sunscreen http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11997/all en-US The 6 Best Natural Sunscreens http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-natural-sunscreens <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-6-best-natural-sunscreens" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mother_daughter_beach_000023507881.jpg" alt="Mother using natural sunscreen on daughter&#039;s face" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We're in the thick of summer now &mdash; have you found <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sunscreens">a good sunscreen</a> yet? Of course, wearing sun protection is important all year round. And since we rub it directly into our skin, we want to make sure it's the safest, most effective cream it can be. Here are a few of the top skin-friendly sunscreens on the market, their reviews, and some pros and cons for each.</p> <p>To see your favorite formula's rating, check out the Environmental Working Group (EGW)'s <a href="http://www.ewg.org/2015sunscreen/">2015 Guide to Sunscreens</a>.</p> <h2>1. Del Mar Shade (SPF 32)</h2> <p>4.4 stars with 83 reviews</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: $19.97 for 4 oz.</p> <p>USA-made <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R1WNPIE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00R1WNPIE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RMDSD5XAUKASSV7Y">Del Mar Shade</a> sunscreen is organic, fragrance-free, biodegradable, and safe for wearers of all ages &mdash; even babies under six months old. The non-nano, not-micronized zinc oxide helps absorb up to 97% of UV rays across the UVA and UVB spectrums. Many reviewers, even those who rave about this product, complain that it's hard to rub in fully and leaves white, chalky residue. But if you're unhappy with this sunscreen, the company offers a 100% money back guarantee. Certainly worth a try!</p> <h2>2. Babyganics Sunscreen (SPF 50)</h2> <p>4.3 stars with 180 reviews</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: $15.98 for 12 oz.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HYV2F7E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00HYV2F7E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=UDGOYVNMTLTFONZJ">Babyganics</a> offers water-resistant sun protection for 80 minutes. This mix is tear-free and hypoallergenic, so it won't irritate sensitive skin. It's also reasonably priced. A reviewer noted that this popular mineral-based sunscreen does actually contain chemicals. The company replied that the ingredient &mdash; octisalate &mdash; has been rated safe by the EWG and doesn't pose cancer concerns. For a truly chemical-free sun lotion from this brand, try the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CQ0678G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CQ0678G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WVT5OCO3ROGWPHVB">Pure Mineral Sunscreen</a> in SPF 30.</p> <h2>3. Badger Sport (SPF 35)</h2> <p>3.6 stars with 196 reviews</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: $13.59 for 3 oz.</p> <p>Talk about simple! There are only six ingredients in this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Badger-Sport-Sunscreen-Cream-Certified/dp/B00J4F7W94/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1436383600&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=badger+sport">Badger Sport</a> sunscreen. It's also 100% certified natural and 94% certified organic. All Badger sunscreens rate highly, including formulas for babies and kids, but this particular mix is unscented and made for sports with 80-minute water resistance. I have personal experience with this product, and though it works well at helping me avoid burns, it can feel greasy.</p> <h2>4. BurnOut Eco (SPF 35)</h2> <p>4 stars with 184 reviews</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: $15.50 for 3 oz.</p> <p>If you have sensitive skin, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001B9RGVU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001B9RGVU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WIR7XP3YU6KBPT5L">BurnOut Eco</a> promises to be a great sunscreen for everyday wear. The lotion goes on clear and matte with UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection. Its formula is also free of chemicals, parabens, petroleum, and fragrances, all while being eco-sensitive, ocean safe, and biodegradable. Some reviewers complain that BurnOut is only water resistant for 40 minutes and stings their eyes. Also: It can leave skin feeling somewhat dry.</p> <h2>5. Blue Lizard Sensitive (SPF 30+)</h2> <p>4.6 stars with 273 reviews</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: $24.50 for 8.75 oz.</p> <p>Dermatologist-recommended and Amazon number one bestseller <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003AVNK0S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003AVNK0S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=EESMWOTLIOV3F5SH">Blue Lizard</a> sunscreen gets high marks for its clever packaging. Whenever harmful rays are present, its label turns blue to let you know. This gentle formula contains 10% zinc oxide and 5% titanium dioxide to shield even the most sensitive skin. Several reviewers mention that this sunscreen is not waterproof or even water resistant, so it will need to be reapplied often for optimal protection.</p> <h2>6. Thinkbaby Safe (SPF 50+)</h2> <p>4.3 stars with 625 reviews</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: $10.99 for 3 oz.</p> <p>Another Amazon bestseller, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004CDQ73K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004CDQ73K&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GXZWZRFS4XRMULHK">Thinkbaby Safe</a> is a highly rated sunscreen for your little ones. The brand, like others on this list, also boasts the highest 80 minute water resistance rating. And just because it's marketed for babies doesn't mean adults can't (and don't) wear it, too. A few reviewers report that their sunscreen separated into solid chunks and thin liquid.