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Choosing the right sunscreen

The sun ages your skin. The sun damages the DNA in skin cells. The sun enables skin cancers. If any of that bothers you, then wear a sunscreen every single day (rain or shine). BUT NOT JUST ANY SUNSCREEN!

I go on about sunscreen ad nauseum with my clients and get little support from dermatologists or dumb beauty editors who just say that wearing an SPF 30 is all you need to know. I had dermatologists (and even my surgeon who removed my melanoma) say that any SPF 30 is OK. Well it’s NOT OK!

The most important aspect of a sunscreen is the active ingredient list. It may be only 1 or 2 ingredients – both of which are inorganic minerals – Zinc Oxide and Titanium DiOxide. NOTHING ELSE MAY BE IN THE ACTIVE INGREDIENTS LIST. The vast majority of sunscreens you can buy have active ingredients that are not Zinc Oxide and/or Titanium DiOxide. The fact that it feels nice/sinks in/looks good/whatever is absolutely irrelevant when we are talking about the issues in paragraph 1 above….

At least I have an ally in Dr Kundu at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine…she states ‘she personally uses SPF 30 sunscreen with the active ingredient zinc oxide, a natural ingredient that physically — instead of chemically — blocks both UVA and UVB rays.’ I just wish she had not used the word ‘blocks’ – no sunscreen is a sunblock (FDA ruling) and scientifically only an unattractive thick mineral emulsion cream or a cardboard box can provide sun blocking effects….all other pleasing lotions are called sunscreens because they screen out a large amount of the suns damaging UV rays.

The mineral sunscreens at the Blue Turtle Spa shop provide attractive yet powerful support for the issues in paragraph 1 above…anti aging, anti damage, anti cancer….

Check out the YouTube channel SkinCareTV to learn more about sun and sunscreen facts as well as sunscreen myths.

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.

Anti agingly feeding your skin organically – not sensationally addictively marketingly!

How exactly does one do this? Strictly speaking it is impossible to feed the skin – one feeds one’s body and all organs benefit therefrom (the skin is an organ), but lack of accuracy would never get in the way of marketing hype now would it? The mountains of marketing hype from skin care companies is overwhelming, but when you add in the food industry, the overall intensity of marketing hype becomes nauseating. Everything has to be sensationally addictive, or addictively sensational (the most biggest best ever!)…. I’m sure anti-agingly and addictively are not legal adverbs  but that in itself underscores the inaccuracy of marketing speak…and so too, in marketing speak, there is more than one way to decipher exactly what I mean when I title the article ‘feeding your skin organically’ when one determines what ‘organically’ means relative to the inaccurate description of ‘feeding the skin’…. 🙂

The simple truth is that whatever you put IN your body will impact your skin! So why not make that impact a positive one rather than a negative one?

The essential approach to good skin care is:

1. Start with a nutritious daily diet.

2. Always treat your skin sensitively – no harsh or aggressive skin care products.

3. Find ways to reduce your stress levels….and count your blessings not your short comings….

So what about this nutrition thing????? It’s hard to get good nutrition facts because of marketing hype, and if we didn’t study nutrition at school, how are we to know? The answer – just be basic and eat like the animal we are! Why the heck did Mother Nature put fruit and vegetables on this planet? To make it look and smell pretty? They are there for us to eat…in their organic raw natural form.

We are organic beings and every fruit and vegetable on this planet is organic. Organic means that you and the plants are carbon based. Carbon is the basis of life on this planet. I always state that eating 5 fruit and 5 vegetable servings every day is essential for healthy and balanced skin – and such skin will naturally look and act in a more youthful way.

I recently discovered this blog, Authority Nutrition, that deletes the marketing hype and exposes just the scientific facts about food and fads. They claim to have 6 million readers, so the 2 people who read my blog may well know about them already 🙂

In their recent blog entry on the 20 nutrition facts that should be common sense, I would start at #20 – Blaming new health problems on old foods doesn’t make sense… Eating naturally is what we are supposed to do – processed/refined/modified food is not….even if the marketers call it ‘organic’ processed refined modified food (#19). Then #17 – Health claims on packaging should never be trusted, and my favourite, #3 – The mainstream media should never be trusted for nutrition information…. Of note is #9, Feeding your gut bugs, as this has been a topic of some of my blogs recently that discuss how mistreating our skin bacteria can lead to, and enhance, sensitive skin

I also recommend that you check out this video of comedian Tom Naughton delivering a funny (sic!) presentation on how science and marketing skew the facts to prove their point and make us spend money….and in the end it all comes back down to the 20 common sense nutrition facts mentioned above 🙂

Once you have happy, healthy, balanced skin, we can look at ways that new anti-aging skin care products may help you look even better 🙂 And by the by, eating fruit and vegetables is the most cruelty free form of skin care!