APPROXIMATELY ONE THIRD OF SUNSCREENS PROVIDE LESS THAN HALF OF THE SPF CLAIMED

Medscape (5/19, Doheny) reported, “About a third of sunscreens tested by experts…provide less than half the SPF protection claimed on the label,” according to Consumer Reports’ annual sunscreen report. According to the article, the Food and Drug Administration does not routinely test sunscreen products’ SPF. Dr. Bader recommends sunscreens that have a high concentration of zinc…

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SUNSCREENS: CAN YOU TRUST THE LABEL?

The simple answer is NO–at least when it comes to water-resistance. In a recent study conducted by Consumer Reports, 43% of the 65 water-resistant sunscreens that were tested FAILED to meet their SPF claim on their labels after the area was submerged in water as indicated on the label for water resistance. Some of them, missed…

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AVO. A NEW DRINKABLE SUNSCREEN: REALLY?

A 34-year old Dermatologist has come up with a drink, called AVO, containing over 30 vitamins and anti-oxidants that reduces one’s risk for sunburn. Will this replace traditional sunscreen? Can we just take a drink and go out in the sun? Not so fast! Although clinical studies show that one does burn less, it appears that this…

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WHEN SHOULD I APPLY SUNSCREEN?

One should apply sunscreen every day to exposed skin, even if you are not going to be outside in the sun. While some of the suns ultraviolet rays cannot penetrate glass windows, some can, leaving you prone to these damaging effects if unprotected. For days when you will be indoors, apply sunscreen on the areas not covered by clothing,…

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