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Jul 6th

Summer Skin: Sunscreen Mania

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It’s summertime, and there’s not many things I love more than to sit in the sun and enjoy the warm rays. And if you’re like me, you probably can’t wait to lounge out on your back porch or nearby patio and kick back.

You would think that applying SPF on your skin means healthy protection, and it should make you feel like you’re doing something good for yourself. However, sadly this is not always the case. Toxic sunscreens can be counter-productive with some dangerous side-effects. I’m not sure why these not-so-protective sunscreens even exist. These particular sunscreens that you find in your drugstores have been linked to birth defects, cancer, and other health issues.

Wearing SPF is important to protect your skin from sun damage, however just like you still tan with sunscreen on, you still damage your skin because tanned skin is damaged skin. Even though a tan may look nice, you want to make sure that you’re not overdoing it because you may not see the effects until much further down the road. For example, when you burn your nose as a child, freckles may not be apparent until years later because the skin is being damaged at a deeper cellular level.

Here are some all-natural ingredients with SPF properties to help protect your skin:

Red Raspberry Seed Oil – SPF 28 to 50

Carrot Seed Oil – SPF 38 to 40

Wheatgerm Oil – SPF 20

Non-GMO Soybean Oil – SPF 10

Avocado Oil – SPF 4 to 15

So, what to do if you already have hyper-pigmentation (sun spots) that you want to be rid of?
Exfoliating products will be your best friend as they remove the surface skin layers and speed-up cell turnover revealing fresh healthy skin. Just be careful that once you’ve achieved your skin goals via exfoliation, don’t forget to continue to protect it from the sun.

Here are some brands/products that I’ve come across that have impressive benefits for the skin and offer sun protection:

Demalogica – we carry this product in SPF 50 at Laya

Coola

Elta MD

Badger

Enjoy the summer while it’s here!

Until next time,
Vanessa XO

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