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Is Sunscreen for Darker Skin People Necessary?

It was a very hot and sunny day when I went for a walking exercise and mindfulness escape. I was about to cross a street when two women who were driving a convertible car stopped to let me cross. They were brown-skin , and neither person had on a hat. I suspect they probably did not have on sunscreen because they were dressed very nicely.  As beautiful as they looked, I  was concerned to think that  they had not  ‘protected’ themselves from the sun while in the car.  Consequently, I  walked back to tell one of the women that she should protect her head and put on a hat.  Although she thanked me, she probably thought that I was a little meddlesome  (which was due to my concern).

♥ There is a misunderstanding about African-Americans and some Hispanics not needing sunscreen. Although  darker-skin people  have more melanin, they can get sun-burned and get skin cancer.  The great Jamaican Reggae artist Bob Marley was diagnosed with Melanoma, which was located under a toenail.  Yes!  Melanoma shows up differently for dark skin persons. That means regardless of your color you should be wearing sunscreen to protect you from the sun.

For those of you who get annoyed with sunscreens (which can leave a white film on darker skin) there’s sunscreen for you as well.

Gossier has a product which is cruelty-free and does not leave a film on dark skin.  Take a look at the YouTube video below for details and a high recommendation.

Sources: 
♣  https://skincancer.net/clinical/sun-exposure-driving/
https://www.sharecare.com/health/sun-care/sunscreen-african-americans
https://www.byrdie.com/best-sunscreen-for-dark-skin
https://www.glossier.com/

 

 

 

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Sunscreen That’s FDA Grase

The safe sunscreen  conversation continues to be more complicated, which I learned in a recent New York Times article.  It turns out that Oxbenzone and octinoxate have been found to affect ‘disrupt’ our hormones.  Yes! Of course, it does makes sense that this could happen since it’s damaging the coral layer of the ocean.

In the article, it mentions that chemicals may affect : endocrine disruption, high rate of allergic reaction, cancer.  We can agree that this is serious enough to be concerned, and that we should pay attention and focus on using products, which are FDA GRASE (generally recognized as safe and effective).
For starters, listed below are some ingredients and products, which are GRASE:
zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
New products: REN Clean Skincare Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 Face Sunscreen. ($36)
Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 ($34)

There’s a lot more to learn about these chemicals and how to transition to products, which are deemed safer for our planet and personal well-being.

Source: The New York Times, May 23. 2019
SunScreen and Its Possible Dangers, by Rachel Felder

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ADOPT A CORAL REEF & Sunscreen Advice

Hello Everyone,

Now that we know something about how Coral Reefs contribute to our planet’s well-being, and  which sunscreens are best to use to protect our Coral Reefs,   I want to let you know that you can Adopt A Coral Reef

Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, and Dr. Sejal Shah, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City provide us with suggestions on how to apply sunscreen.
For example, do you know whether you should apply sunscreen before or after your moisturizer?

The Verdict

OK, but seriously, should you put on your SPF before or after moisturizer? Both Zeichner and Shah agree on a little trick to get the best of both worlds: Apply a light moisturizer first, let it soak in completely, and finally finish with your SPF. “My best recommendation is to double-dip and layer a moisturizer with sunscreen first” — let it fully absorb — “and then layer another straight sunscreen, be it a mineral or chemical blocker, on top,” says Zeichner.
Source: https://www.allure.com/story/when-to-apply-sunscreen-before-or-after-moisturizer

SPF Sunscreen for Coral Reefs & Earthling Beauties

Earth Day
(April 20, 2019)
makes us aware that we all are responsible for our planet’s well-being.

I often use this time of year to  research the ‘best’ SPF products for our skin during the summer months.

  1. I have learned that SPF products are among those, which are harming the planet’s  Coral Reefs.  In July of 2018, Hawaii became the first U.S. state to ban the sale of sunscreens containing two common chemicals, oxybenzone and octinoxate, which many researchers worldwide have deemed potentially harmful to aquatic life. https://www.consumerreports.org/sunscreens/the-truth-about-reef-safe-sunscreen/

    2. A coral reef is an underwater
    ecosystem characterized by reef-building corals. Reefs are formed of colonies of coral polyps held together by calcium carbonate. Most coral reefs are built from stony corals, whose polyps cluster in groups.
    An ecosystem is a community of living organisms in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment, interacting as a system.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coral_reef

With that unexpected news, I took the precaution to find out which sunscreens may help you  be a better Earthling when you buy SPF products  to protect your skin and the skin of your family members.

