Things To Know Before You Go In The Sun…

The benefits of sunscreen are great as they stop skin damage and skin cancer. But according to the Australian Dermatology Magazine, only 20% of people use it on a daily basis and most do not use it correctly.

How to use it correctly:

Apply sunscreen around all visible parts, around the neck and ears. You need approximately 2-3 teaspoons (a shotglass) for your whole body!

SUNSCREEN FACTS:

You must reapply sunscreen every 80 minutes or roughly every hour and a half. In addition, look for sunscreens that contain a PHYSICAL AGENT SUCH AS ZINC OXIDE.

Zinc Oxide offers the widest range of protection covering both UVB AND UVA  rays.  The physical blocking agents act by reflecting the UV RAYS off of the skin.Thick, occlusive zinc oxide sunscreen products have since been replaced with virtually weightless formulations that still adequately protect the skin. Micronized zinc oxide has revolutionized the physical sunscreen market, allowing it to appear transparent on the skin. Additionally, zinc oxide is known to be a superior anti-inflammatory agent, making it all the more appealing!

Titanium Dioxide is a naturally occurring mineral widely used in cosmetics and sunscreen products because of its ability to reflect UV rays from the skin.  Like Zinc Oxide, titanium dioxide is often micronized because it is occlusive by nature. Unfortunately, titanium does not disappear once applied to the skin. This is often a deterrent for individuals with a darker skin tone.  Zinc Oxide continues to be the favorite physical agent in the sunscreen world.

Many of todays sunscreens also contain chemicals to help make the sunscreen go on easier. Consumer information, can at times, be misleading causing people to believe chemical sunscreens are harmful or sensitizing. More often than not the product’s base ingredients, rather than the active ingredients, cause sensitive skin to react unfavorably.. However, there is some controversy as to how the chemical sunscreens dissolve UV rays. Since chemical sunscreens are absorbed into the skin, the question remains if the UV rays are also being absorbed within the skin. This is an understandable concern, however, chemical sunscreens are proven to absorb UV rays before they cause cutaneous damage. There are many chemical sunscreens in todays market that are deemed safe and highly effective.  Dr. Craig Burkhart, an associate professor of dermatology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, explains.

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Some people are concerned that sunscreens, especially chemical-based ones, can be absorbed through the skin and cause hormonal changes in people. “That came from a study where scientists had the mice bathe in the sunscreen daily and even eat it,” Dr. Burkhart says, “I don’t know of any proof of estrogen-like effects in humans.” He concludes that the benefits of using any sunscreen far outweigh the outside risk of these effects. 

Dermatologists recommend reapplying sunscreen at least every two hours. This is often not practical for women who wear makeup since they are not going to remove their makeup to reapply. The SolarexMD line of sunscreens that I carry is a great solution for this as the SolarexMD sunscreen lasts far longer (up to six hours) It is a fabulous sunscreen for outdoorsy types and will not run into the eyes. Please check out my website and shopping cart for full product details.