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What you need to know about SPF

NATURAL VS CHEMICAL SPF

Everyone should be wearing SPF on their face...every. day. 

However, did you know that there is a difference between a Chemical SPF and a Natural SPF?

Don't worry...majority of the population don't. But you could be harming your skin and causing further damage by not using the correct formula. 

The biggest difference is that Chemical sunscreens use ingredients that act as heat absorbers. These chemicals will turn harmful rays into heat. The premise behind this is for the skin to disperse the transferred heat into the air. It takes 20 minutes for your skin to absorb these ingredients before the effectiveness against harmful rays begins. (You read that right...no sun exposure until at least 20 minutes after you apply) Aside from the potential internal dangers of chemical sunscreens (you can do your own research on that)...not many realize that absorbing heat into your skin will cause hyper-pigmentation and/or intensify the darkness of existing hyper-pigmentation and melasma. Melasma is hyper-pigmentation triggered by hormones. 

Kind of makes you want to look at your sunscreen right now, doesn't it??

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(Bored in the bathroom and want to read more? Visit https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/executive-summary/#.WwdxGIgvyM8)

Look for these common Chemical ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, homosalate, Octylcrylen and 4-methylbenzylidene camphor. If you see any of them...throw your SPF away. I wouldn't even use it on my children.

NOW, on to what you SHOULD be using. A Natural SPF a.k.a. Physical SPF is a product that uses zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to reflect the sun's rays. Kind of like a mirror. These minerals are effective as soon as they are applied to the skin. NO WAITING! They are also identified by giving you the "ghost" look because of its thick consistency. That may be a CON to most...but at my age, I would rather look like a ghost with beautiful skin. 

Some of my favorite, affordable SPFs...

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There are products to help reverse sun damage and hyper-pigmentation. I use my esthetic license and knowledge to help others purchase the right products. I also recommend facials and other treatments to assist in diminishing and fading discoloration as much as possible. Visit me at The Winchester Spa and Salon for a consultation. 

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