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite sunscreen?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-natural-sunscreens">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sunscreens">The 5 Best Sunscreens</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sun-screens-can-really-cost-you-by-the-ounce-and-by-the-tumor">Sun Screens Can Really Cost You – By the Ounce or By the Tumor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-sunblock-and-6-other-non-toxic-recipes-to-get-your-skin-sun-ready">Homemade Sunblock and 6 Other Non-Toxic Recipes to Get Your Skin Sun-Ready</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-to-remember-when-choosing-natural-products">5 Things to Remember When Choosing Natural Products</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping all-natural organic sunblock sunburn sunscreen uva uvb Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:00:12 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1493824 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Sunscreens http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sunscreens <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-sunscreens" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_wearing_sunscreen_000019666669.jpg" alt="Woman wearing best sunscreen at the beach" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Spending some time in the sun is a great way to improve your mood, improve your health, get some much-needed vitamin D, and give you a better outlook on life. However, being in the sun can also expose your delicate skin to damaging UVA and UVB rays. This can cause skin damage, can increase your risk of skin cancer, and can cause your face and skin to age prematurely. To prevent this type of damage, it is important to find a quality sunblock that you enjoy wearing and feel confident can protect your skin.</p> <p>Sunscreen should be applied liberally whenever you&rsquo;re in the sun: all day, everyday, at any age. Nobody is safe from the sun, so it&rsquo;s important to protect your skin every day of your life. Along with wearing sunscreen on your face and body, you should also seek shade when the sun is out, cover up with protective clothing, wear a hat, and wear sunglasses with UV absorption to better protect yourself from the sun.</p> <h2>What Is Sunscreen?</h2> <p>Sunscreen is a topical cream, lotion, gel, or spray that can be applied to the face and body to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. It is always a good idea to combine products that contain SPF with sunscreen for optimal sun protection. Sunscreen works by absorbing or reflecting the sun&rsquo;s ultraviolet (UV) radiation so that it cannot reach the deeper layers of the skin.</p> <p>To get the most from your sun protection, it is important to find sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. We have covered some of the best sunscreens, so that you can protect yourself from UVA and UVB rays, prevent sun damage, and hydrate your skin all at once.</p> <h2>Top 5 Sunscreens</h2> <h3>Blue Lizard Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 30+</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003AVNK0S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003AVNK0S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZHILK4EUOODW3YWL"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/blue%20lizard.jpg" width="105" height="240" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in sports sunscreen and one of TotalBeauty.com&rsquo;s top sunscreen choices, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003AVNK0S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003AVNK0S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZHILK4EUOODW3YWL">Blue Lizard Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 30</a>+ is gentle enough even for sensitive skin and can be used everyday on both the face and body. This classic dermatologist-recommended sunblock uses only high quality natural minerals for broad spectrum UVA and UVB skin protection.</p> <p>It is also paraben-free, fragrance-free, and chemical-free. Both the sunscreen and the bottle itself can help protect you from the sun. That&rsquo;s because the patented BPA-free Smart Bottle turns blue in the presence of harmful UV rays and becomes a deeper blue color with the presence of more UV rays, so you&rsquo;ll know when you&rsquo;re in danger and have an automatic reminder to apply your sunscreen.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003AVNK0S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003AVNK0S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZHILK4EUOODW3YWL"><em>Currently $24.45 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid for Face</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002CML1XE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002CML1XE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VDCKTBV3DCATMOHW"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/la%20roche.jpg" width="86" height="240" align="right" alt="" /></a>The award-winning <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002CML1XE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002CML1XE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VDCKTBV3DCATMOHW">La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid for Face</a> is Consumer Reports&rsquo; top sunscreen pick with a 100% rating and was also chosen as a top pick by TotalBeauty.com and ConsumerSearch. This dermatologist-recommended sunscreen is ideal for normal, oily, combination and sensitive skin, and offers a powdery matte finish.