July 5, 1999
The Food and Drug Administration has issued new rules for sunscreen products. While the changes will be phased in over the next two years, some sunscreen makers have already begun making changes in their product labeling. * Sunscreens must carry an SPF number from 2 to 30+. * The rules set up three labeling categories: minimal (SPF 2 to 11), moderate (SPF 12 to 29) and high (SPF 30+).
April 10, 2006 |
On March 30, two law firms filed suits against manufacturers of five leading sunscreen brands. The suits charge that claims on ads and labels promising that products fully protect against harmful rays are misleading and exaggerate the ability of sunscreen to protect against skin damage. * -- Janet Cromley * The science of skin and sunscreen is all about waves. Ultraviolet (UV) light, a component of sunlight, comes in three forms: UVA, UVB and UVC, each with different wavelength spectrum.
January 15, 1989 |
WHILE sunscreen makers race to put the highest sun-protection-factor numbers on product labels, some dermatologists are warning that numbers over SPF 15 may represent little more than a marketing ploy. Yet, other doctors encourage patients to use products with high SPF numbers. Why the controversy? Dr. Arnold Klein, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA School of Medicine, says that labeling products with an SPF greater than 15 may be misleading.
June 9, 1992 |
Overexposure to the sun is linked not only to skin cancer, but also to painful sunburns and premature skin aging. One of the best ways people can protect themselves is by applying sunscreens and sun blocks. Sunscreens are given sun-protection factor (SPF) ratings depending on the degree of protection. A product with an SPF of 15, for example, if properly applied should allow users to stay in the sun 15 times as long as they could without any protection.
September 5, 2010 |
Whether it's their first Bonne Bell Lip Smackers or playing dress-up with their mothers' lipstick, many girls start experimenting with makeup early. For tweens and teens, one of the rituals of back-to-school time is the fight with Mom over what is and isn't age- and school-appropriate. And, yes, that discussion is starting earlier. Though women ages 18 to 64 are using less makeup, tween girls (ages 8 to 12) are using more, according to a new report from market research firm the NPD Group.
January 10, 2010 |
There's no denying the allure of a beautiful complexion -- or of an illuminated department store beauty counter, filled with elegant frosted jars and sleek glass bottles that promise a dewy glow and taut skin. But there's also no denying the appeal of lower price tags, found on similar products at your local drugstore. At the department store, you'll encounter trained sales associates ready to help you choose; at the drugstore, you're on your own, facing lengthy rows of pump bottles and squeeze tubes that all claim to moisturize, balance, tighten skin or erase wrinkles.
July 5, 1999 |
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.
December 16, 2002 |
Today's skin-care products do more than just clean and moisturize: They promise smoother, clearer, more radiant skin with fewer fine lines and wrinkles. But there's a downside to some of the ingredients. A seemingly endless array of creams, lotions and cleansers use alpha hydroxy acids to improve skin texture and make it firmer by thickening the collagen beneath the surface. But these acids also can make the skin more sensitive to the ravages of the sun.
January 5, 1992
Snow-skiers and ice-skaters are familiar with the chapped lips, parched skin and brittle hair that cold-weather activity brings. To help protect against these problems, Body Glove has introduced Professional Sports Formula products in a travel kit that's just the right size for weekend getaways.
June 3, 1998 |
Buying sunscreen for the beach, once as simple as filling the cooler with ice, today poses an obstacle course of lifestyle decisions: Cream? Lotion? Regular? Oil-free? Under makeup? In makeup? Sweat-resistant? Sports-dry? Fragrance-free? Herbal medicinal? Waterproof? Hypoallergenic? Infrared fighter? Super SPF? "This market proliferation is a good sign," says Peter Heinlein, chemist and project leader at Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine.