Friday, April 11, 2014

Understanding Sunscreen and Why You NEEDS It!

Choosing the Best Sunscreen   


Yee haw!  The weather has finally warmed up!  I think it's safe to say we are officially out of the polar vortex zone.  Before you head out to garden, hike, blow bubbles, run through fields of daisies, or whatever it is you do outside.  Do not leave the house without the proper protection.
It's been a loooooong winter so this looks like a phenomenal idea!
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There is a myriad of sunscreen products out there and I am here to help you figure out which ones the best for you cause that's how I roll, my peeps! 

  Nothing ages skin faster than the sun and unfortunately one American dies every hour from melanoma, this according to the American Academy of Dermatology.  By now, we all know the importance of sunscreen.  

However most people are not using their sunscreen properly to get the maximum protection.  You are probably applying too little and not frequently enough.  This is the one time when I believe more is better!



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There are two basic types of sunscreen.  Chemical and physical.  Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the suns UV rays before it hits your skin.  A partial list of the active ingredients in a chemical sunscreen is: Helioplex, Avobenzone, Octisalate, Mexoryl SX and XL, and Octylcrylene.  Chemical sunscreens can be irritating to your skin, cause an allergic reaction, and may cause hormone disruption.  Chemical sunscreen must be applied 15-20 minutes before going out in the sun in order to protect your skin.
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There's no doubt about it, I prefer a physical sunscreen.  There a two main ingredients that they contain.  Those ingredients are Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide.  Physical sunscreens work by deflecting and blocking the suns rays.  Also they are not absorbed into your bloodstream like chemical sunscreens.  They protect your skin immediately after you apply it.  Zinc Oxide is generally safe for everyone to use and is the main ingredient in diaper rash creams. 
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  Now that you know the difference between the two types of sunscreens, let's discuss the correct amount you should be applying.  2 tablespoons (a shot glass) is what you should be using on your body.  For your face a dollop the size of a nickel should be sufficient.  Reapply every two hours.  More if you have been swimming or sweating.

Don't skimp when it comes to applying sunscreen. Slather it on!
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What is the difference between UVA and UVB rays?  The easiest way to remember this is A is for aging and B is for burning.  UVA rays are responsible for sun spots, sagging, and wrinkles.  UVA's penetrate deep into the skin regardless of the weather or time of day.  Those dang aging rays are out even if it is sunny, cloudy, rain, or snow and this is why it is so important to apply sunscreen daily.  UVB causes sunburn and can lead to cataracts.  Unfortunately both cause skin cancer.
This 69 year old man drove a truck for 28 years.  Notice how much more wrinkled he is on the side of his face that was exposed to UVA rays consistently.  Your skin remembers every second you are out in the sun. This includes sitting in your car.  This why it is important to apply sunscreen year round.
SPF can be confusing as well.  SPF on sunscreen tells you two things: how long you can stay in the sun and how well the formula filters the sun's rays.  First, take the amount of time you can spend in the sun before turning pink, then multiply that number by the SPF rating, you will get the amount of time you can spend in the sun using that sunscreen.  For example, if you are normally able to stay in the sun for 10 minutes without burning and the SPF of your sunscreen is 20, and you have applied the correct amount then your sunscreen will protect you for 200 minutes before your skin starts to burn. 

*SPF 2 blocks about 50% of UVB rays.
*SPF 10 blocks about 85% of UVB rays.
*SPF 15 blocks about 95 % of UVB rays.
*SPF 30 blocks about 97% of UVB rays.
*SPF 50 blocks about 98% of UVB rays.

Always use an SPF 30 and make sure you chose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays.  
If you have an unopened bottle of sunscreen that is more than 6 months old, toss it in the garbage and buy a new one.  Once you open a bottle it will start to degrade and lose its oomph.
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So tell me....

*Do you always apply sunscreen?

*Do you frequently run through a field of daisies?

*Do you own a bottle of Will Ferrell's sunscreen?

Until next time.  Have a beautiful skin day!  Your Esthetic Goddess,  Susie
                                                                                                                                                                               

48 comments:

  1. I do not wear sunscreen every day and I should, I am very fair. I have never run through a field of daisies, sad, I know and no, I do not own, nor have I ever seen Will's sunscreen....although the pictures made me laugh! ;)

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    1. Kim, if you just make applying sunscreen part of your daily routine then it becomes easier to remember. I totally want Will's sunscreen!!

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  2. I use Cera Ve AM moisturizer every morning, but I'm fairly certain I sweat it away by lunch time. My mom had a melanoma 15 years ago. That was a wake up call for us to be more diligent, but I must admit, I could be doing better.

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    1. My dad had several melanomas removed as did his mom so I am hyper vigilant,Joey. There are two supplements that can help add to you sunscreen protection that you may want to check out. Heliocare and Murad's Sun Guard. You still need to apply you sun screen but for days you know you will be out in the sun for long periods this is extra protection!

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  3. LOVE this, Susie! This post was as informative as it was entertaining! (hee, hee!) So let's get down to the nitty-gritty:

    *Do you always apply sunscreen?
    Not always while we're here in Michigan. (Hanging my head in shame.) But I am a stickler about ALWAYS putting it on the kids. When we're, say, in Florida or Hawaii or at the Jersey Shore, I do always apply it on all of us...

