Skincare: Sunscreen Tips and the EWG and Consumer Reports

Skin care from Goddess Garden

Goddess Garden sun care products scored all “1s” from the EWG!

It’s the end of July, my Facebook feed is filled with vacation pics, and I am grappling with a serious case of FOMO. If lucky you is headed to the beach, and you are in the market for sunscreen, you might want to check out the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) 10th annual sunscreen guide and the Consumer Reports article about how to get the best sun protection.

The EWG tests hundreds of sunscreens and skin care products with SPF every year. The organization gives each product an overall score of 1 to 10, with 1 being the best. The score is based on six criteria, including the ultraviolet (UV) protection it offers and the ingredients listed on the label.

About a week before the EWG report dropped, Consumer Reports published research that found out of the more than 60 sunscreens tested, a whopping 43 percent did not meet the SPF claims on the label. Eek!

So what is a sun safety-obsessed girl to do? I asked Dr. Barry Resnik, medical director of the Resnik Skin Institute, and Sonya Lunder, a senior analyst with the EWG, for their best advice.

1. First of all, keep this information in perspective. These reports kind of exist in a vacuum, said Resnik. He went on to say, “I think we should be focusing on getting people to have better application habits versus worrying about ingredients or SPF numbers, because if you put the stuff on incorrectly, or forget to reapply, I don’t care what’s in it, its not gonna help you!”

2. Avoid high SPF numbers (above 50). The way sunscreens are marketed draw attention to the wrong issues, said Lunder. For example, “We’re led to believe higher SPF numbers are better than lower ones, and don’t realize that covering up is a more reliable form of protecting your skin.” So…

3. Cover up! Wear hats, sunglasses, and sun protective clothing.

4. Make sure your sunscreen offers broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Unfortunately, fewer UVA-filtering chemicals are available in the U.S. versus Europe, Resnik said. He recommends you look for Helioplex, found in Neutrogena products, and Mexoryl, which is found in sunscreens by LaRoche-Posay.

5. Remember that the perfect sunscreen is kind of a unicorn. Resnik said as a dermatologist, people often ask him what his favorite sunscreen is. His response? “The one you like to use, and will remember to reapply frequently!”

The EWG wants people to buy and use products they like and that smell and feel good, said Lunder. The organization also wants to help educate consumers about the fact that sunscreen rubs off and breaks down. “Products cannot last more than two hours on your skin,” Lunder said. So you need to reapply every 90 minutes or so.

I admit I’ve tried to be more diligent about sunscreen the older I get, but sometimes I’ll just grab the first bottle that says “SPF,” or I’ll get down to my car in the parking garage and realize I’m not wearing SPF. Does that ever happen to you? Let me know in the comments!

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Fabulous Links of the Week

I went to the Met yesterday with my friend Laurie to see the Manus x Machina exhibit at the Costume Institute. I loved it!

I saw the Manus x Machina exhibit at the Met yesterday. I loved it!

The next big trend in the beauty industry, Brexit’s impact on cult U.K. brands, Jennifer Aniston speaks out on celeb body shaming and her frustration with the paparazzi’s bump watch, and the Instagram every SATC fan and fashionista needs to follow, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

Sun care is a rapidly growing trend in beauty retail. I agree: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I am loving the brand Supergoop! (PYMNTS)

Allure looks at the effect of Brexit on go-to British brands like Charlotte Tilbury, Boots No. 7, and Nails, Inc. Luckily, we don’t have too much to worry about! (Allure)

Jennifer Aniston isn’t having a baby. She has had enough, though. (Huffington Post)

The Instagram @everyoutfitonsatc, by Lauren Garroni and Chelsea Fairless, is an SATC fan’s dream. Relive the Fab Four’s best fashion moments. (And some cringe-worthy ones, too!) The captions are almost better than the clothes. (Glamour)

This week on the blog, I shared some of my Summer 2016 favorites.

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Summer 2016 Favorites: Nuxe Dry Oil, Alterna BB Beach Balm, Brush-On Block Sunblock, and NARS Hot Sand

Summer 2016 Favorites..So Far!

Summer 2016 Favorites..So Far!

Summer is about at the halfway point, so I thought I’d share a few of the things I’m loving, but haven’t mentioned here before.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil I love using dry oil after a shower when its really humid out, because it’s lighter than lotion. Nuxe is a French pharmacy brand, and always chic French girls supposedly love this dry oil. You can put it in your bath or even in your hair or on your face, but I haven’t tried that yet. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse All-Purpose Dry Oil is available at Target.**

Alterna Bamboo Beach BB Beach Balm for Hair This silky cream is like beachy waves in a tube! It provides moisture, light hold, and UV protection. I put it on the ends of my clean, damp hair after I comb it out, and voila, instant mermaid hair! Plus, it smells incredible. You can pick up Alterna Bamboo Beach BB Beach Balm at Sephora.*

Brush-On Block Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 This mineral powder sunscreen is great for wearing under makeup. It feels light, which is important if you want sun protection, but don’t want anything too heavy because of the heat. You can buy Brush-On Block Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 on Amazon.*

NARS Hot Sand Collection: Hot Sand/Orgasm Blush Duo and Hanamachi Kabuki Brush I’ve pretty much been using this blush/bronzer compact and kabuki brush non-stop since I got them. I love how I can use NARS Orgasm to set my Chosungah-22 cushion blush for a pink flush or my Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks for a peachy look. And how cute is the kabuki brush? The Hot Sand collection is limited edition, but the blush duo and the kabuki brush are available at narscosmetics.com.*

So tell me. What products have you discovered this summer? Let’s talk summer favorites in the comments!

