. One of the more popular antioxidants in skin care products is vitamin C.

3. Sun Protective Clothing. And since many people forget to reapply sunscreen and it’s not always convenient to stop and reapply when you are enjoying the great outdoors, sun protective clothing is a good idea. Kosins said he likes clothes from REI, although there are a lot of good brands out there. I know I have mentioned Coolibar and Solumbra on here before.

4. Maintaining overall skin health. Protecting your skin from the sun is very important, but you need to take care of it all. the. time. If you use retinol, it will strengthen your skin over time, and make it better able to tolerate the sun, said Kosins.

He went on to say retinol helps stimulate your skin: it distributes melanin, and builds collagen and elastin. Sun spots are less likely to form, and your cells are less likely to be damaged by UV radiation. “Think of using retinol as exercising your skin, the way going to the gym is exercising your muscles,” Kosins said.

BTW, Kosins, who is also a partner in the ZO Skin Centre in Newport Beach, sent me some products from the ZO Skin Health line.* I really love the Ossential Daily Power Defense serum and the Oclipse Smart Tone sunscreen with SPF 50. I have been using the Olluminate Intense Eye Repair cream that I got in a blogger goody bag a while ago, and I love that, too!

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. As a beauty blogger, I feel like I should devote a few posts to this important issue. So I am going to do a skin cancer-related post every week or so throughout the month. You can read my first two posts here and here.

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*The products were sent to me for my review. Opinions are my own.

Fabulous Links of the Week

I love this bench outside a local Mexican restaurant

I love this bench outside a local Mexican restaurant!

A French-Korean beauty brand I’m dying to try, and an Instagram account that shares spot-on dupes for high end makeup, in this week’s Fabulous Links.

A skincare line that fuses French and Korean beauty secrets? Yes, please! (Byrdie)

How great is this Instagram account that gives you affordable dupes for all your beauty faves? (Allure)

This week on the blog, I reviewed SimySkin and learned about the EWG Verified program.

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EWG Verified

 Fans of natural beauty brands, this post is for you! The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently announced the launch of its EWG Verified program. This program is intended to simplify shopping for natural beauty products by putting a special EWG Verified logo on the packaging of items that meet EWG’s rigorous set of standards.

EWG Verified is the next level iteration of EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, Nneka Leiba, deputy director for research of the EWG, told me. “As we looked at the market, and how we could continue to push it, we wanted to develop a program that would set the bar that much higher,” she said

Skin Deep continues to be an excellent resource, said Leiba. However, you do need a smartphone when you are shopping, to scan items to find those that score well. Or you can research products online at home. “With the EWG Verified logo, consumers can pick up a product, and at the point of sale, know that it meets our strictest criteria,” Leiba said.

I know I don’t feel like whipping out my iPhone and scanning everything, when all I want to do is make a quick beauty supply run. (Full disclosure: many times I forget said iPhone in my car.)

Companies are also on board with EWG Verified. The program has gone over really well with consumers; because of that, and because shoppers are used to using EWG as a trusted resource, companies really gravitate towards the program, said Leiba.

She went on to say by allowing companies to use the EWG Verified logo, the EWG is validating their efforts to protect consumer safety. The EWG has also heard from companies whose products don’t currently meet its criteria, and want to reformulate them so they do measure up, Leiba said

Kimberly Heathman, chief marketing officer of MyChelle Dermaceuticals, a natural skin care brand, told me getting products EWG Verified was very time consuming. “You have to show where the ingredients come from, and show all the testing that you do.” According to Heathman, MyChelle was not afraid to show any of its data, because of its commitment to transparency in the beauty industry.

The process took MyChelle about six weeks, “But to be able to register things that are so important to the consumer, and to understand they are safe and healthy for the skin, was really a huge benefit,” Heathman said.

MyChelle customers love it, too. When the company sent an e-blast to consumers earlier this month, the campaign was very successful. “Our click-through rates from the e-blast to our web site were double that of what we would have expected!,” said Heathman.

EWG launched EWG Verified in personal care first, because the organization is most familiar with personal care because of Skin Deep, said Leiba. “Ultimately, we will move the EWG Verified program to other aspects of healthy living,” she said.

