July 4, 2008

Time for Sunscreen!

Hi Everyone,

Well, summer seems to be in full swing around the nation. Even here in the upper peninsula, the sun seems to be shining brightly and folks are getting out and soaking it up.

You should always use something on your skin when you go out in the sun. I always wear a hat. It seems sesame oil is the best natural carrier oil to use, but it cannot be rated by SPF, so may not be satisfactory to many customers.

With qualms about skin cancer everywhere, sunscreen is the number one product going to the beach and pools with people, but which ones are the safest from a health standpoint? The SPF rating is only part of what you need to know, since it only tells you about UVB (sunburn) protection. That's why EWG's rating system includes critical information on UVA protection, how stable the product is in the sun, and potential health hazards of ingredients.

One of our favorite sites is EWG.org or the Environmental Working Group. They have several wonderful databases and a special one for skin care products. Lots of research here. EWG has a rating system that includes critical information on UVA protection, how stable products are in the sun and potential hazards of ingredients. We have a link on our website at
www.allgoodegifts.com so go check them out.

A recent article of theirs listed the top 10 "safe" sunscreens to use. Here's the list:

Keys Soap Solar Rx Therapeutic Sunblock, SPF 30

Trukid Sunny Days Facestick Mineral Sunscreen UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum, SPF 30+

California Baby Sunblock Stick No Fragrance, SPF 30+

Badger Sunscreen, SPF 30

Marie Veronique Skin Therapy Sun Serum

Lavera Sunscreen Neutral, SPF 40

Vanicream Sunscreen, SPF 35

UV Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30+

Sun Science Sport Formula, SPF 30

Soleo Organics Sunscreen all natural Sunscreen, SPF 30+

So stay safe out there. Have fun, but remember to take care of your skin! Until next time!

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