Sunblock Breakdown

Summer means sultry days and scorching rays, which doesn’t just chisel years off your face – leaving wrinkles in its wake – but can also take years of your life too. But it’s all avoidable – just by taking the time to apply some much-needed sun blockage. A recent study revealed that 73 percent of sunscreens don’t even work and some can even cause harm! So: If you’re spending hours in the sun this summer, you must find the brand which does what it promises.


Consider mineral sunscreens which contain nanoparticles which don’t leave that white, chalky residue on the skin while still protecting from harmful UVA rays. I discovered this Supergoop 10″ percent mineral based light must sunscreen which blends to a dry touch finish and feels marvelous on the skin and it’s SPF50. Target carries a very inexpensive mineral based sunscreen from Honest Company – completely devoid of additives which can irritate and take away from sunscreen properties.


European sunscreens are known to work very well. I adore this La Roche Posay at Very high protection ultra-light fluid SPF50 will do the trick every time. Easy to get and easy to use to your advantage! It’s even recommended for facial use.


Just for fun, I couldn’t resist this Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum sunscreen. With SPF 30 and a formulation loaded with potent antioxidants to help defend against all the bad stuff out there in the environment (!) it’s ideal for everyday use and won’t leave any annoying residue on your skin – it only uses clean, non-toxic ingredients like grape juice and sunflower extracts.


If you want to go the tried and true route, grab this multipack from Neutrogena…beach strength protection in SPF 70 with a soft touch body mist and a facial lotion. You just can’t go wrong with a Neutrogena product…they’ve been tested for decades and they’re still going full force so no worries here!



Board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Danielle Brenza of the Ageless Skin and Laser Center in Southern New Jersey specializes in techniques for keeping skin revitalized and glowing. As she so aptly put it, “To sun or not to sun – that is the question!” And you can trust her to have all the answers!! As she explains it, sun exposure lowers blood pressure, improves bone health and even revs up brain function to help you feel better and sleep better. Spending time in the sun is a very important part of our overall health picture.


Now the downside to that – too much unprotected sun exposure as she sees in her office daily. Wrinkles, freckles, sunspots, and skin cancers are a direct effect of sun damage. Scary –  yes? She recommends visiting the website to see where you fit individually on the skin cancer range so you can adjust your sunscreen usage from there. It’s also crucial to understand your skin type…do you have any allergies or known skin problems such as acne, rosacea or dry skin, very fair or dark skinned…so you can see there are so many variables in your choices!


Knowing the difference between types of sunscreens is also important. Chemical sunscreens convert the sun’s radiation into heat energy while physical blocks such as zinc oxide deflect and scatter the rays before they can even penetrate the skin. She suggests broadband spectrum of SPF 15 for short/term exposure but for full day use you’ll need to consider SPF 30.


Now that you have all the answers at your fingertips, have a great summer of fun in the sun! Whatever you choose, you can be certain to have a carefree summer sun experience if you make the right sunscreen choices right now. So, grab a cute suit and towel and get out there and soak up the rays –carefully and with lots of forethought!



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