September 2, 2015

Sun Protection – All Year Long

Using a sun block is a step that no one – men, women and children – can afford to skip. Sun block is not just for the summer months. All of us are out and about every day of the year and many of those days, especially here in Texas are sunny. I have had people tell me that they really don’t get much sun exposure, but when we talk about their daily routine, they tell me that they are out in the car doing errands, but please realize that sun comes through the windshield and the side window and not only on your face and neck, but also on your hands as they hold the steering wheel.

I urge you to stay away from chemical sun blocks, those over the counter blocks that require application several minutes before sun exposure. The chemicals found in this type of sun block must be absorbed into the skin before they become effective. I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want on my skin is a chemical that is absorbed. Many of the ingredients found in chemical sun blocks have been found to cause sensitization of the skin, particularly in daily use.

So you say that you don’t use sun block daily, so no problem, right? Think of all the products you and your family currently use that advertise SPF___. That product has either a chemical, often called “organic” sun block ingredient or has a physical sun blocking ingredient, often called “inorganic” because it is made from a mineral.

Our preferred sun block contains zinc oxide and numerous studies have shown that zinc oxide is unlikely to cause any sensitization in our bodies. Both of Rhonda Allison’s sun protection products, Daytime Defense and eZinc Protection Cream have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30. Why 30? Because studies have shown that an SPF of 30 blocks 97% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays and it is those UV rays that cause not only sunburn, but also premature aging of our skin.

RA sun block products are the perfect finisher for your morning skin care regimen. Both Daytime Defense and eZinc Protection Cream may be used alone, mixed with powdered foundation, or added to other moisturizers.