• 26May
    Sun protection

    The number of skin cancer cases is going upward every year. The good news is there has been an explosion of sun protection products to prevent the disease.  As the number of people who are becoming aware of the need for sun protection is increasing, sunscreen lotions and creams are taking the lion’s share of sun protection products in the market.

    Hundreds of sunscreen brands are claiming to be the best sunscreens in the business making it confusing for many customers. The question as to which sunscreen is best for you can be answered by understanding what sunscreens are for, what they are made of, and how you should use them.

    Sunscreen is a chemical used to prevent ultraviolet radiation from hurting the skin. UVA and UVB are two types of ultraviolet radiation that can damage the skin and cause skin cancer. UVA penetrates more into the skin compared to the latter and is known to be the main cause of skin wrinkling, sagging, and skin cancer itself. UVB on the other hand causes sunburn. Though sunscreens may not totally get rid of any UV damage to the skin, it can protect the skin when used properly.

    UVA protection can be measured on a ranking of 1-4, low to high. When you see “broad spectrum” in a sunscreens label, it means that it contains chemicals like Zinc Oxide, Parsol, and Mexoryl that prevents radiation from penetrating the skin. Some sunscreens also have a chemical called Helioplex which can make other chemicals last longer in the skin.

    You may also want to look at SPF, or Sun Protection Factor. SPF is used to measure the ability of a sunscreen to prevent UV Radiation from damaging the skin. To make it easier to understand, the more SPF’s the better. Some sunscreens come with an SPF 15 which blocks approximately 93% of UVB rays. The best sunscreens have higher SPF’s that can block 93-99% of UV Radiation. It remains a fact however, that no sunscreen can really protect you a hundred percent from UV rays.

    Sunscreens come in many forms including creams, gels, sprays, moisturizers, and more. The choice depends on what you think will feel good on your skin and which is easier to apply. If you are planning on swimming or doing activities that will make you sweat a lot, look for water resistant sunscreens.

    Sunscreens can be weighed by their ability to protect against UVA and UVB Radiation. As a general rule, always look for “broad spectrum”, “water resistant”, and “SPF”. Aside from those three, you also need to know that no sunscreen is expected to stay in effect for longer than two hours, meaning you need to reapply before the time is up.

    Sometimes the effectiveness of even the best sunscreens in the market depends on how you use them, where you use them, and how long you stay under the sun. If you carefully consider these things, then choosing the best sunscreen for sun protection is an easy task.

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  • 18Aug

    Not all sunscreens are created equal. Listen to an explanation of how they
    work to reduce the risk of sunburn, early skin aging and cancer. And read
    the Consumer Update at

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  • 23Jun

    My TOP ANTI-AGEING TIP is to wear a sunscreen on your face, neck and back-of-hands every day that efficiently screens ageing UVA rays that are equally strong all year! And lead to fine lines, wrinkles, freckling, pigmentation and sagging.

    I recommend natural mineral sunscreens that contain nonnano zinc oxide (just in case nano zinc does in fact enter the bloodstream). Zinc oxide is the most effective, most stable and safest sunscreen ingredient; excellent at protecting your skin from ageing UVA rays year round and burning UVB in summer.

    My fave everyday sunscreen for the face is Suntegrity because despite being nonnano and 20% zinc oxide it massages in practically clear and it’s truely nongreasy but is also nondrying and is an amazing primer under make-up. Men can use and darker skin tones too because it rubs in clear. LOVE IT.

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    Sunscreen, moisturiser and make-up primer in one.

    • Anti-ageing
    • High factor SPF30 and broad spectrum (UVA + UVB)
    • 20% non-nano zinc oxide — great photostable UVA screen
    • Non-greasy
    • Non-whitening
    • Contains anti-oxidants including astaxanthin
    • For all skin-types
    • Great over moisturiser or alone
    • A little goes a long way
    • Lovely orangey scent
    • Cruelty free and vegan (PETA & Leaping Bunny Cert.)

    Tina’s tips: You only need a large pea-sized amount for your face as Suntegrity is a mineral based sunscreen (unlike chemical sunscreens where you need a teaspoon amount to get the SPF). Dot around your face and then blend. Then do the same for your neck. The texture is fairly thick but greaseless and spreads surprisingly easily priming your skin perfectly for make-up. I find this easiest to apply over a little moisturiser. I also pat a tiny amount around the eye area. Also lovey for back-of-hands.

    NO: Parabens, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oils, Synthetic Dyes, Sulfates, Paba, Titanium Dioxide, Petrochemicals, Nan-Particals or Chemical UV Absorbers.

