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Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
You may think that as we move towards the end of summer that sunscreen is no longer necessary. WRONG! “Everyone needs to apply a sunscreen of at least an SPF of 30 daily, no matter the season or climate,” states Dr. Patricia Wexler, MD, a Manhattan Dermatologist. “Even on the cloudiest of days, UVA rays are present and even moderate exposure can be harmful enough to do damage.” (more…)
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009
Tanned skin makes you look healthy and maybe even a tiny bit more fit, but UVA and UVB rays permanently damage the skin. The safe way to get bronzed is to fake it. Sunless tanners have improved leaps and bounds over in the last few years.
Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is the most common active ingredient in sunless tanning products. It reacts with your outermost layer of skin to temporarily darken it. The colour won’t wash off but will eventually fade with exfoliation in five to seven days.
For the best results, and to avoid zebra stripes, use a tone that matches your skin’s shade. The darker colours will give you faster results but won’t look as natural. Exfoliate and shave your legs before you apply any product, and wash your hands afterwards. Try using less on areas with thick skin, like around the feet, elbows and knees. These spots tend to absorb more product. (more…)