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Non-Toxic Sunscreen - MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Monday Aug 19, 2019 by Celeste Thomas

Why You Should Be Using Non-Toxic SPF This Summer

Skincare
Beauty
Expert Advice

Don’t let the last month of summer fool you. It’s August, and the harmful rays are not letting up anytime soon. It’s true, protecting your skin against harmful summer rays has so many benefits, but the SPF landscape can be trickier to navigate than a first time trip to the Korean spa.
 
What if I told you that the right, non-toxic, chemical-free sunscreen could actually improve your skin concerns and leave you looking glowy AF! It’s not too late to implement a summer skin saver ritual. Read on, glow up.

Keeps skin nourished

One of the biggest benefits of using a mineral sunscreen, as opposed to a harsh chemical variety, is that it nourishes the skin without clogging pores. Zinc is one of the primary non-toxic SPF ingredients, and it’s benefits include reducing redness, killing acne bacteria, and fighting free radical damage. Oily or acne-prone? Slather on the zinc to stay clear. Contrary to popular belief, sun exposure actually zaps your skin’s natural moisture, causing an oil-producing reaction. Keep skin happy, nourished, and clear by applying a natural mineral sunscreen well into fall.

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Keeps skin nourished

One of the biggest benefits of using a mineral sunscreen, as opposed to a harsh chemical variety, is that it nourishes the skin without clogging pores. Zinc is one of the primary non-toxic SPF ingredients, and it’s benefits include reducing redness, killing acne bacteria, and fighting free radical damage. Oily or acne-prone? Slather on the zinc to stay clear. Contrary to popular belief, sun exposure actually zaps your skin’s natural moisture, causing an oil-producing reaction. Keep skin happy, nourished, and clear by applying a natural mineral sunscreen well into fall.

Decreases the appearance of acne scars

I hate to break it to you Snookie, having a tan will not help conceal acne scars! Harmful UV rays not only cause signs of aging, but they can also make the appearance of acne scars and pigmented skin marks much more noticeable. Exposure from the sun actually creates hyperpigmentation by increasing melanin production, darkening acne scars. Prevent the darkening of current unwanted facial pigment and breakouts simultaneously with non-comedogenic zinc-based formulas.
 

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Decreases the appearance of acne scars

I hate to break it to you Snookie, having a tan will not help conceal acne scars! Harmful UV rays not only cause signs of aging, but they can also make the appearance of acne scars and pigmented skin marks much more noticeable. Exposure from the sun actually creates hyperpigmentation by increasing melanin production, darkening acne scars. Prevent the darkening of current unwanted facial pigment and breakouts simultaneously with non-comedogenic zinc-based formulas.
 

Prevents signs of aging

Who doesn’t want to keep their skin free of wrinkles and prevent other signs of aging? Prolonged exposure to UV light can damage fibers in the skin called elastin. Over time, this can cause the skin to sag and stretch, causing pesky wrinkles and skin laxity. That, I-just-got-home-from-Ibiza tan might look cute for one Instagram post, but it will take a not-so-pretty toll later in life. All said and done, get a good bronzer and wear your sunscreen loves!

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Prevents signs of aging

Who doesn’t want to keep their skin free of wrinkles and prevent other signs of aging? Prolonged exposure to UV light can damage fibers in the skin called elastin. Over time, this can cause the skin to sag and stretch, causing pesky wrinkles and skin laxity. That, I-just-got-home-from-Ibiza tan might look cute for one Instagram post, but it will take a not-so-pretty toll later in life. All said and done, get a good bronzer and wear your sunscreen loves!

But what to buy?

To take the guess work out, I tested countless non-toxic face and body sunscreens to find the absolute best products on the market.

Face

My top pick for your face is the Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 from Josh Rosebrook. This mineral liquid SPF has zinc, evening primrose oil, and hempseed oil to calm sensitive skin. It has a slightly dewy finish and doesn’t make me breakout! This 2-ounce size lasts forever, so it’s well worth the price tag. Hot tip: apply to damp and or well-hydrated skin for a buttery smooth application.

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But what to buy?

To take the guess work out, I tested countless non-toxic face and body sunscreens to find the absolute best products on the market.

Face

My top pick for your face is the Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 from Josh Rosebrook. This mineral liquid SPF has zinc, evening primrose oil, and hempseed oil to calm sensitive skin. It has a slightly dewy finish and doesn’t make me breakout! This 2-ounce size lasts forever, so it’s well worth the price tag. Hot tip: apply to damp and or well-hydrated skin for a buttery smooth application.

Body

This SPF 30 Sheer Zinc Sunscreen from Babo Botanicals is the best completely non-toxic spray I’ve ever found! It sprays on a touch white but easily blends into a sheer, scentless finish. It’s also completely reef, baby, and boyfriend safe! Hot tip: Apply post-shower when you’re in your birthday suit to avoid all tan lines.

If you’ve been tanning all summer, don’t fret.   It’s never too late to make like Julianne Moore. Your stunning wrinkle-free 60-year-old self is high fiving you every time you apply that sunscreen.
 
Looking to step up your skincare routine?  Follow @thetruespoon and check out The True Spoon for skin education, #eattoglow recipes, tips, and more! 

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Body

This SPF 30 Sheer Zinc Sunscreen from Babo Botanicals is the best completely non-toxic spray I’ve ever found! It sprays on a touch white but easily blends into a sheer, scentless finish. It’s also completely reef, baby, and boyfriend safe! Hot tip: Apply post-shower when you’re in your birthday suit to avoid all tan lines.

