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Review These Recent Updates on Sunscreen

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Usually, we view the use of chemicals as a big environmental no-no, but when the environment seems to conspire against us, we sometimes become unwillingly united with chemicals by a common enemy. When the sun becomes harmful, sometimes chemical containing sunscreens seem like our only option. But are they, really? Read on to find out.

The Breakdown

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its 2117 Sunscreen Guide and, in short, the news is not great. According to its findings, nearly three-fourths of sunscreen either contain harmful chemicals or are ineffective. The independent advocacy group reviewed nearly 1,500 products including sunscreens, lip balms, and moisturizers with SPFs only to find that only just over one-quarter of them met the EWG’s stringent guidelines – meaning that only 300 sunscreens, nearly 40 lip balms and just over 100 moisturizers made the grade.

The Factors

The EWG report focused on five factors in their evaluation.

Harmful Ingredients

The first things the researchers examined were if the product contained ingredients that were harmful to a person’s health and if the application of said product could cause harm. Spray-on sunscreens, for example, could be harmful if inhaled.

How Well The Products Worked

The four remaining factors focused on how well the products worked. The EWG wanted to determine how effective the products were in blocking cancerous UVA and UVB rays and how much a product’s active ingredients were broken down by the sun, rendering them ineffective. The researchers also wanted to look at the balance between the UVA and UVB protection. The SPF, or sun protection factor, only takes the ability of the product to block UVB rays into account. Each product was scored on a scale of 1 to 10, with one being the best rating. Only products scoring a two or lower met the EWG’s strict standards, a feat that only one-quarter of the products were able to accomplish.

Improvements

Despite the fact that only a small minority of the products were able to score a two or lower, there have been some noted improvements in sunscreen safety in the past few years. The percentage of “mineral only” sunscreens doubled from 17% in 2007 to 34% in 2017. “Mineral only” refers to sunscreens that claim titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as their active ingredients. Also known as physical sunscreens, these products sit on top of the skin, physically reflecting the sun’s rays rather than absorbing them, unlike other sunscreens.

“Mineral only” sunscreens have proved to be stable in sunlight, which means the sun will not cause them to break down, and they protect against both UVA and UVB rays without the use of harmful ingredients. The EWG also acknowledged that nearly all sunscreens analyzed for the study were “broad spectrum,” which meant that they protected against both UVA and UVB rays.

Additionally, it was noted that the percentage of sunscreens containing retinyl palmate, a type of vitamin A linked to skin tumors in animal studies, had decreased from 40 to 14% since 2010.

Sunscreen for Children

Even though many products are advertised for babies and kids, the FDA does not have any guidelines when it comes the children’s sunscreens, meaning there is basically no difference between products advertised for kids and those designated for adults.

The EWG identified 19 of the best sunscreen for kids as lotions, rather than sunsticks, which often are not applied well, and products that are fragrance-free and water-resistant.

Most harmful to children were those containing harmful ingredients, like retinyl palmitate and oxy benzone, those with very high SPFs or those which came in a spray on formula. The EWG notes that sunscreens with SPFs over 50 usually block UVB rays, but not UVAs. Since UVB rays are responsible for making the skin red, people often think that, because their skin is not reddening, no damage is being done. However, this is not the case. Spray-on sunscreens are also not recommended, as they tend to result in uneven application and inhalations from these products may not be safe.

What do you think of the news on sunscreens? Are you going natural? Let us know! We love to hear from you!

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Maximize Your SPF by Layering It On

Woman in bikini applying sunscreen on shoulder beside pool

Protecting your skin from the sun is serious business. If you’ve read the FDA guidelines, you know you need a shot glass-full of sunscreen per day applied to every exposed body part you can think of, and some that you can’t. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that your SPF 30 moisturizer is going to do the trick, and it may not. To make sure you get full protection, you need to layer your SPF products. Read on to find out how to do it.

Sunscreen Products

You may have noticed a lot of products popping up on the market with added SPF.  There are concealers with SPF, primers with SPF, moisturizers with SPF, and of course, there’s good old sunscreen. Which is the best to use? The answer is all of the above.

As long as one of your skincare products carries a rating of SPF 30 or above and you apply it generously, you can add as many other products to the mix as you like, and you will get better results. However, if layering is not for you, you’re probably best off using a daytime moisturizer rated at SPF 30 or above applied liberally followed by a foundation with any SPF number greater than that.

Layering Sunscreen

While there are really no rules for applying sunscreens, it’s important to cover the exposed areas, like your neck and face. The idea is to layer by texture. If your skin is oily, you should start with a matte finish, lightweight formula with a 30 SPF, followed by a sunscreen infused primer and then a powder or liquid foundation, also containing sunscreen. If you want to add eye cream to them, do that after applying the moisturizer, directly before applying makeup.

Why You Should Layer Sunscreen

People just don’t apply enough sunscreen. That’s why the FDA tells you to reapply the stuff every two hours. If you repeat this enough times, eventually you should end up with enough on your skin to meet the daily requirements.