</p> <p>This fast absorbing, water-resistant sunscreen is fragrance-free, PABA-free, non-comedogenic, and comfortable to wear. It offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and SPF 60 to protect the skin from UV-induced skin damage. It features Cell-Ox Shield, which can protect your skin at the cellular level, as well as an advanced UV filtering system, and a powerful antioxidant complex called Senna Alata, which is a tropical leaf extract known to defend skin cells. It is also photostable for longer-lasting protection and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002CML1XE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002CML1XE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VDCKTBV3DCATMOHW"><em>Currently $22.29 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Ultra Guard Broad Spectrum SPF 50</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GG146C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000GG146C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JRXV57PX7Y5ERHMP"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/coppertone%20ultra.jpg" width="95" height="240" align="right" alt="" /></a>Coppertone makes a number of award-winning sunscreens for babies, kids, and adults, so you almost can&rsquo;t go wrong with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GG146C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000GG146C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JRXV57PX7Y5ERHMP">Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion</a>. They are also the #1 pediatrician recommended brand and make kid-friendly options like &ldquo;Wacky Foam&rdquo; that kids actually like using. InStyle, TotalBeauty.com and Consumer Reports also stand behind Coppertone sunscreens and their heavy-duty protection. The Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Ultra Guard Broad Spectrum SPF 50 can prevent sunburn and provide extra UVA and UVB protection. The water-resistant, non-greasy, non-comedogenic sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection from the sun's damaging rays using Avobenzone.</p> <p>It can also moisturize your skin in the process with Aloe, Vitamin E, and specially blended moisturizers. It is also PABA-free, dermatologist-tested, and water-resistant for 80 minutes. This sunscreen is perfect even for the hottest climates and Coppertone offers other options of SPF 100+.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GG146C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000GG146C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JRXV57PX7Y5ERHMP"><em>Currently $6.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Neutrogena Age Shield Face Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 110</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0037LOQQI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0037LOQQI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=J7W724GROH3NAIUH"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/neutrogena%20age%20shield.jpg" width="83" height="240" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you want to protect, preserve, and care for your skin, then <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0037LOQQI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0037LOQQI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=J7W724GROH3NAIUH">Neutrogena Age Shield Face Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 110</a> is the right lightweight sunscreen for you. The water-resistant face lotion comes from a #1 dermatologist recommended brand of suncare and is oil-free, PABA-free, non-greasy, and non-comedogenic. It offers broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection and can protect skin six layers deep from the sun&rsquo;s damaging rays.</p> <p>It also combats free radical damage and has anti-aging properties to help better care for your skin. It also features Helioplex, which helps screen out UVB burning rays and prevent UVA aging rays from penetrating the surface layers. This lotion is also packed with skin conditioners, which will hydrate and replenish the skin.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0037LOQQI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0037LOQQI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=J7W724GROH3NAIUH"><em>Currently $9.35 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Eltamd UV Clear SPF 46</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MSN3QQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002MSN3QQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MRWSZHDS4FHXRJ5G"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/eltamd.jpg" width="85" height="240" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in skin sun protection, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MSN3QQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002MSN3QQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MRWSZHDS4FHXRJ5G">Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46</a> is intended for skin types prone to acne, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation, but is great for all skin types. Backed by great reviews, even users with sensitive and acne-prone complexions love wearing this alone or under makeup. The lightweight, oil-free facial sunscreen calms and protects acne-prone skin, while offering broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection.</p> <p>It also helps reduce the appearance of blemishes, discoloration, and photo-damaged skin, while protecting it from sun damage. It is also oil-free, paraben-free, non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, and is specially formulated with 5% pure form Niacinamide, which is like Vitamin B3 or niacine without the same toxic effects.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MSN3QQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002MSN3QQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MRWSZHDS4FHXRJ5G"><em>Currently $29.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best sunscreens. