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Posts Tagged ‘sunscreen’

The FYI on SPF at CVS

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

What’s the safest way to enjoy the summer sun for you– and your skin? Most of us these days are well-aware that regularly applying skincare products containing an SPF of at least 30 can offer greater protection from the sun’s harmful rays. These products also help to prevent the fine wrinkles and spots associated with sun damage, helping to make the skin look younger.

Now, CVS is also taking SPF seriously. In a recent press release, the company has indicated its stores will soon no longer carry any suncare products with SPFs less than 15, replacing them with SPF 30 products. Find out what prompted this change and how it may affect your product choices.

Why Not Skip the Turkey Neck This Thanksgiving?

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner. And while we’re all busy talking turkey, we couldn’t think of a better time to serve up some solid advice on that area many of us are self-conscious about– the “turkey neck.” Check out our selected Weekly Dose of Beauty article for some tips on how to make your neck look younger.

And happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the offices of Dr. Leo R. McCafferty!

Get Filled-In on the Subject of Wrinkles

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

wrinklesAll wrinkles are not created equal. And their varying causes require individualized treatment. In this Weekly Dose of Beauty, find out what the five most common types of wrinkles are, and what you can do to treat and possibly even prevent them.

An Illuminating Look at Sunscreen-Free Skin

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

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How does sunscreen work and what happens to our skin in the sun when we don’t apply it? The video evidence is in this Weekly Dose of Beauty! Check out the video below and see, through the power of skin imaging, what skin looks like when it’s unprotected and exposed to the sun.

You may never want to go sunscreen-free again!

The Hot Info on Sun Burn and Sun Poisoning

Friday, June 10th, 2016

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What is the difference between sunburn and sun poisoning? How do you treat sun poisoning and what’s the best way to prevent sun burns and sun poisoning? Find out it all in this Weekly Dose of Beauty from Today.com Health and Wellness:

Shining A Light on Sunscreen Effectiveness

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

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All sunscreens of the same SPF work basically about the same, right? Not so, according to a new study. Find out which sunscreens were shown to be more effective, in our Weekly Dose of Beauty article from Time magazine.

What SPF Means, Is the Sunscreen in Makeup Enough?, and Foods that Help Provide Sun Protection

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

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Happy Fourth of July, everyone! It’s time for picnics, parties and memorable moments in the sun. So in our latest Weekly Dose of Beauty, learn what SPF really means, find out if the sunscreen in your makeup is enough, and discover whether foods can actually work as an SPF.

Controlling Acne Breakouts from Sunscreen, Looking Fresh for Summer, and Sunscreens with Infrared Protection

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

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Summer is here, the weather’s heating up and so is Dr. McCafferty’s Weekly Dose of Beauty! This week, learn how to stop breakouts from sunscreen, get great tips to look refreshed this summer, and discover why infrared protection in your SPF products is so important.

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

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The sun is starting to shine and summer is in the air. But it is important to remember that with summer come more exposure and higher risks for damaging our skin. May is Skin Cancer Awareness month and it is a perfect time to learn more about what you can do to protect your skin. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. According to Skincancer.org, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. Here are some steps to help protect yourself and loved ones.

Get a full-body mole check yearly. It is always nice to have a physician look at changing moles or suspicious areas to catch skin cancer early. Always wear sunscreen, even when it is not sunny out. It’s important to protect yourself every month of the year. The sun can reach you through the clouds or even bounce off a snowy sidewalk.

Reapply, reapply, reapply! You can never use too much sunscreen. Try applying sunscreen a half hour prior to being exposed to the sun, to let it penetrate into the skin. Once in the sun, sunscreen should be applied every two hours and even more often, if swimming and enjoying outdoor activities. There is no such thing as waterproof or sweat-proof sunscreen. Sunscreen can wear off, so it’s important to read the sunscreen information for water-resistant and sweat-resistant sunscreens to see how long they will protect you.

When purchasing a sunscreen, always look for UVA and UVB broad spectrum coverage. These sunscreens can protect you against the burning rays and the aging rays of the sun.

SPF clothing, sunglasses, hats, and umbrellas can help you enjoy the outdoors but also help protect your skin.

We have all been waiting for the beautiful weather to come, so enjoy it! Just be smart about being in it!

Prep Your Skin for the Summer

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

The seasons affect more than just our wardrobe. And every patient has different demands with the changing of the weather. At the beginning of summer it’s good to focus on protecting ourselves from the sun.  It is integral to both cancer prevention and healthy-looking skin.

Tanning outside or in a bed both ages the skin and leads to serious skin conditions. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer with over two million Americans diagnosed with this disease – 90% of skin cancers are associated with UV radiation from the sun. Melanoma, which is the most deadly, has 120,000 new cases every year. The National Cancer institute recommends screening often and visiting your doctor anytime there is anything abnormal on the skin.

To help protect the skin patients should use sunscreen daily and reapply often, cover up with hats, sunglasses, and long sleeves when outside for long periods of time, stay in the shade, and avoid other sources of UV light (tanning beds and sun lamps).

Patients should set up a long-term skincare plan with their plastic surgeon or aesthetician in the office. Sun spots and wrinkles can be treated with lasers, peels and skincare products– depending on the patients’ skin type, the treatment can vary and have different amounts of downtime.

By preparing ourselves for the summer sun we can have a fun and safe season!

For more information, check out the following helpful links:

The National Cancer Institute: http://www.cancer.gov/

Skin Cancer Foundation: http://www.skincancer.org/