If you look at most studies, when it comes to sunscreen, there can’t be too much, but there certainly can be too little. That means, the more sunscreen you get on your face, the better, which is why layering is so effective. It allows you to get a lot on your skin before you go out, bringing you closer to the daily requirement.

However, since it is not known exactly how much added protection layering gives you, you need to make sure that at least one of the products you’re applying is rated a minimum of SPF 30 and that it is applied generously and evenly. For example, there is no evidence that applying an SPF 30 product followed by a SPF 20 product will guarantee an SPF of 50, but it will give you greater protection, and that is what’s important.

Are you layering your sunscreen? Let us know how you do it! What products are you using and in what order? Let us know!

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Sun Safety Awareness

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Keeping your skin safe from the sun is important for your health as well as your appearance. With constant reminders to protect our skin from the sun, including a day designated as “Don’t Fry Day”, assigned by The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, you would think that many of us know the ins and outs of how to best protect our skin, yet skin cancer is on the rise in America. In fact, the Cancer Society estimates that one death takes place each hour due to skin cancer and approximates that there will be more than 73,870 new cases of malignant melanoma this year alone. Keeping these frightening numbers in mind, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your skin safe. Here are some important tips.

Generously Apply Sunscreen

Many of us put on sunscreen, but it’s simply not enough. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends two milligrams of sunscreen per square centimeter of skin. This translates to two tablespoons of sunscreen to the exposed area of the face and body, with a nickel sized dollop to the face alone. Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours and more frequently if swimming or sweating.

Use the Right Sunscreen

Make sure your sunscreen is a broad spectrum sunscreen that blocks out both UVA and UVB rays. This will ensure that your skin is protected from both burning, aging and skin cancer causing rays. Also, sun blocks should have an SPF of at least 30. Ingredients to look for in effective sun blocks include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

Use Sun Protective Clothing

For those of us who are particularly sensitive to the sun, are going to be under the sun for prolonged periods of time, or simply don’t trust themselves to apply sunscreen adequately, sun protective clothing is a great option. Although all fabrics protect us from the sun to an extent, light can pass through many fabrics. Look for garments with a UPF label to ensure that they effectively shield against the sun.

Protect Skin Even in Winter

Many people associate winter with the cold but most are unaware that UV rays can be every bit as damaging in the snow as at the beach. In fact, the combination of higher altitudes and UV rays reflected by the snow, put skiers and snowboarders at an increased risk. If you are hitting to slopes, make sure to apply sun block liberally and often and cover up with items like hats, ski masks and wrap around goggles.

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention recommends you examine your skin regularly and look for changes in moles and skin growths since skin cancer is highly curable if found early and can be prevented. Individuals with lighter skin are more susceptible to UV damage, but people of all races and ethnicities can be at risk for skin cancer. Those who have a history of skin cancer in their families and those with freckles and moles, or those who have had severe sunburns early in life are at higher risk.

The next Don’t Fry Day will be May 26, 2017. How will you be celebrating?

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Sun Care

Little girl applying sunscreen on her mom's face

Vine Vera Reviews is scheduled to post an article titled “What are Physical Sunscreens” to help you understand how these physical UV filters can benefit the skin and protect it from the harmful UV rays of the sun. People often get confused between physical and chemical sunscreens and end up choosing the wrong type for their sun care needs. This article introduces the world of physical sunscreens and examines when and how to use them.

Resveralife brings exciting updates from the world of sun care in an article titled “Sun Care Industry Updates”. Within a few decades, sun protection products have transformed from being simple products to a diverse range of solutions that not only target sun protection, but also foster skin repair. However, industry experts state that the innovations currently being seen in the sun care industry are just the tip of the iceberg. As science develops, new and improved applications and products are expected to crop up and make sun protection even easier. Vine Vera examines some of the most exciting sun care updates that are expected to roll out in the near future.

How to Use Vine Vera is all set to post an article titled “Sun Protection Do’s and Don’ts”. According to recent reports, most people use very little sunscreen, which ends up defeating the entire purpose of using sunscreen to protect the skin from the sun’s UV rays. Lathering on some sunscreen and expecting it to protect the skin throughout the day isn’t going to work either. Vine Vera examines some of the most important do’s and don’ts of sun protection to show how to best use sunscreens and actually protect the skin from the sun. With one in every five Americans getting exposed to skin cancer, these do’s and don’ts could actually prove to be the difference between successfully protecting your skin and suffering from sun damaged skin.

Vine Vera WordPress lists a few exciting makeup tips which show how to cover sunburns using makeup in an article titled “How to Cover a Sunburn with Makeup”. If you recently happened to spend too much time in the sun, these makeup tips should go a long way in letting you cover those unattractive sunburns. Sunburns are not only unattractive, they also tend to be painful and force you to stay indoors simply because you don’t wish to be seen until the sunburn heals. These cover-up tips from Vine Vera should finally allow you to get back into the open without having to bother about your red, inflamed skin.

