AVOID TOXIC SUNSCREENS

sunscreenAs the summer sun continues to heat things up, UVA and UVB protection should be a priority. As the leading cause in skin cancer, sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, UVA/UVB rays are extremely harmful.

According to Skin Cancer Foundation, the sun protection factor, or SPF, indicates the length of time it takes for UV rays to redden skin. For example, a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 will take 30 minutes longer to redden the skin. Sunscreens with SPF 15 protection screen 93% of the sun’s UVB rays; SPF 30 screens 97%; SPF 50 screens 98%.

The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit dedicated to protecting human health and the environment, identified some of the most harmful ingredients found in sunscreens in department store brands and drug store brands.

By sorting through the level of toxicity of FDA-approved ingredients commonly found in sunscreens, the EWG’s sunscreen guide noted Oxybenzone as one of the most toxic ingredients. With a skin penetration level of 1% to 9%, Oxybenzone interferes with the body’s hormone system.

The most important part of the guide? EWG’s approved brands that scored well in regards to chemical penetration from ingredients, skin allergies and other toxicity concerns.

Jan Marini, La Roche-Posay, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare (formerly MD Skincare), NIA24 and Skinceuticals are all available on TheBeautyPlace.com at competitive prices.

Below are some of the best SPF picks that are EWG approved and TBP Editor approved:

La Roche Posay Anthelios 30 Cooling Water-Lotion Sunscreen

La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Face Mineral Tinted Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid

SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50

SkinCeuticals Sport UV Defense SPF 50

NIA24 Sun Damage 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention UVA/UVB Sunscreen SPF 30

Have a question about your sunscreen? Let us know!

Quick Beauty Tip – What To Apply Around Your Eyes

Apply Higher SPF Around The Eyes

You don’t have to be a total beauty maven to know the importance of applying SPF to your skin before sun exposure, but you may not have realized that you should be applying a higher SPF around your eyes. Since the skin is much more delicate and thin in this area, dab on a drop of higher SPF 30 minutes before going in the sun!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

“Drink Responsibly”.

You’ve heard that phrase many times before, but this time we mean it in a totally different way. While you’re having fun in the sun & sipping on a Margarita, or Corona with lime, you’re putting your skin at serious risk. The month of May is Skin Cancer Awareness month, and we want to be sure that all of our readers take extra precautions to protect their skin.

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The combination of citrus on your skin that is exposed to the sun can cause a severe chemical burn. The reaction is called phytophotodermatitis. The severity can vary based on exposure, but we also like the phrase “better safe than sorry”.

One of the worst parts about this scary situation, is that you cannot feel it happening. 24 hours after exposure, your skin will blister, and trust us it is PAINFUL! Not to mention, the burns can leave permanent scars.

To prevent this painful reaction, wash any skin exposed to citrus immediately before returning to the sunshine. This includes the sides of your mouth!

Now pass the guacamole! Ole!

From Ultra to Coachella: Festival Essentials

festival-guide1. Backpack (Where are you going to keep everything? Check the festival guidelines first though, you may have to get something smaller.)

2. Suncreen (Apply and reapply some more!)

3. Mirror (Quick teeth check, quick makeup check)

4. Lip Balm (Avoid chapped lips and select one with SPF protection)

5. Travalo (Small enough to take your favorite perfume with you.)

6. OPI Chip Skip (Who wants a chipped mani?)

7. Cheap Sunglasses (Protect your eyes but avoid having your Ray Bans trampled over.)

8. iPhone Case (This case is convenient to keep cash, ID and credit cards within your reach for emergencies.)

 

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