Well = Whole Body Protection

9 Jun

Protect your epidermis (skin!)! For the average adult human, the skin has a surface area of between 8-10.8 sq.ft., weighing in at roughly 15 pounds. Wellness encompasses caring for the WHOLE body, not the just the aesthetics of washboard abdominal region. I’m vigilant and liberal with my sunscreen usage (SoCal sun… avoiding wrinkles much more cost-effective and natural looking than the scary alternatives).

(Sun… love seeing you! Check out those pale bodies on the beach…)

More than 90% of all skin cancers are caused by sun exposure and sunscreens are your first line of defense against cancer. The FDA originally drafted its guidelines for sunscreen in 1978, updating them in 2007 and still have not finalized them, as more research is needed. Nearly 1 in 8 sunscreens does not block UVA rays. New FDA labels will make labels clearer to understand for consumers and examine the effectiveness against both UVB and UVA rays.

There’s a non-profit group called the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that is a slightly more extreme in their stances than the FDA on sunscreen contents, in my humble opinion. EWG tests sunscreen contents for chemicals they belive to be dangerous. Just note that some of their claims are not fully substantiated outside of their group. EWG does provide a decent guide to sunscreens if you’re trying to select one that works well for you with little chemicals.

SPF is a measurement of UVB. The FDA may limit how high this number can go.And if something says “SPF 50” or higher keep applying just as you would with a SPF 30-45. The higher SPFs are more of a marketing ploy than anything at this time.

My sun personal arsenal: Alba lip balm, SPF 25; Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion with SPF-15 (hands, arms, etc.); Eucerin Everyday Protection Face Lotion, SPF 30.

I have been using Aveeno spray for the beach… but it received a horrid rating from the EWG in terms of chemical content. Not sure they love the conveniences of spray. I’m going to opt for La Roche-Posay Anthelios 40 Sunscreen Cream, which I can pick up easily at my local CVS. Taking all the EWG advice with the proverbial grain of salt. A few less chemicals can never be a bad thing, right?

And if you’re looking to keep the cost down once you’ve found a moisturized or sunscreen you like (I use a bottle a month or so out here) check out bulk buying options online at Amazon or similar retailers.

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