Best Vine Vera tries to shatter a few common myths associated with melanoma through an article titled “Melanoma Myths”. Melanoma is one of the most misunderstood types of skin cancer, despite being one of the most common ones. There are all sorts of myths about how the disease gets detected, its seriousness and how to treat melanoma. Vine Vera debunks some of the most common myths about melanoma and highlights the truth behind these myths.

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How to Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Young woman applying sunscreen to shoulder

There is nothing more relaxing than sitting outside on a sunny day and enjoying a cool beverage. But those rays that you are soaking up can cause a lot of damage to your skin. Most people are aware of the increased risks for skin cancer caused by the sun, but many do not factor in the other signs of damage. The sun can cause skin to become wrinkled and develop age spots. It causes skin to be leathery and lose the vital elastin and collagen that give it shape and firmness. Knowing how to protect your skin from the sun is vital for keeping your skin healthy.

The simplest way to protect your skin from the sun’s rays is to cover up. Vine Vera recommends staying indoors when the sun is the most intense. Wearing dark, tightly woven fabrics and plenty of sunscreen will help if you must be outside.

Use sunscreen every day. Wearing a sunscreen with an SPF of at least thirty can dramatically reduce the amount of damage done by the sun to your skin. Many moisturizers even incorporate an SPF, so you can use it in your daily skin care routine.

Apply sunscreen early and often. Make sure that you are putting it on twenty to thirty minutes before heading outside. This gives it a chance to soak into your skin. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or more often if you plan to get wet. Sweating and swimming cause sunscreen to wash away, so use a waterproof type to minimize this.

The sun’s damaging rays are not blocked by cloud cover, so be careful on overcast days as well. Put on sunscreen even if the sun is not very bright. Also keep in mind that summer is not the only season during which the sun can cause damage. You need to be careful year round according to Vine Vera.

It might feel great in the now to sit outside and soak up the sun’s rays, but in the long run it is very damaging to your skin. Vine Vera recommends covering up and using plenty of sunscreen in order to keep your skin looking healthy for years to come.

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Chemical-Free Ways to Protect Skin This Summer

Woman covering herself with a sun hat

Getting badly burnt by the sun is never fun, and what’s even worse is what it does to your skin in the long-term. In the long-term, sun exposure (even if you don’t burn!) increases your risk of melanoma (the main type of skin cancer) and causes you to age and wrinkle earlier in life. This is why using a broad-spectrum, SPF 30 or higher sunscreen is so important.

But what if your skin can’t stand the chemicals used in most sunscreens? Some people are actually allergic to common sunscreen compounds, and can get irritated, red skin or even rashes from applying it, which is, of course, not desirable even if it doesprotect you from sun damage. When you’re trying to avoid getting burnt, it kind of defeats the purpose if the thing you’re using to prevent that burn makes you red all by itself.

So what’s a girl to do? Well, if you have a negative reaction to chemical sunscreens, or just want to avoid using them in general for other reasons, Vine Vera is here to show you how you can prevent sun damage without relying on irritating chemicals.

Use Physical Blocker Sunscreens

Probably the most important thing to understand if you want to avoid irritation with sunscreen is the difference between chemical sunscreens and physical-blocker sunblocks. The most common, easily available, and well-known sunscreens use specific chemical compounds that—when hit with ultraviolet rays—absorb the UV ray, react chemically, and give off the energy from the radiation in harmless ways that doesn’t hurt your skin. Physical sunblocks, on the other hand, are non-reactive, and are usually made up of a combination of finely ground minerals, generally titanium and/or zinc-based, which—when hit with those very same UV rays—simply reflect them away. No chemical reaction, just an ability to completely block the UV rays from even touching your skin at all.

Because they’re made with non-reactive minerals, physical sunblocks are extremely unlikely to irritate your skin, and allergies to them are practically unheard of. So, with a physical sunblock, you can protect yourself just as well (or perhaps even a little better, since physical sunblocks don’t degrade overtime and are better at protecting you all day long) without the need for harsh chemicals.

Install UV-blocking Windowpanes

If you spend most of your day indoors, you might believe you’re safe from the sun’s vicious onslaught, but unless you’ve thought ahead and gotten the right kind of windows, you’d be wrong. One of the reasons that dermatologists recommend using sun protection every day, as long as the sun’s out, is that, even indoors, you can get enough exposure to UV rays to contribute to long-term damage, even if you don’t burn.

To help with this, special windowpanes exist that do, in fact, filter out all damaging UV radiation, so call up your local glass or home improvement store and ask about having some installed.

Stay Inside During Peak Hours

Even with Sunscreen, there are certain hours of the day where it’s recommended to—if at all possible—stay out of the sun. These hours are whenever the sun’s highest in the sky, generally between 10 AM and 4 PM (adjust for daylight savings time accordingly, as necessary). During these times, if you can help it, stay inside, preferably in a home where you’ve installed the aforementioned UV filtering windowpanes!