Archive Monthly Archives: July 2016

Understanding Sunscreen: UVA, UVB and SPF

 Seek shade during the hottest hours of the day.

Here’s a simple guide to SPF, UVA, UVB and how you can protect your skin from the sun.

When it comes to protecting our bodies from the sun, it’s important to have a clear understanding of why sun protection is so important for everyone, everyday.

Let’s break it all down and eliminate any confusion regarding sun protection. We often see acronyms on our skin care products, cosmetics and clothing, but do you know what they mean?

  • SPF = Sun Protection Factor
  • UVA = Ultra Violet A (long wave)
  • UVB = Ultra Violet B (short wave)

To protect our skin, we need to be conscientious of the damaging UVA and UVB rays of the sun. They are two very different types of radiation that can damage your skin. To make it simple, remember UVA – A for Aging as these are the rays that age your skin. And, think UVB – B for Burning as these are the rays that burn your skin.

UVA rays cause  skin aging

UVA rays are responsible for skin aging and wrinkling and can contribute to skin cancer. Because UVA rays pass easily through the ozone layer, they make up the majority of sun exposure. UVA rays can pass through clouds, glass and clothing. You might not be able to feel them, but boy are they there!

UVB rays cause sunburn

UVB rays are responsible for sunburns and cataracts, and they can affect the immune system. Most importantly, UVB rays also contribute to skin cancer.

SPF lets you know how long you can stay in the sun

Sun Protection Factor (or SPF) found in our sunscreen products, does not indicate the amount of protection you will get, but instead gives you an idea of how long you can stay in the sun before your skin starts to redden. And, everybody is different! SPF ONLY applies to the UVB rays. It does not apply to the UVA rays. SPF products come in various levels including SPF 15, SPF 30, SPF 50 and more. Here’s how they work: for the sake of easy math let’s say that your skin will start to redden when exposed to the sun in just ten minutes. You would take that ten minutes and multiply it by the SPF number you are using.

For example, if you are using an SPF 30 product:
–  10 minutes x 30 (SPF) = 300 minutes
–  Take the 300 minutes and divide by 60 minutes which equals 1 hour
–  300 minutes / 60 minutes = 5
–  The result: around 5 hours of standard sun protection

If you’re at the beach or in direct sunshine for extended periods, then always err on the side of caution with sunscreen and your chosen sun protection factor. It’s important to not have a false sense of security when it comes to your sunscreen. Many products are not water resistant, so you wouldn’t be able to rely on five hours of protection if you were swimming or exercising. Also, most sunscreens are intended for normal, everyday sun exposure, not a full day in direct sun.  At the beach or while sporting in the sun, you should consider a stronger sunscreen than usual.  nd always, apply, apply, and reapply.

In the United States, many sunscreen products are over-the-counter drugs. Remember to read the indications and warnings on sunscreen labels to understand the benefits and limits of sunscreen products.

Top 11 sunscreen tips

  • Always apply sunscreen, whatever the season.
  • When purchasing sunscreen products always look for “broad spectrum protection” on the label to ensure you are protected against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • The proper amount of sunscreen for your body is about 1 oz. (or 30ml) which is just enough to fill a shot glass. And you need a teaspoon (5 grams) of sunscreen just for your face.
  • Apply sunscreen at least 15 to 20 minutes before going into the sun. If your skin is already red from the sun, the damage has already started.
  • It’s important to protect every exposed area of the skin including your ears and any bald spots.
  • Wear protective clothing such as long sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats.
  • Wear sunglasses that provide UVA and UVB protection. Not only can your eyelids burn but exposure to the UVB rays can lead to cataracts.
  • Don’t think you’re protected in your car or looking out a window – the sun’s rays can penetrate glass so protect yourself even if you’re not in direct sunlight.
  • Make a habit of reapplying sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating.
  • Stay out of the sun during the hottest hours of the day and seek the shade as much as possible.
  • If you simply have to have a tan, use self-tanner. (But remember to wear sunscreen too!)

The sun is a wonderful thing that we all enjoy but the facts are the facts. Unprotected sun exposure is the leading culprit in skin aging and skin cancer. We must protect ourselves each and every day to ensure we live long and healthy lives – while looking fabulous!

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife.

#ActiveBodyFit – Endurance Beach Workout Video 1

Here’s a challenging endurance workout that’s convenient and customizable. It consists of five total body moves that you do in a reverse ladder formation. If you’re ready to work hard and reap the benefits, let’s get to it!





Written by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA. Samantha is Sr. Director of Fitness Education at Herbalife.

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Youthful Style: Break These Fashion Bad Habits to Look Younger


Look younger by adding some color to your style.

Incorporate these fashion tips to instantly help you stop looking older than you feel.

Nobody, men or women, like the feeling of being perceived as old. We want to be cool. We want to be viewed as hip and trendy. (And with that last sentence I wonder who even uses the word “hip” anymore. Sigh.) Well, the fact is if we want to be perceived as younger, then there are some very important steps we all must take starting now! I don’t think it’s the aging part that we don’t like; I think it’s the looking older part that is distressing. I’ve read countless books and articles on what we should do and not do to preserve our youthful appearance. But did you know that some of the things we’re doing are actually adding years to our appearance?

