DeMystifying Beauty Product Labels
Summer is right around the corner, and The June issue of Women’s Health (on newsstands now) has tips and product suggestions to keep you protected and looking great head-to-toe and helps you decode the labels on the bottles you use every day. Women's Health has shared some "sun-sense must-know" information with The Advice Sisters, and we think this is a "must-read" so please feel free to send the following to all your friends!
Make sense of the fine print on your sunscreen tube - Chemical Sunscreens-Ingredients like benzophenones, salicylates, snd cinnamates form a protective film to absorb UV rays before they penetrate the skin’s surface. Physical Sunscreens-These work by reflecting the sun’s UV rays. Look for zinc oxide or titanium oxide.
What Do These Beauty Terms Really Mean?
Photoaging-Skin damage caused by sun exposure—like fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and the leathery texture seen on folks playing shuffleboard in Boca Raton.
SPF (Sun Protection Factor)-The number that tells you how much longer a sunscreen will keep you from burning than no protection at all. Say you normally turn pink after 1 0 minutes without sun block. SPF 15 would shield you 15 times as long as that—or for 150 minutes—before you start to burn.
UVA-Ultraviolet rays that penetrate deep into the skin and cause photoaging and skin cancer.
UVB-Rays that affect the outer layer of skin. Shorter than UVAs, they’re responsible for sunburns and contribute to skin cancer.
Star Rating- It's not the new reality show voting scale, it's a new sunscreen-labeling system the FDA has in the works. Stars on labels will indicate the level (1 = lowest, 4 = highest) of UVA protection offered.
Water-resistant-Sunscreen whose SPF remains effective after 40 minutes of immersion. “Very water- resistant” sunscreens remain effective after 80 minutes in water
Waterproof-No sunscreen is waterpoof; the FDA has suggested removing this term from labels.
.....and what about other ingredients in popular beauty products? They may sound scary, but knowing what they are makes you a savvy consumer:
Stay Sun Safe. The Advice Sisters "What Works" Beauty, Cosmetics & Fashion review column will feature TONS of sun-safe products--the column will be up at http://www.advicesisters.net/whatworkscol3.html the first week in July). Meanwhile, here are some other suggestions.
Legs - When the sun and wind parch and chap your skin, replenish moisture with Olay Body Quench Mousse, a moisturizer in foam form packed with hydrating glycerin and antioxidant-rich green tea. $8 for 7.1 oz, drugstore.com ]