How a Dermatologist Chooses the Right Sunscreen for His Family — Tips You Can Use!


Recently, I read an article about a daycare center in Oklahoma that allowed children to go to a waterpark without wearing any sunscreen. A mother of two of the boys has told the media that her children, ages 5 and 7, are recovering from second degree burns in a local area hospital. How miserable! (And very preventable.) In this day and age, there’s absolutely no reason that should have happened in the first place.



I’m sure you’ve had a sunburn a time or two in your life, and thought to yourself — this will never happen again. The good news — it doesn’t have to — if you take the proper precautions. You can still enjoy a day of fun in the sun, you just have to “smart sun”. One of the most important parts of your day is choosing the proper UV protection. When there are so many to choose from on the shelf, mixed with what you’ve heard about sunscreen, it can be a daunting task. We want to help you learn more about the different types of sunscreen and bust some myths, and there’s no better way than by telling you how a dermatologist picks sunscreen for his very own family.

Here, Dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner, tells us exactly what to look for in sunscreen to protect yourself and your family. This is important — because skin cancer and sun damage does NOT discriminate by age, sex, or race. Get informed today, so you can choose skin health as a top priority.

Feeling my Best Beautiful, Thanks to Olay

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This post is months overdue, and when I tell you why—you may be able to relate. Have you ever put something off because it made you feel very vulnerable and you didn’t know what the outcome would be? That’s what it’s been like.

A few months ago, Olay invited me to be photographed by the world-renowned, award winning, and incredibly wonderful Sue Bryce. Being photographed by Sue is just one of those bucket list things in life–after you see her extensive works, you just have to do it. Turns out, Sue had recently shot the women in Olay’s Best Beautiful Stories campaign. The survivor stories as told by these lovely ladies are very inspiring, and maybe echo those of people you know in your life that have survived seemingly impossible obstacles in their lives, or maybe their stories strike a familiar chord within you.


The first story I watched was of Hillary—a gorgeous 38 year-old woman who felt like the way to be beautiful in California, was to be as tan as possible. By the time she was 25, she was diagnosed with skin cancer. While I’ve been lucky (knock on wood) to not have been diagnosed with skin cancer, I am also 38, and have very fair skin like Hillary as well. I can relate to her on so many levels.  [Read more…]

Exclusive Q&A with Neutrogena’s Gabrielle Union on Her Beauty Routine & UV Protection

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This morning, I was FLOORED when I read this on

Until today, the surgeon general has never said, ‘UV radiation is bad for you; protect your skin’, acting Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak said.

I have to wonder how many lives would have been saved if UV protection were taken as seriously during other decades, as it’s taken today. [Read more…]

A Cautionary Tale About UVA Rays Through Car Windows

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In the past few years, I’ve seen this photo circulating the Internet about a man with insane sun damage on the left side of his face because he never wore sunscreen during his 28-year career as a truck driver. The result: excessive thickening and wrinkling of his skin from his photodamage.

I wanted to share this with you because last night during my insomnia, I stumbled across an interesting article on Beauty High regarding this particular man, and they had read the results of the case study from the New England Journal of Medicine[Read more…]

5 Easy Steps for Healthy Winter Skin


Many people think that just because summer is long gone, they can slack off in the sunscreen department. This is simply not true! Often, the winter rays are even worse for skin, especially once they reflect off of the snow and onto your face. But how do you keep yourself protected since it’s not exactly necessary to apply thick, waterproof sunscreens this season?

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Not only can UV rays be stronger in the winter, but your skin can be at its driest and most sensitive. Here are a few tips that will not only make your skin more comfortable this season, but will also keep it protected.

  • Regularly exfoliate — Gentle, regular exfoliation is great for removing the itchiest of dry skin. It will also help your skincare products work more effectively. Your moisturizers can do their best work!
  • Take shorter, less hot showers — I’ll be the first one to admit I love a steaming, hot shower when it’s cold, but it also strips the skin of essential moisture, leaving your skin even dryer than it already was. Turn down the temperature, and take a shorter shower or bath.
  • Multi-task with your daytime moisturizers — For daytime, try switching up your routine with Eucerin’s Daily Protection line of moisturizers for face and body. These gentle, effective formulas offer both daily broad-spectrum UV protection and deep hydration, with a lightweight feel. Great for even those with sensitive skin, I recommend Eucerin’s  Moisturizing Face Lotion with SPF 30, and Daily Protection Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15 for the body.
  • Avoid dry, chapped lips — Just like you’re multi-tasking with your skincare products, do the same for your lips. Try NIVEA’s “A Kiss of” line of lipcare products. They offer UV protection and comforting moisture to even the driest of lips. My favorites—A Kiss of Cherry with SPF 10, and A Kiss of Strawberry with SPF 10. They also offer a slight tint to the lips, bonus!
  • Switch to more mild soaps — Detergents and soaps can strip your skin of essential oils. Change your laundry detergent and body washes to sensitive skin formulas!

What are some of your winter skincare tips?