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sunscreens">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-resistance-bands">The 5 Best Resistance Bands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-serums">The 5 Best Serums</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-detangling-combs">The 5 Best Detangling Combs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-straighteners">The 5 Best Hair Straighteners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-dry-shampoos">The 5 Best Dry Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Lifestyle Shopping beauty products product reviews skin care sunscreen Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:00:12 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1465413 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Beauty Mistakes That May Be Ruining Your Skin http://www.wisebread.com/7-beauty-mistakes-that-may-be-ruining-your-skin <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-beauty-mistakes-that-may-be-ruining-your-skin" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_using_beauty_products_000054756944.jpg" alt="Woman making beauty mistakes that are ruining her skin" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's happened to the best of us. You hear a rumor about an awesome &quot;home&quot; beauty treatment and next thing you know, you're putting toothpaste on your face. What harm could it do? Actually, putting random things on your skin can damage it unintentionally. And there are all sorts of skin mistakes most of us make on a regular basis that can be easily avoided. Check out some of the top <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-beauty-rules-you-should-be-breaking">beauty mistakes</a> that may be preventing your skin from reaching its full potential.</p> <h2>1. Not Wearing Sunscreen</h2> <p>The sun is the number one cause of skin wrinkles and aging, as well as a primary cause of most <a href="http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/uva-and-uvb/understanding-uva-and-uvb">skin cancers</a>, including deadly melanoma. A lot of the sun damage sustained by your skin won't show up until later in life, when it is much harder to prevent and reverse the damage. So if you're interested in flawless, ageless, and healthy skin when you're older, it's best to make a habit of using sunscreen now. Look for at least an SPF30 broad-spectrum sunscreen, and apply it liberally.</p> <p>Remember, sunscreen ingredients become less effective over time &mdash; chemical sunscreens degrade in the sun, and physical sunscreens can get rubbed off &mdash; so reapply every couple of hours if you're outside. And no, the SPF in your foundation or BB cream isn't enough. You aren't likely to apply enough makeup to get the advertised SPF rating.</p> <h2>2. Not Removing Your Makeup</h2> <p>I'm not just talking about falling asleep with a face full of makeup. You actually need to use a makeup removing product <em>before </em>you even cleanse your face. Most cleansers are not formulated to remove makeup (and if they are, they are too harsh for your skin &mdash; see the next point below). Once I started removing my makeup before cleansing (or &quot;double-cleansing&quot;), I saw an immediate and drastic improvement in my skin texture. Having makeup residue clogging your pores can prompt breakouts even long past your hormonal teen years.</p> <p>I now enjoy using a gentle cleansing oil (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001UE60E0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001UE60E0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=Q264CG4OOTUOC4YP">DHC Cleansing Oil</a> is my favorite) that emulsifies and rinses off cleanly. Balms (such as <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000WN6N56/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000WN6N56&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=JXRS2AIYGWAG2ZH2">Clinique's Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm</a>), two-phase makeup removers, and micellar water (like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D47VIHA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00D47VIHA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=C4EQNNXDHZBGYQQQ">Bioderma</a>) are also popular. The important thing is that the remover takes your makeup off effectively and doesn't irritate your skin.</p> <p>Once your makeup is gone, all you need is a super gentle cleanser to remove any leftover traces. Which leads me to my next point&hellip;</p> <h2>3. Using a Too-Harsh or High-pH Cleanser</h2> <p>Remember learning about pH way back in high school? The higher the number, the more alkaline (or basic) the solution, and the lower the number, the more acidic the solution. Your skin's pH is ideally at an average of 5.5, which is slightly acidic. The natural oils and acids of your skin create a fragile but oh-so-important barrier called the acid mantle. This thin barrier keeps bacteria and other contaminants out of your skin, keeps your skin soft and supple, and protects the moisture barrier function of your skin, keeping water in.</p> <p>Unfortunately, many of us are destroying our skin's natural barrier every time we cleanse. Many harsh surfactants used in foaming cleansers, such as <em>sodium laureth sulfate</em>, have extremely high pH. They are super effective cleansers, but they also strip the natural oils from your skin, raise the pH of your skin, and damage the acid mantle. Acne, eczema, general irritation, and sensitivity may result.</p> <p>Ever had that squeaky-clean feeling after you cleansed? That's a sure sign that you've stripped the important oils from your skin. Want to learn more? This post by Skin &amp; Tonics goes in-depth about the <a href="http://skinandtonics.com/the-importance-of-fatty-acids-ph-moisture-barrier-how-i-eliminated-my-acne-decreased-my-skin-sensitivity/">importance of skin pH</a>.