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** I purchased the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse dry oil at my local Target. Opinions are my own.

* The Alterna BB Beach Balm, Brush-On Block sunscreen, and the NARS blush duo and Hanamachi kabuki brush were sent to me for my review. Opinions are my own.

 

 

Fabulous Links of the Week

Made a Sephora run today. I got samples of the new Living Proof hair oil and the Alterna Caviar hair oil, and a small tube of Supergoop! spf hand lotion for my purse.

Made a Sephora run today. I got samples of the new Living Proof hair oil and the Alterna Caviar hair oil, and a small tube of Supergoop! hand lotion with SPF for my purse.

Artificial intelligence (AI) infiltrating the beauty industry, 50-plus ladies refusing to fade away, crowdsourcing the next must-have beauty product, and unloading those beauty box samples you don’t want, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

AI is disrupting the beauty industry, from technology that creates your perfect shade of foundation to bots that judge an online beauty contest. (Globe and Mail)

Generation Glam (I love that name!) is the new crowd of over-50s who will not be put out to pasture, thank you. Just call them “Glam-Mas”! (Daily Mail)

Volition is a beauty brand that invites its customers to submit ideas for new products! It’s beauty crowdsourcing a la the tech industry. (Popsugar)

How genius is this online marketplace to sell unwanted subscription box samples? (WWD)

This week on the blog, I talked with Gina Elise and Kenny Kahn of Pin-Ups for Vets and Beauty and Pin-Ups, and gave an update on my BabyFoot foot peel with some appropriately gnarly peel pics.

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BabyFoot USA Follow-Up

Remember when I tried BabyFoot,* the foot peel craze from Japan? Well, it worked. Or, if we’re getting technical, it’s still working. My feet have been peeling like crazy for the last week or so.

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I have more pictures, but I think you get my point. According to the company, your feet can peel for up to 10 days!

I have to say, though, my feet look great. I can see myself doing this again next spring to get ready for sandal season.

You can buy BabyFoot online or at Target.com.

Have you tried BabyFoot? Let me know what you thought in the comments!

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*BTW, I purchased BabyFoot. Opinions are my own

Beauty and Pin-Ups and Pin-Ups for Vets!

Valor hairspray by Beauty and Pin-Ups. Yes, that's Gina Elise on the bottle!

Valor hairspray by Beauty and Pin-Ups. Yes, that’s Gina Elise on the bottle!

I’m sure I have mentioned on here my love of anything vintage and my fascination with the World War II era. So I was really excited to talk to Gina Elise, founder of Pin-Ups for Vets, and Kenny Kahn, CEO of Beauty and Pin-Ups, about their collaboration to benefit those who have served our country. Perfect timing for the Fourth of July!

Elise and Kahn first crossed paths on the TLC reality competition Global Beauty Masters, sort of a Top Chef for stylists. The challenge was to make your model look like a vintage pin-up, and Elise was one of the models. Afterward, Elise and Kahn found themselves standing on line together at a Starbucks, and got to talking.

“I was completely intrigued by her as a person, she was about as authentic as anyone I had met in some time,” said Kahn. He thought Elise had a great purpose with Pin-Ups for Vets, and really wanted to be a part of what she was doing.

After checking out Elise’s social media posts and looking into the Pin-Ups for Vets organization, Kahn was on board. “I loved the way she brought joy to military veterans, and I also loved that she involved active and non-active members of the military in her mission,” he said.

When Beauty and Pin-Ups developed its new light hold hair spray, dubbed Valor, the brand chose Elise as its model. Beauty and Pin-Ups also donates a portion of the proceeds from every sale of Valor to Pin-Ups for Vets.

Helping Veterans

Elise told me that she started Pin-Ups for Vets almost 11 years ago as a creative way to give back to America’s veterans. She was inspired by her grandfather, who served in the army during World War !!.

“Back in 2006, a lot of stories made the news about our troops coming back from Iraq, and trying to get medical care,” she said. “I just really wanted to do something to support the Veterans Administration (VA) and help vets and troops.” She felt the vintage pin-up was an appropriate motif because pin-ups were such a big part of military culture during World War II, and reminded the troops of what they were fighting for.

Pin-Ups for Vets raises funds primarily through the sale of its calendar, which features real-life veterans dressed as 40s-era pin-ups. The organization donates medical equipment to veterans’ hospitals nationwide. Calendar models also dress in their pin-up garb and visit veterans in VA hospitals, and give the vets copies of the calendar as gifts.

