Enjoy Summer, Protect your Skin

Brighter colors and shorter outfits are suddenly the norm: After Memorial Day weekend, the summer is here in full swing. But along with family trips, sunshine and humidity the hot season also brings risks for your skin due to sun exposure. The first step to keep these risks at bay is to accept them and stop thinking “no, that can’t happen to me.” Next, you will find that it is not so hard to take care of your skin by …

Which Sunscreen Rates Best? Drugstore Brand A ‘Best Buy’

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of the summertime season — do you have enough sunscreen? Consumer Reports recently tested 18 popular brands and although none were rated excellent in all categories, several were very good and a drugstore brand even earned a “best buy” rating. Two brands failed to meet testing standards for adequate protection, including a kids’ sunscreen. Even though new rules to simplify sunscreen labels have been delayed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration until December, …

Ouch. Sunscreen Makers Burn Us Again

Sunscreen makers have had a year to come up with clearer labeling, but somehow just couldn’t get it done in time for this summer’s big sunscreen-buying season. So the government gave them a pass until winter. The Food and Drug Administration ordered changes to sunscreens last summer (after 33 years of study!) but gave makers until this June to get the revised bottles with new labels on the shelf, the Associated Press reports. The idea was to help consumers know …

The Takeaway: Life Expectancy; Public Transportation

Updated: Want to know how long you’ll live? Check a map: “Life expectancy in most U.S. counties lags behind that of the world’s healthiest nations, in some cases by 50 years or more, according to a new analysis of government data.” Older people face public transportation crisis. For members of a generation who built a staunch reputation for active living and independence, the day one has to stop driving is hard.