According to this post on Well + Good, other companies hopping on the EWG Verified bandwagon include W3ll People and Beautycounter. You can read my review of Beautycounter’s Countertime collection here.

Do you use the Skin Deep database as a resource when shopping? Do you even think about the ingredients in your beauty products? I admit, I really don’t. At least not as often as I probably should. Let’s discuss in the comments!

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Product Review: SimySkin

SkimySkin cleanser, toner, and face mask

SimySkin cleanser, toner, and face mask

You know me. I’ll try almost anything, if I think it will make me look a few years younger. So when SimySkin offered to send me three of their new products to try, I said, “Sure!” Hey, they offered, right?

SimySkin sent its Anti-Aging Gel Cleanser, Micro-Exfoliating Toner, and Deep Hydrating Mask.* The water-based cleanser contains 10 essential oils, antioxidants, and B12 and other vitamins. It has a faint citrus scent, and didn’t leave my skin feeling too tight. I hate it when cleansers leave your skin feeling stripped.

The toner contains lactic acid and salicylic acid, and 10 percent glycolic acid to get rid of dead skin cells, impurities, and other junk. The company recommends you use the toner two or three times per week, until you see how your skin tolerates it. I’ve only used it once, but I can already see that my skin appears much brighter and fresher.

I love the Hydrating Mask! It doesn’t go on green or chalky, and has a very faint, earthy scent. My skin definitely felt soft and supple when I rinsed it off after 10 minutes. The company suggests you use the mask two or three times per week.

All products are paraben free. The mask and the cleanser are also sulfate free. The toner is soap-, dye-, and fragrance-free.

Oh, so you want to try SimySkin, too? Good, because I’ve scored you a deal. (I’m nice like that.) If you go to simyskin.com before June 30, 2016, you get $15 off your purchase! Just enter the coupon code FABFOREVER15 at checkout. You’re welcome!

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*The products were sent to me for my review. Opinions are my own.

Fabulous Links of the Week

SkimySkin cleanser, toner, and face mask

SimySkin cleanser, toner, and face mask

A ‘second skin’ that seems to get rid of wrinkles and under eye bags, a new beauty collaboration at Target, and some Bath & Body Works nostalgia, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

This so-called ‘second skin’ polymer may eliminate wrinkles and eye bags, and cure eczema and psoriasis. It’s from the MIT geniuses at Living Proof. (Yes, Jennifer Aniston’s Living Proof.) (Nature Materials) (New York Times)

Target is rolling out a collaboration with natural beauty brand Beautycounter this fall. (Allure)

Bath & Body Works is bringing back these 90s scents you remember so well. (Glamour)

This week on the blog, I talked with Dr. Rebecca Kazin about protecting your scalp from the sun.

Before I forget, the SimySkin team sent me a few of their products to try (pictured above). And I’ve scored you a deal, because I’m nice like that. If you go to simyskin.com before June 30, 2016, you get $15 off your purchase! Just enter the coupon code FABFOREVER15 at checkout. You’re welcome!

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Skin Cancer Awareness Month: Protecting Your Scalp

Q: Why do people (myself included) forget to protect their scalp from the sun?

A: They can’t see it, so they forget it is always exposed to the sun all. the. time. “You look in the mirror, and you look at your face and jawline. You are driving, and you look at your hands,” Rebecca Kazin, associate director of the Washington Institute for Dermatologic Laser Surgery, told me.

I agree. At 4’10”, I never see the top of anyone’s head, much less my own.

Kazin did have a few good tips for protecting your scalp, though.

  • Wear a wide-brimmed (about 6″) hat. Skip the visor: it doesn’t shield the back of your neck, said Kazin. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites from the sun protective clothing brand Coolibar:

You can view all the women’s sun hats from Coolibar here. Here are more hats from another sun protective clothing brand called Solumbra, which I mentioned in my previous post about Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

  • Switch up the part in your hair. Cover the part in your hair when you are in the sun, and switch your part every day, so the same area is not always exposed to the sun, Kazin said.
  • Rules for updos. If you wear your hair up, don’t wear it with a part, and do remember to put sunscreen on the back of your neck and the tops of your ears.

