July 3, 2016
Q: How do I find a safe and effective sunscreen? A: Sunscreens are complicated products. They are regulated by the federal government with active drugs and ingredients that can affect different people in different ways. So before taking a bottle to the cash register: 1. Read the directions (and plan to follow them as closely as possible). Skipping the directions could mean that you or your family will be nursing a bad burn because not enough sunscreen was applied or re-applied.
July 6, 2015 |
I'm trying to understand when suntan lotion got weird. I remember the days when baby oil and vinegar counted as suntan lotion. Yes, you read that correctly. The Flying Scottolines used to go to the Jersey Shore for two weeks every summer, and Mother Mary would mix baby oil and red wine vinegar in a bottle before we left for a day at the beach. I have no idea where she got the recipe. Maybe the Mayo Clinic. Or the Mayonnaise Clinic. Anyway, we would slather on baby oil and vinegar, dressing ourselves like a salad.
May 27, 2013 |
Joseph Sobanko's patients often ask him which sunscreen is best. That's especially true this time of year, when people are going outside and the sun's rays are at their brightest - and most damaging. Whether the patient is blond or dark, freckled or fair, the Penn Medicine skin-cancer specialist has the same answer: Whichever sunscreen you'll actually use. Far too few of us do, he says. About one in five Americans will develop skin cancer - the most common kind of cancer - in their lifetimes.
June 18, 2011
New rules announced Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration should help sun worshipers at the Shore better protect themselves by clarifying the confusing and misleading labeling on sunscreens. With the regulations coming after three - count 'em - three decades of study, they're long overdue. The FDA review went on for at least as long as consumers have been confused by which to use among the dozens of sunscreen products on store shelves. UVB? UVA? Which sun protection factor, or SPF, is best?
May 21, 2010 |
As the heat and sun settle in for summer, the calls to protect your skin from damaging rays begin. But with so many choices of sunscreens, sunglasses, hats and even sun-protective clothing, it might seem easier to hide out in a dark closet. Go ahead, break out the bathing suit. We've got the skin-care basics from two experts in the field: doctors Nancy Thomas, associate professor at the University of North Carolina's Department of Dermatology Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Kelly Nelson, assistant professor at Duke University Medical Center's Department of Dermatology.
September 5, 2007 |
I admit it: I have cankles. What is a cankle, you may ask? Cankles are when there is no definition between your calf and your ankle. Since I am short, my cankles cause my legs to resemble tree stumps. I tried for a long time to disguise my cankles under long pants or with mile-high heels that elongated my legs. I would get jealous when I saw other women with slim and dainty ankles, and then obsess over my lack of them. The problem is that there is no way to get rid of cankles, except maybe plastic surgery, which is not an option for me. I thought that if I toned up my calves, my ankles would look thinner, but that made my legs look manlier and my ankles look as swollen as a pregnant woman in her third trimester.
August 23, 2006 |
Is this a beach, or the parking lot at the Linc? Some days, it's hard to tell at the Cove, where people back their SUVs right up to the waterline, open up the back, and start the tailgate party. "It's like going to the Eagles, without the game," says Joe Abater, 50, of Deptford. Except for when the guys bring their generators, satellite dishes and TVs, and then they have the game too. It's been known to happen. Whatever works - right, sun worshippers? You take your beach with trucks, or without.
June 6, 2002 |
THINK THERE'S nothing new under the sun, beautywise? That all you have to do to pretty up your skin after months of hiding it under heavy sweaters is to slap on a little sunscreen? Oh, honey. Where have you been? From drugstore to department store, beauty innovations abound. It's time to throw out those bottles of summer necessities from yesteryear and get with the new. Umbrellas in a bottle Did you know that one week of baking on the beach equals a year of the incidental sun exposure you get walking around or driving?
June 21, 1999 |
In an effort to make sunscreen products less confusing, the Food and Drug Administration has issued new rules for testing and labeling them. So far, confusion is growing. Several major news outlets inaccurately reported that the FDA is nixing the "sun protection factor" (SPF) on labels in favor of three categories of protection: minimum, moderate or high. In fact, the FDA says, the categories are optional. The SPF number, which indicates protection from sunburning rays, primarily ultraviolet B (UVB)
July 14, 1998 |
Look around at the stars today who have paid attention to the warnings about overexposure to the sun. Madonna, Sharon Stone and Kim Basinger, among others, are preserving their beauty by carefully protecting their skin. How, once and for all, do you really protect yourself against the sun? Ultraviolet-A and ultraviolet-B rays are the sun's harmful rays, the ones that cause skin cancer and premature wrinkling, and you can't look for them, because they're invisible. They emanate directly from the sun, they're reflected from water, sand and snow, and they're a threat even on cloudy summer days.