Sun protection 411

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All sunscreens are not the same. Some are more irritating due to the ingredients they use.


Also, if you are worried about keeping your skin looking young, then the addition of anti-aging ingredients such as antioxidants may be a good idea, according some of our favourite experts. 


Obagi Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF50 is easily absorbed and doesn’t feel greasy. This matte finish UVA/UVB sunscreen contains Octinoxate and Zinc Oxide. $46.


Obagi Professional-C Suncare SPF 30 protects against skin-damaging UVA and UVB rays while it fights the signs of aging with 10 percent L-ascorbic acid or Vitamin C. The Vitamin C complements collagen synthesis for firmer skin as it helps brighten skin. $72.


Obagi skin care is recommended by many dermatologists.  Both sunscreens offer excellent sun protection when applied correctly and reapplied frequently.


H2O Marine Defense Green Tea Antioxidant Lotion SPF 30 is a UVA/UVB sunscreen that also fights the signs of aging.  The lotion contains an Antioxidant-rich Tea Complex, Botanicals and Sea Minerals. H2O Marine Defense Green Tea Antioxidant Lotion SPF 30 and is H20to protect and repair skin.  $42.




Simple beauty

I don't hide behind a hat and parasol everyday but I do use sun screenWhen women ask me the “secret” behind my relatively wrinkle-free skin, many of them are somewhat disappointed to find out it is so simple. My number one skin care secret is sunscreen. For years top dermatologists have told patients the same thing; that regular use of sunscreen was the most important way to avoid premature aging.
Now we have an Australian study that proves it. Dr. Adele Green and her team at Queensland Institute of Medical Research studied 903 randomly selected adults under the age of than 55. The study ran four-and-a-half years, from 1992 and 1996.
The group was divided in half. One group was directed to apply a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher, to their heads, necks, arms, and hands daily. They were also told to reapply it regularly. The other group was allowed to use sunscreen as they desired.
At the end of the study the sunscreen group showed no detectable increase in skin aging. When measured against a base-line, the skin of the group who used sunscreen had aged on average 24 percent less than those in the group that used sunscreen at their own discretion.  Beta carotene, which was also tested, was not seen to have an effect on skin aging.
Photoaging happens after years of sun exposure. Along with an increase
hyperpigmentation or “age spots,” it also speeds the skin’s loss of collagen, which leads to loss of firmness.
So the first step in any anti-aging skin care regime is a good sunscreen used with anti-oxidants. Many popular sunscreens now contain anti-oxidants to help reverse free radical damage from the environment which includes sunlight. Many of the sunscreens from La Roche Posey, Murad, Obagi, Neutrogena, and Avène contain anti-oxidants. I like and use all of these brands. I also apply additional anti-oxidants, letting them absorb fully in to my face before applying sunscreen.
If you are sensitive to sunscreen or it makes you break out try one made of minerals. On my face I use only pure natural mineral sunscreens that contain a high concentration of Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. I have sensitive skin, and mineral sunscreen is gentler especially if I will be outside and need to reapply frequently. But for my body I find a spray sunscreen is the easiest way to get quick and complete coverage. As a safety precaution, I avert my face and hold my breath to avoid breathing in the spray. (I also do this with hair products.)
The first step to keeping your skin youthful, beautiful, and healthy can be simple. Find a sunscreen you like and use it daily. Cover all your exposed skin. Never skip or skimp on sunscreen and you will look years – 24 years according to the latest study – younger.
Next week DolceDolce will review some of our favourite sunscreens.

Choose the right sunscreen to slow aging!

