What is your first line of protection from the sun? Almost all of you will answer with the utmost confidence, SUNSCREEN!
However, if you have been keeping up with the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) or Consumer Reports recently regarding sunscreen, you may have changed your tune. Please don’t, because Information is key in such situations, and I am here to tell you that sunscreen is a necessity to protect your skin.
Until recently, sunscreens have not been evaluated by the FDA, but recent concerns from the beauty industry have led to not only researching the active ingredients in sunscreens, but providing more guidelines for what is safe and how they are labeled.
One of the three major chemicals that the FDA has included in their study, oxybenzone, is the most common sunscreen ingredient found in over two thirds of the sunscreens sold in America. Oxybenzone is absorbed by the skin and ends up in the bloodstream when used in accordance with directions. When applied every hour, these chemicals are finding their way into the bloodstream and staying for up to 24 hours. While researchers warn that more testing is needed, oxybenzone has been linked to lower testosterone in adolescent boys, shortened pregnancies, and lower birth weight in newborns. It’s enough to make you question whether or not it is time to switch to a mineral based sunscreen.
Mineral sunscreens work differently than their chemical based counterparts in several ways. First, the minerals used in organic sunscreen are NOT absorbed by the body. Second, the chemicals used in traditional sunscreens act as a converter for the sun’s rays, turning them into heat before damaging the skin, whereas the minerals in organic sunscreen literally stop the sun’s rays in its tracks. Lastly, mineral sunscreens continue to work in the water and while you sweat without causing harm.
With skin cancer being the most diagnosed cancer in the world and the total annual diagnoses outnumbering ALL OTHER CANCERS COMBINED, you have to consider that switching to a mineral sunscreen makes much more sense than not using a sunscreen at all. Melanoma accounts for only 1% of skin cancers, but carries the highest death rate. Did you know that not wearing sunscreen for one day on vacation is the equivalent of visiting a tanning bed twice? For those of us that grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, that honestly doesn’t sound so scary. This should alarm you because using an indoor tanning bed before the age of 35 increases your chances of getting melanoma by 57%!
I have recently made the switch to mineral sunscreen for many reasons. At first, it was because my old brand was damaging to the ozone, coral reefs, and boat interiors. We visit the Virgin Islands often, so these were all very important factors for me. Then, I started thinking about how much time and effort I put into deciding which products I use on my face and realized that I should be doing the same for my body. I couldn’t have been more pleased with my decision after my trial run in St. John last week. I normally experience one bad burn during my first exposure to the summer sun, but with the Eminence Vanilla Body Sunscreen, I didn’t even get the smallest hint of pink. I couldn’t believe how much protection the Eminence products provided. There were a few other perks as well. I didn’t get the dry, sticky feeling that my other sunscreen had left on me, and I didn’t break out. Also, I didn’t smell like chemicals, which was a huge plus, and my skin was well moisturized since the mineral based sunscreen doesn’t dissolve with water or sweat. There was no burning sensation when applied and no rash or irritation after a long day in the water.
Eminence Organics released not one, not two, but three new options for healthier sunscreen this year. Eminence has been at the forefront of results driven, organic skincare since its conception in the early 1960’s. I strongly recommend doing your own research on the subject, but in the meantime, stop by and see us at The SkinCare Boutique @ Nitsas and try some of the great mineral sunscreens that we keep in stock all year!
The SkinCare Boutique @Nitsa’s