When it comes to Waterproof Sunscreen the skin care professionals at Le Reve Organic Spa & Boutique have received a steady flow of questions on why it seems so much harder to find on the shelf lately. Well, here is the skinny from our very own chemist and skin care specialist, Bridgette
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Waterproof Sunscreen – FDA Classifications
So on June 18th of 2012 the FDA declared that sunscreens were no longer allowed to claim that they are waterproof. There are now two classification which are permitted by the FDA. Those two classifications are ‘water resistant’ for 40 minutes or ‘water resistant’ for 80 minutes. What this means for you, the consumer, is that after applying your sunscreen you may swim or sweat for this promised period of time and be protected. The FDA’s reasoning for this is that any sunscreen application may begin to wear down over time. So no matter what we can expect that after a period of time we can expect our sun protection to no longer be effective in protecting you from the suns harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Waterproof Sunscreen – Mineral Sunblock
Some of you may be asking yourselves why our mineral sunblock is not considered ‘waterproof’. I am certain that a few of you have probably heard my lectures on using mineral sunblock and the benefits of the barrier sun protection versus sunscreen such as minerals being naturally hydrophobic or “water-fearing”. Mineral sun protection sits on top of the skins surface creating a barrier to environmental pollutants as well as damaging sun rays. When thrown in water true minerals will float because of their waterproof nature.Since true minerals by definition are waterproof it is true that they do not readily wash away. So why are they not deemed waterproof under the new FDA classification? The reasoning here is that while mineral sunblock does not readily wash off it can rub off in water or sweat-inducing activity. Therefore, Mineral Sunblock must be reapplied throughout the day in order to provide you the necessary protection from UVA and UVB rays.
Waterproof Sunscreen – How are some sunscreens still stating that they are water proof?
Well, that is an excellent question. The short answer is that they are not. Any product (even waterproof minerals) that are applied to sit on the skin’s surface can be rubbed off and are therefore classified by the FDA as being water-resistant and not waterproof. So then it goes without saying that any sun protection promising to be waterproof does not simply function by sitting atop the skin. Most sun protectors who manage to promise being waterproof do this by incorporating a chemical sunscreen. It should be noted that chemical sunscreens are not hydrophobic or waterproof. So then why are they classified this way? Chemical sunscreens work by penetrating the skins surface to absorb damaging UV rays and expel them as heat. Since something which is absorbed into the skin cannot be readily washed off the products containing these type of chemical sunscreens sunscreens can promise to be waterproof.
Waterproof Sunscreen – So why not only use chemical sunscreens instead of sunblock since they can promise waterproof sun protection?
Many chemical sunscreens contain endocrine disruptors. What this means for you is that once absorbed into the bloodstream these chemicals have the ability to disrupt your hormones and accelerate the aging process, contributing to Melanoma and Carcinoma.
Waterproof Sunscreen– Beware of nano particles
It should be noted that some physical sunblocks can also absorb into the skins pores when the minerals which make them up are ground beyond the recommended micronized particle size. So make sure to verify that your mineral block states that it does not contain nano particles.
Curious to learn more about alternative skin care options to the synthetic chemical products available, stop by Le Reve Organic Spa & Boutique in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara. I am happy to share my extensive chemistry knowledge. You may also email skin inquiries to[email protected].
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Le Reve Organic Spa and Boutique does offer chemical-free sun protection, but we are very careful about the claims we make, and at the end of the day we would prefer you not think of any sunscreen as waterproof or water-resistant. We instead recommend that you reapply sunscreen every hour for fair, easily burned skin, and at least every two hours for darker skin tones. As a friendly reminder please always apply after emerging from the water activities or working up a sweat.
UVA rayspenetrate deep into the dermis (the skin’s thickest layer) and can lead to premature aging and wrinkling of the skin, as well as immune suppression when left unprotected. Even when you’re gardening it’s important to seek shelter in somewhere like a utility shed, as it’s surprising just how little exposure you need in order to cause damage.
UVB rayswill usually burn the superficial layers (the epidermis) of your skin.
It only takes 15 minutes to begin to see the damaging effects of this ultraviolet light.
LIQUID SUN PROTECTION
Liquid Sun Protection comes in two different forms; Sunblock and Sunscreen. Here at Le Reve Organic Spa & Boutique you will find sun protection in every form.
