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Obagi Medical Sunshield Broad-Spectrum SPF 50

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Obagi Sun Shield Review

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The Obagi Medical Sun Shield formula delivers a broad-spectrum SPF 50 protection, and also a matte finish that doesn’t make you look like an oil slick all day long!  The SPF 50 sun protection is unbelievable, I apply this product before my foundation in the morning, and haven’t needed to reapply for the rest of the day (though for the record, I probably should). [Read more...]

Physical Sunscreens vs. Chemical Sunscreens: The Hot Debate, A Raging Rouge Rewind

What is physical sunscreen?  What is chemical sunscreen?  Why should I care?  It’s Raging Rouge rewind time!  I originally wrote about this topic two years ago.  In 2010, the heated debate over the effectiveness and safety of chemical sunscreen rages on.  Confused?  Keep reading!

In recent years, chemical sunscreens have come under fire.  Some are claiming the chemicals in the formula break down more quickly than originally estimated, leaving your skin unprotected much sooner than you would think.  Therefore, a chemical sunscreen with an SPF 30 is not the same as a physical sunscreen with an SPF 30.  Others claim that the active ingredients in chemical sunscreens (like Oxybenzone and PABA) not only irritate skin, but can cause allergic reactions and generate free radicals that hasten skin aging! 

So what’s the difference between physical and chemical sunscreens? A physical sunscreen contains active ingredients like Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, which actually reflect UVA and UVB rays off of the surface of the skin. Incredibly effective, physical sunblocks are the preferred choice of those who spend an entire day in the sun. They also tend to not blend into the skin as easily as a chemical sunscreen, which is why lifeguards are often seen sporting a nose slathered in white cream.  A chemical sunscreen contains active ingredients that absorb into the skin, and absorb damaging UVA and UVB rays, rendering them harmless.  The catch with chemical sunscreen is that you must apply it approximately 1/2 hour prior to exposure, or you are unprotected.

So… what’s your take on the subject?  What kind of sunscreen do you use, and why?  Let’s chat about it in the comments!

UVSunSense Bracelets: A Summer Must-Have!

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This UVSunSense bracelet review is a repost from last summer… but I wanted to remind you about this ingenious way to protect your skin from the sun’s rays!

UVSunSense is a one-time-use bracelet that is worn to detect your level of UV exposure. Remember when you were a kid, and your Mom would chase you down with the sunblock every couple of hours? Well, now the wristband will remind you instead!

Here’s how it works… Apply the wristband first. Then apply your sunscreen (only works with sunscreens of SPF15 +). Apply your sunscreen as you usually do, but also apply it over the band as well. When the wristband is exposed to sunlight, it will turn a blue-purple shade to indicate that is has been activated. When the band is no longer blue, it’s time to reapply sunscreen on yourself, and the band! If ever any part of the band turns a yellow-orange, it is recommended that you cover-up, or get out of the sun to prevent a burn. Brilliant stuff!

UV Sun Sense wristbands are sold in packages of 7. Prices vary by retailer, but it’s generally less than $7 per pack. Click HERE to check them out at UVSunSense.com, and to find a retailer!

Paula Begoun, The Cosmetics Cop: Sun Protection Advice for Summer 2010

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Just in time for the summer, here are some tips from Paula Begoun  

Your Personal SPF:  Determining Your Number
by Paula Begoun, The Cosmetics Cop

The Basics
Sun protection is an everyday must for anyone concerned with keeping their skin in top shape (and that includes avoiding wrinkles, brown discolorations, building collagen, keeping skin firm, and even preventing skin cancer). SPF 15 is the minimum rating to look for and greater is better for some skin colors and conditions; all sunscreens must be liberally applied; and UVA protection is critical.

UVA protection depends on the active ingredients in the product you are using so be sure one or more of these active ingredients are included: avobenzone (sometimes listed as butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane), titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Mexoryl (ecamsule) or, outside the U.S., Tinosorb.

Decisions, Decisions
There are several important factors that influence how you choose and should apply a sunscreen:

  • How long you are going to be in the sun or sitting next to a window (UVA radiation, the sun’s most damaging rays, come through windows). The longer you are going to be in the sun or exposed to UVA radiation via windows the higher the SPF number you need to look for.
  • Are you willing to apply your chosen sunscreen liberally? No matter what SPF rating you choose, you have to apply it liberally. If you aren’t applying it liberally always go for a higher number to assure you are getting as much sunscreen ingredients on your skin as possible.
  • Will you be swimming or perspiring heavily? If so, go for sunscreens labeled water resistant or very water resistant. Be sure to reapply as directed, especially after toweling off.

You’ll also want to take into consideration your skin type and whether or not you’ll be wearing makeup.

