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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.