The WHOLE SUN Truth

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Dear Diary,

The last few days relaxing in southern Florida have been terrific. There’s nothing like lounging by your own private pool, sipping on a cold beer, and baking in the thick Florida heat…  I sure love roasting by the pool…  something you wouldn’t expect from someone who is so skin-health obsessed…  That’s why using the proper sunscreen is so crucial!

As some of you might already know, I’m a bit of a freak when it comes to protecting my skin. I believe that there is a lot of work that goes into having healthy, glowing skin, and if you don’t take care of it, you’ll surely regret it as you age.  An unhealthy skin regime can lead to crocodile-like texture, sun spots and uneven tone, not to mention skin cancer.

I believe in hydrating skin with lotion, exfoliation  a few times a week, and of course using an excellent sunscreen to consistently protect yourself from the harsh sun.  Now you can probably tell from our SFG gallery, that I’m naturally very pale, but believe it or not, I do tan!  Now even though us pale girls have to be even more cautious when enjoying the rays, all of us need to be aware that over tanning can lead to damaged skin no matter what your color!

Luckily, sunscreen is finally getting the hype it deserves!  People are starting to understanding its importance due to more research on the negative effects of tanning beds, and our unfortunate exposure to overly-tanned mother’s across America through the media… (like stories about scary leather looking ladies who take their daughters to tanning beds– ekkk http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/02/justice/new-jersey-tanning-case/index.html)

Every day I wear a moisturizer that has 50 spf protection on my face to prevent unwanted fine lines from forming… and on my body I try to wear a moisturizer with spf 15 to  protect myself through out the day from the California sun…  But when on vacation in the tropical heat of Florida I know I have to be even more cautious!  When baking in the sun (as I always love to do when possible,)  it’s  essential to remember to use a stronger spf (at least spf of 30!) to protect your face and body… and to reapply frequently,  especially after anytime in the water…   This is the best way to maintain that healthy summer glow… and trust me people… you’ll still get tan! :)

Now it just comes down to what sunscreen to use… I’ve always been a fan of Neutrogena and Aveeno– these products are oil free and non-greasy, so I don’t feel like my pores are clogging up!  But with the summer just around the corner, I’ve decided to do more research on the benefits of switching to an organic sunscreen!  Before I embarked on this research I was unaware of the amount of harmful chemicals that exist in many of our leading sunscreens… these toxins can be cancerous, and have the ability to create dna damage as well…

Organic sunscreens are completely natural… the one downfall being that they tend to be less effective over time… meaning that you must apply the products more diligently through out the day…  If you’re not quite ready to take the plunge and make the switch over to organic products… that’s okay!  I would just suggest using trusted companies that do not put cheap ingredients into their products… awareness is key! :)

Do you want to see which organic sunscreen I choose to wear and why?  Check out SFG video diary to find out this week!

Enjoy the warm weather… with the right protection SFGALS!

–  SFG Jackie

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    • Volt says:

      the general rule is that you shloud use at least a 30 SPF sunscreen. If you want a really good sunscreen, you shloud look under the ingredients for sunscreens that have zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, or oxybenzone. The sunscreen shloud also protect against UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays cause sunburn and UVA rays penetrate the skin on a deeper level. Both rays can cause cancer. As for the SPF, for a person that would be burned after 10 minutes in the sun unprotected, they would be able to stay in the sun for 250 minutes without being burned if they applied a sunscreen with 25 SPF. The reccomended time between sunscreen applications in 2-3 hours.Hope this helps!

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  5. Naresh says:

    It is not a good idea to use indoor tninang lotion outside in the sun. It does not protect you from burning. Unless you already have a really good tan I would not even try. In a tninang bed you control how long you are in there and if you do it smart and with patience you will not burn, your tan does not look as nice or healthy if you allow yourself to burn. Those who say you have to burn to tan, they are wrong. I could not tan in the sun but I do have a good tan now from using the tninang bed.

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