How to NOT look older than you feel

I have to share something with you that really rocked my world. The other day I was informed that I was “dating myself.” Not because of something I said or because I still insist on rocking my “big 80’s hair,” but for another reason (if you’re over the age of 25 you might want to sit down). I was told that I was showing signs of aging because I wear a watch. A watch!  Evidently with some of the younger generations, a watch is a sign of my being, dare I say it, an older woman. Why? Because they don’t use watches to tell time and never have. They simply look at the clock on whatever mobile device they are carrying around in their back pocket. This disturbed me to no end. I love watches and believe they are the perfect fashion accessory. Men have the coolest watches to choose from today. They are big and chunky and well, just awesome. In turn, what I think is awesome makes me old?  What other aging signs was I missing?  Are there other things we should be doing to detract from our age?  You bet there are. Here are some top things, that if you’re doing, you should change immediately.

Take a good look at your clothes

Not long ago my husband came downstairs sporting a pair of old school cowboy boots and a faded jean jacket. I took one look, with my chin dropped to the floor, and said, “Uhhhh, honey? Where are you going dressed like THAT?”  It wasn’t the cowboy boots or the jean jacket necessarily – it was how old and dated the styles were that just cracked me up. My handsome husband was not following the ‘how to not look older than you feel’ commandments – even though putting on his much-loved vintage clothes made him feel great! He proceeded to tell me just how cool these two antiques were and that he used to bust a move at the local line-dancing venue “back in the day.”  Needless to say I was 1) mortified and 2) happy that this line-dancing venue was no longer in business.

There are two extremes we can take when it comes to choosing the right clothing for our age.

–  Some people hit the age of 40 and suddenly become ultra conservative. Showing any skin whatsoever is now off limits and they start dressing like their grandparents. I disagree with this style because there is no good reason to start dressing to look older. There is nothing wrong with showing a bit of skin (in moderation) no matter what your age.

– On the other extreme, some people resort to showing too much skin. They desperately try to hold on to their youth by dressing like teenagers in the hope that it makes them fashionable. There is nothing that shows an aging woman more than a too short mini skirt and a belly shirt/crop top. Yikes.

There are fashion mistakes for gentleman, too. For example, the barely-there swimsuits that many men think are trendy. Trust me, you don’t look 18 when strutting down the beach in something that shows too much skin. If you’re still wearing the clothes from your college years it’s probably best to seek out a new look so as not to date yourself. As we age, our bodies change. Our posture changes and the clothes we once looked awesome in and thought fashionable now just make us look a bit awkward. In the case of my husband, he looked absolutely ridiculous! But, I still can’t convince him otherwise. Nor can anyone convince me that my original Guns n’ Roses concert shirt isn’t the coolest thing on the planet. Vintage, rock concert t-shirts are always cool and will never go out of style. So don’t even try to convince me otherwise. But don’t get me started on the fanny pack!

Put away the dull, drab colors

One of my favorite colors to wear has always been black. It’s dark, it’s edgy, and people say it makes you look thinner and more streamlined. But, what I now realize is that the darker and drabber the colors we wear, the older we tend to look. That’s a ‘how to not look older than you feel’ no, no. Clothes with gray undertones can really wash you out and then, just like your clothes, you too begin to look drab. Brighten up your look by introducing some color into your wardrobe. It’s most important to have color near your face. For men, think about shirt color, or better yet, your necktie. Choose a vibrant color. It will knock years off of your appearance. For women, don’t just focus on your clothing but take a look at your accessories as well. You can give yourself a youth boost by wearing a beautiful colored scarf or necklace. Try to avoid wearing too much black, grey, taupe or pale lavender colors.

Beware of comfortable shoes

I am the first to admit that I thought I would be rocking the stiletto until the day I died. But that fateful day came when I had to look for a more comfortable option for my day-to-day comings and goings. I just couldn’t stand the discomfort anymore. Well, when I thought of “comfortable” shoes I thought of nurse shoes or flats. Everything has a time and a place my friends, but our clothes deserve a fabulous looking shoe. And believe it or not, they can look very stylish. Top brands of shoes and athletic footwear now make great, comfortable, on trendy shoes in really cool colors and styles. So you can ditch the torturous footwear and replace them with a vibrant, fun option.

Surprisingly for me, I didn’t have to write off all flat shoes in a quest to not look older than I feel. I just need to spend a moment looking for shoes in fresh styles that are comfortable and fashionable. If that means extra shoe shopping then I’ll try and tough it out!

Ditch the eyeglass chain

I get it. They’re convenient. Some companies have even gone above and beyond in trying to make them look fashionable. But at the end of the day, no matter how many beads or rhinestones are involved, you still look like someone who is too old to remember where they put their glasses so you tie them to your body. There’s got to be a better way people!

If you own elastic waist pants, get rid of them

I know that most of us don’t wear pants with an elastic waistband, but if you are even thinking about it – don’t. If you’re even considering it, you may have gained a few pounds and are looking for some comfort from your clothing. I strongly recommend getting a bit more exercise and watching what you eat over the elastic waistband pants. Grandmas can wear elastic waistbands. They have earned the right to be totally comfy. For the rest of us, no way! Opt for a cute pair of leggings, long shirt or sweater and cute boots.