    ACTIVE INGREDIENT: Zinc Oxide 20%

    OTHER INGREDIENTS: Water (Purified), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice**, Capric Caprylic Triglycerides, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Jojoba Oil**, Cetyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt), Sunflower Oil**, Cucumber Extract**, Hyaluronic Acid, Green Tea Extract**, Pomegranate Oil**, Red Algae Extract, Astaxanthin, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil,Citrus Reticulata Blanco (Tangerine) Essential Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Essential Oil, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide*, Ethylhexylglycerin*

    *Paraben-free anti-microbial agent.
    **Certified Organic Ingredients

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  • 16Jun

    Sunscreen chemicals are hazardous to our health and the environment. After 40 years of use, the incidences of melanoma and skin cancers have continually climbed rather than being reduced as they have been promoted to do.

    Dr. Plourde presents highlights from her book Sunscreens — Biohazard: Treat as Hazardous Waste. Pervasive use has led to these chemicals now being found in the 97% Americans’ blood streams even in 90% of those who claim to never have used them. The result is that sunscreen chemicals are now found in the lakes, rivers, and oceans of the world, leading to plankton and coral death. Potent hormones, mice demonstrate both general and reproductive problems, and fish exposed to them become what researchers term “intersex”, as well as identified to be accumulating in larger species up the food chain. Passing through the blood-brain barrier, as well a through the placenta, they are capable of killing brain cells and causing DNA deletions in mice offspring.
    The book includes an entire chapter on the antioxidants that have been proven to protect the skin from solar radiation, allowing chemical-free safe time in the sun.

    This presentation was recorded at the Doctors Symposium at the 2011 Cancer Control Society Convention in Los Angeles. The slides shown were taken from Dr. Plourde’s book: Sunscreens — Biohazard: Treat as Hazardous Waste.

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  • 09Jan

    Facial sunblocks UVA/UVB broadspectrum that I like:
    ALBA botanica SPF 30 Facial sunblock (UVA/UVB broadspectrum)
    Clarins UV PLUS Protective Day Screen SPF 40
    Clinique City Sheer Dry Block SPF 25 or 40
    La Roche Posey Anthelios XL, SPF 40 (TEST on animals!) BUT it has Mexoryl ingredient.

    1) FACT: SPF does not always block UVA rays. UVA rays lead to aging; UVB rays are responsible for sun burns. Check that your sunscreen has one of the following UVA blockers: Titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone, or more efficient Ecamule (Mexoryl SM) which is present in La Roche Posey Anthelios Line (warning: they test on animals!)

    2) FACT: Sunscreen does expire. Check your bottle for expiration date. Change your sunscreen every season and store in a cool, dry place.

    3) FACT: Some medications can make you more vulnerable to sun damage and sun burns. Tetracyclines, diuretics, and painkillers such as Aleve and
    ibuprofen—all increase your chances of getting sun burn! Make sure you apply plenty of broad-spectrum sunblock.

    4) FACT: some natural foods can increase your natural protection. Lycopene (fond in tomatoes, guava, watermelon, and pink grapefruit) is a POTENT antioxidant and can boost your own natural protection against sun. DON’T replace your sunscreen with fruits, instead add fruits and veggies rich in lycopene to your summer diet!

    5) FACT: labels can lie. Don’t believe everything that labels say =) Claims that sunblock is waterproof and lasts all day–are just claims and marketing strategy (in many cases). Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or every time you swim.

    6) FACT: SPF numbers can be deceiving. SPF 30 does NOT give 2X protection as SPF 15. SPF 30 blocks 93% of UVB (burning) rays; SPF 30 blocks 97%. SPF 50– 98%. and SPF 100–99%! So there is not much difference between SPF 30 and SPF 100. Remember, SPF is calculated based on logarithmic scale. SPF 30 is standard and SPF below 15 is not good enough.

    7) FACT: Makeup with SPF ALONE is NOT sufficient. First of all, SPF is meant to be applied liberally onto skin. Average adult needs 1/2 a teaspoon for face and neck. Given that, you wouldn’t usually apply that much foundation on, would you? It is best to use special sunblock formulated for the face. Apply it under your makeup or on top of it. It is always better to reapply often. Try Clinique Sheer City Block in SPF 25 or 40–under your makeup/ It can also be applied on top–when you reapply it.

    8) MYTH: Vitamin D can only be obtained through sun exposure. Vitamin D is found in foods like milk, eggs and salmon (to name a few). Therefore, you can obtain a healthy doze of vitamin D through your food—no sun necessary!

    9) MYTH: Only layer of sunscreen closest to the skin surface provides you with SPF protection. Some sunblocks (such as physical sunblocks) work better when they are actually applied on top of makeup (they work by reflecting rays, just like a mirror. )

    10) MYTH: beach and all sun activities must be avoided at all times. C’mon; protected, safe sun is not bad for you. There is nothing wrong with spending a day at the beach, given that you apply your broad-spectrum sunscreen 20 minutes before the first exposure and reapply it every 2 hours or after each swim. Avoid peak sun hours (11 AM-4PM).

    Be smart. Be protected. Stay healthy.
    Enjoy your safe summer!

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