Sunscreen refers to anything you put on your body, that is designed to protect your skin from radiation that the sun produces. While adequate sun exposure is actually a vital part of maintaining health, too much direct sun exposure has been linked to skin cancer. In one of her videos, Ingredients to Avoid in Sunscreens influencer Christine Chun explains some important aspects of sun damage. Christine notes that exposure to the sun also means exposure to UVA and UVB radiation. UVA radiation is the radiation that can cause the skin to age, while UVB radiation causes the skin to burn. To protect your skin from this radiation, you should be wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen, of at least SPF 50 or higher. Cool tip: SPF stands for “Sun Protection Factor,” as explained by the American Cancer Society in their article Choose the Right Sunscreen. Any SPF lower than 50, is not going to sufficiently block out the sun’s radiation, and should be avoided. However, the difference between SPF 50, and anything higher than that, is minimal. Most importantly, you should remember that even a good sunscreen needs to be re-applied during the day. Finally, using sunscreen doesn’t mean that you should be outside, without shade, during peak hours of the sun’s strength.
Now, onto my favorite alternative— The Devoted Things Natural SPF 50 Beauty Oil! As you guys know from reading my previous blogs, I have very acne prone skin, and I still deal with acne scarring and hyperpigmentation from my high-school days. Since beginning to use natural skincare, my acne has pretty much gone away entirely. That said, if I return to chemical based skin care, even momentarily, I always notice a break-out the next day. The SPF Beauty Oil has been amazing for me, because it is effective against the sun, without clogging my pores at all. It’s lightweight, and the natural oils have actually helped to balance out the overproduction of oil in my skin.
Non-Nano vs. Nano: 2 forms of Zinc Oxide
The main natural ingredient in this sunscreen is Zinc Oxide in the Non-Nano form. We’re going to get into the science of this, but it’s worth it—stay with me! Nano Zinc Oxide refers to Zinc that is in tiny powdered particles. However, these particles are so small, that they can potentially enter the skin, and possibly the bloodstream. We want to avoid that. Non-Nano Zinc Oxide, on the other hand, is what we want. Zinc is not only an extremely effective sunscreen, but it is also safe for human use, and non-toxic to marine life. A final, huge benefit to this beauty oil, for me, has been the fact that the natural plant extracts it contains have helped to actively lighten dark spots on my skin. All in all, the most important thing to remember, is that all sunscreen is not created equal. If you check the ingredients list when you buy your sunscreen, you can get the best of both worlds—protecting your skin and the environment at the same time!
Peace and Love,
I have been using this product consistently for about 6 weeks now, and I cannot recommend it more highly. It's Summertime here in New York, and anyone who knows what Summer is like up north, knows it can be deceptively, scorching hot. I wear this sunscreen every day, and the skin on my face has gotten brighter, more golden, and more even, rather than patchier. I tried the sunscreen as a night moisturizer in an emergency when I didn't have any moisturizer of my own, and I'll admit that it wasn't the best solution for me. This is primarily because I have naturally acne prone skin, that can get a bit congested when I sleep with rich moisturizers on. When I sleep, I prefer to use fresh Aloe Vera gel. During the day, however, this beauty oil is incredible. It hasn't caused me to get any pimples or clogged pores at all. That's a huge plus for me! I also personally notice that when I apply it to slightly damp skin, it really traps in the moisture and leaves my skin feeling plump and nourished. I'm going to be starting my third bottle soon, so I would highly recommend this to anyone with acne prone skin who needs a sunscreen that will protect them, without breaking them out.
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