Tag Archives: dermatology

Airelle: Product Review

The Airelle™ Skincare natural line of anti-aging products claims to improve the appearance of fine lines in less than 28 days. Its products, which focus on collagen protection and restoration, are free of artificial fragrances, sulfates and parabens. In addition, they’re all made in the USA and without animal testing. Airelle’s products utilize a proprietary formulation (called “Berrimatrix”) that combines […]

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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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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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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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Natural vs. Chemical Sunscreen, Part 2: The Recommendations

In Part 1 of this series on natural and chemical sunscreens, I covered the basics.  Here, we see that relatively minor shifts in priority between efficacy and potential health risks yield starkly different results in evaluating sunscreens.  To show this, I compared product recommendations from Consumer Reports and Environmental Working Group.  These two organizations consider […]

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Natural vs. Chemical Sunscreen: What’s Up With That?

What is a “natural” sunscreen?  What is a “chemical” sunscreen?  Does it matter? Is sunscreen safe? Is it effective? I got these questions a lot when practicing, and I continue to get them from friends and family. Over the next few weeks, I will be putting up a series of posts providing some insights that […]

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