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Here’s, my sunscreen approach
1. Protect facial, ears and back of neck, and other areas sensitive to age spots / freckling.
For this I use one of these, which are much less likely to give acne:
- Mychelle. The one NOT to get SPF 28. The one to get is SPF30. I like to purchase from Amazon, but you can get it from from Whole Foods or Mychelle online direct–They have an email promo list you can join.
- Vanicream – purchase at Costco pharmacy or Target. This one is for sure okay to use your HSA funds if you have that through your job. I suspect all sunscreen could be paid for with HSA--which might be easiest if you take it to the pharmacy counter to pay (depends upon how your HSA works, and you can likely submit a claim as a last resort.)
2. Rest of the body:
For arms legs, etc. I like to have a spray but NOT one of those fine misters. First of all, they are toxic chemicals and secondly, when people spray them, you can see the mist going into the air, hence into their lungs. At the waterpark, I can see the mist hanging in the air and I can smell it almost constantly. The sprayer heads on my favorites deliver a SPATTER of cream that is easier than a squeeze bottle and it’s safe. You can see the spray heads are the same type on these two brands:
- Kiss My Face (not just for face)
I think I purchased Alba from vitacost.com but I’m sure you will find it other places.
Buy the one with a spray head. But, if you have to get a tube, note: Get Alba. The Kiss My Face brand in a TUBE left a pasty, white mess on the skin. The Alba rubs in nicely.
Of course, it is best to get your daily dose of vitamin D before you apply the sunscreen. Also, I protect my face, ears and back of neck all the time and WEAR A BRIMMED HAT.
Be sure NOT to apply any citrusy essential oils to the skin for 12 hours prior to sun exposure.
3. After sun:
I love a lotion with green tea. Abra* Green Tea (lemongrass). This one is harder to find, but I get it from vitacost.com
*Notice Alba and Abra are two different brands.
The green tea lotion on a sunburn. Also lavender essential oil is good for any kind of burn. Drinking green tea. And lots of antioxidants – such as taking a buffered vitamin C or rosehips.
Also, try to wash off sunscreen at the end of the day before bed.