  • Those with normal to dry skin should use sunscreens in a lotion or cream base.
  • Those with oily or combination skin should go for sunscreens formulated in a lightweight lotion with a matte finish, a liquid, or an alcohol-free gel base. Many spray-on sunscreens are excellent for oily skin.
  • If you’re going to be wearing foundation, you can choose a foundation with sunscreen and pair it with a moisturizer with sunscreen and a pressed powder with sunscreen!

What’s Your Rating?
Your ideal SPF number is a multiplication figure based on your skin color and the SPF number on the product.

Identify Your Skin Color:

  • Level 1 skin is very fair and often freckled. It burns easily within about 20 minutes of direct sun exposure and never tans. This is common for people with blue eyes and blonde or red hair.
  • Level 2 skin is fair to light and often burns with about 30 minutes of direct sun exposure. Tanning may occur but is minimal. This is common in people with blue, green, or hazel eyes and red, blonde, or light brown hair.
  • Level 3 skin is light to medium or olive and sometime burns with about 40 minutes of direct sun exposure. Tanning is possible, but typically sunburn happens first. This level can apply to those of any hair or eye color.
  • Level 4 skin is medium to tan skin that rarely burns but can turn pink in about 60 to 90 minutes of direct sun exposure yet often tans easily. This is commong for people with dark hair and eyes.
  • Level 5 skin is brown to dark brown skin that very rarely burns and tans easily in about two hours of sun exposure. Those with dark hair and eyes and of Middle Eastern or African-American descent are usually at this level.
  • Level 6 skin is black skin that never burns and always tans, though a tan is usually not apparent due to depth of natural skin color.

REGARDLESS OF YOUR SKIN COLOR AND HOW EASILY YOU TAN, WRINKLES, SKIN DISCOLORATIONS, AND SKIN CANCERS ARE PRIMARILY CAUSED BY UNPROTECTED SUN EXPOSURE!

Next, Do the Math:
Your Level of Sunburn Risk x by the SPF Rating = Safe Sun Exposure for Your Skin Color

The SPF number is a rating that determines how long you can stay in the sun without burning when you wear that product without needing to reapply it. It does not indicate quality of protection, just length of time. Here’s how to do the math. If you have:

Level 1 skin (very fair): That means you usually get a burn in about 15 to 20 minutes of unprotected sun exposure. Determining your skin’s response to various SPF ratings works like this:

  • SPF 15 x 20 minutes = 300 minutes (5 hours) of protection
  • SPF 30 x 20 minutes = 600 minutes (10 hours) of protection
  • SPF 45 x 20 minutes = 900 minutes (15 hours) of protection

Level 2 skin (fair to light): That means you usually get a burn in about 30 minutes of unprotected sun exposure. Determining your skin’s response to various SPF ratings works like this:

  • SPF 15 x 30 minutes = 450 minutes (7.5 hours) of protection
  • SPF 30 x 30 minutes = 900 minutes (15 hours) of protection
  • SPF 45 x 30 minutes = 1,350 minutes (22.5 hours) of protection

Level 3 skin (light to medium/olive): That means you usually get a burn in about 40 minutes of unprotected sun exposure. Determining your skin’s response to various SPF ratings works like this:

  • SPF 15 x 40 minutes = 600 minutes (10 hours) of protection
  • SPF 30 x 40 minutes = 1,200 minutes (20 hours) of protection
  • SPF 45 x 40 minutes = 1,800 minutes (30 hours) of protection

Level 4 skin (medium to tan): That means you usually get a burn in about 60 minutes of unprotected sun exposure. Determining your skin’s response to various SPF ratings works like this:

  • SPF 15 x 60 minutes = 900 minutes (15 hours) of protection
  • SPF 30 x 60 minutes = 1,800 minutes (30 hours) of protection
  • SPF 45 x 60 minutes = 2,700 minutes (45 hours) of protection

Level 5 and Level 6 skin (brown to dark brown or black): That means you usually get a burn in about 120 minutes (2 hours) of unprotected sun exposure. Determining your skin’s response to various SPF ratings works like this:

  • SPF 15 x 120 minutes = 1.800 minutes (*30 hours) of protection
  • SPF 30 x 120 minutes = 3,600 minutes (60 hours) of protection
  • SPF 45 x 120 minutes = 5,400 minutes (90 hours) of protection

*Note that level 5 and 6 skin should do just fine with a well-formulated sunscreen rated SPF 15. However, liberal applications is still important. If you do not think you’ll be applying the sunscreen as liberally as you should, consider a sunscreen rated SPF 30.

For more articles by Paula Begoun, visit her website CosmeticsCop.com.

Sephora Sun Safety Value Set: Summer Sun Safety Essentials For Only $25!

sephora sun safety kit, sephora summer sun safety, sephora summer essentials kitEvery year, I publish a post when Sephora’s Sun Essentials value set is available for purchase.  Well… it’s HERE!  For only $25, this set is essential for those with summer sun safety on the mind.  Filled with $95 worth of product, it’s an excellent way to test out some of the best products for protecting your skin from the harsh rays of the Sun!  On the flip side, it’s filled with travel-sized treasures perfect for sun-protection on the go!