Tell me. How do you protect your scalp when you are in the sun? Do you even think about it? Let me know in the comments!

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. As a beauty blogger, I feel like I should devote a few posts to this important issue. So I am going to do a skin cancer-related post every week or so throughout the month.

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Fabulous Links of the Week: Mother’s Day Edition

My mom and I in Florida ca. 2014

My mom and I in Florida ca. 2014

All in all, it was a very busy week beauty wise. The best workout for your age, a 100-year-old model looking good in British Vogue, a new nail polish that is literally finger lickin’ good, Urban Decay’s big announcement, Essie’s new line of polishes, the coolest look from the Met Gala, and a loving tribute to Prince by his hairdresser, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

This guide will tell you the best workout for your age. You’re never too old to get moving, people! (Total Beauty)

Bo Gilbert is 100 years old, and rocking a fashion spread in British Vogue like a boss. (WhoWhatWear)

Kentucky Fried Chicken just launched nail polishes that taste like fried chicken. I can’t decide if this is brilliant, or just plain gross. (Glamour)

Urban Decay has reformulated and repackaged its entire line of lipsticks. Kids, this is huge! (Refinery 29)

Essie is launching a new line of nail polishes called Gel Couture. I love the new bottle design! (Glamour)

Claire Danes’ glow-in-the-dark ball gown at the Met Gala took Cinderella to the next level. (Vanity Fair)

I’m still processing the loss of His Purple Majesty. His hairdresser of 28 years, Kim Berry, remembers the Prince only his inner circle got to see. (Allure)

This week on the blog, I met Wende Zomnir of Urban Decay, kicked off Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and got the scoop on Boombox from founder Christina Geist.

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Boombox Gifts

Boombox Gifts

Boombox Gifts

Remember when I went to the Beauty, Baubles, Bevvies, and Boxes event a few weeks ago, and discovered Boombox? Well, I got Boombox founder Christina Geist on the phone to see if I could find out more about it.

Most of Boombox’s customers, or “Gift Givers,” are women, but not all, said Geist. “For whatever reason, women feel a little more comfortable putting a Boombox together,” she said. However, the end recipients of the box are pretty equally split among men and women.

The most popular occasions for giving a Boombox so far have been milestone birthdays and anniversaries, and retirement,” Geist said. The company is just starting to market to parents-to-be and parents of young children, so it is filling more orders for baby boxes. People are also giving the box as a wedding gift.

“Really, you can put one together for any moment in life,” said Geist. She went on to say one of the most powerful Boomboxes she worked on was for a woman who was starting chemotherapy treatment. “We could barely close the box there were so many messages packed inside!,” she said.

Boombox’s most loyal brand ambassadors are people who have received boxes. Geist said one women got a box for her 40th birthday from her sister, and two days later she purchased one for her mom for her 80th birthday. As Geist puts it, “Oftentimes, you have to get it…to get it!”

Boombox wants to give customers an easy, unique experience, and they tend to come back when the next special occasion pops up for someone in their life, said Geist.

She mentioned that a Boombox takes anywhere from three to five weeks to put together. A Boombox is perfect for Father’s Day, and all the graduations, weddings, and bridal/baby showers you’ll have this summer!

I am still touched by the idea of receiving a box full of personal notes and photos from a group of good friends, and I am curious to know what you think. Tell me in the comments!

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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month!

Practicing Safe Sun in Florida last year

Me, practicing “Safe Sun” in Florida

I didn’t know May was Skin Cancer Awareness Month until I got an email about it. I was able to speak with Dr. Edwin Williams, president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He was kind enough to share a few tips about how to stay safe in the sun this summer

The first tip is pretty obvious. Don’t. lay. out. “Intelligent people just do not lay in the sun,” said Williams, a facial plastic surgeon with practices in New York City, Albany, NY, and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. The sun’s rays hit you more directly when you lie there baking, he said. In fact, you should avoid being outdoors if possible between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., when the sun is strongest.

