sunscreen / sunblock

What to Look for in Your Sunscreen

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Just because a sunscreen has made it to the shelves of your local big box store or even to your favorite beauty supply chain does not make it safe, healthy and effective. Some sunscreens do not protect against all of the damaging rays of the sun, and others do not actually contain as much active ingredients as the bottle states. This can lead to significant sunburns and skin damage. The next time you are staring at the dozens of creams, sprays and rollers that line the sunscreen aisle, remember these for finding a great sunscreen.

Look for SPF

For good daily sun protection, you should look for sunscreens boasting an SPF of at least 15. This number means that how fast you would normally burn is multiplied by a factor of 15. However, even under harsh sunlight, SPF 30 is typically fine for most people. This is because the benefits of SPF do not get significantly higher beyond this point. Those who have already experienced skin damage or who are at very high risk of sunburn may want to use SPF 50 when in bright sunlight.

Look for UVA Protection

Older sunscreens only protected from UVB rays from the sun. Today, however, scientists have learned how much damage UVA rays can do. The listed SPF will not tell you how much the formula will protect you from UVA rays. If you check the ingredient list though, you will get a good idea as to whether the sunscreen is a safe choice. Some top ingredients for protecting against UVA rays include ecamsule, oxybenzone, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. (more…)

Diana Stalder Laser Treatment for Sunspots and Spider Veins Review

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Beauty Treatment Review: Diana Stalder Laser Treatment for sun spots and spider veins.

Sun spot, age spot, melasma, however it gets called, it has the makings of us being self-conscious or just plain annoyed. I honestly switch from former to the latter. Who wants a blotchy skin anyway?!

Diana Stalder Megamall

Diana Stalder, 5/F Megamall Building A

Finally took that step to get my sunspots taken cared of at Diana Stalder in Megamall towards the end of June.

Diana Stalder in house dermatologist consult Dr. Anne Capistrano

Consult with Diana Stalder in-house Dermatologist, Dra. Anne Capistrano

Skin Consultation

As soon as Dra. Anne took note of my sun spot skin concern, she headed on towards a series of questions on my lifestyle. Mainly pertaining to the frequency of sun exposure in my daily grind. I later appreciated how thorough she was before she jumped right on to a solution. I had a few options, one of which is chemical peeling, which provides the fastest result. But because I had a client call happening the next couple of days, there was no way it was feasible, since chemical peel will mean that I’m to visibly peel and I have to practically stay indoors and stay out of the sun. I’ve done this years ago and I know what it’s like. That takes it out of the question. After some deliberations, we agreed on laser treatment for my sun spots with TyRo White line to support the treatment. (more…)

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Lotion Sunscreen SPF50

One of things I bought during the last minute shopping I did for our last hurrah for summer coming very soon is this Hawaiian Tropic Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch SPF50. We were really shooting for the Hawaiian Tropic Ozone SPF70 packaged in the greyish/silver bottle. We found that it was no longer available anywhere! 🙁

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch SPF50

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch claims to Protect, Pamper and Nourish. It has skin-nourishing antioxidants, exotic island botanicals and very water resistant

As for sunscreens and sublock, we have used and tested quite a handful of brands and are disappointed every time. But with the Hawaiian Tropic Ozone SPF70, which we always go back to repurchasing in the previous years, we hardly ever get sunburnt. So with the brand’s history of being able to deliver, I grabbed a hold of this Sheer Touch Lotion SPF50. Here’s hoping this delivers too.

My first impressions of this sunblock is that it sure is sheer as its name implies. I applied it at the back of my hand and nothing of that plastic chemical smell common to regular sunblocks. Practically zero grease too! Now if it keeps us covered the whole time we bathe in the sun, then I’m totally vouching and maybe even hoarding some bottles too.

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