The Doctors answer your questions about sun safety, sex on the beach and getting back in that bikini.
Jillian Slims You Down for Summer
Summer is fast approaching and America's toughest trainer and new co-host of The Doctors, Jillian Michaels, shows you how to banish your belly fat, say goodbye to flabby arms and thighs and safely lose up to 10 pounds! Plus, Jillian opens up about leaving The Biggest Loser and her exciting plans for the future.
Between her latest workout DVD, Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30, and new book, Unlimited: How to Build an Exceptional Life, Jillian started The Jillian Michaels Collection by K-SWISS, a line of fitness clothing with a portion of the proceeds dedicated to The Alliance for a Healthier Generation to fight childhood obesity in America.
"Being an overweight kid myself, it's something that's passionately close to my heart," she says.
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The Doctors' Summer Survival Guide
The Doctors, Jillian and Editor-in-Chief of Fitness Magazine, Betty Wong, share their top tips for staying safe in the sun and surf.
Haley's skin is very sensitive to the sun and she wants to know the best way to care for a peeling sunburn.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon says that blisters that form after a sunburn act as a natural dressing for tender, burned skin and advises against peeling it. He recommends soothing it with aloe straight from the plant and Betty recommends lavender oil.
"Lavender oil has anti-inflammatory qualities," Betty says. "Sit in the bath with a few drops of lavender oil, and voila, the pain is gone!"
Shield Your Skin with SPF
The most effective method of sun care is prevention, and when it comes to sunblock, there are a number of different options. Sun protection factor 30, or SPF 30, means you can stay in the sun 30 times longer than without SPF, but it is essential to re-apply it every two hours. Be sure to use SPF 30 or above anytime you're exposed to the sun.
Makeup containing SPF will not properly protect you from UV rays. Smooth on a layer of SPF 30 moisturizer as a base before applying foundation for a healthy, protected glow.
Babies are especially sensitive to the sun, as they lack the protective melanin that adults have in their skin, but sunscreen cannot be applied to the skin of babies under 6 months old. Some parents cover the carseat or stroller with a towel as a sunshade, but this can trap a dangerous level of heat. For a safer solution to shielding your infant from the sun, try the Babba Cover, a breathable, mesh fabric that has an SPF of 50 and fits over all standard carseat carriers. Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears advises against using The Babba Cover on the carseat while driving, as you should be able to see your baby while on the road.
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E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork also reminds us to protect our eyes from dangerous UV rays. Look for sunglasses that protect you from both UVA and UVB light. Dr. Ordon adds that the bigger the shades, the less you squint, which decreases the development of wrinkles.
Spray It, Don't Bake It!
Charlie and Agnes go from pasty to tan with the Luminess, the first at-home airbrush tanning system. All natural and FDA approved, Luminess promises a safe, summer glow in 30 minutes that lasts up to two weeks.
Barbecue Safety 101
Grill safely this summer by being aware of hidden barbecue dangers.
Safety starts even before getting to the grill out. Be sure to transport food and drinks properly:
• Keep meat and beverages in separate coolers, as the beverage cooler will be constantly open and closed, allowing heat to enter.
• The meat cooler must be kept at 40 degrees Fahrenheit, as bacteria can start growing in temperatures above that.
• Keep the cooler in your car, not the hot trunk.
• Don't pre-cook meat before transporting it to decrease the risk of bacterial growth.
• More safe grilling tips
• Bug Off!
Contrary to popular belief, barbecue smoke will not deter bugs from swarming a picnic. Keep bugs at bay the natural way! Fill a narrow container, such as a glass soda bottle, with lemon and honey. The lemon works to attract the insects while the honey traps them. Be sure to keep the trap at least 5 feet away from the picnic area to decrease your risk of bug bites.
• Food for Thought
Barbecue fare can be very high in fat, sodium, cholesterol and sugar. Dr. Sears recommends choosing a 4 ounce cut of top sirloin beef with 11 grams of fat over a 4 ounce porterhouse cut, which has 25 grams of fat. Decrease carcinogenic smoke from barbecue flare-ups by spreading aluminum foil on the grill, making small holes so fat from the meat can drain.
But while you may choose to grill lean meats, remember that most barbecue sauces contain 44 grams of sugar in just a quarter cup! Try The Doctors' Healthy Summer Marinade for a tasty and lower-calorie alternative!
Take Care Down There
From pesky razor burn to funky feet, prepare yourself for summer from the neck down!
Jean is looking for alternatives to shaving her bikini line to avoid red bumps and painful razor burn. Dermatologist Dr. Ava Shamban demonstrates the Palomar laser, the latest technology in permanent hair reduction.
"Shaving and waxing is so 1994," Dr. Shamban says. "In 2011, what we do is laser and light-based hair removal to permanently reduce hair."
Dr. Ordon explains that the laser's light targets the melanin in the hair shaft and destroys the structures that cause hair to grow.
Patients are normally advised to shave two days prior to the procedure and to refrain from sun tanning or fake tanning for six weeks before. On the day of the procedure, numbing cream is applied to the area, and the treatment is virtually painless.
Dr. Shamban says that thicker hair is more responsive to the treatment since it absorbs more energy; ideal patients are fair-skinned brunettes. This procedure is not effective on blondes or redheads.
She also advises choosing a healthcare provider who's aware of different skin types and tones so they can use the proper device for your skin.
Jillian has undergone the procedure and says, "It's better than waxing, than electrolysis. No ingrown hairs no razor burn. It's so worth it!"
Beauty expert Kym Douglas shares her secrets for baring beautiful feet, so you can wear your favorite summer sandals with confidence!