Skin Care Tips

I could have used a skin care tips sunscreen on packing for vacation. Yes we got there and the first stop was the drug store to get SUNSCREEN. Now at home there are sunscreen's, but when you go to the HOT PART OF THE COUNTRY they have every kind of sunscreen, sunblock, And even pink & green zinc oxide. Here is some more information about sun protection.

Make sure you watch the Tanning Video its a good one!

Why choose waterproof sunscreen for children

• Kids need to replenish their sunscreen at regular intervals because they either sweat it off, rub it off or it wears off on its own after a certain period of time.

• Waterproof and sweatproof sunscreens provide kids with durable protection in the summer especially when they swim or play sports outdoors.

• Waterproof sunscreens, such as Neutrogena Waterguard Kids Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60, are designed to protect kids against harmful burning UVB and aging UVA rays for up to 120 minutes of water immersion, beyond the required 80 minutes. The product's waterproof technology is comprised of large molecules that create an invisible shield, or "netting" to help keep sunscreen adhered to skin. The lotion also doesn't sting if it gets into the eyes The Neutrogena brand is donating $2 to the Canadian Cancer Society from each sunscreen sold in Canada, for a maximum donation of $200,000. Why not make your sun protection purchases do double duty - protect your skin and raise money for cancer research.

- News Canada

Use sweatproof sunscreen this summer when playing outdoor sports

(NC)—There is nothing quite as invigorating as a run through the park or a game of touch football in the dog days of summer when the sun is hot and the air is warm and inviting.

As you sweat it out this summer, keep in mind that your skin can take a beating under the hot summer sun, especially when you exercise. In fact, the more you sweat, the more your skin temporarily loses its natural ability to protect itself from both burning UVB rays and aging UVA rays. Even if you wear a high Sun Protection Factor (SPF) sunscreen, sweat and humidity can cause sunscreen weardown, putting you at risk. I suggests reapplying sunscreen often when doing outdoor activities and making sure you have a higher SPF for your face where skin is more sensitive.

Here are some tips for finding a durable sport sunscreen this summer:

• Look for sunscreens that are made specifically for sports; ones that provide exceptional, long-lasting sport sun protection that keeps skin well protected during play.

• Look for very sweat-resistant and very water-resistant products, indicators of increased sunscreen durability.

• Look for ultra lightweight, non-comedogenic lotions that won't clog pores or cause breakouts or run into eyes to cause stinging

• Look for a sport sunscreen with a high Sun Protection Factor (SPF) that provides broad-spectrum protection and apply generously. Most adults do not follow sunscreen application instructions, achieving only 10-25% of the expected SPF. For optimal protection, it is important to apply sunscreen generously, using approximately 2 full tablespoons to cover the entire body. Neutrogena Ultimate Sport Sunscreen Lotion SPF 45 and Sunscreen Sprays SPF 45 and 60, contains innovative stabilizing Helioplex technology, which delivers strong and long-lasting protection against both burning UVB and aging UVA rays. These products also contain a matrixed waterproof technology comprised of large molecules that create an invisible, yet breathable, shield on the skin to help keep sunscreen in place during physical activity.

While no sunscreen is clinically proven to minimize or prevent skin cancer, dermatologists have long recognized that exposure to UVA and UVB rays can promote the risk of skin cancer.

- News Canada

Tanning Info From the FDA

Even though this info from the FDA on tanning is Ten years old there is still great info for Us to be Safe While Out Doors...


I was one who always looked for waterproof when buying sunscreen. With the new stricter FDA rules on labels for sunscreen, makers can no longer use the words waterproof or sweat-proof. Sweat-proof was to last 40 minutes and waterproof was to last 80 minutes.

The upside is that we will know how well a sunscreen will protect us from skin damage.

There are 2 forms of ultra-violet radiation or UV. The UVA rays cause wrinkles and UVB causes burns. Both rays can cause skin cancer.

Todays labels just give us sunburn protection factor, better known as SPF. which measures only burn protection.

With the new labels, claims of a broad spectrum will be allowed. After the sunscreen passed specific FDA tests blocking UVA rays. To set these tests it must have of SPF of at least 15. When I get sunscreen and I stick with SPF 30.

Less than an SPF of 15 of the product does not protect against UVA. Warning labels must be put on the product that these do not protect against skin cancer.

