We love multi-use, multi-purpose products, but sunscreen in makeup isn't one of them. There are a number of reasons that makeup in sunscreen isn't the same as applying a good regular sunscreen. The first is that it's a secondary purpose of the product, meaning the goal of the makeup is to be just that - makeup (foundation, powder, etc.). Even though it has sunscreen ingredients, it doesn't have the proper amount of coverage or the capabilities to protect against UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays. Additionally, for most people, you need to use 7-14x the normal amount of powder or foundation to get the SPF coverage stated on the makeup packaging. Who's doing that? Without the capabilities to protect against UVA and UBV rays, your makeup simply isn't doing enough.
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"Brotox" - a hot topic in dermatology
We've all heard about Botox Cosmetic, but did you know the hottest rising consumer for this procedure is men? In recent articles and news stories it's been reported that there's been a stunning 258% rise in the number of men undergoing Botox treatments – now commonly referred to as ‘Brotox’ – between 2000 and 2010. In 2010 alone just under 350,000 males received some form of Botox treatment. (This could be for cosmetic use on the face, or commonly men receive Botox for hyperhydrosis – excessive sweating.)
Melanoma is on the rise in the U.S. - see how SkinCeuticals is helping
One of the most unfortunate parts of being a dermatologist is telling patients they have melanoma, and more unfortunately I've had to do this more and more in the past few years because melanoma is on the rise. Even more scary - I've seen it in younger and younger patients every year. As physicians we tell people the importance of using daily sunscreen and checking your body frequently for any new spots or lesions. We also stress the importance of seeing a dermatologist yearly (or even bi-yearly if you've ever had something dangerous in the past).
Dr. Rueckl says he consistently hears that patients go out in the sun and avoid sunscreen to "make sure they are getting enough Vitamin D." The truth is, you need just a few minutes of sun - even indirect sun - for your body to produce Vitamin D from the exposure to UVB rays.
A topically applied botulinum toxin type A is in the third phase of clinical testing. At this point in time the initial phases of the study have been highly impressive, showing the topical botulinum has efficacy similar to injectable botulinums like Botox Cosmetic (Allergan) and Dysport (Medicis).
What Do Antioxidants Do?
An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that transfers electrons or hydrogen from a substance to an oxidizing agent. Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals. In turn, these radicals can start chain reactions. When the chain reaction occurs in a cell, it can cause damage or death to the cell. Antioxidants terminate these chain reactions by removing free radical intermediates, and inhibit other oxidation reactions. They do this by being oxidized themselves, so antioxidants are often reducing agents. Antioxidants are in foods, industrial products, and skincare items.
Dr. Rueckl doesn't recommend permanent fillers or implants. He says, "I have taken out so many problem ones over the years, I probably couldn't even begin to count. It seems likebadimplants copy a good idea, until you realize that as your body ages naturally, your face, lips, etc. do change shape, even slightly, and putting something permanent in there does not allow the body to do this."
The importance of checking your skin! Skin cancer is on the rise!
It is projected that there will be nearly 4 million new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer diagnosed this year in the U.S., which is on the rise. Additionally the incidence of melanoma in situ continues to increase with an estimated 56,000 to be newly diagnosed in 2012.