Bonus…  Buying this kit is a charitable contribution!  100% of the profits from sales of this set go to the Skin Cancer Foundation!

This year’s Sun Safety Value Set Contains:
- 0.14 oz Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15
- 0.23 oz DDF Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew UV Moisturizer SPF 15
- 0.10 oz Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 in Lemon and Chamomile
- 0.25 oz Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Defense Lotion SPF 30
- 0.16 oz Kate Somerville Protect SPF 55 Serum Sunscreen
- 0.27 oz Clarins Delectable Self Tanning Mousse SPF 15
- 0.16 oz Cover FX BritePrep FX Brightening Foundation Primer & Photo-Aging Defense SPF 50
- 0.34 oz Bliss Best of Skintentions Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
- 0.23 oz Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 60 PA+++
- 0.25 oz Ole Henriksen Herbal Day Cream SPF 15
- 0.25 oz Smashbox Photo Finish UVA/UVB SPF 15
- 0.02 oz Bare Escentuals BareMinerals Multi-tasking Face SPF 20 in Summer Bisque
- Pink Sephora makeup bag
- 2 x single-use UVSunSense UV monitoring bracelets

Click HERE to buy it from Sephora.com

La Mer Review: The SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid

La Mer, Creme de la Mer, The SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid, Reviews, Product Review, makeup, beauty, cosmetics, makeup reviews, beauty newsAging, sadly, isn’t always gradual. About a year ago, I woke up one morning with a very noticeable–and very permanent–fine line on my forehead. Today, there are several, and they are ever more pronounced!

But if Mother Nature is going to be such a bitch, why not play hardball?  One of my recent weapons in the war on aging is The SPF UV Protecting Fluid by the brainiacs at La Mer.

Introduced for Spring 2009, La Mer’s SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid is the ultimate multi-tasker!  Not only does it shield your skin from the sun, preventing sun damage and future aging… The SPF 30 Protecting Fluid also provides light moisturizing benefits ideal for any skin-type, and a light-refracting technology that makes skin appear more luminous!

Perhaps my favorite aspect of La Mer’s formula is how fast it absorbs into the skin, leaving an almost powdery finish.  It’s excellent for use under makeup!

Retail price of a 1.4 oz. bottle is $65.  Click HERE to check it out at La Mer.

The author of Raging Rouge received press samples for purposes of this makeup review / product review.  For more information on sample policies, please click HERE to read my full disclosure statement.

Beauty Perennials: tarte 24/7 Lip Sheer

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Here's a post about a product I love so much, I use it season after season!

After reading an article on MSN, I realized my sun protection regimen was incomplete.  Did you know that some gloss can actually accelerate sun damage to your lips?  (Click HERE to check it out).  The easy path toward prevention is to simply select a gloss or lipstick with an SPF… like tarte 24/7 Lip Sheer with SPF 15 protection! 

This fantastic little balm is small enough to tuck into a pocket for reapplication on the run.  With shades perfect for Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, you'll never need to leave lips unprotected.  The combination of both physical and chemical sunscreens means lips are protected the second you apply (no need to apply a half-hour prior to exposure)!

tarte 24/7 gloss retails for $14.  Click HERE to buy tarte 24/7 lip sheer at tarte online.

or Click here to buy Tarte 24/7 Lip Sheer SPF 15 Summer Fling SPF 15 at Sephora.com.

or Click HERE to buy Tarte 24/7 Lip Sheer SPF 15 at Beauty.com.

Decode Your Sunscreen Label: Advice From Dermatologist David Bank

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I know how confusing it can be to select a good sunscreen.  That's why I'm thrilled to be posting this advice from Dr. David Bank, the author of Beautiful Skin — Every Woman's Guide to Looking Her Best at Any Age.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR SUNSCREEN:
DR. DAVID BANK HELPS YOU READ BETWEEN THE TANNING LINES

 
Sunscreen labels can be overwhelming between the letters on the packaging (UVA and UVB), the various SPF numbers, and labels touting “long lasting,” “water resistant” and “waterproof.” Fortunately Dr. David E. Bank, founder and director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery and author of Beautiful Skin – Every Woman’s Guide to Looking Her Best at Any Age, breaks down the confusing terms to help you read between the lines and find the most protective product that’s right for your skin. 
 
WATCH YOUR RAYS
UVA RAYS (Ultraviolet- A): UVA are long and highly penetrable rays that can damage your skin even through glass windows. 
UVB RAYS (Ultraviolet B): These short solar waves are hotter and stronger than UVA.  Since UVB rays are more intense they are the main culprit behind sunburn and surface skin cancer.
BOTTOM LINE: “It is imperative that you protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays,” explains Dr. Bank.  Look for products labeled “broad spectrum” which indicates it shields against both.  Look for following ingredients: Avobenzone, Helioplex, Mexoryl, zinc oxide, or titanium dioxide.
 