</p> <p>In practical terms, look for cleansers that don't deviate too far from a pH of 5.5. Cleansers from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=sebamed&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1432307104&amp;rh=n%3A3760911%2Cn%3A11060901%2Ck%3Asebamed&amp;rnid=11055981&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=2CESH3JWGUUOTL7M">Sebamed </a>and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=paula%27s%20choice&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1432307134&amp;rh=n%3A3760911%2Cn%3A11060451%2Cn%3A11060711%2Cn%3A11060901%2Cn%3A7730193011%2Ck%3Apaula%27s%20choice&amp;rnid=11055981&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=SWRTFLK6YPCEOAVQ">Paula's Choice</a>, as well as <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YMJJSK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003YMJJSK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=UIVLYHS7XUVJXPV3">Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I4BUV06/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00I4BUV06&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MHHSJ4XXKD4YCGKM">Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Cleanser</a>, are supposed to be at or very close to pH 5.5. Non-foaming cleansers are less likely to strip your skin, but even lotion, cream, and gel cleansers can have too high of a pH. Listen to your skin. It should not feel tight, dry, or itchy after washing.</p> <h2>4. Using Harsh Scrubs</h2> <p>Speaking of disrupting your skin's moisture barrier &mdash; one of the worst things you can do to your skin is to scrub it with a harsh physical exfoliator. Please, please, please, for the love of Bob, put down that apricot scrub! If the exfoliating particles are jagged or uneven, they can cause micro-tears in your skin. Even smaller particles, like sugar or microbeads, can be problematic because most people don't use them gently enough (microbeads are also dangerous to wildlife, so I'd skip it). Over-exfoliating can further disrupt your moisture barrier, causing dry, flaking, peeling, reddened skin that is vulnerable to infection.</p> <p>There are gentle ways to exfoliate out there. I personally love using a gentle enzyme powder exfoliator (the powders by <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001VBG7J0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001VBG7J0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=7U7OBJVZXCYI3BIO">Amore Pacific</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IA6MRI4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00IA6MRI4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WQGEJJXX6Q7PDBO3">Tatcha</a> are readily available but they are pricey; try this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MQ16W9Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MQ16W9Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=KME25Z2MHRP3TVEN">Murad Transforming Powder Cleanser &amp; Exfoliator</a> instead). A peeling gel such as <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001ABLKK2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001ABLKK2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AON2NFQD73O4FS4P">Cure Natural Aqua Gel</a> or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00APVZ7HA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00APVZ7HA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WY5JG3RADH3T3FLM">Peter Thomas Roth Firmx Gel</a> is a very gentle exfoliating alternative. Chemical exfoliators, like AHA and BHA, are also good options, but you have to be careful not to overdo them, either.</p> <p>The simplest and cheapest way to exfoliate might be to simply use water and a muslin cloth or baby washcloth.</p> <h2>5. Drying Your Skin</h2> <p>So you've got the occasional breakout. The culprit has to be oil, right? So you should remove all the oil, right? <em>Wrong</em>. Acne can have many causes, but drying out your skin or blasting it with harsh chemicals is not the answer. Dry skin can't heal as well, and a compromised moisture barrier leaves your skin vulnerable to bacterial infection, making your skin problems even worse.</p> <p>If your skin feels dry and irritated, you may need to back off on the treatments and increase moisturizing. Products with hyaluronic acid will help put moisture back into your skin.</p> <h2>6. Trying Every Beauty DIY</h2> <p>I'm all for doing things yourself, but sometimes, putting the latest DIY concoction on the sensitive skin of your face might not be the best idea. A search on Pinterest turns up several DIY beauty ideas that could go terribly wrong. Using a baking soda mask (pH 9), for example, will strip your skin of its natural oils and disrupt the acid mantle. Just because baking soda is great for scrubbing your bathtub, and just because it is &quot;natural,&quot; doesn't mean you should put it on your face.</p> <p>Putting lemon juice on your face is another dangerous idea (acid burns, anyone?), and even great natural ingredients that are effective in properly formulated products, like tea tree oil and essential oils, can damage your skin. In addition, keeping a homemade concoction around for extended periods of time, without preservatives (yes, sometimes preservatives are a good thing), means that bacteria can grow in the product. Pretty gross, huh?</p> <p>I'm not saying don't DIY anything, but be discerning of anything you put on the sensitive skin of your face, and be sure to research the DIY product before jumping all in.</p> <h2>7. Taking a One-Size-Fits-All Approach</h2> <p>Skincare is such a personalized thing, it's a mistake to think what works for someone else will always work for you. For example, other people can use AHAs, BHAs, and acidic forms of vitamin C every day, but my skin can only tolerate them every few days, otherwise it gets itchy and sensitive. Other people can get away with one rich moisturizer, but my dehydrated skin does much better with various hydrating toners, serums, and light moisturizers layered over each other. Everyone's skin is different and your beauty routine will require customized tweaking.</p> <p>Listen to your skin. Treat it like a finicky lover who needs to be wooed in just the right way. Treated right, your skin will be healthy, beautiful, and loyally protective &mdash; love your skin, and it will love you back.</p> <p><em>What do you do to take care of your skin?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-beauty-mistakes-that-may-be-ruining-your-skin">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-beauty-be-this-basic">Can Beauty Be THIS Basic?