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How to choose sunscreen (at least for myself and children)?

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In mid November 2013, I read a scientific finding (by J.L. of my undergraduate almamater) that nano particles such as zinc oxide can possibly cause cancer.

Then, I feel the need to check the ingredients of my sunscreen.

SPF 15 or higher only protects against UVB, but not UVA. According to Dr. David J. Leffell (professor of dermatology and surgery at the Yale School of Medicine), the followings (ecamsule, avobenzone, oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, sulisobenzone, or zinc oxide) protect against UVA.

According to the webmd.com, children’s sunscreens use ingredients less likely to irritate the skin, like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

It seems that the more complicated a product is, the more hidden or unknown risks it carries.

Is zinc oxide (in sunscreen) good or bad for us?

Dr. Lawrence Gibson (a dermatologist at Mayo Clinic) views that sunscreen is safe (has not been proven to increase the risk of skin cancer, has been proven to reduce the risk of melanoma). Instead of looking at a sunscreen’s SPF, choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that will protect you from UVA and UVB rays

If you are pregnant, avoid sunscreens that contain antioxidant retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A or retinol.

Sand, water, snow and concrete reflect sunlight.

Instead of being confused by the choices of sunscreen,
consider the following tips:
# Avoid the sun during peak hours (between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), regardless of season (Since UV light can pass through clouds, use sunscreen even when it’s cloudy).
# Choose indoor activities (e.g. indoor swim) during the sun peak hours.
# Wear protective clothing e.g. pants, long sleeve shirts, sunglasses.
# Wear a wide-brimmed hat.
# Use an umbrella.
# Vitamins. Vitamin E can protect against UV-induced DNA damage. Vitamin C helps protect skin from sunburn.
# Do not let any product lull you into a false sense of security about sun exposure.
# Finally, pursue a combinatorial approach (shade, clothing, umbrella / hat, sunscreen, common sense).

Written by blueroselady

November 14, 2013 at 7:30 am

Thank you egg

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Benefits:
1. source of nutrients, delicious food: sunny side up, scrambled egg, soft-boiled egg with pepper.
2. facial mask (cheaper than most facial masks).
3. burn treatment.

Nothing beats the aroma and energy of sunny side up for breakfast!
Mum cooked super delicious egg breakfast for Dad and me in Edinburgh. Happy memory!

First Aid for burn:
1. spray cold water on the affected area until the heat is reduced which stops the continued burning of all layers of the skin.
2. spread the egg whites onto the affected area.

Why is egg so effective?
Egg white contains collagen.

Blueroselady’s egg mask (recipe from December 2009):
1. Wash our tired face with soap
2. Spray rice water
3. Apply the egg white over our face, don’t forget the wrinkled parts below our eyes
4. Wait till we feel tightens
5. Rinse with water
6. Spray rice water
7. Apply the egg yolk
8. Rinse with water, more water until clean
9. Spray rice water

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May 3, 2012 at 3:10 am