Monday, December 28, 2009

Liquid Organic Soap

What ingredients make up a good liquid organic soap?

Like all soap, it starts with the saponification process. Oils are mixed with lye and result in a chemical reaction. The outcome is soap and glycerin.

Choosing oils is a very important step in soap making. Each oil will have a different quality in the final product. Oils come from many sources. One source is plant oils. Coconut oil gives tremendous, bubbly lather to your soap. Sunflower oil gives a rich creamy lather that's very moisturizing. Olive oil is very moisturizing and mild .

Another fat used in soap making is tallow, or rendered beef fat. Be aware that hormones and antibiotics are stored in the fat of animals and may end up in your soap. It may show up in the ingredients list as "sodium tallowate".

Potassium hydroxide (lye) is then mixed with the fat to create soap. No lye is in the final product as it has reacted with the oils to form soap and glycerin.

Keep an eye on the ingredient list of the liquid soap you are using. Soaps that are made from plant oils and are certified organic will keep your soap free from harmful synthetic chemicals that end up on your skin and make their way into your bloodstream.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sensitive Skin Bar Soap

Is there such a thing as sensitive skin bar soap? Many bar soaps claim to be super sensitive on skin but a closer look at the ingredients tell a different story. Ingredients such as:
  • Sodium tallowate-the fat renderings from meat processing which may contain pesticides and hormones from the animal.
  • Tetrasodium EDTA-possible carcinogen and skin toxicant.
  • Sodium Silicate-animal studies show sense organ effects at very low doses and also a skin toxicant.
  • Fragrance-this general term can hide a lot of chemicals used in making the scent like formaldehyde and pthalates.
Many of these chemicals used in making bar soap actually irritate the skin so it doesn't make sense that it would help sensitive skin.

Better choices would be ingredients such as olive oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil or shea butter. Also look for essential oils which are oils extracted directly from the plant. Unscented products can also be a good choice for people with sensitive skin. Certified organic ingredients are a must in keeping pesticides, hormones and other chemicals out of your sensitive bar of soap.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Safe Skin-Keeping Chemicals Out of Cosmetics

I read about a nonprofit organization called "Search For The Cause". It's a group of teens trying to transform the world by researching and eliminating toxins that threaten our health and the environment. One area they focus on is safe skin.

Another related organization called "Teens for Safe Cosmetics" compiled a list of thirty chemical ingredients that may be linked to cancer called "The Dirty Thirty". This list was constructed with the aid of a chemist and the chemicals were investigated for their potential harm to health.

Most people don't realize that the cosmetics industry isn't regulated. They regulate themselves which is why there are so many chemicals in cosmetics. As more and more girls and women become aware of the hazards in most skin care there will be a movement towards healthier products. Download your copy of the "Dirty Thirty" and become a label reader to educate yourself on chemicals in skin care.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Wash Skin Organically

Think of all the ingredients in soap that end up on your skin.
  1. Sodium laureth sulfate-It's an irritant and alters skin structure. It allows other chemicals to penetrate deep into the skin and eventually your bloodstream.
  2. Cocomide DEA/Lauramide DEA-This chemical is a foaming agent that is an imune system toxicant. It also causes skin irritation.
  3. Sodium Tallowate-This ingredient comes from the fat from cattle. Many pesticides and hormones are stored in the fat and that is what a lot of soap is made from.
These are just a few of the many ingredients in soap that may be harmful to your body. Most people don't take the time to investigate what is in skin care products.

A better alternative is to wash skin organically. Certified organic soaps are void of chemicals and are plant based. Instead of cow fat, plant oils like olive, sunflower, or safflower are used. Soap is scented with essential oils and NOT fragrances that contain many hidden chemicals. Head To Toe Organics has many options of clean, pure soaps that are healthy for your skin.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Puffiness Eye Cream

Mild swelling or puffiness under the eyes is common as you age. The tissues and muscles around your eyes weaken with age. Puffy eyes are also caused when fluid gets trapped under the eye. We notice it mostly after sleeping. The skin around our eye's is so thin that it's so easy to see when puffiness occurs.

