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Beauty Products That Help You Beat the Heat

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

To help you kick off the unofficial start of summer in style, we combed the aisles to find affordable new skin, hair, and makeup products that stand up to soaring temperatures.

Refreshing Skin Finds

For Body:

Caress Body Wash in Juicy Escape ($5; soap.com) 

Güd From Burt’s Bees Natural Cleansing Wipes in Red Ruby Groovy ($3 for a pack of ten; gudhappens.com)

Degree MotionSense in Berry Cool ($3.50, walgreens.com) 

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 30 Cooling Water-Lotion Sunscreen with Cell-Ox Shield XL ($36; laroche-posay.us) 

Alba Botanica Very Emollient After Sun 98% Aloe Vera Gel ($8; albabotanica.com)

 

For Face:

Tarte Not So Slick Oil-Absorbing Blotting Papers ($10; ulta.com)

Coppertone ClearlySheer For Sunny Days Face Lotion ($9; drugstore.com)

Eye Makeup That Doesn’t Melt

Hard Candy Eyes The Limit Eye Shadow Primer ($5; walmart.com)

Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow in Exotic. ($7; revlon.com) 

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Trio Nude Looks Collection ($12; physiciansformula.com)

When you’re ready to take everything off: Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover ($14; sephora.com) 

Hot-Weather Hair Solutions

Gives you the look of shorter hair in minutes: Conair The Perfect Bob ($4; folica.com) 

 

To give an ordinary ponytail more oomph: Limited-Edition Remington Headband ($5, Walmart stores). For a beachy-looking finish: Umberto Beverly Hills Dry Texture Spray ($13; target.com)

Maintains your hair and scalp’s proper moisture balance: Clear Scalp & Hair Intense Hydration Deep Hydrating Treatment Mask ($6; amazon.com) 

It’s the season for beachy waves! Here’s how to create ‘em:

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Kids’ Beach Basics Up to 40% Off!

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Kowabunga! Summer’s in full swing and that means one thing: It’s time for fun in the sun. So stock up on these beach bargains, currently available at Shop Parents for up to 40 percent off.

• Get them swimwear that features their favorite Disney characters, such as a pink polka-dotted Minnie Mouse two-piece or a rad pair of Toy Story swim trunks.

• Protect them from the sun’s rays with Banana Boat’s Natural Reflect Kid’s sunscreen and, for the little ones, a reversible canvas sun hat.

• Inspire their creativity (and a few kooky sand confections) with imaginative beach toys like Melissa & Doug’s Seaside Sidekicks Sand Baking Set and Happy Giddy Sand Toy Set.

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Today is Melanoma Monday

Monday, May 6th, 2013

I have a confession to make: I haven’t always been good about putting on sunscreen. I remember a few summers in particular—two when I was a lifeguard, the third when I was a canoeing counselor—when I’d hastily slather on a bit of block in the beginning of the summer (never reapplying, of course), then by the end of August, I’d head off to work with perhaps a few dabs on my shoulders and nose. I’ve since reformed my ways, but knowing that 1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime makes me wish I had become sunscreen savvy a little sooner.

 

In my effort to take better care of my skin now, I asked Latanya Benjamin, M.D., a dermatologist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Menlo Park, California, to give me (and you!) a quick reminder of sun-safe practices:

  • Look for broad-spectrum sunscreens, which block both UVA and UVB rays, with an SPF between 30 and 50.
  • Check the active ingredients list for titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are especially good for kids’ sensitive skin.
  • Put it on before you leave your house and reapply every two hours. A golf ball’s worth of sunscreen will cover the entire body.
  • Whenever possible, stay inside or seek shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  • In addition to sunscreen, wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and loose fitting, long-sleeved shirts and pants when you’re in the sun.

 

Finally, I also plan to take part in one of the free skin cancer screenings happening in New York in May. It’s sobering to think that just one blistering sunburn in childhood can double your risk of developing melanoma, but since I can’t change my past, it helps to know that, when caught early, skin cancer is very treatable. Find a screening in your area by clicking here.

 

 Image: Mom putting sunscreen on her child via Shutterstock.

