Lately I've heard of a couple of instances of people reacting to sunscreen. At first I thought it was an allergy to something in the sunscreen but it could be something much more pervasive.
Some types of sunscreen are made to transform the sun's rays into heat. It's done through a chemical reaction. Lots of chemicals, and some of them aren't healthy.
Below is a low-down on the types of sunscreen.
Some of it is very scary.
And there is good news on the horizon.
What I've found in my life with our children is that often you can give them advice and tell them to eat the right things, stay in shape and wear sunscreen, and they don't really want to listen. But then they hear it from someone else, and they do listen.
~Rick Pitino (sad but in my experience as a parent, true. DL)
Sunscreen, in the world of beauty, is the ultimate in adulting.
June is Melanoma Month. Melanoma is one of the more preventable cancers, yet we often let vanity and/or convenience win over health. Ironically, by letting vanity come into play (getting a tan) and not finding the time to put on sunscreen (not convenient), we are aging our skin (a kick at our vanity) and increasing the chance of melanoma (a very ‘inconvenient’ thing to have).
1. There are 2 main types of sunscreen: chemical and mineral. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.
a) My friend, Tonya Harris*, who has personal and professional knowledge of how toxins affect us, doesn’t like chemical sunscreens because of the neurotoxins and endocrine disruptors they contain. This is especially true for children as they are more sensitive to chemicals, both because their skin is thinner and because they are unable to detoxify as well as an adult.
The chemicals in a chemical sunscreen work by transforming the sun’s rays into heat and dissipating the heat. There have been reports (Global News and CBC) of people experiencing rashes and burns from a chemical sunscreen. I don't know if it is an allergic reaction or because of the way chemical sunscreens work,but either way, there is an alternative in mineral sunscreens.
If you are unsure what type you are using, you are probably using a chemical sunscreen.
b) Mineral sunscreen: Think of a physical block, a small mineral (titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) that deflects the sun. It is sometimes more work to rub in and some brands might have a chalky look. But now there is good news: mineral powders.
Mineral powders are finely ground mineral sunscreen that is applied with a brush. Most recommend putting on the liquid mineral sunblock initially, then topping up with the powder.
Spray on sunscreen, especially with nano, is not recommended. If you do use it, hold your breath when spraying the face, and block the face when spraying the rest of the body. It is especially easy not to apply enough sunscreen when using this mode.
2. Eighty percent of sun damage is done to our skin before the age of 20. Start appropriate skin care early. If you want to keep your skin looking younger, follow the ‘hairline to nipples’ rule, which includes face (and head if no hair or extremely short hair), neck, shoulders, arms, hands and décolletage.
3. Clouds do NOT block the damaging rays. Apply sunscreen on cloudy days as well as sunny days.
4. Most people do not apply enough sunscreen or reapply often enough. Reapply every 2 hours.
5. There is very little protection difference after 30 PFS. Do not buy stronger than 30 PFS.
6. If concerned about using sunscreen and choose not to use it, avoid being in the sun 10:00 am – 2:00 p.m., but especially 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and wear appropriate clothing that blocks the sun, such as a hat.
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*Watch this slide share that Tonya Harris created so you can quickly see what you need to know about sunscreen. Tonya was hoping to get back to me with any new links or info on sunscreens but I waited beyond my deadline without hearing from her (the reason why this newsletter is late). The info on the slide share seems to still be good, based on what I know. Tonya has lately become a best selling author and, needless to say, has a packed schedule.
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