I was one of those girls that would lather myself in baby oil and I'd lay myself out on the beach, roasting and basking in the sun like a rotisserie chicken. I also use to visit the tanning bed on a regular basis (and yes I secretly miss it at times). After years of doing major damage to my skin and not listening to my mother's nagging voice, "be sure to wear a hat", I'm now in full regret mode. I really had it in my head that sun kissed colored skin was sexier and looked healthier than my pale Asian skin, (gawd what was I thinking)? Now at age 37, I'm trying to reverse all the sun damage (mainly sun spots) that have made a home on my face and helping me with this is my "Skin Laser Expert", Rita Moldovanos from Pure Light Laser Clinic. I'll be writing more about my experience and the stages of my skin's prgress in the months to come. I am truly thankful for all the guidance that Rita has given me to date and I'm excited to get my skin back to a stage of health and natural glow.
So, let's talk about facial sun protection. Before you go out into the sun be sure to put on sunscreen. Be wary of chemical based lotions and don’t just base your sunscreen purchase on SPF levels, higher does not been better! You need protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Make sure you read labels and be sure that there is zinc in the ingredient list and no vitamin A in the sunscreen. Last fall Health Canada, the Canadian government’s health agency, proposed new sunscreen rules that would require sunscreens with retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A, to bear a stark warning label. (Read more about this ---> HERE).
1. DCL, Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories (UVA/UVB, Chemfree SPF30) Retail $44 - This is a new generation of sun protection that is water resistant and and has a micronized formula of Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide (very important ingredients . It's got a pretty sheer feel without the whitening and heavy coating previously associated with chemical-free sunscreens.
2. Aubrey Organic (Natural Sun SPF15) Retail $10 - A decent lotion to try if your purse strings are a little tight is the “Aubrey Organic’s Saving Face Unscented SPF 15". It’s light enough to wear under make up and great for sensitive skin. It's certified Vegan, Gluten Free and also protects from UVA and UVB rays.
3. Coola (Plant UV Face SPF30) Retail $42 - Coola is a plant UV, organic, SPF 30 sunscreen. It’s pretty light weight, non-pore clogging and feels nice under makeup. It's got everything covered from UVA/UVB proection, it's water resistent, cruelty free, certified organic and travel size friendly.
4. Consonant (The Perfect Sunscreen - Hydrating SPF 30) Retail $45 - It delivers optimal SPF 30 protection using uniquely micronized (non-nano particle) Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide minerals to block the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays. It also has a non-greasy formula that leaves no white residue. Also available at www.EcoDivaBeauty.com
Now of course I am not saying stay away from the sun completely! We all need some Vitamin D to keep us smiley and happy. But just be aware of the dangers of not protecting your skin. Suncreen is not the only answer: Be sure to have your head protected, wear a hat and some sunglases. Also, just because a suncreen says it's water resistant it's not 24 hour protection. You do need to re-apply through out the day. now go out and enjoy the DAY!
Pure Light Laser - Rita is available for consultations if you are curious or have any questions about her services. Here's all her information:
#606 - 777 West Broadway Vancouver, BC V5Z 4J7 ph: 604.568.8041 fax: 604.568.8042 email: firstname.lastname@example.org