It’s time to wear sunscreen daily (and why it’s so incredibly important)

I didn’t pay much attention to sunscreen until about a year ago.

I was diligent about putting sunscreen on when I knew I was going to be out in high sun for a good hour or so, but otherwise, I didn’t put it on. It felt like a bother, and I didn’t like the feeling of sunscreen on my skin.

I figured 20 minutes in the sun here or there didn’t matter, and I wasn’t getting burned, so why bother? I wasn’t getting into the sunburn territory, so I wasn’t concerned about the danger zone for skin cancer.

But sunscreen is not just about skin cancer. Sun damage causes most of the cosmetic skin problems that we spend so much money trying to get rid of!

Sun damage to our face causes brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles, sagging, loss of elasticity and more.

UV rays damage the elastin on our skin, and it’s the little bits of sun here or there that really add up.

A year ago, when I was reading a lot of books about skin, they all emphasized that sunscreen is arguably the most important part of any skin care regimen.

Because instead of buying products that improve elasticity and reduce the appearance of brown spots, you want to prevent those problems in the first place.

This is why I have become diligent about wearing sunscreen every day when I’m not in the winter months.

Even though it’s spring (and It’s literally snowing today here in Philly), you can definitely get burned at high sun during this time of year.

If you check the UV Index, the rankings are already reaching 5s mid-day, and some of my worst sunburns in my life happened in March and April, when I wasn’t expecting the sun to be so strong yet.

The best and safest type of sunscreen to use is zinc oxide based, which is a natural mineral based sun protector.

The majority of cheap sunscreens you buy at the drugstores are not zinc oxide based, but use oxybenzone instead.

If you look at oxybenzone on the EWG database, you’ll see that it’s a highly hazardous ingredient with good supporting data, and ranks a red 8 out of possible 9.

Oxybenzone can be absorbed through the skin and has endocrine disruption and biocellular level change implications (you can look more at the data here).

Zinc oxide sunscreens are widely available and there are many brands making great formulations with them.

Well-rated Zinc Oxide Based Sunscreens:

I use Beautycounter’s sunscreens, both the sunscreen lotion and the sunscreen stick (which comes in a face stick and body stick).

You don’t get the white coating that usually comes with zinc oxide and they feel pleasant on the skin (you know, for sunscreen, hah).

I have also heard good things about EltaMD sunscreen, which is also zinc oxide based.

Free Returns For All Beautycounter Products Now:

Beautycounter announced back in February that they now offer free returns on all their products, which is pretty amazing if you ask me! I think they’re able to do that because their products are so fantastic that people are almost always happy with them. I think it’s nice they now offer that option.

I’m gifting free Face Masks with Purchase for April:

Place any Beautycounter order with my link for $100 or more, and I will send you a free 1oz Beautycounter mask, either the #1 Vitamin C Brightening Mask, the #2 Plumping Mask, or the #3 Charcoal Mask.

A few of my favorite products of theirs are the Nourishing Cream ExfoliatorFoundation, and Lipsticks, but please let me know if you’d like recommendations for your skin type.

Beautycounter Membership Program:

If you place an order, consider getting Beautycounter’s membership program. In addition to free shipping and an awesome gift when you first sign up, it’s like a permanent 15%-off coupon (that you apply towards future orders). If you’re working to transition your products to safer options from Beautycounter, I encourage you to consider becoming a member!

Here are the details:

-Membership is $29 (yearly)
-You get FREE SHIPPING on orders of $100+
-You get 15% BACK in product credit on each order!
-If your initial sign-up purchase exceeds $50, you ALSO get a gift!

Click here to become a member and please respond to this email if you need any help choosing products.

Mask Gift with Purchase Details:

To qualify for the offer:

  1. Place an order over $100 through my consultant link.
  2. Order must be $100 before tax and shipping.
  3. Forward your order confirmation to joanne@fifteenspatulas.com, and include your mailing address.
  4. A mask will arrive in your mailbox!

Let me know if you have questions.

xo Joanne