Monday, May 23, 2011

Sun Kissed or Sun Dissed?

Gold and silver trump bronze at the Olympics, but not in Hollywood when it comes to tanned bodies. Many celebrities use their sun-kissed skin as a status symbol. 

Charlize Theron
Audrina Patridge
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

However, as we learn more about the damaging effects of the sun, bronze bodies no longer represent health and wellness. Overexposure to ultraviolet rays often leads to premature aging and hyperpigmentation, or even worse--skin cancer. In fact, about 65 percent of melanoma cases can be attributed to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

As we celebrate National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, check out the latest sun protection factor (SPF) products.

BEAUTY: Eminence Organic Skin Care Caramel Latte Tinted Moisturizer SPF 25 contains shea butter and aloe vera to moisturize, and coenzyme Q10 and alpha lipoic acid to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. BEACON: The company's ingredient farm in Hungary is powered by solar and wind energy. 

BEAUTY: First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Face Cream SPF 30 utilizes antioxidants such as licorice root, feverfew and white tea to help combat free radicals. BEACON: Contains no parabens, phthalates, alcohol, fragrances or artificial dyes.

BEAUTY: HydroPeptide SPF 30 features acai berry, which is said to have 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes and 10 to 30 times more anthocyanins than red wine. BEACON: No animal testing, and paraben, synthetic fragrance and phthalate free.

BEAUTY: Innovative Skincare SPF 25 Treatment Sunscreen hydrates, smoothes and softens skin with aloe vera, olive leaf extract and vitamin E. BEACON: Supports Stars for Stripes and National Breast Cancer Coalition

BEAUTY: SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 utilizes artemia salina, a plankton extract, to protect skin from free radical damage. BEACON: Paraben free.

BEAUTY: True Natural Cosmetics Active Sunscreen SPF 40 boosts collagen with cocoa butter and jojoba oil, while aloe vera helps shield the skin against environmental factors. BEACON: No animal testing and certified by the Natural Products Association.

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