May 25, 2011 |
Does your sunscreen have what it takes to protect against the sun's damaging ultraviolet rays? Consumer Reports sized up 22 creams, sprays and lotions - just in time for beach-goers to start stocking up for summer. The sunscreens were put into three categories (SPF 30, SPF 40-50, and SPF 50+). The report also noted cost per ounce and what form the sunscreen came in. The products were ranked according to how effectively they guarded against UVB rays - rays that cause sunburn - and UVA rays, which go deeper into the skin and cause tanning and aging.
June 8, 2013 |
So, there you are in the sunscreen aisle, where the number of products on the shelves is approximately equal to the number of grains of sand on a beach. How to choose? Read the labels. Your decision may still not be easy, but new labeling regulations should help. "The new regulations will make a significant difference," says Latanya Benjamin, a dermatologist at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University. "They standardize the basics of what to look for in a sunscreen.
May 27, 2012 |
The beginning of summer always seems to be accompanied by an onslaught of sunscreens. The market is crowded with lotions and sprays, powders and lip balms, and, increasingly, multi-tasking products with inventive application methods that are touted for their ability to do more than just block the UVA and UVB rays that lead to sunburns, skin cancer and premature aging of the skin. Indeed, many of the season's new sun care products were designed to marry broad-spectrum sun protection with anti-aging compounds, moisturizers, makeup - even self tanners.
June 9, 1989 |
You know things are really changing when George Hamilton, Mr. Tan himself, admits to being cautious about sunbathing. Not that he's swearing off, but having perfected his golden, rotisserie glow, he's teaching himself to play it safer. This new attitude accompanies his first sun product collection, George Hamilton's Sun Care System, which he will introduce Tuesday at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills, from 1 till 2:30 p.m. The 49-year-old ray catcher now admits that not even he is immune to the aging effects of his favorite pastime.
June 18, 1989 |
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."
April 16, 1989 |
ALTHOUGH SKIN-CARE and medical experts continue to urge the public to wear products with a sun-protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, choosing the right protection is becoming increasingly difficult and, in some ways, downright frightening. Last month, news agencies reported that some sunscreen products containing Padimate O were contaminated with the nitrosamine N-methyl-N-nitroso-p-aminobenzoic acid octyl ester (known as NPABAO). Other nitrosamines have been found in cigarette smoke, automotive exhaust and even in some foods.