And just for the ladies… Burn that old bra

I don’t want to mention the obvious, but ladies, you must go through your undergarments and destroy your old bras. You’d be surprised how many women continue to wear the same size and style of bra they wore 10, even 20 years ago. Experts say that as many as 90% of women are wearing the wrong size bra. This really detracts from your look. Trust me! Get a fitting at any department store and start from scratch. As we get a little older, our bodies change. Finding your correct bra size not only can improve your posture, but will also help you to look your very best in your clothes. This one little tip alone can shave years off of your appearance. Wearing a supportive and pretty bra in the right size is a simple way to avoid looking older than you feel. You know what? A bra that fits is always a bra that is more comfortable!

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife.

Don’t Be Fooled by these Sunscreen Myths


Reapply sunscreen when going in the water.

There’s plenty of misinformation out there on using sunscreen. So let’s clear it up now.

We hear a lot about the importance of wearing sunscreen. It’s been drilled into our heads that without it we can burn our skin, experience the signs of aging and of course place ourselves at risk of getting skin cancer. There isn’t a dermatologist, beauty magazine or skincare TV commercial these days that doesn’t tout the importance of wearing sunscreen or other protective products. And SPF products seem to come in all forms, from clothing to cosmetics. But everything we read isn’t necessarily the truth. Let’s break down some common sunscreen myths and get the facts straight once and for all.

Sunscreen myth #1: People with dark skin don’t need to use sunscreen

No matter how dark or light skinned you are, sunscreen is important. Everyone’s skin has the potential to burn, the potential to age and the potential to develop skin cancer when left unprotected. Don’t believe for a second that if you have dark skin you can skip the sunscreen. Everyone, regardless of their skin color should wear sunscreen on a regular basis.

Sunscreen myth #2: There’s no need to apply sunscreen if it’s in my makeup

I used to get very excited at the idea of having my sunscreen needs covered by my makeup. Talk about being lulled into a false sense of security. Unfortunately, what I learned was the opposite. Foundations, blush, bronzing powders, all seem to contain SPF these days, but it isn’t enough. Makeup with SPF is usually applied unevenly. Think about the quick dusting of blush, or little dab of foundation we often apply. It’s simply not enough coverage to offer appropriate protection. So, while it is a nice added benefit for those areas that do get ample coverage, it’s most important to double up on our protection and use a sunscreen as well. Opt for a daily moisturizer with SPF 30. You’ll get added moisture and protection in one easy step.

Sunscreen myth #3: If your sunscreen says it is waterproof you don’t need to reapply

The FDA guidelines for sunscreens have become more stringent over time. And, the newest regulations prohibit companies from using the term “waterproof” on their sunscreen products. The appropriate labeling is “water resistant.” With the term water resistant, companies must now designate whether the product is protective for 40 minutes or 80 minutes, while swimming or sweating. You must reapply at least every two hours, and even more frequently, if you are swimming or sweating. It’s easy to forget about reapplication when you are having fun at the beach or pool. Keep your sunscreen in a visible place so it doesn’t go unnoticed. If you just can’t seem to make it happen, put a reminder on your phone or other mobile device. If you are like me, the sunscreen may be tucked away in my beach bag, but my phone is never far from sight!

Sunscreen myth #4: Sunscreens are only meant for certain areas of the body, not everywhere

If you have skin that’s exposed, it needs sunscreen. This includes your feet, ears, back, arms, legs and neck. If it’s an exposed body part, it needs protection. I’m always most concerned about my face because I want to keep those fine lines and wrinkles at bay. But, after close inspection of my body, I had a very rude awakening. My shoulders have many dark spots on them, as does my cleavage area. Even my legs are riddled with sun damage due to my youthful sunscreen neglect in pursuit of the perfect tan. I have become obsessive about the backs of my hands and now keep sunscreen in the cup holder in my car. If it can be seen, it needs sunscreen!

Sunscreen myth #5: Sunscreens made for adults are not as protective as those made for children

Sunscreens contain the same active sunscreen ingredients whether they are for kids or adults. If you are looking at two products with the same sun protection factor, whether for kids or adults, the protection is comparable. There are different types of formulations however, and many sunscreens made for children focus on gentler formulas developed for more sensitive skin. They can be fragrance free, chemical free, paraben free and more. And many products for kids are tear-free to avoid any stinging of the eyes.

Sunscreen myth #6: That bottle from last year is ok to use this year

If you have a leftover bottle of sunscreen from the year before, do yourself a favor and throw it away. If you’re using sunscreen every day, you won’t ever have left over product. A good rule of thumb is to not treat your sunscreen as a seasonal product, but realize its importance year round. Always check the expiration dates on your bottles. The dates can be found on the label itself or embossed into the crimped edge of a tube. Nothing lasts forever and sunscreens will lose their effectiveness over time. Pay attention to expiration dates and make sure your slathering on something that will actually protect your skin.

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife.