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Sunscreen! Sunscreen! Sunscreen!

Hi Guys! I think it’s very important to know the “do’s and “don’ts” of sunscreen use.

As an Esthetician of many years, I have seen a lot of problems with people’s exposure and, believe it or not, non-exposures to the sun. We are d

esperately in need of Vitamin D from the sun but how does a person get that? Arizona is like Australia, in the sense that we both have the same “safe” times of the day of exposure to our skin which is before 9 am and after 4 pm in the summer. During the winter it is before 10 am and after 3 pm. This will help optimize vitamin D rays in your body so that you feel good.

And just as important, the best sunscreen is a hat and a shirt. When I worked at Elizabeth’s Arden’s resort, I used to think how funny the ladies like Eva Gabore and Ava Gardner looked walking around the property and the pool in great big hats. But as I gained experience, I recognized the importance of what they were doing. And believe me, when they put on gowns and jewels and came down to dinner, you saw how protecting their face paid off. They truly were beautiful with flawless skin.

During the times we cannot wear our hats and shirts, we need a safe sunscreen. A great website to look through would be Enviromental Working Group who has an extensive list of the best sunscreens for children and adults. Some facts you need to know about sunscreen when choosing one is:

1. Stay away from powders or sprays. They are easy to inhale and are associated with lung damage.

2. Never buy a sunscreen that has retinyl palmitate or retinol. Both of these ingredients may speed up the development of tumors and lesions.

3. Do not choose a sunscreen with a SPF of 50 or greater. It gives you a false sense of security and leaves you vulnerable to the UVA rays which are damaging.

4. Make sure it has zinc and titanium.

Some of my favorite sunscreens that I have used on myself and my family are:

  • Sothys SPF 30 (for your face and one that I personally sell at Tantrum)
  • Kiss My Face (natural mineral)
  • Jasons Sunbrellas
  • Coppertone Kids Pure and Simple
  • Coppertone Water Babies
  • Coppertone Sensitive Skin

BIG TIP*** ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS apply sunscreen 30 minutes before exposure to sun. Some of the worst burns I have ever seen are when people have applied it when already in the pool, camping etc. It needs the whole 30 minutes to bind with the protein in your skin to work.

Bless you all and I hope you have a safe and happy summer!



(Esthetician of 37+ years)