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-great-brand-name-beauty-buys-under-10">15 Great Brand Name Beauty Buys Under $10</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-brand-name-beauty-buys-under-20">10 Great Brand Name Beauty Buys Under $20</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-easy-diy-bath-and-body-products">50 Amazing, Easy DIY Bath and Body Products</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-makeup-hacks-from-the-pros">12 Makeup Hacks From the Pros</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty cleansers makeup skincare soap sunscreen Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:00:13 +0000 Camilla Cheung 1454451 at http://www.wisebread.com Homemade Sunblock and 6 Other Non-Toxic Recipes to Get Your Skin Sun-Ready http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-sunblock-and-6-other-non-toxic-recipes-to-get-your-skin-sun-ready <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/homemade-sunblock-and-6-other-non-toxic-recipes-to-get-your-skin-sun-ready" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sunscreen-179466381-small.jpg" alt="sunblock" title="sunblock" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As the days get brighter and the nights warm up, we're spending more and more time outdoors. Summer is the prime season for enjoyment and activity, but it's also the height of painful sunburns. I'm trying to become more conscious and careful about the lotions and salves I slather onto my body. Sometimes, even the most natural sunblocks contain more harmful ingredients than I'd like to see. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-simple-sunburn-remedies-that-really-work?ref=see%20also">Cheap and Simple Sunburn Remedies That Really Work</a>)</p> <p>The following &quot;recipes&quot; are all natural and non-toxic. After the initial investment in a few key ingredients, they are sure to give your store bought 'block a run for its money.</p> <h2>1. Sunblock With Zinc Oxide</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.scratchmommy.com/diy-sunscreen-easy-make-need-recipe/">thick and creamy sunblock</a> melts like butter onto your skin. The SPF rating is at least 20, if not higher. You may even have some of the required ingredients &mdash; coconut oil, almond oil, shea butter, etc. &mdash; already in your kitchen and bath cabinets. (Ingredients are measured in grams, so here's a <a href="http://calculator-converter.com/converter_g_to_c_grams_to_cups_calculator.php">converting calculator</a> to switch to cups.)</p> <h2>2. Bronzing Bars</h2> <p>If you'd like a natural tan look with your protection, these <a href="http://wellnessmama.com/9368/bronzing-lotion-bars/">DIY Bronzing Bars</a> are for you! A reader suggested including coffee infused oil for that bronzing effect. Bonus? They double as bug repellent!</p> <h2>3. Soothing Sunblock</h2> <p>This next mix <a href="http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/homemade-sunscreen.html#sthash.JQ1M8xzq.qjtu">contains aloe</a>, which soothes burns. It's rated around 30-40 SPF, so great for a day at the beach or out at a backyard barbecue. You can choose to use either carrot seed or raspberry seed oil, with raspberry having more SPF power.</p> <h2>4. Fragrance Block</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.jenniferalambert.com/homemade-sunscreen-with-essential-oils/">sweet smelling sunblock</a> has a hefty dose of essential oils in it &mdash; 40-50 drops to be exact. For me, I'd take the opportunity to do a mix of lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus to get some natural allergy relief from all that pollen flying through the air.</p> <h2>5. Foundation SPF</h2> <p>I'm super excited to try this <a href="http://blog.freepeople.com/2014/04/allnatural-foundation-sunscreen/">homemade foundation and sunblock</a> in one! The color comes from a custom mix of cinnamon and cocoa powder.</p> <h2>6. Tinted Mix</h2> <p>If you'd rather add a more subtle color to your sunblock, this <a href="http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/29800/diy-tinted-sunscreen-recipe#_a5y_p=589571">tinted mix</a> will do the trick. It uses iron oxide powder for those who have a darker natural completions. It blends better on skin with fewer noticeable streaks.</p> <h2>7. Cooling Burn Treatment</h2> <p>If you haven't had a chance to make any of these protective recipes, you might have a nasty burn to contend with. Try <a href="http://thechicsite.com/2014/04/22/diy-sunburn-relief/">freezing aloe juice</a> in ice cube trays. When you get a burn, pop a few cubes out of the freezer and enjoy the soothing sensation.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite homemade sunblock recipe? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-sunblock-and-6-other-non-toxic-recipes-to-get-your-skin-sun-ready">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-natural-sunscreens">The 6 Best Natural Sunscreens</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sun-screens-can-really-cost-you-by-the-ounce-and-by-the-tumor">Sun Screens Can Really Cost You – By the Ounce or By the Tumor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">5 Hair Conditioners You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Health and Beauty Homemade sunblock sunscreen Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:00:03 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1142904 at http://www.wisebread.com Sun Screens Can Really Cost You – By the Ounce or By the Tumor http://www.wisebread.com/sun-screens-can-really-cost-you-by-the-ounce-and-by-the-tumor <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sun-screens-can-really-cost-you-by-the-ounce-and-by-the-tumor" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sunscreens.jpg" alt="Should you throw out your sunscreen?" title="Should you throw out your sunscreen?