Protection from UV Rays: Mineral Sunscreen and Lifestyle Tips
Summer is here and it's time for lots of fun in the sun! It's important to remember to take care of your skin and overall health, and sunscreen plays an important role in that. As much as you may love going to the beach and spending time outdoors, the exposure to ultraviolet rays can be harmful.  And don't forget, it's important to protect your skin year-round, as well.

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a form of non-ionizing radiation that is emitted by the sun and artificial sources, such as tanning beds. It is very damaging for your skin, causing it to wrinkle, look dull and start premature aging. It can also be damaging to your eyes. Even worse, one of the biggest concerns of men and women is that UV rays can cause skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in the United States. Skin cancer usually forms on the head, face, neck, hands, and arms. Most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer, are caused by exposure to UV radiation, as well. (1)

Risks of the harmful health effects from UV radiation increase in people who (1):

  • Spend a lot of time in the sun or have been sunburned.
  • Have light-color skin, hair, and eyes.
  • Take some types of oral and topical medicines, such as antibiotics, birth control pills, and benzoyl peroxide products, as well as some cosmetics, may increase skin and eye sensitivity to UV in all skin types.
  • Have a family member with skin cancer.
  • Are over age 50.

Sunscreens: Mineral vs. Chemical

It's important to be selective about which sunscreen you use, because many sunscreens have harmful chemicals in them. According to the Environmental Working Group, the active ingredients in sunscreen come in two forms, mineral and chemical. Some products combine both chemical and mineral sunscreens, so be sure to read your labels.

The most common sunscreens on the market contain chemical filters such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Many of these chemicals can cause allergic skin reactions, hormone disruption, and have toxic breakdown products. Chemical sunscreens soak into your skin and quickly find their way into your bloodstream without being detoxified by the liver. These can be toxic to you. 

Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide which show no evidence of hormone disruption or skin allergy. They  actually sit on the surface of the skin and provide physical protection from damaging rays, rather than soaking into your pores and being absorbed into the bloodstream. They help block nearly all dangerous UV light and protect your skin from unnecessary skin damage.

Sun Protection Factor (SPF)

SPF is a measure of how much UV radiation is required to produce a sunburn on protected skin, in the presence of sunscreen, relative to the amount of solar energy required to produce sunburn on unprotected skin. As the SPF value increases, sunburn protection increases. (2) So when you buy sunscreen, the sun protection factor, or SPF, is an important number to consider. It is a measure of how well that sunscreen product will protect you.

We want to share with you some of our favorite mineral sunscreen products by Colorescience® and some lifestyle tips to help protect you from those harmful UV rays.

Colorescience®  Mineral Sunscreens

Colorescience® mineral sunscreens deliver non-chemical sunscreen protection with added defense from environmental stressors. Colorescience® uses only 100% pure, natural minerals, antioxidants, and botanicals. No chemicals are used. Their products are formulated with potent, clinically-tested ingredients to maximize results for long-term skin health.



  • Use a safe sunscreen. 
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim. 
  • Wear clothing to cover your arms and legs.
  • Stay in the shade during the midday hours.
  • Avoid tanning beds.
  • Don't forget about your eyes! Wear wraparound sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.
Remember, whether it's spring, summer, winter or fall, sunscreen is always very helpful in protecting you from those harmful UV rays. It is never too late to start applying sunscreen and protecting your face and body from the sun.

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Do you have questions about our sunscreen products or any of your other vitamin and supplement needs? Call our Certified Holistic Nutritionists and Vitamin Consultants for a complimentary consultation today at 281-646-1659. It will be our privilege to serve you!