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Sun Protection

  1. All synthetic sun protection takes from 30-60 minutes after you apply it until it actually begins to work. That may be a reason why you and your children may still be getting burned when outdoors! Dr. James E. Fulton Jr MD, PhD recommends to apply your sunscreen one hour before sun exposure. Reapply when you get to your outdoor destination. Then it is recommended you reapply your sunscreen every two hours in order to well protect your skin.

  2. Your sunscreen should include ingredients to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays cause sunburns and cancer and the somewhat less dangerous UVA rays cause wrinkles, sun spots and aids UVB in causing skin cancer.

  3. If you want to ensure immediate sun protection (begins to work as soon as you apply it!), look for a full spectrum sunblock that contains titanium dioxide and or zinc oxide. These two minerals will provide your skin with immediate full spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection.

  4. Many people experience brown circles under or around their eyes. Sometimes part of this condition is a result of the sun’s rays causing this skin to darken. Try an SPF 30 full spectrum sun block that includes titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Apply on the area every day for one month and see if your skin lightens up. It might!

  5. Rosacea is a skin condition that affects 14 million Americans. The number one trigger for rosacea according to the National Rosacea Society is the sun’s rays. To help block these rays, use your full spectrum sun block every morning, preferably at least 45 minutes before you are exposed to the sun. If you have rosacea you may feel stinging from sunscreens. If this is the case try an ultra gentle cream with non-irritating sun block ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for your skin. You should check with your dermatologist if you have any questions or concerns. Check the National Rosacea Society web page at

  6. The suns rays have been associated with contracting cataracts of the eye. The American Cancer Society has good advice for buying your sunglasses that help protect you from this serious condition and keep your skin healthy. The ideal sunglasses do not have to be expensive but they should block 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB radiation. Check the label to be sure they do. Some labels may say, ‘UV absorption up to 400nm.’ This is the same as 100% UV absorption. Also labels that say ‘Special Purpose’ or ‘Meets ANSI Requirements’ mean the glasses block at least 99% of UV rays.

Oily and Dry Skin

  1. Many people with oily skin do NOT need a moisturizer. Those of us who have experienced oily skin know the uncomfortable look and feel of oil on the top layer of our skin. People with oily skin have plenty of oil already and do not need more. Oily skin people may like a hydrating serum which can be applied within a totally oil free product. They also can get their sun protection in a full spectrum spf 30 in powder form, so no need for a cream for sun protection! Typically the most therapeutic thing for oily skin is an Alpha Hydroxy or Beta Hydroxy serum product.

  2. Larger pores indicate a larger sebaceous (oil) gland which also means more oil production and more oily skin. Small pores equal a small oil gland and less oil or even dry skin. If you look in the mirror you can give yourself your own skin analysis based on these visual features.

  3. Vaseline is a wonderfully cheap intense moisturizer for the body according to internationally respected Dermatologist Dr. Arthur Balin PhD. For facial skin it is not recommended as it can be very clogging. For dry body skin and the lips it is a perfect strong occlusive moisturizer. If you have elderly parents take a look at their skin, particularly the extremities of the hand, feet, arms and shins. This area of the body can become extremely dry because there are less sebaceous glands located there. Moisturize these body parts heavily with Vaseline and then wrap hands and feet in socks for an intense moisture therapy to maintain healthy skin!

  4. People with combination skin will sometimes do better to use two different moisturizers or use one for only a small part of the face. For instance if you have a very oily t-zone but dry patches on your cheeks or around the mouth you might use a moisturizer on the dry areas only. Any skin product can be applied to the part of the face that needs the product while skipping other parts.