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you've been paying extra for sun products containing Vitamin A &mdash; often marketed as preventing your skin from aging &mdash; you might as well save your money. In fact, you may need it for future surgical bills. A <a href="http://www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen/">new report</a> from the Environmental Working Group cites &ldquo;new government data linking a form of vitamin A used in sunscreens to accelerated growth of skin tumors and lesions.</p> <p>Yikes. And that's not all. The report also warns that at least <a href="http://www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen/buyer-beware/">26 &quot;for babies&quot; sunscreens</a> contain a chemical that scientists specifically warned against using on children more than a decade ago.</p> <p>Another yikes: What you're buying with sunscreens that list really high SPFs like 100 is a false sense of security, because they do not perform up to that level. The report also warns that even with lower SPFs, most people never get the amount of protection advertised on the bottle because in order to get that, we'd have to slather it on super thick.</p> <p>(I know. We're frugal. We don't slather. But the experts say that an SPF 30 is not truly SPF 30 if it is spread thin.)</p> <p>This is a good news, bad news report for cheapskates. The good news is, we don't have to feel guilty about not springing for SPF 100 for our kids or feel like we're missing out if we don't invest in the &ldquo;age-defying&rdquo; sunscreen for ourselves.</p> <p>But here comes the bad news: <strong>The sunscreens that received the <a href="http://www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen/best-beach-sport-sunscreens/">EWG's top safety rating</a> all cost more than $4 an ounce</strong>.</p> <p>I'm a cheap mom. As a rule, I will not shell out for high-end children's toiletries, foods, or gadgets unless someone proves to me that there's a compelling need for that upgrade. You're not going to find Mustela diaper cream in my bag, since CVS' facsimile of A&amp;D does just fine at preventing diaper rash.</p> <p>For sunscreen, I use the CVS brand &mdash; which I usually get for free. At the end of every season, they'll put this stuff on clearance, and combined with a coupon I can bring home multiple tubes for free. And, before you interrupt me, it's a myth that you have to buy sunscreen fresh each season. As long as it's not expired or more than three years old, it should be effective, <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sunscreen-expire/AN01968">according to MayoClinic.com</a>.</p> <p>The EWG report's site has a handy &mdash; but disheartening &mdash; feature that allows you to <a href="http://www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen/finding-the-best-sunscreens/">look up your sunscreen</a> in a database of 1,381 products, and find out its rating. A score of 0-2 means the product is recommended, 3-6 means &ldquo;caution,&rdquo; and 7-10 means &ldquo;avoid.&rdquo;</p> <p>Here's how mine rates:</p> <p><strong>CVS Fast Cover Continuous Lotion Spray Suncscreen, SPF 50</strong></p> <p><strong>Score: 7 (Avoid)</strong> because it contains oxybenzone, &ldquo;a potential hormone disrupter (that) penetrates the skin in relatively large amounts&rdquo; &mdash; that's the chemical a scientist warned against putting on children's skin back in 1997. This product also lost points because it's a spray, which is more likely to be inhaled.</p> <p><strong>CVS Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30</strong></p> <p><strong>Score: 7</strong>, because it contains oxybenzone and vitamin A.</p> <p>(Note: I didn't buy any of the &ldquo;baby&rdquo; or &ldquo;kid&rdquo; sunscreens because I am generally skeptical of products so labeled, but those CVS products are also rated 7 for the same reasons.)</p> <p>So what does the EWG recommend? Only mineral sunscreens like titanium dioxide, which are not only pretty expensive but generally thick and pasty. Instead of using chemical blockers, these products physically block the sunlight from hitting your skin.</p> <p>Here are the Amazon.com prices on some of the sunscreens that got the green light:</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003II53Z8?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003II53Z8">Badger SPF 30 Unscented Sunscreen</a><img width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border: medium none ! important; margin: 0px ! important;" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=myfufufa-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B003II53Z8" /> $16.99 for 3.5 oz. (<strong>$4.85/oz.</strong>)</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GZNGLE?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000GZNGLE">California Baby SPF 30 + Sunscreen Lotion - Super Sensitive, 2.9 oz</a><img width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border: medium none ! important; margin: 0px ! important;" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=myfufufa-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B000GZNGLE" /> $21 for 3.2 oz. (<strong>$6.56/oz.</strong>)</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G95W60?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002G95W60">Loving Naturals Organic SPF 30 Sunscreen Zinc Oxide 2 oz UVA/UVB</a><img width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border: medium none ! important; margin: 0px ! important;" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=myfufufa-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B002G95W60" /> $12.51 for 2 oz. (on sale!) (<strong>$6.25/oz.</strong>)</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002LM59LK?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002LM59LK">Sunscreen, SPF 30, 2.6 oz ( Multi-Pack)</a><img width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border: medium none ! important; margin: 0px ! important;" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=myfufufa-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B002LM59LK" /> $35.78 for two 2.6 oz. tubes (<strong>$6.88/oz.