Sunscreens…..The Good, The Bad, and the Really Really Bad

🌤1 in 4 have a severe reaction to sunscreens

⛱Chemical Sunscreens work by creating a chemical reaction, changing UV rays into heat, then releasing that heat from the skin. Sounds counter productive, but that’s how it works. Its also made with….chemicals. Chemicals like Benzene, which is also a carcinogen.

😢Sunscreens can cause significant irritation, photosensitive reactions, welts, even burns. Particularly chemical sunscreens.

😳To make it even more confusing, some manufacturers make a chemical and physical sunscreen combo.

🌱Physical or Mineral sunscreens (usually made with zinc oxide), work by sitting on top of the skin to deflect and scatter damaging UV rays away from the skin. It’s a physical barrier from the sun.

👙SPF 30 gives your skin a protection percentage of 97%. SPF 50 gives your skin a protection percentage of 98%. Either is adequate. The difference in protection is just 1%

🏄Your sunscreen should always go on last. Its your barrier from the sun.

🧴Your Sunscreen should be a separate product from your Moisturizer. Your sunscreen sits on top to protect. Your moisturizer is meant to absorb. They do totally different things and should not be combined.

🛢You can still find formaldehyde in cosmetic products like hair straightening products and nail polish, and eye lash glue, in the US. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review found this ingredient safe to use in the U.S. Which essentially means, just because its sitting on the shelf for sale, to you, does not ensure its safe for you.

❌The number of banned ingredients in cosmetic products in the US – 11….In Canada – 500…..In the UK/EU – over 1300. The EU has the most comprehensive list of banned ingredients in personal products.

💄Parabens are common cosmetic, hair care and beauty product preservatives. They are also found in food to prolong shelf life. Methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, isoproylparaben, are some common names. Parabens have been linked to breast cancer, skin cancer, and decreased sperm count.

🇬🇧 Five different parabens have been completely banned in the UK, the rest are strictly regulated. In the U.S., the FDA does not believe that parabens present a danger to health when used in cosmetics. They are widely used in the US and Canada.

If your skin won’t clear up. If your hair won’t grow past a certain length. If you can’t get a handle on excessive hair loss. If your skin is oily. If your skin is angry or irritated. If your sunscreen is burning the skin off your face. Then start looking towards your products and their ingredients. You’re not naturally destined to thin hair and broken skin. There is always a reason.

It’s a helpless feeling to have your skin turn into raging angry turmoil. So when a client reached out to me this past weekend, I could feel her anxiety. The summary of the conversation, ingredients really do matter. Your skin, hair, your entire body, is a massive sponge. It takes in every topical you use. That’s really the whole thing about it. Carcinogens do not belong in your personal products.

😎When you can enter a country with the strictest cosmetic ingredient restrictions on the planet, with a new product line, and not change one single ingredient…..Then to me, you have legitimacy. That’s what I provide. That’s what I hope I bring to my clients. That I am the person they turn to for solutions. That’s my favorite part of what I do. Always here.

When Sunscreen Burns
Zinc Sunscreen with Hyaluronic Acid. For the love of your skin.

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