Cyclists, divers, soccer players, marathon runners, tennis players and other sports enthusiasts spend lots of 'wet and sweaty' time in the sun. Over the years they've asked me to find them a sunscreen with the mineral zinc oxide protection I want them to have. They want a product that doesn't run into and sting their eyes, and that doesn't make them look like a clown. Believe me I've been looking. Finally I've found it - it's Raw Elements Sunscreen Stick!
I tested Raw Elements Eco Stick on my husband, a diver, on his last dive trip. It worked perfectly! No stinging in the dive mask, no tan, no sunburn and no thick white goop all over his face. He was thrilled. I used it snorkeling and it worked beautifully for my sensitive skin too.
This is the next generation of sunscreen products. Raw Elements Eco stick is a mineral zinc oxide sunscreen made with all natural, organic ingredients - and it received a #1 rating by the Environmental Working Group. It's a high performance sun protection product that's safe for people with sensitive skin and infants, it's safe for the environment - and it's got good cosmetic appeal. In my opinion, this is the next generation in sunscreen formulation and I'm thrilled!
Dermatologists and skin professionals agree that sun protection reduces the risk of developing skin cancer and is a critical step in any effective anti aging skin care program:
- Without sun protection, it's impossible to accomplish any meaningful skin lightening of age spots or melasma, it's also impossible to stop wrinkles.
- Add to that the fact that anyone exfoliating their skin to improve its appearance is more at risk for sun damage and MUST wear a sun screen.
- The final motivation is that tanned skin after our teens and early adult years just starts to look rough and leathery.
Basically, just about everyone needs sunscreen, every day. Most of us don't want to hear that and so I've searched long and hard for products that work for my patients. Finding one that stays on during active, sweaty, wet activities and doesn't sting the eyes has been a particular challenge. Raw Elements Eco Stick Sunscreen is the best non-migrating mineral sunscreen for the delicate eye area. It's also great for people with sensitive skin.
Please see my tips for using sunscreen in the "Directions" tab.
Dr. Cynthia Bailey Wants You To Know These Important Facts About Sunscreen
It's my opinion that zinc oxide is the best sunscreen ingredient for broad spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection.
Zinc oxide, and its cousin titanium dioxide, are considered mineral sunscreens (and are also called physical sunscreens). When applied to your skin these mineral/physical sunscreens sit on top of your skin and bounce off the UV rays just like bouncing a ball off of a wall. They provide non-irritating, hypoallergenic broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection that you can trust. Nano technology made it possible for mineral sunscreen to be applied invisibly to your skin. New zinc oxide technology has made it possible for even non-nano zinc oxide products to rub almost invisibly onto your skin too.
Mineral sunscreens are the only sunscreens that I trust and recommend. That's because the other type of sunscreens, called chemical sun screens (and also confusingly also called ‘organic' sunscreens!), actually absorb into the top of your skin and block the sun rays with a chemical reaction that occurs within your skin itself. The reaction creates a little heat, which make you feel even hotter in the sun. More importantly, it breaks down the chemical sunscreen ingredients so that they aren't there to protect you anymore. Thus your skin steadily runs out of the chemical sunscreens when you're in the sun.
The mineral sunscreens on the other hand last longer on your skin because the UV rays don't break them down like this. They're also more stable in the sunscreen bottle than ‘chemical' sunscreens, which break down while they sit on the bottle waiting for you to buy them and use them.
Of the mineral sunscreen ingredients, I recommend only zinc oxide and not titanium dioxide because it rubs onto your skin better and gives better broad spectrum protection.
Remember, harmful and aging UV sun rays come through most windows. You need to apply sunscreen to the all exposed areas of your skin every day even if you don't plan to spend time outdoors. Applying a mineral zinc oxide sunscreen should be part of your daily skin care routine!
Cynthia Bailey, MD
Dr. Bailey Skin Care
425 South Main St