Definitive Sunscreen Excuse Rebuttals

Studies have shown that nearly 90% of non-melanoma skin cancer cases are a result of excess sun exposure. It’s rather surprising then, that more than a third of women in the U.S. still refuse sunscreen.

A common complaint among women is the heavy, thick texture of most lotions. Others find the smell unpleasant, or that it burns their skin. Some women just admit that they are willing to risk their health for a nice tan.

Women’s Health Magazine addresses the most popular excuses of women today.

For those who claim that sunblock burns their skin, the magazine explains that alcohol may be the culprit.

“To keep the pain out of your protection and keep your skin irritation free, avoid those main culprits and choose a formula with a less-irritating chemical stabilizer (like octocrylene) or one that’s considered a physical block and zinc-based.

‘Zinc sits on top of the skin rather than being absorbed into the skin, and it’s so mild that it’s the major component in diaper-rash creams, which are gentle enough to put on a baby’s most sensitive areas,’ explained Robert Friedman, M.D., a dermatologic oncologist and clinical professor of dermatology at the NYU School of Medicine.”

Some women think their SPF makeup is sufficient protection from the sun.

“Unless you’re performing Kabuki on the beach, chances are you aren’t wearing enough foundation or powder to stay safe,” the magazine explains.
“’Even if you’re relying on a tinted mineral powder with SPF, it will not give you enough coverage unless you apply at least 10 times the normal amount,’ says Francesca Fusco, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. ‘Judging by my patients, those who rely on the SPF in their makeup always have areas that are missing coverage.’

Get good coverage- of both sunscreen and makeup- with a tinted sunscreen. It’s like a tinted moisturizer but with higher SPF and ingredients to help fade dark spots.”

Next are the women who complain about the sunscreen dripping into their eyes during a workout.

The magazine suggests: “Wax on! A waxy stick has polymers that latch onto the skin so that your sun protection stays put, even through major sweat sessions. Sweep the stick over your skin, applying a thin coat onto your entire face. Then rub it in to make sure you’re completely covered. Or smooth on your regular facial sunscreen lotion, then use the stick block just around your eyes (including eyelids, brow bones, and under-eye areas): the waxiness will form a barrier so the lotion doesn’t drip down below your brows and get into your eyes. Bonus: a waxy stick is also great for covering small spots like lips, ears and even your hair part.”

 

Strawberries- The New Sunscreen?

Sunscreens and other sun-related products are considered some of the most important in skin care. A recent study has discovered a natural, less oily substance that possesses similar qualities: the strawberry.

The research team, comprised of both Italian and Spanish scientists, tested the effect of strawberry extract on human cell structures in concentrations of 0.05, 0.25 and 0.5 milligrams per milliliter. The study’s results proved that the anthocyanins, which are responsible for the red coloring in strawberries and other plants, protect the skin from UVA rays and reduce long-term skin damage from the sun.

“We have verified the protecting effect of strawberry extract against damage to skin cells caused by UVA rays,” said Maurizio Battino of the Universita Politecnia delle Marche.

“These aspects are of great importance as they provide protection for cell lines subject to conditions that can provoke cancer and other skin-related inflammatory and degenerative illnesses.”

Though the findings are undoubtedly significant, their everyday practicality is still under debate.

Sara Tulipani of the University of Barcelona explained:

“These compounds have important anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-tumor properties. At the moment the results act as the basis for future studies evaluating the ‘bioavailability’ and ‘bioactivity’ of anthocyanins in the dermis and epidermis layers of the human skin, whether by adding them to formulations  for external use of by ingesting the fruit itself.”