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HELENE RAVLICH: NATURAL BEAUTY SUNSCREEN – ARM YOURSELF THIS SUMMER! WHENEVER I’VE ASKED BEAUTY EXPERTS – BE THEY DERMATOLOGISTS, makeup artists or cosmetic surgeons – for their pick when it comes to anti-ageing skincare, they all agree that the most important thing you can do to keep your skin looking good well into old age is to wear a sunscreen. Daily. No arguments, no forgetting on a cloudy day, no saying, “my olive complexion is a sunblock in itself!” Oh, and last year’s model won’t cut it either – most sunblocks don’t last more than 12 months after being opened, so always reinvest. Finding the right sunscreen to fit your skin type and your lifestyle is vital, and many more of us are opting for all-natural versions due to the fact that many chemicals found in your average supermarket brand sunblock can be more harmful to your health than the sun. The most controversial is Oxybenzone, which can change the way hormones work in our bodies. The result could mean something as relatively benign and not life threatening as fertility issues, and then something as potentially life threatening as hormone sensitive cancers, like breast, prostate, ovarian cancers. In Europe, sunscreens with oxybenzone must carry a warning label on the bottle. Still, others say that wearing sunscreen laced with oxybenzone is better than wearing none at all. When choosing a sunscreen, it is important to select a reflective, non-absorbent formula, as the UVA and UVB chemicals are less likely to be absorbed into the bloodstream and are easier to wash off. Zinc and Titanium seem to be the best and safest on the market. Local beauty expert Lucy Marr tells me that second up, “look for a sunscreen high in antioxidants - ingredients such as Vitamin E. They protect the skin from damage by UV rays, help keep the formulation stable on the skin and ‘mop up’ any free radicals”. She recommends Cosmedix Reflect, a titanium, non nano formulation in a spray form that provides excellent protection. I recently travelled to the – very sunny – south of France, and before I left made the trip to Nature Baby to buy a new sunscreen for my son. He’d previously worn one by Dr. Hauschka that is now impossible to find, so I asked for the next best thing and was presented with one by Soléo Organics, a name I’d never heard of previously. Their sunscreen only contains natural and organic ingredients, so it is ideal for young children, people with sensitive skin and those who are simply health conscious. The brand’s formulations use zinc technology combined with antioxidants and plant extracts to provide comprehensive sun protection, without leaving your skin a rather unattractive ghostly white. The zinc oxide is the only non-organic ingredient in there, only because minerals cannot be certified as organic. Another super popular option is Invisible Zinc’s Face and Body Sunscreen SPF 30+, which is an easy-to-spread natural sunscreen that provides high broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. It’s very low irritant and is perfect for outdoor activities and beneath make-up.

A SLICE OF HEAVEN AT MORE THAN SKIN Are you looking to spoil someone special this Christmas? We’ve found a treasure trove of tempting gifts and treats at More Than Skin Spa & Beauty that can solve all of your holiday season dilemmas. As the madness of the silly season begins to kick in, the team at More Than Skin can help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list while you relax and enjoy a little festive pampering. A truly delectable assortment of Joyce Blok and Decléor Christmas gift sets and stocking fillers have just arrived in salon and are certain to bring a smile to the face of family and friends.

You can never go wrong with a MORE THAN SKIN GIFT VOUCHER and this year their ‘Slice of Heaven’ gift voucher is a tempting, home-grown gift for the angel in your life, or a great way to spoil yourself. Including a Joyce Blok Signature facial and a full body massage for only $150 (valued at $185), this indulgent treat comes beautifully wrapped and ready to go straight under the tree. More Than Skin also have a full range of gift vouchers available for your favourite treatments, or you can let your loved ones select their own beauty service and purchase a voucher for a specific dollar denomination to fit within your budget. And don’t forget to collect an “All I want for Christmas” card when you visit their salon to make sure your ideal present is sitting under the tree PN Call Megs today on T: 09 361 2231 for more information.

A great way to ensure you wear sunblock everyday is to choose a moisturiser that already contains a more than decent one. I currently use Ultimate Zinc, which is the creation of Sydney cosmetic surgeon Dr. Michael Miroshnik. It is moisturising, anti-inflammatory and healing, as well as harbouring a super high protection factor. Trilogy’s AGE PROOF Daily Defence Moisturiser with SPF 15 is another goodie, as is their Natural Actives: Men’s Moisturiser with SPF 15, which is a great lightweight, daily moisturiser for the boys that helps maintain skin elasticity and moisture with broad spectrum UV protection. Another goodie is Osmosis Shelter from The Marr Lab, which is like a treatment and sunscreen in one. PN Whatever your pick, a good sunscreen is a must this summer – don’t leave home without it! (HELENE RAVLICH)

36 PONSONBY NEWS+ December 2010

PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

DECEMBER/JANUARY '10/ '11 Ponsonby News  

Christmas issue - covering December and January - news/views and all that is happening in and around Ponsonby