Archive for June, 2013

Sunburned? Lessons Learned

  We’ve all been there. We have fallen asleep at the beach, lounged too long by the outdoor pool, missed “that spot” with sunscreen, or forgot to put the sunscreen on all together at some point in our lives. And yes, we have all suffered the consequences. Sunburns, as anyone who has experienced one can tell you, are NOT fun. They come in various flavors from a little pink to the blistering, peeling, painful, scary sunburns. However, since we are all human, and we do make mistakes, this is a short explanation on what to do when sunscreen protection is

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Putting the SPF-y (pronounced “spiffy”) back into Sunscreen

  Despite my mixed background, half Chinese and half Hungarian (of the gypsy variety), I have been dealt a rather, for lack of a better term, “absent” complexion. My skin has been compared to death warmed over, ruined several great family photos due to its photoluminescent properties, and said to be like that of the vampires from Twilight as it reflects the summer sun (cruel, I know). But, despite all the teasing I still maintain my “Snow White” complexion for both its look and the fact that it means I’m not undergoing unnecessary sun damage to my skin. Coming from

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This One Is For the Boys (and the Girls)

  Pseudofolliculitis barbae, known in the common tongue as “razor burn”, is a common and irritating condition that happens when shaving. The ingrown hairs that result from a super-aggressive shave session cause an inflammatory response and the subsequent red, raised bumps characteristic of “the burn”. Though many men believe razor burn is a malady only they can (not so silently) suffer, many women will also experience razor burn at some point in their lives. Fortunately, there are many easy solutions to try to prevent razor burn, as well as some treatments for after the fact. First, let’s talk technique. Shaving

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Guilt-Free Makeup: How “Harmful” Cosmetic Additives are Not Causing Harm

  As a 20-something-year-old woman I have a very close relationship with my beauty products; I covet my Dior, I adore my Chanel, and I love my Fresh. However, as a doctor-in-training, I am convinced that this alliance I have with the cosmetic counters at Barney’s will somehow cause my demise due to the “toxicity” of such products. While the left side of my brain just wants to apply a little more of that lip gloss, my right side has decided it would be prudent to find the facts, learn the material and find out the “whole deal” regarding cosmetics

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