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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.
salon collage
Beauty
Published Wednesday Sep 09, 2020 by Sara Lesher

What Do We Expect from Beauty Salons Reopening Now?

Beauty
Salon
COVID-19

Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID. 
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.  

Here’s what you had to say... 


1.    You’re about 50/50 when it comes to heading back 
 


53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.  

2.    But if you are going back, you want the "normal" experience

While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.

3.    You aren’t quite comfortable with others in your home 


58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.

4.    You really appreciate your stylists

69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.

5.    Some of you are willing to take risks... 


But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”  


6.    Nail salons are a lot less trafficked 


Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).  


7.   We’ve all noticed (and embraced) the changes

Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...


chat bubbles with salon differences


It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them. 

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).