Dear Friends of Stony Creek Wellness:
Sorry for the long time since the last post. I was hibernating!
Actually, I was really missing my daughter Mariella’s help pushing me to get my blogs done! She has moved to the other coast to pursue graduate school in Speech Pathology, and hopes eventually to work with children and adults with autism. I am very proud of her and I will just have to push myself harder to get my blogs done!
Well, though we’re still having night temperatures in the 40s in CT, it’s Memorial Day weekend, and we finally all can at least start thinking about fun, fun, fun in the sun.
We All Scream For Sunscreen
Unless you have a history of melanoma, vitiligo, or other contraindication, you should try to get at least 15 minutes of sun without protection between 11 and 3, to help raise your vitamin D level. Here is a link to more detailed information about vitamin D and sun exposure (important for vegans!):
If you stay in the sun longer than that, you need to protect your skin not just from UVB rays that cause sunburn in the outermost layer of the skin, but from UVA rays, which penetrate deeper into the skin and increase WRINKLES AND PHOTO AGING as well as promoting increased skin cancer risk.
Most people don’t apply enough sunscreen, don’t apply it often enough, or use the wrong kind!You need to apply a shot-glass sized portion (1 ounce), every 2 hours.
Use a 15 to 30 SPF sunscreen. Most sunscreens with ratings higher than 45 and above do NOT provide additional protection against UVA rays and may actually PROMOTE skin cancer if you think you can stay in the sun longer than 2 hours without another shot! Also remember many of the claims “waterproof” and sweat-proof” are unreliable. Just reapply!
As you know, I believe it’s prudent to avoid unnecessary toxins. Here are two ingredients in sunscreen you may choose to avoid:
- Oxybenzone: It’s a hormone imitator. It acts like estrogen. Men, need I say more? You don’t need it and you can find many sunscreens without it.
- Retinyl palmitate: A vitamin A analog. OK to use at night for wrinkles, but in a sunscreen it could ACCELERATE the development of skin cancer ! It has no proven additional benefit for skin cancer protection, so save it for your night cream.
Safe for you and for Jaws too!
Human use of sunscreens may be damaging the delicate and vital ecology of our coral reefs.
In Mexico if you go snorkeling you can only use biodegradable sunscreens, such as those with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Here are some coral- and human-safe types:
Here is my go-to site for sunscreen info. While some might find the EWG too alarmist, you will get accurate information about the ingredients and you can make your choice.
Have a ton of fun in the sun!!