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May 21, 2006 | Kathleen Doheny, Special to The Times
IF you've cruised the sunscreen aisle at the grocery or drugstore lately, you know the choices seem almost endless. Spray, cream or nongreasy lotion? SPF 15, 45 or something in between? Now factor in this season's new offerings -- a sunscreen ingredient called Helioplex and a new sunscreen pill -- and recent class-action lawsuits charging that the sunscreen makers have inflated the protective qualities of their products.
Take a good look at your tube of toothpaste. Chances are, it has a "seal of acceptance" from the American Dental Assn. Same goes for your dental floss, mouthwash and toothbrush, as well as the dental chair, the drill and the X-ray equipment that your dentist uses because you haven't been flossing, brushing or rinsing like you should. These imprimaturs aren't limited to oral hygiene.
June 6, 2011 | By Jessica Pauline Ogilvie, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For some people, no amount of sunscreen feels like enough protection from harmful ultraviolet rays. So when they're ready to hit the shore, they can slip into a long-sleeved, thigh-length Sarasota ZnO Beach cover-up ($68) and matching full-length ZnO Beach drawstring pants ($54) from Coolibar, a Minneapolis-based maker of "sun protective clothes. " Or, if they actually want to go in the water, Sun Precautions of Seattle offers a high-neck, long-sleeved swim top ($98.95) and waist-to-ankle "water legs" ($82.95)
The year was 1978, and Americans were basking and bronzing in the sun like never before. Solar reflectors and tanning solutions promising "fast-acting" results were popular with sunbathers in search of the "healthy tan." And fashion models such as Farrah Fawcett sported a bronzed ideal of beauty. But not everyone was a fan of tans.
Well, they're back. Those big, obnoxious hoop earrings in yellow gold. Wouldn't you know they'd show up the minute most of us finally got around to giving our own collections to kids for dress-up play. And it's not just the earrings, yellow gold itself is beginning to outshine the subtle silver of the '90s. "We're seeing a resurgence," said Renee Wilson, manager of Heirloom Jewels. "It's a very polished Chanel, New York look. . . .
April 17, 1988 | PADDY CALISTRO
DERMATOLOGISTS are so concerned about cancer and other health risks of salon tanning that many are now comparing it to smoking and are calling for warning labels similar to those on cigarette packs. In addition to skin cancer, doctors are concerned about the link between overexposure to ultraviolet light--the kind used in salons--and cataracts, retina damage, changes in the immune system, allergic reactions and premature aging of the skin, according to Dr. Leonard C.
March 12, 2000 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
The tourist couldn't wait to start his Hawaiian vacation. Soon after landing in Honolulu, he was relaxing on the shimmering sand at Waikiki Beach. Blue skies, no smog . . . paradise, for a while. But he forgot to apply sunscreen, and within hours he was in sunburn hell. "He had blisters on his chest and his back," recalls Dr. Bruce Mills, the Honolulu dermatologist who treated him. The blisters were painful and big--silver dollar-size or larger. "It really ruined his trip," Mills says.
September 4, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Has your doctor ever advised you to use sunscreen? Chances are, the answer is no. In fact, out of 18.3 billion doctor visits over nearly 21 years, sunscreen was recommended to patients only 12.83 million times, a new study finds. That works out to only 0.07% of visits. OK, you're thinking, surely doctors did a better job when they were seeing patients for a skin-related disease like melanoma or actinic keratosis . And indeed, they were 12 times more likely to mention sunscreen to these patients.
June 18, 1989 | PADDY CALISTRO
POSITIVE THINKERS say that America's passion for the suntan is fading. Yet last year, sales of sun-care products were at a record $500 million, with most of the dollars going to preparations that allow for a suntan. Despite the National Institutes of Health's adamant "no tan is a safe tan" message, millions of Americans are still convinced that bronzed is beautiful. Since most sunscreens only filter out the sunburn-producing ultraviolet-B rays, it is still possible to get a suntan via ultraviolet-A, infrared and other rays generated by the sun. But, according to dermatologist Madhu Pathak, chairman of the Skin Cancer Foundation's photobiology committee, "Fair-skinned people cannot stimulate a tan without damaging their skin cells first."
July 17, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
Indoor tanning raises the risk of skin cancer. Governments are acting, with restrictions on use of the facilities spreading across the U.S. and countries around the world. That's the finding of a report just published online in the Archives of Dermatology after its Colorado authors conducted an exhaustive search on the Web for all tanning-related legislation worldwide. Few countries go as far as Brazil, where indoor tanning has been banned for everyone since 2011. (The ban is for cosmetic purposes, not therapeutic ones such as psoriasis treatment, for which UV exposure can be helpful because it tamps down the immune system.)
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