Below are a few Cruelty  and Coral Reef safe Sunscreens.
Click each link  for more details.

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Brown Skin Care for Summertime

Brown skin women often are surprised when they get burned by the sun.  Although brown skin does have a natural SPF of 13, allowing us to stay in the sun longer than women with white skin. However, we still need sunscreen to protect us from absorbing ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB).

  • Ultraviolet light is a type of electromagnetic radiation that makes black-light posters glow, and is responsible for summer tans — and sunburns. However, too much exposure to UV radiation is damaging to living tissue. 
  • UVA & UVB contribute to the risk of skin cancer

Here’s what you need to know and do to protect that beautiful skin of yours. 

  • Use sunscreen!  Sunscreens blocks/ absorbs the UVA  &UVB rays before they affect/damage your skin.
  • The SPF rating is a measure of the time it would take you to sunburn if you were not wearing sunscreen as opposed to the time it would take with sunscreen on.
  •  SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays; an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays; and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays.
  • Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you go out into the sun.  This will allow your skin to absorb the product and create a protective shield.
  • Apply sunscreen to your face, neck , hands, and scalp! Apply after swimming even if it’s “water-proof”.
  • Look for broad-spectrum products .
  • Check expiration dates.  Toss after one year.

Continue reading Brown Skin Care for Summertime

How’s your total well-being?


canstockphoto12752829 You understand that total well-being includes more than makeup and a beautiful hairstyle.  HairBlues wants you to know about all the big and little things that help make you a healthy person.   Periodically we bring you news about more ways to stay healthy.  We hope these tips help you and keep you thinking about more approaches to Beauty.

Do you know the correct way to use your sunscreen?  How long does your sunscreen’s effectiveness last?  How much should you use?  The answers to these questions and others about sunscreen can be found by clicking the link . Continue reading How’s your total well-being?

Who knew SPF is the Fountain of Youth?

canstockphoto7925768 I am convinced aging is something we should welcome. The opportunity to share our mature years with our family and friends is certainly a blessing.  Nevertheless, not only do we want to be fit, we also want to look our best.  Feeling good about our appearance is important to many of us. So when a study comes out that helps us to do that, we are happy to learn about it.

In a recent study conducted at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia with 903 adults below the age of 55 that regular use of sunscreen show no increase in skin aging.  In fact, the study showed that the adults who used sunscreen daily appeared 24 percent younger than those who did not use the sunscreen daily. Miracle? Maybe :), but I think many of us may consider using SPF protection going forward after hearing about these findings.  you can read more about the study by clicking this link. via Sunscreen – The New Fountain of Youth? | Advanced Dermatology Blog – Dermatologists in NY and NJ.

Below is the scoop on some of the best moisturizers with SPF.  Click on the link for details.spf_creams

  • Sunscreens are essential for skin care day in and day out, 365 days a year. If applied correctly (meaning liberally and reapplied as often as needed), they are the best anti-wrinkle product you can use. In order to make the Best Products list, a moisturizer with sunscreen must: Provide broad-spectrum sun protection and be rated SPF 15 or greater. Help skin fight sun damage. Increase healthy collagen production. Contain a mix of antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients. Protect skin from environmental damage. Improve skin texture. Contain the appropriate ingredients for your skin type. Not be packaged in a jar via Best Moisturizers With Sunscreen: Beautypedia Skin Care Reviews.
  • When I first got into my SPF obsession (back in my undergrad years of college), I didn’t really feel the need to shell out money for the most expensive brands. I was happy perusing the drugstore aisles for a decent moisturizer. I also wasn’t aware how important having an SPF of 30 was. The best one I found was Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer in SPF 15 ($16.99) (although a SPF 30 one does exist and I recommend getting that one). via Renee Jacques: I Tried Seven Popular Sunscreens And Found The Best One.

I hope this is helpful 🙂