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Sunscreen Pt. 2

This is part two of the Sunscreen SPF talk. I'm going to go a little bit deeper into the why of why we want mineral sunscreen, and why that's where we want to spend our money. So just to review mineral sunscreens are a titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. This is where I recommend that you use every day for your face. Typically, you're going to going to put it on your neck sometimes on your face all the time, you chest if you can, and then put the excess on the back of your hands. 

Since 2019, the FDA has started this talk about are these ingredients in sunscreen safe? So they created something called GRASE, G-R-A-S-E, and this is generally recognized as safe and effective. So that is what mineral sunscreens are. They are the titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These are the only two ingredients that are in this category. And the reason is that they're physical sunscreens. So what that means is UV light comes to the skin. These two ingredients actually reflect it off of our skin. What you're going to see in chemical sunscreens, for example, Avobenzone. Oxybenzone and a few other others is that our skin will actually absorb them and then through a chemical reaction and it breaks them down so that they're not harmful to our melanocytes and could further cause cancer. 

So you can see where some of the issues come in with these chemical sunscreens. Through some research, what came out is that basically there's a list of six ingredients that just need further testing to see if these are GRASE or not. But what they have found is that after using these sunscreens, I think most of the research studies where for about a month, when you drew blood, you could find some of these ingredients in the bloodstream. So we know that our bodies are absorbing them {chemical sunscreens to some extent}. Again, risk-benefit, it's better to wear sunscreen and not get skin cancer, particularly melanoma,versus worrying about what's getting absorbed into our bloodstream

So as far as being a consumer, what this means is when you're purchasing a product, you want to make sure that you are getting your money's worth. So if you are purchasing a product for your face, that you're using every single day, I highly recommend that you use a mineral sunscreen and that you look for these two ingredients {zinc oxide and titanium dioxide].

Elta MD and La Roche-Posay are just two brands that are very, very trusted. I mentioned that Elta MD is considered the gold standard. A lot of these that are mineral sunscreens come in smaller packaging or tubes and so it's obvious that they're going to be more for smaller areas like your face. 

To be honest, when I am in the sun or my family's in the sun, I usually use a lot of Neutrogena products. And some of these have Avobenzone, Oxybenzone and I'm totally fine with that on the body. I just think from a skincare perspective traditional skincare, like we are talking about for our facial skin, then we need to make sure that what we're are purchasing is a mineral sunscreen. Whereas on the body, I generally recommend that you wear clothing that has UPF, hats, that you have shade and that you just avoid the sun. I really don't like rubbing sunscreen all over my body. And so I would rather just kind of hide from the sun. {MD Solar Sciences sunscreen (all mineral) is my favorite for the body and Neutrogena Hydro Boost SPF 30 (not mineral) is the best drugstore option for the body.. it goes on so smoothly!}

There are several good articles that you can find that are from the FDA that go into detail about these six ingredients. I have them right here, so I'll read them off and then I'll also write them out as well.

Avobenzone

Oxybenzone

Octocrylene

Homosalate

Octisalate

Octinoxate

These are the six ingredients that we really need further research for. What this study showed is that Avobenzone wasn't absorbed into the skin as much; it wasn't found in the bloodstream {as much} after use; but still , it was found there. So for example, Supergoop they never has oxybenzone anything because that's the one that's absorbed into our bloodstream the most. But you are still going to see some of these other ingredients in their products. I don't think it's a reason to not use them. I just want you to be educated on why some products should be more expensive. My point for consumers is that Elta MD is around the $30 price range. Sometimes these are actually larger tubes or bottles than what you're getting with other brands, like Supergoop , that don't have mineral sunscreen ingredients in them. 

The other thing you want to look out for is that they don't say mineral sunscreen on the package, but then when you go and look at the ingredient list, they have zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and, or these other ingredients. So it's not a true mineral sunscreens. It's not 100% mineral sunscreen. So again, I always say that the best sunscreen is the one that you will wear whether it's a cream or a spray. So this is just to educate you, it is definitely worth using sunscreen, no matter what it is. I love Elta MD, I also love Neutrogena products over the counter. You all always have really good questions and I look forward to reading them and also learning more from you. 

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