31 Day Skin Care Re-Boot Challenge- Day 6
Purchase a high quality professional- level sunscreen and USE IT!!
All sun protection is not created equal. There is a difference between professional- level sun protection and over-the-counter sun protection.
Being well-informed about which type of sunscreen to purchase lies in understanding the difference between Physical Sunscreens and Chemical Sunscreens. Choosing a sunscreen that won’t irritate your skin or cause an allergic reaction is paramount in your choice.
Looking for cutting edge technology? There’s a NEW sunscreen that allows the body to produce vitamin D. Deficiencies of vitamin D have been on the rise over the last few decade due to the use of sunscreen and sunblock. “Solar D” was designed with compounds with differing filter compositions to maximize vitamin D production while maintaining it’s sun protection,” says Michael F. Holick, Ph. D., M.D., professor of medicine , Boston University , School of Medicine.
“These products contain natural minerals that physically sit on top of the skin in order to block damaging ultraviolet rays. A few examples of ingredients in physical sunscreens include titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. In cheaper over- the-counter physical sunscreens, the solution can be thick and messy, producing a white sheen and leaving behind residue.” ~Courtney Freeman, Pura Medical Spa~
“This type of sunscreen is completely absorbed by the skin in order to provide an underlying protection through ingredients, such as oxybenzone and octinoxate. Certain chemical sunscreen ingredient can cause potential skin irritations and allergic reactions if formed improperly.” ~ Courtney Freeman, Pura Medical Spa~
Professional Level Additives
The following additives are found in professional -level sunscreens and provide the highest level protection and least amount of irritation. When it comes to sun protection, not skimping on quality is key to getting the best results possible.
- Tocopherol– Vitamin E – an anti- oxidant that has anti- inflammatory properties .
- Hyaluronic Acid– is found naturally in your skin, holds 1,000 times it’s weight in water, maintains hydration.
- Palmitoyl Pentapeptide 3– A lipopeptide- shown to increase collagen and hyaluronic acid synthesis to improve the appearance of wrinkles.
- Iron Oxide-natural colorant- flesh tone tint
- Panthenol– Form of vitamin B5, helps stabilize moisture content and increase skin’s hyaluronic acid content.
- Dimethicone– silicon polymer that conditions and protects the skin, assists with spreadability of product.
Basic Sunscreen Ingredients
- Zinc Oxide
- Titanium Dioxide
Check out my favorite health advocate, Food Babe, to find out all you need to know about safe sun protection !
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Written by : Alice wilcox
July 21, 2016
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American Spa May 2016