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Here Comes the Sun

Magazine article Drug Topics

Here Comes the Sun

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After a long winter spent either bundled up or indoors, everyone will welcome the chance to spend the summer months gardening, hiking, swimming, or just lazing around outside. That means patients will be looking for sun protection and other skin products designed to keep their outer selves happy and healthy.

Sun shields

NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention Sunscreen is an SPF 30 mineral lotion made by Niadyne Inc. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide provide broad spectrum UVA/ UVB protection, and a special formula that includes vitamin E helps repair past sun damage. The mineral formula absorbs quickly and can start protecting against the sun soon after application.

While at the beach or pool, parents can ensure their children's safety from the sun's harmful effects with SPF 70 for Kids Continuous Mist Sunscreen from Hampton Sun. The hypoallergenic oil-free spray formula protects against broad spectrum UVA/UVB rays and has moisturizers and vitamins A C, and E to keep the skin from drying out. Even when applied to wet skin, the spray goes on smoothly.

Merck's Coppertone line has introduced Wet 'n Clear Kids Continuous Spray SPF 50+. The dermatologist-tested spray formula provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection that lasts for up to 80 minutes, even in water. The product goes on clear, so there's no need to worry about white residue clinging to the skin.

Beach Defense is Neutrogena's new une of sunscreens. The products are available in both lotion and spray formulations, and at SPF 30 and SPF 70 protection levels. Their broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection uses Neutrogena's proprietary heüoplex formula to provide long-lasting protection. The lightweight, fast-absorbing formula is oil- and PABA-free, and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

First aid

Patients with blisters, cuts, and scrapes can keep the affected areas protected with Prestige Brands' New-Skin Liquid Bandage. One stroke of the brushon applicator creates an antiseptic barrier that keeps dirt at bay and guards against infection; this strong but flexible covering moves with the body and lets the skin breathe while it keeps water and irritants out. Designed for use on a bigger cut or a more extensive scrape, New-Skin Liquid Spray Bandage provides the same protection as liquid Bandage. It can also be used prophylactically before the start of a run or a hike, to fortify tender areas against blisters or other irritations.

Irritation relief

For eczema sufferers coping with discomfort and itchiness, Galderma Laboratories' Cetaphil brand has launched the Restoraderm line, designed to provide relief to itchy, irritated skin. Restoraderm's Skin Restoring Body Wash uses shea butter and sunflower seed oil to help the skin retain moisture. The body wash contains no fragrances, parabens, or nut oils and is safe for adults, children, and infants over three months of age. The Skin Restoring Moisturizer helps replenish the skin's natural lipids and certain proteins known as filaggrins, both of which are missing or at depleted levels in eczema patients. Also featuring shea butter and sunflower seed oil, the product supports the skin's natural moisture barrier without the use of fragrances, nut oils, or parabens. The manufacturer states that when the two products are used together as part of a daily skincare regimen they can relieve itchiness, help symptoms such as redness and dryness to subside, and subdue irritation.

Acne solutions

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