I think I’ve mentioned a few times in the past that I don’t mind using chemical sunscreens. In fact, I recall writing that I use chemical sunscreens for sports. However, I realized that this is no longer true. Over these past two years, I’ve grown leery of chemical sunscreens. Maybe I’m finally sold to all the theories propounded by the scaremongers (or scare mongrels I like to call them). The truth is, I’ve been making some observations and am increasingly concerned about the harm some of them can potentially do to our skin and I’ll tell you why in a bit. But first, let me share what happened to a reader who wrote to me just a few days ago about her sunscreen.
The one skincare product that never fails to get my attention is sunscreen. So when I learned in January that Badger was introducing their Badger Aloe Vera SPF30 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Lotion with a similar texture to their Badger Balm Damascus Rose Antioxidant Face Sunscreen SPF 16, I was super excited! I went into a bit of a frenzy to hunt it down almost immediately. However, it took some time after the news broke out for the product to be ready but when it was finally available, the tubes got snapped up instantly. I had to wait like a month or so before getting my hands on it. The wait was a little agonizing but yippee, finally the sunscreen is mine!
So what has sunscreen got to do with gel manicures? Well, apparently a lot, going by the recent news release issued by the Skin Cancer Foundation. Because of the fear that ultraviolet (UV) radiation-emitting devices are carcinogenic to humans, the Foundation is recommending those who go for gel manicures to apply sunscreen to their hands prior to the treatment as UV-emitting nail lamps are oft-used to seal the gel polish to the nail.
Alrighty! It’s getting really hot here in Singapore and I believe it’s summer where some of you are based. Yes, it’s time to slather on more sunscreen gals and boys! But before you do so, have you done an audit on your sunscreen? What in the world is an audit? Well, you can think of it as an evaluation of your sunscreen. I do that a lot with my own sunscreen and so I thought I’ll share with you some tips on how I conduct my sunscreen audit. But first, let me establish why a sunscreen audit is necessary.