With summer almost upon us – or if you’re in the south like me, it has been here for a month now – gentle reminders on sunny skin care are always welcome.
For example, did you know that your family doctor or dermatologist should be checking between your toes for signs of skin cancer?
On that note, this quickie guide detailing nine places your doc should be checking for skin cancer is worth a read through. Unless I truly am the only person out there who lacked the between-the-toes intel…
9 Sneaky Places Skin Cancer Hides
Make sure your derm is checking these spots during your visit
Skin cancer can hide in some awkward or weird places — but don’t let your embarrassment allow skin cancer to be overlooked. Your dermatologist should always check these nine places (yes, including your bum and even between your toes). If they aren’t, it’s time to get a new doctor.
See where skin cancer hides
Enjoy the sun and say hey to your doc for me!
This week’s Bionic Asks… What are your skin “issues”?
Do you worry about wrinkles, breakouts, sagging skin, under eye circles, discoloration, skin cancer, or something else entirely? Do you gear your purchases and cosmetics around those concerns?
My main skin concerns are breakouts since my skin became uber sensitive after I hit the thirties. But I also am very disciplined in my SPF application. A close friend of mine used to tan constantly and ended up with skin cancer at a relatively young age- that was a wakeup call. Not to mention, if I’m not careful to keep my sunblock on I end up with some melasma discoloration. So… there are my issues, right out for the world to see.
Your turn to share!
Here’s the latest product review from Joycey Couture… Bionic Beauty’s co-editor!
SPF 18 natural sunscreen lotion by California Baby
Grab your beach bag kids- it’s summertime! Oh, and um- can I ask you what’s in your bag? Sunscreen I hope, and lots of it!
I’m a big beach person so when I was asked to try a new, all natural sunscreen lotion, I couldn’t pass it up! I was handed two bottles of California Baby. One, a SPF 18 and the other, an SPF 30.
I began by researching the products before I tested them on my skin during a hot, humid, and skin roasting day at the beach.
Tis the season to break out the sunless tanners. Even those of us who embrace the pale can benefit from a few applications occasionally. I’ll be testing and reviewing several sunless tanners over the coming months.
First up… True Blue Spa’s super nifty Shade to Order.
Shade to Order is a custom sunless tanner. You dial in the tone you want by twisting the top portion of the bottle. Then pump and apply.
Unlike many sunless tanners, Shade to Order smells NICE. It’s fresh and slightly spicy. Plus it’s loaded with moisturizers to improve skin tone while bronzing. And due to those same moisturizers, it’s also virtually streak free and produces an even and natural color. No brassiness or orange.
I used the Level 5 to start for a week (Level 7 is the lightest – almost pure moisturizer), then increased to Level 3 for two days and ended up with a subtle tan. Enough to make me look healthy and not fake n’ baked.
However, as with all sunless tanners, you should abide by my Sunless Tanner Tips for the best application.
Shade to Order can be found at your local Bath & Body Works store or online at bbw.com. A 6.7 ounce bottle runs $18.50.
My goal for Spring 2009 was to finally find a face sunscreen that I loved. Something that worked well under makeup, was light enough for daily use and of course, did not cause a break out. Since I am allergic to glycerin, that later was easier said, than done. I’d estimate that over 90% of sunscreens I researched contained glycerin and other harmful (and unecessary) ingredients such as parabens.
In the coming weeks, Joycey Couture and I will be bringing you reviews of the best SPF products we could get our hands on. Joyce will be reviewing those that contain glycerin (since most of you lucky ducks aren’t allergic like I am) and I’ll be reviewing the first.
First on Bionic’s block, Hampton Sun Care’s SPF 15 Gel.
Hampton’s tagline is “Smart, serious sunbathing” which I quite like. They seem to realize that most women still enjoy their time inthe sun even though we know it’s not good for our skin. Their SPF products step in to protect our skin while we play in the sunshine.
The SPF 15 Gel is marketed for face and body, but after researching the ingredients, I realized it should be quite good under makeup. The formula contains dimethicone which is usually the primary ingredient in makeup primers. Hampton’s Gel did not disappoint. One spray pump into my palm and then I smoothed it over my face (I applied it over top of my normal moisturizer). My skin was smooth and completely ready for makeup application. It even helped hold my makeup in place during Florida humidity!
This sunscreen really impressed me. The scent is a bit floral and certainly not the common chemically smell (although I confess to love the ones scented like coconut). Hampton Sun SPF 15 Gel will be in my makeup case and purse all season. I finally feel that I’ve found my staple sunscreen!
Hampton’s SPF 15 Gel is $35 for a 4 ounce spray bottle. Available at HamptonSunCare.com (in the USA) or Saks Fifth Avenue (in Canada). I’ll have a few more reviews of Hampton Sun products soon, stay tuned!
Full ingredients list below…