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I’m a Health Editor, and My Kids Keep Getting Sunburns

Friday, August 10th, 2012

It’s pretty shameful. Nearly every Sunday night this summer, I’ve seen that my young daughters have way too much color, especially on their face, where they keep getting slight burns on their nose and under their eyes. I am completely vigilant about sunscreen, and thanks to this job, I have an endless supply of it. But something’s not working, whether it’s me or the SPF I’m using.

I was recently at the beach with my sister, who used a sunscreen wipe on her 2-year-old daughter just as I was about to embark on my usual routine of spraying my girls’ bodies, putting lotion on their faces, and using a stick SPF on their nose and ears and under their eyes. My daughters looked wistfully over at their cousin–who was finished getting ‘screened up in about 30 seconds–and asked if they could use the wipe, too. My sister swiftly rubbed their faces and told me how much she swears by the towelettes, which are from a company called MD Moms and developed by two pediatricians who themselves have children. Even with that pedigree, I confess I was slightly skeptical …

… Until we got home that afternoon and I saw that for once, my children’s faces were the same shade they were when we arrived at the beach. Hallelujah! And now that I’ve done a little digging online, I see that basically everyone who uses these wipes (official name: Baby Silk Babysafe Sunscreen Towelettes) is a devotee. They are a must-have as I head to the beach tomorrow for a week’s vacation.

Now, the wipes aren’t cheap–$26 for 20–but think of the pros: They’re foolproof. They’re great for babies. They can get in kids’ eyes without irritating them. You can bring them on your carry-on luggage, unlike any other sunscreen. And they work.

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How to Protect Your Kid’s Skin This Summer

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Baby wearing sunglassesHow are you keeping your kids safe from the sun this summer?  Are you stocking up on sunscreen or buying SPF clothes like Kara Corridan (Health Director of Parents magazine), who wrote about the special swimsuit she bought her daughter?

If you’re not sure where to start, we have basic primers about sun safety (i.e. What is SPF? What does UVA and UVB mean?), sunscreen selections from American Baby editors,  sun protection clothes and gear recommendations for kids, and more.  Check out the information below to avoid sunburns this season.

Sun Care 101

Sun Care Products

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How I Save on Sunscreen

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

My daughters started camp at our town pool on Monday, so we met their counselors at orientation over the weekend. When the counselors met Lila, my particularly fair 3-year-old, one of them said, “Please pack plenty of sunscreen!” I have, but I’m also doing one better: I’m putting her in a SwimZip suit (there she is at right). SwimZip items are rated UV50+, and cover more than a bathing suit will, so I can cut back on the amount of sunscreen we go through–which is typically more than a bottle a week! The top is really easy for her to put on and take off herself, since it zips up like a jacket. (That’s key when she’s soaking wet–it’s great to not have to bother with yanking a tight shirt over her head.) And the other big perk is that SwimZip’s styles are totally adorable, and the girls’ options are different from anything I’ve seen.

 

SwimZip, sizes 6-12 months to 4T, $29.99.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Better Grades For Kids Who Take ADHD Meds Early
Children with ADHD who start taking medications as early as fourth grade may be more likely to score better academically than those who start taking medication in middle school, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. (via ABC News)

Sunscreen Ban in Schools Anger Parents
State laws prevent schools from allowing students to use sunscreen. (via ABC News)

Kids’ Cereals Are Healthier, But Ads Aren’t
While U.S. food companies are making healthier breakfast cereals for children, they’re also aiming more ads for their unhealthiest products at kids, according to a report issued on Friday. (via Reuters)

Why Kids with Known Food Allergies Are Still at Risk
The majority of allergic reactions in kids are accidental — typically due to caregivers’ forgetfulness or lapses in supervision — but 1 in 9 reactions are triggered by giving known allergens intentionally, a study finds. (via TIME)

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Are You Raising the Next Coppertone Girl?

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Little Miss Coppertone ContestDoes your daughter beg to play outside from sunrise to sunset? Then she just might be the next Coppertone girl.

Coppertone is looking for a real girl to personify the spirit of their iconic cartoon girl. According to Coppertone: “Our little girl symbolizes summer. She is outgoing, energetic, wholesome, charming, and full of optimism.”

If this sounds like your daughter, submit a photo of her enjoying the sun on Coppertone’s Facebook page by June 22. One lucky girl will win a spot in a future Coppertone print advertisement and a dream family vacation!

Click here for more information and the official contest rules.

Read more about sun safety on Parents.com:

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