Everyone should wear sunblock, 365 days a year. Why? Because ALL skin burns, even Black, Latino and darker Asian skin. The single most important skincare product you can use is SUNBLOCK in the morning.
There is NO SUCH THING AS A “BASE TAN“! Tanning is your skin’s reaction to prolonged sun exposure. Melanin rushes to the skin’s surface when it is burning to protect itself. It may look sexy to some, but after years of sun exposure wrinkled, dry, sagging skin is definitely NOT SEXY!
Why Sunblock? Sunscreens are typically man-made chemical compounds and they do not block harmful UVA rays. Those may not directly cause cancer but they DO cause a breaking down of the skin and advanced aging and lines and wrinkles and spots(oh my). Sunscreens MUST be applied at least 25 minutes BEFORE sun exposure or they will not work. Traces of sunscreens have been found in the liver, where they can block healthy liver function.
The natural full blocks are titanium dioxide and zinc. Zinc is the better of the two. It is now formulated to be clear in color and non-comedogenic(cannot clog pores nor enter the blood stream). Organic sunblock made with zinc is best. You do not need to apply a ton of it and you do not need to wait 25 min. or more before going outside.It can be used in smaller amounts yet be effective.
Newer formulations utilize nano-particles of zinc which have not been shown to cause any harmful effects in that particle size. They are clear, come in hydrating & matte formulations and contain wonderful anti-aging ingredients such as resveratrol & peptides. I sell a large tube for about $40 and it is safe enough for young children and able to withstand long weekends river rafting in the sun!
What do you use? Leave a comment!