Sun screen the ultimate anti-aging product!Darlings, we have lotions and potions and lasers to help us look younger and more vibrant. They are fabulous! And don’t let anyone tell you today’s beauty products and treatments don’t work, because many of them do. But any expert will tell you the best weapon we have against premature aging is good sun protection!
For sunscreen to work you have to apply it daily and often. Finding the right sunscreen can be tricky! Some are too sticky or feel greasy. If you have sensitive skin or are acne-prone, you may break out from the wrong sunscreen. Don’t despair, and whatever you do, don’t go bare and age your face!
We have reviewed samples of some of the newest and best sunscreens available. There is something for everyone!
Sensitive Skin
Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 60 Soft Sheer Sunscreen Lotion is an effective broad-spectrum UVA /UVB sunscreen that will not irritate sensitive skin. The formula includes potent antioxidants to fight damaging free radicals. A combination of effective sunscreen ingredients with Vitamin E and white grape polyphenols are a winning anti-aging formula.
This lightweight, non-greasy sunscreen is gentle and non-irritating. It is even safe for children and reported to be water-resistant for 80 minutes.
It is also available in SPF 30 and SPF 45. $30.50
Tropical-scented botanical rich spray
The light banana and coconut scent of Australian Gold Sheer Coverage Continuous Spray is delicious. The first spritz will make you feel like a sexy beach babe. The light spray dries quickly and makes touchups a breeze. Water babies will be glad to know that the company has determined it is water resistant for up 80 minutes. $10.49
Two dematologist favourites for anti-aging sun protection
Anthelios 60 Ultra-Light Sunscreen Lotion Spray with Cell-Ox Shield is a sheer spray that contains a combination of sunscreen ingredients for UVA/UVB effective sun protection. The ultra-light spray also includes powerful anti-oxidants including “Senna Alta,” also known as “Candle Bush,” a tropical plant with medical and anti-aging properties.
Also available in SPF 30. $30.50
OBAGI Nu-Derm Sun Shield SPF 50 contains 10.5 percent zinc oxide and 7.5 percent octinoxate, making it one of our favourite go-to sunscreen for serous anti-aging sun protection. It is part of the respected Obagi skin care line, recommended by many dermatologists. The micro-fine zinc oxide is ultra-sheer and non-greasy. This is perfect for under makeup, or very hot days.  $46
Water babies
If you hate the greasy feeling of sun protection, try a dry-touch spray. Aveeno Hydrosport Sunscreen Spray with SPF 50 is one of our favourites. It is full of antioxidants from skin-pampering botanicals. It feels light and dry going on. Aveeno Hydrosport will even adhere towet skin, so it is great at the beach or at the pool. Aveeno says it is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. It is also available in SPF 30.
$8.99. Available at drugstores and online.
The natural alternatives
Yes to Carrots Hydrating Body Lotion with SPF 30 sun protection contains Dead Sea minerals, vitamin A, and antioxidants. According to the company it is 97.4 percent all natural. It is also contains no petroleum products, SLS, and parabens. This rich, thick body cream is a way to protect and moisturize your skin in one easy step. $15 (only available in the U.S.)s
Jill Stacks’ Gold-N-SPF is an alternative for anyone with sensitive skin who wants a natural sunscreen and doesn’t require a high SPF. It is an herbal vegan sunscreen infused with gold water, lavender essential oil, and other botanicals.  It has an SPF of 15 and smells fabulous.
According to the company, Gold has rejuvenating and healing properties. This lavender-scented lotion feels fabulous, and it can be used as an all natural insect repellant, too!

Anti-aging essential

The best anti-aging protection we have is still sunscreen. Too much sun exposure causes free radicals that can result in premature lines and wrinkles. It also breaks down collagen and elastin which causes skin to sag. 

The best sunscreens have a high SPF to filter out both UVB and UVA rays. What’s essential: powerful broad-spectrum protection against both UVB and UVA rays,
And adding anti-oxidants to neutralize free radicals turns ordinary sunscreen into a potent anti-aging weapon
The Glytone Sunscreen Spray Mist SPF 50 is a light mist that dries to the touch in seconds, making it comfortable in the hottest stickiest weather. This is easily the most comfortable sunscreen I have ever worn!
According to Glytone, the mist contains “a combination of UVA and UVB sunscreens that are “photostabilized” so that they don’t break down with sun exposure while offering optimal broad spectrum protection. Innovative antioxidant technology converts reactive free radicals into non-reactive elements (water and oxygen) for maximum protection against photoaging.”
It also contains “Patented Delta-Tocopheryl Glucoside, a potent, time-released precursor of Vitamin E, provides continuous antioxidant protection.” This is the perfect product for every day. You can spray it on before dressing and have complete protection that will not ruin your clothes. A good sunscreen used correctly is the best way to avoid lines, wrinkles, and hard-to-remove age spots – as well as potentially life-threatening skin cancer. for a physician directory

Our favourite sun screens

Large sun hat, this one from Eric Javits, is the ultmate sun protection add-onThe best way to avoid lines, wrinkles, brown spots and skin cancer is by using a good sunscreen every day. Preventing sun damage and premature photoaging is more effective and less expensive than trying to undo it.  

Invest in several good sun protection products and use them. Consider applying a good spray-on sunscreen head-to-shoulders daily as a base. I like to use one with anti-oxidants and UVA-UVB protection. I like spray on sunscreen from Neutrogena and CVS the best for everyday use. They are affordable and smell good. Neutrogena makes a dry-touch spray which is excellent, if you hate the feel of sunscreen.
There is evidence that non-chemical sunscreens containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide may be better for your skin. This is the type of sunscreen that I use on my face. The minerals reflect the sun away from the skin and prevent sun damage.
Whatever sunscreen you chose, be sure to reapply it frequently when you are outside. If your makeup or moisturizer has an SPF 15, you need additional protection of at least SPF 30. Remember, most window glass doesn’t protect you from sun damage, so use sunscreen inside when working by windows and when driving.
Do not forget to protect your hands and scalp. You will look decades younger and avoid life-threatening diseases, if you pay attention to sun protection.
Some favourite sun screens:
Lily B. SPF 30 Ultra Defense
Avene High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50
Lumixyl Moisturelock Sunscreen SPF30