PICKING A SPF
SPF (Sun Protection Factor):  SPF measures the length of time a product protects against skin reddening compared to how long the skin takes to redden without protection. For example, someone who would burn after 5 minutes in the sun would expect to burn after 50 minutes if protected by a sunscreen with SPF 10.
SPF 15: The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends at least SPF15, which blocks 93% of UVB.
SPF 30 and Higher: SPFs higher than 30 block 97% and are advisable for sun-sensitive individuals, skin cancer patients, and people at high risk of developing skin cancer.
BOTTOM LINE: Dr. Bank suggests using at least an SPF 15 even if you have a darker complexion.  Since it take 30 minutes for sunscreen to absorb into the skin, remember to apply your sunscreen at least a half hour before being exposed to the sun.
 
OIL INTAKE
OIL-FREE: Oil-free sunscreen is non-comedegenic so it doesn’t block pores.  Dr. Bank suggests using it on your face or other acne prone areas such as your chest or back.  
BOTTOM LINE: Whether you use an oil-based or oil-free sunscreen you will still get the same protection.   Your own personal preference for consistency should be the deciding factor.
 
WATER PROOF 
WATER PROOF: For a product to be waterproof according to the FDA’s definition, it must maintain its SPF level for 80 minutes after water exposure.
WATER RESISTANT: A water resistant product maintains its SPF level for 40 minutes after water exposure.
BOTTOM LINE:  By definition both products will give you protection in the water but Dr. Bank states that it never hurts to reapply sunscreen every 1-2 hours if you’re out in the sun sweating or in and out water.

For more information, check out Dr. Bank's website at www.thecenterforderm.com.

Summer Must-Have: UV Sun Sense Wristbands

UVSunSense, wristband, uv detection, uv detectorYou're about to read a post covering one of the coolest Summertime sun-protection products!  It will quite literally save your hide.

UVSunSense is a one-time-use bracelet that is worn to detect your level of UV exposure.  Remember when you were a kid, and your Mom would chase you down with the sunblock every couple of hours?  Well, now the wristband will remind you instead!

Here's how it works…  Apply the wristband first.  Then apply your sunscreen (only works with sunscreens of SPF15 +).  Apply your sunscreen as you usually do, but also apply it over the band as well.  When the wristband is exposed to sunlight, it will turn a blue-purple shade to indicate that is has been activated.  When the band is no longer blue, it's time to reapply sunscreen on yourself, and the band!  If ever any part of the band turns a yellow-orange, it is recommended that you cover-up, or get out of the sun to prevent a burn.  Brilliant stuff!

UV Sun Sense wristbands are sold in packages of 7.  Prices vary by retailer, but it's generally less than $7 per pack.  Click HERE to check them out at UVSunSense.com, and to find a retailer!

Sephora’s Sun Safety Kit Is Back!

sephora sun kit, sun kit, sephora sunscreen, sunblockYes readers, it's that time of year!  Sephora's Sun Safety kit is back in stores.  This year's version has a retail value of $110 ($23 more than last year's kit).  The kit includes deluxe samples of 13 (yes–thirteen) different sunscreens for you to sample before buying for the season.  The samples are tucked into a golden backpack made from recycled materials.

100% of the net profit from sales of this product will be donated to The Skin Cancer Foundation.  This kit sells out fast, so grab one (or many) while you can!

This set contains:
- 0.14 oz Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15
- 0.23 oz DDF Protect and Correct UV Moisturizer SPF 15
- 0.5 oz Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20
- 0.25 oz Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Defense Lotion SPF 30
- 1.0 oz Anthony Logistics Facial Moisturizer SPF 15
- 0.1 oz Clarins UV Plus Day Screen High Protection SPF 40
- 0.34 oz Korres Watermelon Sunscreen Face Cream SPF 30
- 0.33 oz Cosmedicine Medi-matte Oil Control Lotion SPF 20
- 0.08 oz Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 55 PA+++
- 0.25 oz Ole Henriksen Herbal Day Cream SPF 15
- 0.4 oz Philosophy Hope in a Jar SPF 20
- 0.25 oz Smashbox Photo Finish UVA/UVB SPF 15
- 0.01 oz Bare Escentuals BareMinerals Well-Rested for Eyes SPF 30

When you're checking out, be sure to enter one of the promo codes below, for a free gift.

Click HERE to buy Sephora Brand Sephora Sun Safety Kit

Get a FREE DuWop Prime Venom sample with any online order. Enter code DUWOP at checkout.

FREE Smashbox Photofinish Primer sample with any online order. Enter code PRIMER at checkout.