The sun is out! Well, sometimes it peeks out from behind the clouds with the recent weather we’ve been having. We have seen the rain, experienced the ferocious floods, and we are now gearing up for a flower-filled summer season. But as Houston continues to grow and neighborhoods become more dense, freeway jams stack up
The sun is out! Well, sometimes it peeks out from behind the clouds with the recent weather we’ve been having. We have seen the rain, experienced the ferocious floods, and we are now gearing up for a flower-filled summer season. But as Houston continues to grow and neighborhoods become more dense, freeway jams stack up and become more hectic and stressful, we need to make time for relaxation. Whether it is laying out by the pool, beach parties, BBQ grills, or lakeside strolls at Hermann Park, we should all find the time to enjoy the sunlight. After all, it’s our happy pill, our powerful dose of Vitamin D. With all the magical moments the sun has to offer, we must also be cautious not to overdose on the rays that can be damaging to our skin and overall health. The best way to protect yourself is to sit under an umbrella, not directly in the sun. However, we know you likely will not follow that advice –most people like to bake. Unfortunately, that is why tanning salons have recently become so popular. Men and women both enjoy the “fake and bake” look, also extremely harsh and dangerous to your skin. One of the best ways to achieve a healthy golden glow is to visit one of your local spray-tan salons. Yes, most of the time you may end up looking orange or a bit too yellow, but some places have mastered the art. Just be certain to read reviews before you make your appointment with a salon. Overall, spray tans are much safer than tanning beds.
So how exactly do we protect ourselves when we are not perched under an umbrella? We should start by realizing that we are not lizards and we do not live in a desert. We need to shield our skin, so let’s find the best sunscreen on the market.
First and foremost, most sunblocks leave a greasy, white residue that feels like paste and looks like glue. I have tried them all, so I am comfortable revealing my beauty secrets to the rest of you. I prefer the non-chemical sunblocks, as they feel lighter and and much more fluid upon application.
My first choice for a powerful yet naturally based facial sun protectant is produced by a company called MyChelle. The company primarily uses organic ingredients and the products are free of all petro-chemicals and synthetic fragrances. The entire range of the MyChelle products are all outstanding; however, the sunscreen is a sure standout among all the others, oerhaps because it uses a zinc-clear formula that provides a physical sunblock as opposed to a heavy, chemical-derived product. Or perhaps we love this sunscreen because it takes us to the tropics. There is a coconut formula which contains a coconut extract which makes it all the more fantastic to slather on. This sunscreen is available at Whole Foods Market and Sprouts Farmers Market.
Another option for a gentle, yet effective, sunscreen for the delicate skin on our face and neck comes from a skincare line called Epicuren. This sunscreen formulates every product with hydrating jojoba and apricot kernel oil. This product is loaded with anti-aging enzymes and a fruit- or herb-based list of ingredients. Once again, the protective shield in Epicuren sunscreen also is zinc-based. The zinc is a physical block, known as zinc oxide SPF 27. There is no white residue left behind and it absorbs perfectly into the skin. This formulation has no scent at all, and is completely fragrance free. Epicuren is a spa-specific brand, which makes it quite tricky to find sometimes. Find it online or call the Epicuren headquarters in Laguna Beach, California. I personally think this entire skincare line is excellent. I have used the herbal cleanser, protein mist, and colostrum serum. For who prefer a more accessible brand of sunblock, find KISS MY FACE sunscreen at your local drugstore. This lightweight, mineral-based mist works for both body and face. And it comes in an ultra-protective SPF 50. Either way, these natural sun creams are far better for your skin than others on the market.
Remember, chemicals are toxic and our porous skin absorbs everything we rub on like a sponge. If you find yourself with a sunburn, the simplest solution is aloe vera gel or vitamin E gel. But always remember, the burn always looks sexy at the moment, but the damage can show up years later. Have fun in the sun, but make sure to be sun-smart.
By Bobby Wells