Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sunny Disposition

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.

We've had the worst weather lately. Trying not to be depressed about it! Because summer is a comin'.... even though looking out the window makes me doubt it.

Anyway, I'm always on the lookout for a good physical sunblock. Here are a few I've found that fall right in my very selective criteria. I know I wrote about sunblock around this time last year.... This may become an annual thing.

Cosmedix Reflect Natural SPF30 - Saw this at my esthetician's office.

Pratima Neem Rose and Neem Vetiver - This is the next one I'm going to buy. It contains a really high percentage of zinc oxide which is probably the safest and most stable mineral that reflects the widest range of UVA and UVB rays.

And the awesome California Baby line. Easy on your skin since it was created with babies in mind.

Since 80% of what is out there on the market doesn't work, it's important to do your homework! Which sunblock will you be entrusting your skin with this summer?


Ter said...

I'm buying California Baby SPF 30 Super Sensitive to try this summer ;)

Ter said...

What is considered a "high percentage" of zinc oxide? I've been looking at "Loving Naturals Organic SPF 30 Sunscreen Zinc Oxide"... what are your thoughts on it?

Ariel said...

Hmm that's one I hadn't come across yet! It looks good! Vegan.

I look for double digits in one of the oxides, basically. If it is single digit, that's probably because there is a "sunscreen" chemical in it to help out. (Like avobenzone or anything that ends with a "-ate") This is like 99% of the stuff out there at drugstores. Neutrogena likes to call their chemicals helioplex or something like that. Only, these chemicals are not so good for sensitive skin.

Zinc oxide is probably the most natural out of all sunblock ingredients. It's been around forever and the ancient Greeks used it. The reason it isn't so popular is because it gives you that white paste-y look. (But that's also what makes it work!)

Ariel said...

Oh, and the smaller the zinc oxide particles, the more effective it is in blocking out sun. (Think pebbles and sand) That is why even if there is a high percentage of zinc oxide, sometimes the protection is only like SPF 20. That means the particles are bigger.

Some people are scared that smaller micronized zinc oxide can penetrate your skin, etc. etc. But so far, no one has been able to prove that or prove that it causes harm. So that is a choice you can make for yourself.

Pratima uses micronized zinc oxide so it won't look as white as the Loving Naturals non-nano one. But the non-nano ones are definitely too big to penetrate the epidermis so if you are concerned about that, I'd go with that one. You have to apply more and reapply often though.