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Sunless Tanning Safety

If you’re wary about regularly applying a chemically-derived self-tanner or spray tan, you’re not alone. And I applaud you because we all should consider the health implications of products we ingest or apply to our skin. My curiosity peaked a few months ago when I decided to personally experiment with self-tanner. Since then, I have […]

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Faking It: The Art of Faux Tanning

Forgo Bakin’ It Public awareness of the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun and tanning beds has grown substantially over the past two decades. Programs like The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Go With Your Own Glow campaign stress the beauty of one’s natural skin color, and many celebrities promote untanned skin. But there needs […]

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Sunscreen & Rash

Since posting Natural Sunscreen Review, Part 2, I’ve seen an upcropping of posts about and pictures of terrible skin reactions to Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen – a sunblock that I favorably reviewed. The recent influx of circulating testimonials, some written in 2010 and now reappearing, about rash caused by Pure & Free raises […]

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Sunburn Tattooing

Seriously? What’s next, American youth? How can we inflict even more harm on ourselves? First, huffing toxic inhalants, then ingesting bath salts, and now this, mutilating our skin with “sunburn tattoos”? I’m a few weeks late in learning about this insanity. It became news sometime around July 6th. I happened to be channel surfing this morning […]

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Natural Sunscreen Review, Part 2

A continuation of Part 1. Yes to Cucumbers Lotion   Woo Hoo Factors Contains organic and sustainably grown ingredients UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection Titanium dioxide 6.2% and zinc oxide 11% Cucumbers, green Tea and aloe (“soothing,” “cooling,” anti-oxidant) Non-invasive formula, hypoallergenic Non-comedogenic (non-acne forming), thus meant for body AND face Non-staining, washes out of clothing Free […]

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June

I thought it apropos to test a product called June during the month of June. The June UV bracelet is something that tech types refer to as a “wearable.” Like a smartwatch or a fitness tracker, June provides tracking information to its wearer. Unlike its predecessors, June broke from the wearable tech’s clunky stigma. It […]

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Paleo Week 4 – It Ain’t Over…

30-day Paleo challenge complete? CHECK! Time to Kick Paleo to the Curb? As this post’s title gives away, I don’t think so. The Paleo lifestyle is going too well to end now – or ever. I feel so healthy that I don’t want to go back to old, glutenous, carb-loaded habits. And my complexion looks […]

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Timely Article on the Sunscreen Debate

I read this article just now and found it quite timely given my series on natural vs. chemical sunscreen. It’s a worthwhile read! http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/06/whats-worse-sunscreen-chemicals-or-tanning.html

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Natural Sunscreen Review, Part 1

In connection with my recent series, Natural vs. Chemical Sunscreen, I tested five popular, over-the-counter, natural sunscreens on the market. I wore each one for at least an hour, and at least half of that time involved vigorous exercise and/or water immersion. Our Beef with Sunscreen: A Sensory Issue One of the primary, perhaps the […]

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Natural vs. Chemical Sunscreen, Part 1: Safety, Origin, and Efficacy

The title of this post alone suggests this inquiry is not a fair fight. Most of us would choose a so-called “natural” product over a chemical one. But when it comes to sunscreen, there is a lot more to it. For this post, let’s assume that a “natural” sunscreen is, in fact, “natural” as you […]

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