What I'm hoping is that the new labels will give us a better understanding of how much protection we are getting from a certain product. So be on the lookout for these new labels but it may be next year before we see them.

Skin Care Tips Sunscreen form News Canada....

Common questions about sun safety

During which months do I need to take sun safety precautions?

You should protect yourself from early spring right through the fall. People often get sunburns in late April and May because they don't think the sun is strong enough to burn if they can't feel its heat.

At what times should I use sun safety precautions?

Between 11 am and 4 pm. The sun's radiation is strongest from 12 noon to 2 pm.

Why do I need to wear a hat in the sun?

Two of the three most common skin cancers appear on the face, head and neck. Almost all of these tumours are caused by sun exposure over a long period of time. Protect these areas, including the ears, by wearing a broad-brimmed (more than 8 cm or 3 inches) or legionnaire-style hat with a back flap.

Source: Canadian Dermatology Association. More information is available online at

Look for these four things in your sunscreen before buying and applying.

1. Check the label to make sure your sunscreen offers UVA and UVB protection. Both UVA and UVB are part of the sun's ultraviolet radiation (UVR) emission, and both are linked to sunburns and long-term skin damage.

2. Your sunscreen should offer a high sun protection factor (SPF) for UVB protection. More and more consumers now are looking for higher SPFs than ever before. For example, a sunscreen that offers a SPF 15 allows you to stay out in the sun about 15 times longer without burning. Banana Boat Suncare has just introduced two excellent products with SPF 50 in a convenient spray format. Banana Boat Kids' products are also available in sprays and lotions with a SPF range of 30 to 50, and as a bonus, the products are tear free. And no, applying a sunscreen with SPF 8 in the morning and SPF 15 in the afternoon, will not add up to SPF 23. Choose the SPF that offers your skin type the best protection.

3. Ideally, it's best to re-apply sunscreen every one - two hours, especially if you've been swimming. As a rough guide, the average adult should use one ounce (about the size of a golf ball) of sunscreen over his or her entire body for each application.

4. Your sunscreen should enhance your skin, not irritate it. If you have sensitive skin, it's best to test a small patch for 48 hours (before your vacation) to see if you develop any kind of reaction.

Banana Boat offers vacationers these, plus other useful suncare tips at

Credit: Photo credit Malcom Taylor

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more. They also grant its seal of recommendation to sunscreen products of SPF 15 or greater that meet the foundation's criteria as "aids in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin." Recipients of the seal of recommendation consititute a continually changing list.

Each year some products may be deleted, others may be added. Thus, we suggest that you send a self-addressed, stamped, envelope requesting the most current listing to:

Skin Cancer Foundation
245 Fith Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Or see on the web at,
The Skin Cancer Foundation or call 1-800-SKIN-490

Skin care tips sunscreen: Take the time to go and see.

Children and Sunscreen

Sunscreen companies instruct you not to use these products on babies before the age of six months. Always check with your baby's pediatrician if sun exposure seems unavoidable. You can purchase sunscreen that are clearly targeted for children, or you can buy any non-PABA milky lotion or cream. Avoid clear lotions, which may contain alcohol and can sting.

skin care tips sunscreen:

Kids rub there eyes a lot, so avoid putting lotion too close to their eyes. And be sure to apply sunscreen under sheer fabrics such as thin T-shirts, since the sun can penetrate thin wet fabrics.

Expiration dates
Always check the packaging for an expiration date. Many times you will not find one. Here, in Pittsburgh, Pa. we use sunscreen from May to October. Over time the ingredients may seperate or lose there consistency. I know sunscreens are not cheap. My Skin care tips sunscreen .... we start every year with new products.

Adverse reactions to sunscreens

Contact dermatitis, both irritant and allergic, and phototoxic and photo allergic reactions have been reported following the use of chemical sunscreens.

The most common sunscreen that cause contact dermatitis is PABA and its esters. However, reactions to the newer generation sunscreens, especially those with broader spectrum of UV coverage such as benzophenones, cinnamates and methoxy dibenzoylmethane, have also been reported.

Contact dermatitis and photoallergic contact dermatitis to different sunscreens can occur at the same time and should be explained by a combination of cross-reactions and coupling allergy.