If you’ve been tanning all summer, don’t fret.   It’s never too late to make like Julianne Moore. Your stunning wrinkle-free 60-year-old self is high fiving you every time you apply that sunscreen.
 
Looking to step up your skincare routine?  Follow @thetruespoon and check out The True Spoon for skin education, #eattoglow recipes, tips, and more! 

Celeste Thomas
Written by
Celeste Thomas
Holistic Skincare Expert
About the author
Celeste Thomas is a registered nurse and holistic skincare expert. Her genetically acne-prone skin is the vehicle for her devout exploration into the ever-evolving skincare industry. Celeste utilizes her medical expertise, passion for holistic wellness, and her constant quest for knowledge to meticulously comb through the noise to find what truly works. Celeste aims to inspire unconditional skin confidence on her instagram @thetruespoon and blog The True Spoon through skin education, #eattoglow recipes, and more.
Acupuncture Benefits - MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Sep 11, 2019 by Amber Scriven

How Acupuncture Can Benefit Your Body

Acupuncture
Recovery
Expert Advice

Acupuncture is extremely beneficial for various ailments ranging from digestion to carpal tunnel, but the level of effectiveness varies from person-to-person. I’ve had Sciatica patients spend months combating their back and leg pain, and others hop off the table in two hours, never needing a follow-up appointment. Some rotator cuffs take six weeks; others take two years. 

Why is this?

While your body's response to acupuncture depends on the complaint or injury, it also depends on your overall health, and how well you take care of the injured site between sessions. If we eat junk food all the time, are inactive, don’t sleep well, or overwork ourselves, then injury is imminent, and recovery is going to be hard. Equally, if we ignore an injury or don't care for it, then we will likely stay injured for longer. 

So, let’s break down what’s best for you when it comes to acupuncture:

 

Acupuncture Benefits - MINDBODY

 

“How often should you get acupuncture with specific ailments?”
This is different for everyone, but here are some general guidelines.

 

More is better.
Acupuncture has cumulative effects, so while most feel relief after one session, it likely will not have resolved the issue. Multiple follow up sessions are needed, and for your own comfort, it’s recommended that you use sessions before the effects have completely worn off each time. 

Every time you receive a session, your relief should be more significant, and the effects should last longer—bringing the injury closer to resolution. With this in mind; the worse the injury, the more frequent you’ll want to receive acupuncture. Several times a week is standard, that way you will get out of discomfort faster, and you’ll need fewer sessions overall.

 

Understanding acute versus chronic ailments.
Some acute symptoms like nausea, dizziness, bleeding, swelling, or anxiety will clear up on the spot. However, for recent injuries pertaining to tissues, like a strained muscle, you can use three acupuncture sessions in one week with great effect. For example, with strained lower back muscles, you will feel less pain in one session, a significant reduction in inflammation and symptoms within three sessions. An ankle sprain is a little more serious and may take two or three weeks, but the general idea is the same.

With stubborn pain, or chronic issues like sciatica, skin rashes, nerve pain, hormone irregularities, it can take a bunch of sessions to see lingering results. Often there will be relief right after each session, but the symptoms return quickly (albeit with a little less vengeance). This just means the results are happening in smaller increments. For this reason, your practitioner will tell you to come in over three times a week for two or three weeks so you’ll get more relief faster, but you can space the sessions out as you begin to feel better. 

 

Acupuncture Benefits - MINDBODY

 

“What can I do to make my acupuncture benefits bigger?”
As mentioned, how you care for yourself between sessions makes a big difference. Here’s a few pro tips.

 

Immediate aftercare.
Your practitioner will give you specific directions they want you to follow for your ailment, but generally, after an acupuncture visit, it is wise to drink a lot of water and rest. 

 

Between sessions. 
Here’s the obvious thing we don’t often consider. If you get instant relief for your pulled hamstring, but then you go running the next day, it’s going to take forever to heal! That injured body part needs to be pampered and catered to. Your acupuncturist will give you food, supplement, lifestyle, and movement suggestions to use between sessions– use them all. 

I’ve seen countless patients walk in with frozen shoulder, spend 90 minutes in the chair with various points and stimulation techniques, and then leave swinging their arm painlessly with 50% more range of motion. If they eat well, do their physical therapy, and are kind to their shoulders, the effects will last. Then, next time, we can add another 50% on to their range of motionBut, if they paint a house or swing a baseball, then I see them go right back to square one overnight. How we take care of ourselves between sessions really matters.

 

Share everything. 
You will want to note any changes; no matter how small or irrelevant they seem. Your practitioner is armed with many protocols and techniques. They will always start with the combo that they’ve seen work best for your complaint, from there they will work backward or tweak it slightly based on the information you give them. Make sure to tell them every detail, even if it seems unrelated.  

One lady, with unrelenting pain, finally revealed a game-changing nugget to me while nonchalantly laughing about her need to wear neck scarves everywhere. I found out she had been experiencing chills and had a significant aversion to wind during the summer. This “irrelevant” snippet made me radically change the protocol, and she was pain-free and healing rapidly within four sessions.


So, there you have it. How acupuncture benefits various body parts depends on the area concerned, but also on how we treat our bodies before, during, and after injury. 


Want to try acupuncture, or another wellness service? Download the MINDBODY app to book something new! 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
Written by
Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.