Eating Sunscreen, Dirty Makeup, Bad Botox and Bedbugs

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  • Summer is over. What should you do with all that left-over sunscreen? Don’t eat it. Nano particles in some sunscreens can be harmful to your insides according to the fabulous Beauty Brains.
  • Are you a dirty girl or is it just your makeup that’s dirty? Dr. Baumann gives you tips on keeping cosmetics clean.
  • Ewwwwh! Bedbugs are everywhere. What the heck are bedbugs anyway? And no, they are not from undocumented immigrants.
  • Bad, bad, Botox. Bella Sugar breaks down Botox maker’s bad behavior. How often do you think Big Pharma goes too far in marketing their drugs?

8 thoughts on “Eating Sunscreen, Dirty Makeup, Bad Botox and Bedbugs”

  1. Kathryn Fenner says:

    Not eating sunscreen, if I read the articles correctly, means nano-particle zinc oxide. The quantity studied was an amount equal to what you ought to put on your whole face. So, what is the best course of action to protect your lips?

  2. It’s great that you emphasized not eating nano-particle sunscreens. It demonstrates how complicated sun protection is.

    We know sun harms skin and sun protection is necessary. We know ingesting nano-particles is bad. We also know that relying entirely on sun screen for sun protection is not ideal. So what now? Full-sized (not nano-particle) mineral sun block for the lips like LipCotz (my favorite lip protection product). Protect as much skin as possibleusing sun protective clothing, hat and shade (but shade alone is not good enough). What little skin can’t be directly covered by hat and clothing needs the sunscreen.

    My bias is that the mineral sunscreens provide the most complete protection and because they leave a white color on the skin they need to be nano mineral sunscreens. Zinc is a little better and a little less white than titanium dioxide. Products need at least 5% or more of the zinc oxide to provide reliable protection. But it doesn’t go on the lips.

    Phew! It’s complicated to do sun protection well-but it’s so worth it for the health and beauty of your skin. Great point about not eating nano-particle sunscreen.
    Cynthia Bailey MD, Dermatologist

  3. Kathryn Fenner says:

    Well, I am certainly a huge fan of sunscreens–I have worn at least SPF 15 daily since I was in my early 20s, and never smoked, so I am told and I believe I look a good ten years younger than my 50 years. I may have even benefited from wearing oil-free foundation that contained titanium dioxide, to even out my acne-discolored skin in my teens. I don’t seem to be able to tolerate “chemical” sunscreens on my face. I like the mineral sunscreens because they don’t “expire”on your face–as long as they’re there, they’re working. No need to reapply for protection unless I rub or sweat them off. The water-resistant, and hence, I presume sweat-resistant, mineral-based sunscreens like Vanicream and Fallene Cotz seem to cause irritation, too–either they are to occlusive or too hard to remove. Elta MD is more tolerable. I will have to try the Lip Cotz, though!

    Down here in “famously hot” Columbia, SC, it is so humid (close to 100%! and in the high 90s) that wearing much in the way of clothing during the summer is challenging, and since it makes drippy sweat, possibly counter-productive? I do wear a hat when I walk my dogs outdoors in the cooler months and long-sleeved SPF shirts. I mostly stay indoors during the day in the summer except for walking across parking lots–so I do wear high SPF daily. I’m liking the new Neutrogena Healthy Defense moisturizer with PureScreen–it has SPF 50+ and isn’t greasy. I am moderately light-skinned, so the whitening effect isn’t too bad, and I find if I top it with a yellow translucent powder, like Clinique Redness Solutions, or T LeClerc or Bobbi Brown Banana powder, it balances out the bluish cast. I even think the minerals provide a blurring, luminizing effect!

  4. @kathryn,
    Choose lip balms with sunscreen other than micronized zinc.

    I agree. In most instances physical sunscreens are the overall best.

    I used to live in North Carolina and remember many soaking sweat summers. Sounds like your sunscreen is a good match for you. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thanks for your information, I did not realise the potential of the nano-particals. I have seen lip products with spf in them – are all the sunscreens bad for lips?

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