The next tip is also obvious. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen, and be diligent about reapplying, at least every few hours and after swimming. Don’t worry. You will still get a glow. “People think if you put sunscreen on, you won’t get any color, and that is absolutely false,” Williams said.

He continued by saying people also believe if you use sunscreen, you are not at risk for skin cancer. That is another myth. You are still getting exposed to damaging ultraviolet rays that can cause skin cancer. That is why you need to reapply sunscreen frequently.

Williams’s last tip is probably my fave. Take a cue from Jackie O, and wear sunglasses. Sun protective clothing is also a good idea. Few things are more chic than over-sized, retro-inspired sunnies and a big straw hat.

The best hats are wide-brimmed hats, said Williams. Even going from a four-inch brim to a  six-inch brim can significantly cut down on the number of rays you are exposed to. How cute are these coverups and hats from Solumbra?

According to this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S., although most cases are preventable. Almost five million people are treated for skin cancer every year in this country, at an estimated cost of $8.1 million.

As a beauty blogger, I feel like I should devote a few posts to this important issue. So I am going to do a skin cancer-related post every week or so throughout the month.

Do you have any sun safety tips to share? Maybe some clever ways to remember to reapply or get kids to wear sunscreen? (Kristen Bell’s tips are genius!) Let me know in the comments!

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Wende Zomnir of Urban Decay

I made a friend at the Makeup Show NYC: Urban Decay founder Wende Zomnir

I made a friend at the Makeup Show NYC: Urban Decay founder Wende Zomnir

Every year at The Makeup Show NYC, one or two keynotes always stand out, such as  Charlotte Tilbury’s talk in 2014. This year, the must-see event for me was I’m With the Brand: From My Living Room to L’Oreal with Wende Zomnir. You may know her as founder and Chief Creative Officer of edgy makeup brand Urban Decay.

Zomnir said she started Urban Decay as a way of expressing herself positively through makeup. She wanted to create makeup in colors that she was interested in wearing, but couldn’t find anywhere. “I wanted to get away from pink, red, and beige, and say that individuality is acceptable in the world of makeup,” Zomnir told the audience.

She realized she had a hit on her hands when she started getting letters full of positive feedback. The letters would say things like, ‘You really understand me’ and ‘You get me’. As Zomnir put it, “I realized we were able to speak to customers from a makeup standpoint.”

A few of Zomnir’s core philosophies that helped her take Urban Decay from startup to sensation are:

  • “Be good at math.” You need to have discipline and pay attention to the “business” side of the business. It’s not enough to just have an innovative product or service.
  • Surround yourself with people who are passionate about the business and your vision. Staffers in Urban Decay’s California HQ are just as passionate about makeup as Zomnir is. “If you are going to work for us, you better put your face on in the morning!,” said Zomnir. (Her makeup was flawless, btw.)
  • Be aware and spot emerging trends. Zomnir used the example of Urban Decay’s cult favorite All-Nighter makeup setting spray. Now setting sprays are everywhere!
  • Cultivate your inner voice. Trust your gut, it makes the best decisions, Zomnir said.
  • “Check your ego at the door.” Trust your team and be willing to listen to different opinions.
  • Keep your eyes and ears open. You never know where an idea will come from.
  • Little ideas are important, too. They can make a difference.
  • Be flexible.

“Building a brand is a constant evolution,” said Zomnir. Urban Decay is always trying to improve its products and do things a little differently. The purchase of the company several years ago by L’Oreal allowed it to expand to Europe and Asia.

Zomnir also showed videos during her keynote. One was a virtual tour of Urban Decay’s California offices, and another talked about The Ultraviolet Edge, Urban Decay’s worldwide initiative to empower women. My favorite gave us a peek inside Urban Decay’s first freestanding store, located in Newport Beach, California.

Zomnir saved her best advice for last, though. “Be true to your brand, or else you just start to cannibalize each other.” In other words, never be afraid to just do you.

Do you use any Urban Decay products? I love my Naked Smoky palette and the Anti-Aging Eye Primer Potion. Tell me about your favorites in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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