Cross-sensitization reactions with other sunscreens and with chemicals with similar chemical structures do not occur routinely. Patients who are sensitized to p-phenylenediamine, aniline, procaine, benzocaine, sulfonamides may develop cross-sensitization to a PABA sunscreen. It is also interesting to note that cross-sensitization between padimate 0 and padimate A which are esters of PABA do not occur but patients sensitive to PABA derivatives can also be sensitive to p-amino benzoic acid.

Zinc oxides and titanum dioxide used in physical sunscreen formulations do not produce contact sensitization, phototoxicity or photoallergy. Should such adverse reactions occur, the excipients in the physical sunscreen should be suspected.

Here is a good video that will let you make a natural sunscreen with a SPF of 15.


Here is a good video that will let you make a natural sunscreen with a SPF of 15.




Skin Care Tips Sunscreen Articles:

Picking a sunscreen for your skin type

When you go to pick out a sunscreen keep in mind your skin type. There are different sunscreens for dry, normal, and oily skin.

Sun Damage Skin

Sun Damage Skin and the Product Selector

When you have skin issues or a particular skin care need, our new Product Selection Tool will help you to find what you need, using it to narrow the field by gender, age, and whether you want “Ready to Use” products or to “Make Your Own”. When looking at Sun Damage, there are two sides to this: prevention and repair. Let’s begin with our Ready to Use products and see what the product selector can help us with.

Vitamin D

I got this vitamin D article from Dr Jo Turner at Skin Revision. This is a good article even though you may not live down under.

Skin cancer vs. vitamin D deficiency So if Vitamin D is good for you, but sun exposure is bad for you what are you to do? It is not an either/or situation, although this is the way the subject is portrayed at times and it is little wonder people are confused.

Sun Protection

Sun protection for kids important this summer

Parents are urged to keep their little ones protected from the sun this summer, a gesture that could have lifelong benefits. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), children are at especially high risk of suffering damage from exposure to ultra violet (UV) radiation. Estimates suggest that up to 80 per cent of a person's lifetime exposure to UV is received before the age of 18. So important is this issue, May 28 to June 3, 2007 is recognized as National Sun Awareness Week in Canada through the Canadian Dermatology Association.

Sun Safety Tips

Sun Safety Tips for the Whole Family

. Pull up some shade and hydrate: Move into the shade between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. when temperatures and UV levels are at their peak and be sure to drink lots of water to keep both your skin and eyes hydrated. Read for more sun safety tips..

                              Sunscreens Chemical or Physical

Sunscreens are substances applied to the skin that either absorb or reflect the sun's rays in order to prevent UVR from reaching the skin.

Very simply there are two kinds of sunscreens CHEMICAL or PHYSICAL.

Oil and Gels Sunscreen

Here is some quick info on Oils and Gels.

Tips From Coppertone

Fact versus fiction: The sun and sunscreen - what you should know. It's a fact that Canadians love the summer's heat, but many of us can't distinguish between the myths and reality of the sun and the effects of UV rays. Even though we can't wait to soak up the sunshine, it's important to know the sun facts....

 Sunscreen Ingredients List

We are spending more and more time out side. Using Sunscreen is becoming more wide spread. That is the good side. The down side is many of us are getting allergic reactions to them. There is a simple Skin Patch test to help figure out what ingredient it may be. Here are the FDA ingredient list from Wikipeda. Along with some History on sunblock.

                                   Choosing Tanning Products

Jerry Blackburn tells how important it is to use moisturizer for your skin in choosing tanning products.
And the next article on this page is from the FDA on Choosing Tanning Products. This gives us a whole lot more information!!!!!
Skin care tips sunscreen: Read this one.....

UV Rays and Sunscreen

This is a good article on UV Rays and when it comes to buying a sunscreen. This article is not over the top on the tec. And some parts that will make you think the next time you get a sun block.

Your Safe Tan and Sunscreen

Now I'm not sure you realy can tan safely. But like heck I'm not planning a trip to the lake this summer. Well Karen my want to go to the beach. Either way sun here we come! These tips for sun safety will make our vacation a whole lot better....


                                     Sunburn Help

Sunburn help will give you help when skin care tips sunscreen came to late.

Skin Care Tips Sunscreen

As more information about our skin and the sun comes in we will post it. Leave your skin care tips sunscreen we would like to hear from you.

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