Wednesday, June 3, 2009

sunscreen: apply now

"Hold still!" "Turn around!" "Stop moving!" "Lift up your arm!" Just a few simple orders you may find yourself barking while enduring the stressful task of applying sunscreen on your child from head to toe. And, obviously, no sunscreen is going to get the job done if you can't get it on them! This summer, KINeSYS is determined to make life a bit easier. It's unique microSPRAY® mist ensures a silky, even coverage for users of all ages. This non-aerosol ultrafine mist dries quickly, and allows skin to breathe. Add to that the newly launched GIRL sunscreen spray and you've got a great sunscreen that not only protects but is easy to apply. How it works: KINeSYS products contain topical antioxidant Tocopheryl Acetate(Vitamin E) to scavenge free radicals, offer protection with photo-stable broad spectrum UVA/UVBParsol® 1789, are oil-, alcohol-, PABA and preservative-free, and are water- and sweat-resistant. Try the SPF 30 Girl Sunscreen Spray (1oz $6.99 / 4oz $18.99). Rich in Vitamin E for maximum complexion protection, it sprays on lightly and has an unbeatable vanilla and green tea scent. More sunscreen options for you and your family: FUNSCREEN Sunscreen Spray ($6.99), KIDS SPF 30 Sunscreen Spray (1 oz. $6.99 / 4 oz. $18.99), KINeSYS SPF 30 Sunscreen Spray (1oz $6.99 / 4oz $18.99 and comes in a light-mango scent or fragrance-free), Performance Moisturizer with SPF 15 (1 oz. $6.99 / 4oz $18.99), Sun Protection Stick ($12 for heavy duty protection in hard to reach areas), Footspray ($14 for soothing foot relief) and the Analgesic Sport Stick ($14 for penetrating warm/cool pain relief). For more info about these products, go to

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

share the gift of caring with Curél

I know about dry skin. In fact, I douse myself in ultra-thick moisturizing creams religiously as part of my nighttime beauty regimen. I am constantly trying to soothe and smooth rough elbows, knees, hands and feet. So when Curél came out with limited-edition Continuous Comfort Moisture Lotion for Dry Skin with time-released moisturizers ($8 at drugstores nationwide--it features the iconic Red Cross symbol), I just had to have some. Designed to hydrate and relieve skin for 24 hours, the non-greasy formula absorbs quickly, doesn't clog pores and is dermatologist recommended. Plus, it smells great!

Through its ongoing support of the American Red Cross, Curél goes beyond skin’s surface to nurture the people who need care the most, donating funds to the organization that helps heal communities in times of crisis. Collaborating for the second time, Cynthia Nixon and Curél are proud to launch the “Share the Gift of Caring” campaign in support of the American Red Cross. Log on to to dedicate a portion of Curél’s donation to someone you love, then encourage them to share the gift of caring by doing the same!

The American Red Cross has donated $250,000 and plans to donate $10,000 more. And you can click on the website to donate $1 of that $10,000 in a friend’s name. Your friend will receive a message from Curél letting her know that you care, and she will be invited to share the gift of sharing with someone else—creating a chain of donations from the Curél brand on behalf of real people across the United States.

A great gift and an amazing product for a superb cause--plus you get silky, smooth skin in the process!

expert advice: from Dr. Neal Schultz of

You can never be too careful with your kids in the sun. Face it: Those rays are strong and kids could care less--they just want to play! New York City-based cosmetic/medical dermatologist, Dr. Neal Schultz, the Internet's first daily skincare video show host, shares his "skinsight" when it comes to keeping your kids well protected.
1. "Regardless of whether the sunscreen says 'waterproof' or 'water-resistant,' it's going to come off after 20 to 30 minutes of kids playing in the water and needs to be reapplied at least every hour (see How to Properly Apply Sunscreen, Episode #11)."
2. "Choose a sunscreen with SPF 15 to 30 with 'broad spectrum protection' or with 'UVA' protection (see How to Choose the Right Sunscreen, Episode #13)."
3. "The first time to apply sunscreen is when washing your kids' faces and brushing their teeth after they wake up in the morning, instead of waiting till you go outside or get to the beach. This is to make sunscreen application part of a child's daily hygiene at an early age so it's put on every day of the year. It's best to start that habit early."
In addition, check out the booklet "Play It Safe In the Sun" by Perry Robins, MD, available from The Skin Cancer Foundation.
Go to for more great skincare advice from Dr. Schultz and answers to your most prominent skincare questions.