by Georgie Cleeve, Founder
I get asked numerous times a week why our products don't contain a sunscreen. As a natural brand, the SPFs available to us are mineral sunscreens (physical), such as Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. They work by forming a barrier on the skin to protect the epidermis from UVA & UVB - a wonderful and highly effective barrier - but a barrier. Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing into the skin rather than sitting on top. Octisalate (found in 59 percent of products), oxybenzone (found in 52 percent) and avobenzone (found in 49 percent) are the most common. Oxybenzone presents the most concerns; it can trigger allergic reactions, is a potential hormone disrupter, and penetrates the skin in relatively large amounts, according to the EWG.
So why don't we use mineral SPFs in our products? In regards to mineral sunscreens which form a protective barrier on the skin, they unfortunately also prevent actives penetrating into the skin and therefore all actives you find in a day cream become obsolete. The product will indeed protect you from the sun, for a limited time, but not carry out any of its intended purposes. We want a product to really really work, therefore when you apply a sunscreen, which you must when the sun in shining, please do so on-top of your skincare products and re-apply regularly. I'm afraid application once in the morning is not enough protection to last throughout the day. If you are using a day cream with a sunscreen, please do remember that you will need to top up your protection regularly.
A new study conducted by Poznan University, in Poland has found that taking green tea extract may help control the blood sugar levels in people that are overweight, allowing weight to be managed more effectively. Green tea has often been hailed as a super food, previously being linked to improved cardiovascular health, but new research finds that it may affect the body’s ability to control insulin levels. This new finding could potentially lead to preventative measures being implemented amongst those at risk of obesity.
The study of 56 patients also found that as well as affecting insulin levels, the individuals that were subject to green tea extract had significantly reduced blood pressure, glucose levels and inflammation in comparison to those that were taking a placebo. The researchers believe that inflammation may contribute to poor blood sugar control and high blood pressure, leading to wider health concerns.
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