This post is in partnership with NIVEA. All opinions are those of the author, and do not reflect those of the brand.

Best of Summer: Sunscreens

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Chances are, you’ve already gone through one or more bottles of sunscreen this summer—and that’s a good thing! It means you’re out enjoying what makes summer so great, and you’re also protecting your skin as you should. Whether you’re ready to buy a new bottle, or need one for a mid-summer outdoor activity, here are eight of our favorite sunscreens we’ve found so far this summer.

If experts agree on one thing, it’s that sunscreen is the most important step in reducing your risk of skin cancer. Dr. Richie Lin, of Short Hills Dermatology takes it a step further and tells us…

  • No sunscreen is truly “waterproof” or “sweatproof,” since all sunblocks will dissolve in water eventually. In fact, these labels will soon be a thing of the past since the FDA has ruled that only the term “water-resistant,” with a time limit, can be used on a label. If you are swimming, exercising, or even just sweating from a day of walking around, you should reapply your sunscreen every 1-2 hours for continued protection.
  • Sunscreens with an SPF below 15 do not protect against skin cancer or premature aging. The FDA will now require these products to state that they only protect against sunburns, but not against the carcinogenic effects of the sun. Make sure you pick a sunscreen with enough SPF.
  • Swim shirts and brimmed hats with UV protection are very popular right now. You see every toddler and young child at the pool or beach wearing them. If adults are mindful enough to protect their children from large doses of sun exposure, shouldn’t the same rules apply to big people? Protecting yourself with a swim coverup that contains SPF and a wide-brimmed hat means you will be stylish and safe at the beach!

With Dr. Lin’s tips in mind, check these out!

No-Ad SPF 45 Sunscreen Lotion

It’s true—just because a sunscreen is more expensive, it doesn’t mean it’s necessarily better in the protection department. More expensive sunscreens might have special skincare ingredients aside from the protection factor which can often make them more expensive, but a lot of that price reflects the cost of the marketing. No-Ad has been providing effective suncare solutions since 1962 on a more affordable level, since they skip advertising altogether. The result is a budget-friendly choice that still scores high in ratings by leading consumer publications. $9.99,

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Currently Loving: L’Oréal Paris Ideal Moisture Day Lotion SPF 25

You guys, how much are you paying for your daytime moisturizer with SPF? Even drugstore brands can get up there. What if I told you that I found the PERFECT daily moisturizer with SPF, and it’s under $10. Yes, 10 BUCKS. About $6.99 to be exact! L’Oréal Paris just released a line of crazy-affordable skincare basics in their Ideal Collection. Ideal Moisture Day Lotion SPF 25 comes in three formulas; for dry skin, normal skin, and sensitive skin. I have combination skin personally, and I’ve been rocking the normal skin formula without issue.

L’Oréal Paris Ideal Moisture Day Lotion SPF 25 Normal Skin

This lotion is incredibly lightweight, especially for having sunscreen in it, and get this—it’s oil-free. This absorbs into my skin quickly, makes it feel nice and smooth, and doesn’t affect my foundation application. The scent is light, and very pleasant.  [Read more…]

L’Oréal Paris REVITALIFT Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream Review, Photos

Unless you’re a lucky twenty-something, it seems like most of us are looking for the fountain of youth. Living well and taking of yourself, with an emphasis on great skincare seems to be most of the answer, but it doesn’t hurt when there’s a fab beauty product to help make the job a little easier, right? That’s where this new little ditty from L’Oréal Paris fits in, the REVITALIFT Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream. Because who doesn’t want instantly smoother skin?

I’ve got plenty of enlarged pores, and some fine line lines that could use a little smoothing—and did I mention I’m thirty-something? I’m a perfect fit for this product. So let’s see how it did!


REVITALIFT Miracle Blur was inspired by the science of optical skincare, and it utilizes new “Opti-Blur Technology” to diffuse light in millions of directions to instantly erase the look of lines, wrinkles and pores. This provides instant skin gratification by “blurring” away fine lines, wrinkles and pores for a virtually flawless-looking complexion in about 30 seconds. In addition to the product’s instant results, Miracle Blur was formulated with broad-spectrum SPF 30 to protect skin from future damage caused by harmful UVA/UVB rays. That SPF 30 factor was huge for me, because I don’t think I own any other primers/optical diffusers that have a protection factor that high. Score one for me! [Read more…]

Review: Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 50

You had me at SPF 50. If you know anything about me, I’m a sucker for sun protection.  After 2 weeks, this product has knocked my socks off.

Wear it alone, blend it with moisturizer, or try it mixed with your foundation—Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster has got you covered! I love this stuff because so many times I find a daytime lotion I love, but it lacks SPF. Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster can help fill in those gaps.

It doesn’t just protect your skin from sunburn, it contains UV Smart Booster Technology—which means it also protects your skin from free radicals. Dermalogica has encapsulated essential antioxidants vitamins C and E into a microcapsule that activates only when needed. So that means when your skin gets exposed to harmful UV rays, this stuff kicks into overtime to add extra protection.  [Read more…]