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I went on a fab long beach weekend with my family two weeks
ago and, of course, forgot to pack my usual face SPF.  So when we hit a Stop & Shop for weekend beach
provisions, I went straight for the health and beauty aids to try to find a
chemical free blocker.  The top
shelves were lined with the usual (chemically laden suspects), and I was
beginning to panic.  Kneeling on
the floor, I crawled way down to the bottom of the display where to my absolute
delight, I found Blue Lizard’s SPF 30 sunblock for sensitive skin. SCORE!

Blue Lizard is a sunblock from Australia that has a
cult-like following. It can be impossible to find—this was the first time I had
ever actually found the product in a drug or grocery store.  Blue Lizard uses from 6 – 10 percent of
zinc oxide, which they micronize for easier blending, in their sunblocks.
Dermatologists recommend using a sunblock with at least 5% zinc oxide for it to
be effective, and not many sunscreens on the market actually meet that

Since we were at the beach, I decided to forgo my usual
daytime moisturizer and just use the sunblock. Since I would be sweaty and
waterlogged anyway, there really did not seem a point to added moisture on my
face.  The Blue Lizard was
sensational—my skin felt lightly moisturized and not at all greasy, which is
the usual downside of daily facial SPFing.  It took a bit more manipulating to get that telltale
lifeguard white to disappear into the skin, but the extra 30 seconds it took to
massage it in was well worth the effort.

When we returned from the weekend skin looked terrific. A
few pimples that were beginning to pop up were completely healed, which I
credit to the 10% zinc oxide used in the formulation. In addition to its SPF
powers, zinc is a sensational healing agent for the skin.  By putting it right on the skin, and
not over a layer of moisturizer, I really allowed the zinc to do its thing.

Decent piece by Natasha Singer in the New York Times today about dermatologists offering preferred treatment (and faster appointments) to
cosmetic enhancement patients.  It
relates the story of a Dallas woman who went to a derm to check a suspicious
mole on her foot. The derm took two minutes to look at the mole and tell her it
was nothing, then proceeded to try to sell her from his product line. The
woman, being a smart cookie, sought a second opinion.  The mole turned out to be a melanoma.  NICE.

When clients with a potentially life threatening disease
like cancer are given short shrift because the MD can make more off of Botox,
there is something extremely wrong. Patients with conditions that require a
doctor’s care, like cancer, psoriasis and even cystic acne, should be able to
see an attentive physician in a timely manner.

Scroll through the comments.  Amazing to see how tough it’s been for many people to get a
timely appointment for real medical concerns.