Doing Good and Rocking Great Hair

Beauty and Pin-Ups was launched less than a year ago, said Kahn. He went on to say, “We set out to build a brand that stands for something really important and creates great hair care products.”

The concept for Beauty and Pin-Ups was born before Kahn and his team knew what the products were going to be. “We had a discussion about the history of the pin-up, and what it must have been like to be a pin-up back in the 40s,” Kahn said. The pin-ups on the brand’s packaging may seem tame by today’s standards, but were probably pretty risqué by the 40s standards.

The Beauty and Pin-Ups team considered the mindset of the person who posed that way. “You had to be courageous and have a sense of your femininity and your sexuality,” said Kahn. He thought those were powerful messages to build a brand around.

In addition to its work with Pin-Ups for Vets, Beauty and Pin-Ups also donates a portion of its sales to Best Buddies International, an organization that helps those with intellectual disabilities. You can shop the whole Beauty and Pin-Ups line here.

Pin-Ups for Vets and Best Buddies International are such great causes. Do you have a favorite charity or a cause that’s close to your heart? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

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Fabulous Links of the Week: July 4th Edition

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

An Instagram account Target fans need to know about, why Dame Judi Dench is the coolest 81-year-old ever, beauty trends of the future, and the possible arrival of free sunscreen dispensers in NYC, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

The beauty aisle at Target can yield some awesome finds at amazing prices. If you are a Target fan, you need the Instagram account @TargetDoesItAgain in your life. (Racked)

81-year-old Dame Judi Dench just got her first tattoo. How badass is she?! (Allure)

Here’s what we’ll look for in beauty products in the future. Hint: technology, less water, and organic. (Nasdaq)

Remember the post I did about the Melanoma Foundation of New England and the article I wrote for The Doctor Will See You Now about the Practice Safe Skin Initiative? Well, those yellow sunscreen dispensers may be coming to NYC. (Allure)

Happy Fourth of July everyone! What are you up to for the holiday?

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Fabulous Links of the Week

Gifts from my sister from the U.K.: Aa scarf and a ketchain and lavender sachet from Highclere Castle, a.k.a. Downton Abbey

Gifts from my sister from the U.K.: A scarf, plus a keychain and lavender sachet from Highclere Castle, a.k.a. Downton Abbey

Lipsticks with actual flowers in them, what derms buy at the drugstore, sunscreen for the rest of us, and Fourth of July nail art, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

These Kailijumei lipsticks from China look too pretty to use! (Allure)

Here’s what’s in top dermatologists’ baskets when they shop for skin care at the drugstore. (TotalBeauty)

If you don’t like the feel or scent of sunscreen, here are a few you can try. (TotalBeauty)

It’s never too late to start planning your Fourth of July nail art strategy. (Elle)

This week on the blog, I tried the BabyFoot foot peel. Stay tuned for the follow up!

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Product Review: BabyFoot USA

The Baby Foot Kit

The Baby Foot Kit

I have been dying to try BabyFoot, the cult-fave foot peel from Japan, since it started generating buzz among beauty editors a year or two ago. I also love looking at the gross Instagram pictures of peeling feet.

So I decided to kick off the first day of summer by giving myself a foot peel while I watched an episode of Orange Is the New Black.

Basically, what you do is tear open the foil pouch, remove the cellophane booties, put them on your (clean) feet, and tape the booties shut with the enclosed tape. You are supposed to put cotton socks on over the booties.

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The booties are coated on the inside with a lactic acid/glycolic acid gel that makes your feet peel. You need to stay off your feet for an hour so your feet completely absorb the gel, which is why OITNB was the perfect way to pass the time. Your feet should start peeling in a few days, revealing baby soft skin underneath.

The booties felt cold and squishy when I put them on my feet. And the gel stuff in the booties got on my fingers and made it hard to tape the booties shut. FYI, you might want to peel off a few pieces of tape and put them aside on the edge of a table before you put the booties on. It’ll make things easier.

I’ll post back next week once my feet start peeling. Here’s the before:

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NSFW, I know. Have you ever tried BabyFoot or another Japanese or South Korean foot peel? I think a few different ones are available in the U.S.

You can buy BabyFoot online here.

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Fabulous Links of the Week: Father’s Day Edition

FathersDayReal-life prison beauty hacks from the makeup team at Orange Is the New Black, a serum setting Reddit a-buzz, and Elle McPherson’s secrets for looking half her age, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

New episodes of one of my favorite shows, OITNB, dropped on Friday. Take a break from binge watching to see how the ladies of Litchfield MacGyver their beauty products. And these hacks actually work! (Total Beauty)

Shark Sauce, a serum from the brand Holy Snails, has all of Reddit talking. And it’s only $30! And no, it does not contain shark-derived ingredients. (Racked)

Elle McPherson, a.k.a. The Body, does not look a day over 30-something, so it’s hard to believe she’s 52. Here’s how she does it. (The Coveteur)

This week on the blog, I treated myself to Chosungah 22 and skincare samples from Sephora for my birthday.

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