    *Do you frequently run through a field of daisies?
    No, but I'd like to.

    *Do you own a bottle of Will Ferrell's sunscreen?
    Um, I didn't even know there was such a thing. I'm in if it comes in SPF 50. lol I like the 50 for the kids...

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    1. You know, Courtney having fun will learning something is the best way to remember what you learned!

      *All is forgiven as long as you start apply it everyday from now on. I live in Illinois and apply it year round. While you don't have to worry about a sun burn on a cloudy rain day you do need to worry about those pesky UVA (AGING! Yikes!) rays being out no matter what the weather is.

      *I believe we all need to run through a field of daisies or whatever it is like Phoebe from Friends. With our arms flailing!!

      *Save your money on buy SPF 50 and just get the 30. SPF 30 protects you from 97% of the suns damaging rays while SPF 50 protects 98%. And yes there really is such a thing as Will Ferrell sunscreen!! It actually started as a Funny or Die bit but peeps loved it! The cool thing is 100% of the proceeds Cancer for College Scholarship fund.

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  4. Please tell me that Will Ferrel Sunscreen is real... haha :)

    That photo of the truck drivers is amazing. And haunting, as well. I need to step it up.

    I don't always apply sunscreen like I should, but my foundation has spf in it. Do you have input on that?

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    1. Celeste, I am thrilled to inform you that the Will Ferrell Sunscreen is indeed real! It began as a funny or die bit but very quickly peeps really wanted to purchase it. 100% of the proceeds goes to Cancer for College Scholarship.

      Oh, Celeste a very much have a view on that. There was a study done several years ago that discovered in order to get any protection from the sunscreen put into make up you need to put seven layers of make up on! That is ridiculous! I am not a step skipper. I don't like products that claim to do several thing in cream. There is no way they could put the concentration of all the active ingredients into one cream like that. You need different products to address different problems. Of course you realize I am a product whore!

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    2. Your answer was super-helpful! Thanks a bunch! (And I will NOT be putting seven layers of base on... yuck! haha)

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    3. No problemo, Celeste. Anytime I can help feel free to contact me. I'll give you the straight scoop!

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  5. I say EWWW GROSS to Will Ferrell's sunscreen! What is your favorite sunscreen for the face?

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    1. LOL! Megan, I love me some Will! My fave is a sunscreen that a use on my face and body and it's a physical sunscreen. BiON's Titanium Dioxide Sunscreen.

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  6. Great post Susie!!!! I am always on my friends and family to "apply more sunscreen"! It really is a great anti-aging weapon!

    oh, and now I kinda want to run through a field of daisies!!

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    1. Thanks, Shauna! You truly can't apply too much sunscreen!

      I think the Daisy Trot is something we ALL should participate in!

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  7. hah! I do frequently run through fields of daisies, yes.
    I don't wear sunscreen a lot in the winter. New England isn't very sunny then, but I know it's not a good excuse. And I'm prone to breakouts and dry skin so I need a good one for my face!

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    1. Tamara, I knew I could count on you to run through the daisies! Yup, you want to wear sunscreen year round because the UVA (Aging) rays are out even when it's cloudy. Make sure you are exfoliating every 3 or 4 days and no mare then that to help remove dead cells. Also look into taking the supplement DIM to help with your acne. It's made from veggies like cabbage, broccoli, Cauliflower, kale. The cancer fighting veggies. Anyhoo, one of the things this supplement removes the bad estrogen we get from chemicals in our food. Acne is always a symptom of an imbalance in the body. I realize you didn't specifically ask me about your skin but hey, what do you expect from me?! I can't help myself. I help peeps with their skin all day!

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  8. I am pretty BAD when it comes to sun screen! I never really put it on, YIKES! But at the same time, I don't spend hours upon hours out in the blazing sun! If I knew I were going to, then SLATHER ME UP! But I definitely don't put it on daily.

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    1. Gigi, most of the sun damage I see on my clients is from years of damage. It is a cumulative build up. Your skin remembers every second you are outside and the UVA (Aging) rays are out even when it's cloudy out. I may hide outside in your bushes and when you come out dowse you with spray on SPF!

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  9. This was a great post!!! I wish I was taught the importance of sunscreen as a child/teenager.....I have sun spots that are now apparent because I was more about the tan then saving my skin. My kids know better ....they know the importance of sunscreen and that cooking oil is for the kitchen NOT your body!!

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    1. Back then none of this information was available. Nor was the choice of sunscreen. The cool thing, Jolene is you can reverse that sun damage with the correct treatments and products!

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  10. This is such an important post. I know someone who had melanoma on her arm. She first noticed the blue spot when it was the size of a pin head. By the time she went to the dermatologist it was the size of a dime and had begun to itch. It looked like someone had written on her arm with a blue ball-point pen. The cancer had spread to her lymph nodes. She has been cancer-free now for 3-years, but can’t help wish she had gone to the doctor sooner. Her mother also had skin cancer on her arm and she admits spending many a weekend burning her fair skin at the beach when her husband was stationed in Virginia. Also, fabulous tips on selecting a skin-screen. I usually just buy what is on sale, but have been purchasing SPF30. I have very fair skin too and almost always burn. Secrets – when I was a teenager I may have used baby oil. The result was not good.