Sunblock is also referred to as a physical block or mineral defense sun protection system. This is a recommended type of sun protection for anyone who is outdoors for extended periods of time. With sunblock minerals such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide create a barrier against both the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Sunblock is typically thicker and because the minerals used in sunblock are usually white in color a slight cant may remain visible when applied to the skin. If you are concerned with looking pale because of sunblock, rest assured that these products which do leave a slightly visible mineral appearance are subtle. Additionally, it is important to note that this form of liquid sun protection cannot be beat by the chemical sunscreen method. If you are only interested in a sunblock or mineral defense sun protection product then La Bella Donna Translucent Sun Protection, Eminence Tomato Day Cream, or the Sea & Summit Sun Stickis for you!
If you are admit that sunblock is not for you, all then you have two remaining options: Liquid Sunscreen or a Combination of sunblock and sunscreen together.
Sunscreen is also referred to as chemical sun protection. This form of liquid sun protection is more lightweight and virtually transparent. With sunscreen chemicals such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate are included in the skincare product to screen the suns harmful UVA and UVB rays. These chemical additives absorb and disperse UVB rays, preventing them from penetrating skin. Sunscreen can and should be used on a daily basis for regular activity like your work commute. If you are interested in this type of sun protection then Eminence Tropical Vanilla Day Cream, Tropical Vanilla Body Sunscreen and Jurlique Sun Specialistare for you!
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ADDITIONAL METHODS OF SUN PROTECTION
There are also a few things aside from our main defense; wearing sunblock and/or sunscreen that we can do to help lower our chances of UV skin damage.The first defense; avoid prolong exposure to the sun. This is the easiest and most sure-proof way to protect your skin. However, for many of us, the idea of limiting your time outside when the sun is shining is simply not an option. If this last statement is true for you remember these other defenses. The second defense; wear hats. Sporting a sexy summer hat with a wide brim does more than just make you look super chic, it protects your face , neck, and decolletté from direct sun light. Make sun protection a fashion statement! Our third defense; long sleeve shirt and pants.
Simply combine all of these defenses with your sunscreen and/or sun block and become the poster-child for great healthy skin!
Fake it, Don’t Bake it!
When it comes to your beautiful skin don’t damage it trying for that summer glow. Wear your sunblock and get your real tan at Le Reve Organic Spa & Boutique, to keep skin healthy and smooth.
The Eminence Tomato Day Cream SPF 16 offers not only provides the wonderful benefits of tomato without the fragrance, but it also has a refreshing cooling effect which leaves your skin instantly feeling refreshed and revitalized.
The Eminence Tomato Day Cream SPF 16 also utilizes nutritious whole tomatoes which are high in antioxidants helping to fight free radicals and restore the skins healthy appearance. The botanical ingredients in this day cream will also assist in processing necessary vitamin D while also protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun.
How to use – Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply every 2 Hours. Sun protection measures: spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging.
The visible signs of aging and inflammation are reduced
Skin appears smoother and tone appears tightened
Skin is protected against free radicals and sun damage
Made from 6 Unrefined Raw Organic ingredients you can pronounce
Our Organic SPF 30 Sunblock Facestick by Sea and Summit was designed by a local lifeguard. He grew tired of the chemical sunscreens that were damaging to the environment and body. He created this facestick along with the help of experience chemists with ease of use and eco-friendly consciousness in mind. After a few years the Sea & Summit SPF 30 Facestick was born. This easy to use organic 30 SPF sunblock facestick is a great travel sunblock! The bamboo lid holds nicely in any travel bag and the easy to apply sun protection is gentle on skin making a fabulous choice for little ones.
Non-greasy – No Parabens – No Petrochemicals – No GMOs – No Chemicals – Non-irritating
SPF 30+ (Clinical testing resulted an SPF 40 for 7/10 subjects)
UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum
Excellent for Water Sports
Won’t turn you white
No Chemicals, Non-toxic
Safe for All Ages • Cruelty Free • Made in the USA
Net weight 12g / 0.42oz
This organic 30 SPF sunblock facestick is good for all outdoor activities and water sports. Its not just a facestick either. You can use it anywhere your body needs protection from the sun. Remember, clothing is the best protection. Apply wherever you need sun protection, rub in with one swipe, and be done! Re-apply as needed based on your individual skin type.
Why doesn’t it say “waterproof” or an amount of minutes for water resistance?
Because it’s now illegal to label any sunscreen as “waterproof” and water resistance testing is not applicable to real world usage. Do you think sitting in a fresh water bath is the same as swimming in a pool or the ocean? We Lifeguards don’t either! So we decided our real world testing will develop a reputation on its’ own of being an awesome formula that’s super water resistant. So, Yes, it’s excellent for water sports!