Monday, April 8, 2019

Safe Sunscreen Tips

What is the most important information to know about Sunscreen Choices and making sure that there is excellent UVA and UVB coverage to protect against skin cancer risk?

Our Lemongrass Spa Sports Stick sunscreen is a physical barrier (reflective) sunblock that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. We also do not use nano-particles. Nano-particles absorb as deeply as the bloodstream and should be avoided! Lemongrass Spa Products never uses nano-particles in any of our products and our entire line is also gluten free and cruelty free.

Your family won’t mind using our Sports Stick with 30 SPF because it does not feel sticky or clog your pores. My favorite way to use our Sunscreen Sports Stick is to apply "cheetah" dots and then rub those in. There are a few things that I adore about this when using on my own skin or on young children: you can literally 'see' what you have covered and what you have missed. I recommend the tinted Sunscreen Sports Stick, as this will warm up to your skin tone and not leave you with the white color from the version without the minerals.

Tips from my Doctor about the SPF of 15 versus 30:

“The amount of additional UV blocking from 30 over 15 is trivial. In other words, 45 SPF is not 3 times more blocking than 15). I would use at least 15. Two coats is better than one (like painting a house) and reapplication at 3-4 hours is also important no matter what SPF you choose.” Dr. Becky MD

Note: know yourself! I have to re-apply sunscreen every two hours because I am very fair; waiting three to four hours to re-apply would be a disaster for me!

Here is a helpful definition of SPF from a dermatologist pamphlet:
“SPF is a measurement of how long you can stay in the sun with sunscreen before getting burned. Applying a sunscreen with an SPF of 15, for example, means that it will take 15 times longer for your skin to begin to burn than it would without sunscreen. However, sunscreens should not be used to increase the time you spend in intense sunlight.”

Be sunscreen smart:
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States: An estimated 40 to 50 percent of Americans who live to age sixty-five will get it at least once. Look for full spectrum protection. The safest and most effective sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays and form an actual barrier between your skin and sunlight. Ingredients to look for: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

Go for a High SPF: The American Cancer Society recommends a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Higher SPFS offer more protection, but above SPF 30, there’s not much difference.

Most important, coat the skin, or sunscreen isn’t effective—and reapply frequently (especially on the face, shoulders, neck, forearms, hands and feet) as the lotion breaks down in the sun and comes off in the water.” From Healthy Child Healthy World (book) by Christopher Gavigan

Here is another UVA and UVB description from a pamphlet from a Dermatologist Office:
“UVB Rays:
• Penetrate the outer layer of skin, causing damage to skin cells
• Are the primary cause of sunburn
• Can play a part in the formation of skin cancer with frequent or intense

UVA Rays:
• Can pass through window glass and penetrate deep into the layers of the skin
• Contribute to premature sins of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles
• Can play a part in the formation of skin cancer with frequent or intense

If you use moisturizers and serums, when should you apply sunscreen?

“Which product should I put on my face first? Moisturizer? Sunscreen? Serum?
Answer from Valerie Monroe, Beauty Editor of O Magazine:
“A sunscreen with a physical block like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide can be applied last, after a serum or moisturizer. Apply barrier sunscreens last.”

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