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    1. Savvy, My dad and his mom both had melanoma which is one reason why I am such a sunscreen nazi! Back then everyone used baby oil because we didn't know any better. The information just wasn't out there. When tanning beds came out they were advertising them as safer than the sun and it is the exact opposite. 20 minutes in a tanning bed is equal to am entire day in the sun!

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  11. Wow! That picture of the truck driver is so telling!

    I started making sure my moisturizers and makeup all had sunscreen in them about seven years ago. I live in Arizona so it's imperative I sun screen up all the time. I love laying out in the sun but I don't love cancer so sunscreen and spray tans it is!

    Visiting from SITS!

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    1. Shauna, a study came out several years ago stating you need to apply 7 layers of make up in order to get any kind of protection from the sunscreen in it so I urge you to please apply a good sunscreen before your make up. Also checkout Murad's Sunguard. This is a supplement that will boost the protection of your sunscreen.

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  12. So glad to see you writing about the importance of sunscreen! This is something EVERYONE needs to read!

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    1. Thanks, Emily! It really is important. My dermatologist has had his practice for over 30 years. He told me that when he first began all his skin cancer patients were older folks. Now because of the popularity of tanning beds his youngest is 18!

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  13. Oh yes...big believer in sunscreen around here...and my dermatologist totally told both my kids last time we were there that they have to wear it EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. or I could ground them! ;)-Ashley

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  14. Living in Florida, these tips and this list is a must! Thanks for sharing, Susie :-)

    Love and Luck,

    Laurali Star

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    1. You're very welcome, Laurali! Slather it on!

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  15. Thank you for this! We always put sunscreen on! Better to be safe than sorry.

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  16. I wear sunscreen every day, but I wear a chemical one unless I'm heading for a full day outside. The titanium dioxide seems unreasonable to wear daily on my face under makeup, because it is thicker and WHITE. And then, I can't imagine applying it every two hours over my makeup again. So, I am wondering if you know of a "daily use" brand of physical sunscreen and do you use a physical sunscreen every day?

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    1. Nicole, I do wear a physical sunscreen under my make up everyday and don't have a problem with that. I use BiON's Titanium Dioxide Sunscreen. I also will take Murad's Sun Guard if I know I will be outside in the sun. This is a supplement that offers sun protection but it is important to still apply sun screen when taking these. This can help with the make up issue.

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  17. So I used to want to be cool and super tan. But now that I'm not a teenager or in my early twenties I realize that getting sunburned first of all huuuuuuuurts and secondly is horrible for my skin. So I do a much better job of using it now and always slather my kids in it. Too bad when we're teenagers we think we know so much. . .

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    1. Man wouldn't it be great if we could go back in time and tell our younger selves a thing or too!

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  18. Thank you for the reminder! I need to get a new bottle on my next shopping trip. I don't use Will's lol ! I do look for Paba free. After reading your article I'm seriously considering getting away from the chemicals. Enjoy the beautiful weather :)
    With Aloha...

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    1. I have been using physical sunscreens for a while now. Do you know Will's is an actually sunscreen?! Yup it's for reals! Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. I have had skin cancer, so you can imagine how I feel about sunscreen. It is a given, all year round. I apply sunscreen EVERY DAY. I have probably tried 300 different sunscreens. No lie. I am always on the lookout for a good sunscreen for my face that sits well under mineral makeup without making it cakey. I have tried everything from cheap stuff to super expensive and still am on the hunt.
    While I prefer a physical sunscreen for various reasons (not the least of which is my rosacea) I find they are goopier (totally a word) under makeup than chemical sunscreens (although they make my skin burn).
    What's your favorite physical sunscreen for your face? --Lisa

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    1. Lisa, I can so relate as my dad and his mom both had melanoma so I am hyper-vigilant about my sunscreen too! The physical sunscreens are thicker so sure. My fave right now is BiON's Titanium Dioxide Sunscreen. I also take Murad's Sunguard supplements everyday in the summer in addition to my sunscreen. These supplements are made from pomegranate extract which is a major antioxidant. These babies protect you from the inside out!

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  20. I had no idea about the two different types of sunscreens! I see what you recommended to Lisa above. I will check that out.

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    1. Carla, It is so amazing the amount of different sunscreens that are on the market now! Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day!

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  21. Great information! thank you so much for sharing. The picture of the truck driver is so very, very telling!
    ~Stacey from www.positivelystacey.com

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    1. It is eye opening isn't it, Stacey! Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day!

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  22. I try to always wear sunblock. But I only have 15 spf the products that I use. So now (that it's getting warmer) I will start using sunblock 1st & then the cream/powder with spf. I have really light skin & burn easily. That is pretty freaky about the truck driver.
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    1. I'm very pale too, Kimberly and have to be careful as well. It is a freaky picture and very telling!
      Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day!

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