Sunscreen: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly!

Here it is - the "Coles Notes" Version of our recent research….

The Good…

  • Mexoryl (strong photostable protection)
  • Tinosorb S and Tinosorb M UVA blockers (better than Avobenzone)
  • Zinc Oxide - UVA protector
  • Slather it on - studies show we use 1/4 to 2/3 of the proper amount to provide us with the products SPF rating
  • Cover up where possible
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses
  • Canada is working on stiffer sunscreen rules than our U.S neighbour.  It's taking a closer look at Europe - who has much tougher sunscreen regulation.  As of now, more than 50% of our sunscreens would never be able to be sold in Europe.


The Bad…(AVOID)

  • Oxybenzone - disrupts hormones in the body
  • Sprays  (inhilation concerns/inadecuit coverage
  • Loose powders ( same as above)
  • Retinyl Palmitate/Vit A (harmful when in the sun)
  • No spray sunscreens - lungs/respiratory
  • Have your Vitamin D levels checked - you do not want to be depleted of such an important nutrient in the body.  You may need to supplement.
  • UVA rays do not decline as much when the sun is lower in the sky or is overcast and also - really bad news - it penetrates glass!  That really stinks!  So…in other words, make sure you are wearing a daily cream or make up with 15 or greater SPF.  

The Ugly…

Oh that "healthy" bronzed glow…IT'S NOT HEALTHY!...

  • DO NOT USE TANNING BEDS - they expose us to 15 times more UV radiation then the sun. This is what they believe has caused the increase in Melanoma cases.
  • Do not use self tanning creams - many chemicals in them have not been tested.
  • MEN - USE SUNSCREEN!  Only 34% of men vs. 78% of women use sunscreen and twice as many men are dying from melanoma.
  • TEENS - Here is a shocker - YOU WILL BE 40 ONE DAY - so take care of your skin.  Almost every 40+ person we see, tells us they wish they had been better with taking care of their skin in their teens/early 20's.