</strong>)</p> <p>Now, keep in mind that doctors recommend that an adult use one ounce of sunscreen for every few hours of sun exposure. Even assuming I use 1/3 ounce on each of my three kids twice a day, that means I could be spending more than $10 protecting them from the sun every single day.</p> <p>This makes the EWG's recommendation that you just cover your skin with clothing sound a lot more attractive. But I just don't know. I saw two kids at the public pool today wearing &ldquo;bathing suits&rdquo; that went from their necks to their wrists and ankles, with matching floppy hats that they kept on while in the water. I have to say they looked bubble wrapped. Would you rather wear a bathing suit of Victorian proportions, and put your kids in them, than risk cancer with sunscreen you can afford?</p> <p>I guess I will spring for the titanium dioxide stuff, and try to keep those sunhats on the kids this summer. But with three little wigglers to cover every time we go out, I am <em>really</em> going to miss the convenience of the spray-on stuff.</p> <p>P.S. Trader Joe's sell sunscreen with zinc oxide that did not list oxybenzone or vitamin A. At only $5.99 for a hefty 6 oz tube ($1 per adult application if used as recommended), I thought it would be at worst a stopgap measure until I could find the best price on a fancy sunblock, and at best a bargain solution.</p> <p>Well, more of a stopgap, it turns out. The EWG rates Trader Joe's Face &amp; Body Sunscreen at 4, in the caution range. Apparently it does contain vitamin A, which goes by the chemical name retinyl palmitate and is listed under &ldquo;inactive ingredients.&rdquo; It also contains several other chemicals considered to pose &ldquo;moderate&rdquo; health risks.</p> <p><em>Note: This post contains affiliate links to Amazon.com.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sun-screens-can-really-cost-you-by-the-ounce-and-by-the-tumor">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-natural-sunscreens">The 6 Best Natural Sunscreens</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-sunblock-and-6-other-non-toxic-recipes-to-get-your-skin-sun-ready">Homemade Sunblock and 6 Other Non-Toxic Recipes to Get Your Skin Sun-Ready</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-beauty-mistakes-that-may-be-ruining-your-skin">7 Beauty Mistakes That May Be Ruining Your Skin</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-a-dental-discount-plan-save-you-money">Will A Dental Discount Plan Save You Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/simple-ways-to-get-the-healthcare-you-need-without-overspending">Simple Ways to Get the Healthcare You Need Without Overspending</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Health and Beauty sun screen sunblock sunscreen zinc oxide Mon, 31 May 2010 19:58:51 +0000 Carrie Kirby 108962 at http://www.wisebread.com Can Beauty Be THIS Basic? http://www.wisebread.com/can-beauty-be-this-basic <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/can-beauty-be-this-basic" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000009193995_XXXLarge.jpg" alt="woman applying face cream" title="woman applying face cream" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The NY Times has an online article that will probably get the reporter, Natasha Singer, killed by a contract assassin employed by Lancôme or La Mer. Remember that scene at the beginning of Zoolander, where all the heads of major fashion houses are plotting to kill the prime minister of Malaysia? Kind of like that, but with one of the Lauders at the helm.</p> <p>The basic message of the article is that you can pretty much care for your skin using <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/04/fashion/04skin.html?pagewanted=1&amp;ei=5090&amp;en=c5e06ebf36a27673&amp;ex=1325566800&amp;partner=rssuserland&amp;emc=rss&amp;_r=0">soap, water, and sunscreen</a>. If this turns out to be true, I imagine that the earth is about to careen into the sun any minute now.</p> <p class="blockquote">Dermatologists are prescribing simplified skin-care routines requiring at most three steps: soap; sunscreen every day, no matter the weather or the season; and, if necessary, a product tailored to specific skin needs, whether a cream for pimples or pigmented spots, or a vitamin-enriched moisturizer for aging skin. Each product, they say, can be bought at drugstores for $30 or less.</p> <p>Actually, this is the skincare regime that I employed when I was growing up, and I was blessed with clear skin until I was 25, when I suddenly started breaking out all over the place like Puberty Boy on <em>The Simpsons</em>. Since then, I've spent a fortune on washes, creams, potions, lotions, astringents, removers, exfoliators, and finally, <a href="http://www.proactiv.com/" target="_blank">ProActiv</a> (I bought the starter pack, which got rid of my pimples, but also caused my face to be red and scaly for two weeks &mdash; I can now only use the treatment once a week or so).</p> <p>Anyway, I've been thinking for a while about getting rid of the mess that is my skin care regimen and try the whole wash-n'-sunscreen method, but I was dreading the thought of not being able to smell the sweet, sweet scent of my Shiseido freckle-reducing cream. It's all a part of learning to fake luxury, I suppose.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-beauty-be-this-basic">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-beauty-mistakes-that-may-be-ruining-your-skin">7 Beauty Mistakes That May Be Ruining Your Skin</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/budgeting-beauty-an-expert-tells-all">Budgeting Beauty - An Expert Tells All</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-makeup-hacks-from-the-pros">12 Makeup Hacks From the Pros</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-beauty-tips-and-hacks-for-summer">18 Beauty Tips and Hacks for Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sunscreens">The 5 Best Sunscreens</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty cosmetics makeup shopping skin care soap sunscreen Fri, 05 Jan 2007 22:20:30 +0000 Andrea Karim 157 at http://www.wisebread.com