Thursday, May 26, 2011
This is the time of year where everyone usually stocks up on Sun Block and Sunscreen. We take it for granted that we need an SPF 15 or higher. Some companies are making them as strong as they can. Now that seems like a great idea, but is it really? Have you ever wondered what's inside your sunscreen? Better yet, have you ever wondered how an SPF is determined?
Not all Sunscreens or Sunblocks are created equal. A lot of brands out there are masquerading as gentle or healthy. The sad part is that most of the worst offenders are the sunscreens marketed for babies & little children. This can be scary as a lot of the ingredients are found to potentially cause future skin tumors and cancers.
We are in a Catch-22 situation. We need Sunscreen as burning is bad. The products we purchase may stop us from burning, but since a lot of the ingredients are questionable, we are bringing on another slew of potential problems.
EWG's Skin Deep (Environmental Working Group) is a fabulous site to visit. They give the lowdown on every ingredient imaginable. They have just issued their 2011 Guide for Sunscreens, and they explain everything you need to know on the topic. They even have a 'Hall of Shame' for some of the worst sunscreens available on the market today. If you want to find out what sunscreen/sunblock is best for you, or to compare how your brand stacks up, click here.
What Red Said...
Thursday, May 5, 2011
And by that I don't mean a new poster of my future husband, Johnny Depp, hanging on my wall. I mean, I have been asked to contribute to this blog, aka be a "poster".
My name is Angela and I live in Northern Utah, where spring has FINALLY arrived. In May. Just a little late, Ma Nature.
I have been married to my husband Randon for almost 12 years. We have two kids, boy and girl, 10 and 7, respectively.
I like to make stuff, read stuff, and sleep. Let me correct that to say I like to make stuff, I like to read stuff, and I LOVE to sleep. In fact, I love it so much that I get really cranky if I don't have enough.
I am an Americorps Vista, which, for an easy way to explain it, is a federal volunteer. You can also say that I work for a domestic Peace Corp. One of these days I will do a post about what it all entails, but I love love love it.
I am also a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and mainly buy things to support my habit. I do love it though. I also spend WAYYY to much time on Facebook, enjoy Twitter, and other various forms of social media.
I also blog over at Blowing 7 Different Kinds of Smoke.