Want to know what sunscreen to buy?

With the beautiful summer weather we have been having it is time to talk sunscreen and sun protection. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. and cases of melanoma have increased 300% in the last 35 years. Unfortunately many sunscreens contain toxic chemicals that can contribute to cancer. You may reduce your risk of some skin cancers but you potentially increase your risk of other cancers, so it is important to know what to buy. Sun exposure is also responsible for 80% of facial aging signs like wrinkles, dryness, and age spots. Even if you don't want to think about cancer, I am sure nobody wants to look older. :)

Here are some tips from the Environmental Working Group to follow when you are out in the sun.

  • Wear a hat, or shirt.
  • Head for the shade.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV radiation.
  • Avoid the midday sun.
  • Don’t get burned.
  • Wear sunscreen. Reapply every 2 hours.

Tip for men: Wear sunscreen! In 2012 twice as many men died from skin cancer as women. Turns out men tend not to practice safe sun or wear sunscreen.

Tips on sunscreens

LOOK FOR:

  • Mineral-based sunscreens with Zinc oxide, Avobenzone or Mexoryl SX
  • Cream sunscreen
  • Broad spectrum protection with strong UVA protection
  • Water resistant
  • SPF 15-50

STAY AWAY FROM:

  • Spray sunscreens — they contain harmful inhalants
  • SPF 50 and above — high SPF claims are misleading
  • Sunscreens containing Oxybenzone, Vitamin A (Retinyl palmitate), added insect repellent
  • Tanning oils

Looking for sunscreen? Here are a few that I like. You can find all of these at Whole Foods and many more at the EWG sun safety shop. You can also see how your sunscreen rates at Skin Deep.

I use this on my face and sometimes mix it with my daily moisturizer.

I use this on my face and sometimes mix it with my daily moisturizer.

This is a good all-over mineral sunscreen.

This is a good all-over mineral sunscreen.

This is a good sunscreen when you are looking for something with less of the white zinc oxide but it also doesn't rate as well. 

This is a good sunscreen when you are looking for something with less of the white zinc oxide but it also doesn't rate as well. 

 

 

I'm back with a new focus — The Anti-Cancer Approach to Life

It has been a busy few months but I am finally back to my Green Tigress blog. A lot has happened. I redesigned my website! Furman and I moved into a new place, which was not the easiest thing to do merging two households of stuff with two very stubborn people, although I think he is more stubborn than I am. :) Two good friends were diagnosed with cancer and heart-breakingly another dear friend passed away from colon cancer. This has reignited the fire in me to focus more on what we can do to prevent cancer.

Most of us feel like it is all hopeless, that there is nothing that we can do. Recently I was reminded of Joe Jackson's song "Cancer." Remember that from the early '80s? (Those of you who are that old. :) "Everything gives you cancer. There's no cure and there's no answer. Everything gives you cancer." There is certainly some truth in that but there are also a lot of things we can start to do to improve our chances.

For instance, did you know that there is an Environmental Working Group app for finding out if your shampoo has cancer-causing ingredients?

That as of January 2015 you can now buy furniture that is not covered in carcinogenic flame-retardants?

That purple beets have cancer-fighting phytonutrients called betalains that have been shown to have positive effects on reducing prostate cancer?

Helping your body to heal itself and fight cancer takes a holistic effort —

  • Reducing toxins from our home and personal care products
  • Eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds
  • Reducing stress
  • Daily movement
  • Cultivating joy in our life with friends and family

These are a few of things that I am going to be focusing on. And as a thank you gift, when you sign up for my newsletter I will send you a pdf of my new Soup recipe book — Delicious soup recipes from the Anti-Cancer Approach to Life. All Furman approved!

Soup recipes from the Anti-Cancer Approach to Life

Soup recipes from the Anti-Cancer Approach to Life