Monday, August 27, 2012

Review: Skin Cancer Prevention App

Earlier this year, we reviewed an app from Solaveil that helped you to put on sunscreen. Now, we have another app for you. Just because you're done with fun in the sun, doesn't mean you don't have any work to do in skincare prevention. Aside from the fact you should be wearing SPF daily, all those days outdoors means you should monitor your skin for any changes. Luckily, researchers at the University of Michigan have developed an iPhone app for your phone that makes checking for cancerous moles easy. 

UMSkinCheck provides tools to help users identify suspicious moles and keep track of them. Since remembering how new a mole is can be hard, you'll have years of scans to help you figure out if it appeared before or after that trip to the beach. Since pictures never lie,the pics saved in this app can provide an accurate representation of your moles for your dermatologist to see. The only con we saw was that you'll need a second person you're comfortable enough with to get naked and take pictures of your skin in various poses, including your bum. 

This app also has other handy tools, including reminding you when you need to perform your self exam, and your yearly full-body scan. All in all, a very handy app that is free for download from the iTunes store. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Are you fully protected?

In a 2011 post, we mentioned that you should be applying an average of one ounce of sunscreen to the exposed skin on a clothed body - face, neck, ears, arms. By applying less than this amount, or by mixing sunscreens, you may be getting less than the advertised protection on the bottle. Understanding how SPF is calculated and the errors in application will help you decide if you are achieving the maximum SPF. 

In the United States, SPF is tested and calculated by using real humans. We'll spare you the technical jargon and math, but in short, male and female volunteers go through a series of medical examinations and are given a skin type according to how easily they burn. Then, the test subjects are given 2 milligrams of the sunscreen moisturizer for every square centimeter of skin that's being tested, just before being subjected to synthetic ultraviolet radiation. The moisturizer is then given a sun protection number based on how well they were protected during that exposure period.  

Moisture Protect SPF 20 (and its Bronze brother) were given a sun protection factor of 20, based on applying 2 milligrams of formula per square centimeter of skin. 

As mentioned, the first mistake in sunscreen application is not applying enough. Since the SPF is calculated on a healthy dosage, which most people do not use, you need to apply that much to get the advertised coverage. Any less coverage means less SPF - this goes for tinted SPF moisturizers as well. Additionally, you can't apply SPF lotion once and expect to be protected all day. When it wears off, your protection wears off. 

The second mistake in application is when sunscreens are mixed. Combining products with two different SPF values does not give you the addition of the SPF, but rather an average of the two. Remember: 

In short, to achieve the advertised SPF, you need to apply generously and reapply often

Monday, August 13, 2012

Conceal & Treat Video Spotlight

Masc Skincare, in Vancouver, British Columbia, has been onto Conceal & Treat long before our feature in Details magazine. Here, shop-owner Jamie tells you a little about the product, and why it's so great at disguising and healing blemishes.  

(Pssssst! Check out the rest of their YouTube channel for other great EVMAN reviews!)

Monday, August 6, 2012

How To Wash Your Face

You've probably been washing your own face since you were a small child. While it's a simple, easy process, we could all use a little refresher.

1. Avoid bar soap. Most men cleanse their face with the same bar of soap that is used on their feet, pits, and groin area. In addition to that disgusting your girlfriend, bar soap contains occlusives that can cause your skin to break out. Bar soap is also not as gentle as a cleanser formulated for your skin. Hint: if your skin feels "squeaky clean" after the shower, you've stripped it of its natural oils, drying it out.Your skin then may produce more oil to compensate for the oil lost. 

Select a gentle cleanser like Cleanse & Shave (available at, which also doubles as a shaving cream for a close, soft shave. It contains tea tree oil to cleanse the skin and minimize breakouts, and is also sulfate-free, so it doesn't damage delicate facial skin.

2. Splash your face with warm water. You don't want to use water that's too hot (dries out your skin) or too cold (doesn't soften the hairs and open up your pores). This also helps the cleanser spread more easily over your skin. Hint: skip diluting the cleanser if you have extra grime. 

3. Massage the cleanser in a circular motion. Gently work the cleanser on your skin with your fingertips, in gentle circular motions. Don't press too hard - let the cleanser do the work for you. 

4. Rinse with warm water, pat dry. Splash your face again with warm water to remove the cleanser. It's important to pat your face dry with a towel, as rubbing creates friction and can lead to premature wrinkling. 

5. Apply your favorite SPF moisturizer immediately. Now that you've washed your face, you have a clean canvas to apply SPF to. Apply within thirty seconds of washing your face so that your skin does not lose too much moisture and dry out. 

Oh, and don't forget to add a daily or weekly exfoliatior to your routine, like Wash & Buff