There are natural remedies to help combat the puffiness.

  • Apply cool cucumbers or a cool washcloth. It is the cold that shrinks the swelling.
  • Drink water to hydrate your body and flush excess salt from your system.
  • Apply a caffeine rich (green tea and coffee) eye cream to reduce swelling.

  • Be a label reader and choose eye creams without toxic chemicals. Eye skin is thin and can be more sensitive to harsh ingredients.

    Wednesday, November 11, 2009

    Pomegranate Bath

    Try a pomegranate bath to give your body an antioxidant boost.

    In a University of Michigan study, pomegranate oil was found to stimulate the growth of keratinocytes which promote the regeneration of your skin. It also helped with slowing down the thinning of the skin too.

    Pomegranate body wash, pomegranate body scrub, and pomegranate body cream are all good sources to find antioxidant rich pomegranate.

    Monday, November 9, 2009

    Organic Gift Set

    I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking that the Holidays are coming way too fast! With the economy still in a slump, it can be difficult to budget for gifts. Head To Toe Organics is keeping you in mind with two gift sets: Lemon/Honey and Apple/Green Tea. Each gift set includes:
    • Body Wash (Lemon Aloe or Green Tea)
    • Nourishing Body Cream (Honey Almond or Fuji Apple)
    • Lip Balm (Honey or Peppermint)
    Each trio comes in an olive sinamay bag and is only $12.99!

    Supplies are limited so take advantage of this healthy skin care gift.

    Wednesday, October 28, 2009

    Shea Butter Body

    What are the benefits of using shea butter on your skin? The Shea Institute gives 21 reasons for you to use shea butter daily for healthy skin care:

    Dry skin , skin rash, peeling skin, acne, wrinkles, dry, itching skin, sunburn, a great shaving cream, small skin wounds, rough skin, cold weather protection, frost bites, prevention from stretch marks during pregnancy, insect bites, to have healthy skin, muscle aches, skin allergies from poison oak or ivy, eczema and skin damage from heat.

    Shea Butter is superior from other seed oils is due to it's exceptionally large healing fraction. The healing fraction, contains important nutrients, vitamins, and other valuable phytonutrients required for healing.

    Shea butter is available in unscented, lavender, citrus, grapefruit, hazelnut coffee, orange ginger, and vanilla orange. Super nourishing and moisturizing!

    Saturday, October 24, 2009

    Antioxidant Lotion

    Using a skin healthy antioxidant lotion can make a difference in the appearance of your skin. Genetics accounts for about 10% of your aging skin, the other 90% is environmental. Antioxidants protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are to the skin what termites are to wood. Some skin protecting antioxidants are:
    • Vitamins C, A, E
    • Selenium
    • Coenzyme Q10
    • Alpha-lipoic acid (antioxidant found in foods)
    Green and white tea have been showing some promising results in recent studies as having skin protecting properties. Antioxidant rich lotions can help to reduce wrinkles and protect the skin from sun damage. Be a label reader to be aware of ingredients in your skin care products. Look for antioxidants to keep your skin healthy and younger looking.

    Tuesday, October 6, 2009

    Antioxidant Best

    It seems skin care antioxidants are as close as your garden. Latest research shows that the antioxidant ellagic acid helps to prevent wrinkles. Ellagic acid is found in numerous fruits, vegetables and nuts, especially cranberries, raspberries and strawberries.

    Hairless mice were exposed to UV light. Half were given daily topical applications of ellagic acid on their skin and the other half didn't for eight weeks. The mice without ellagic acid developed wrinkles and thickening of the skin. The mice that received the antioxidant showed reduced wrinkle formation.

    Read the entire study at

    Head To Toe Organics have some excellent face and body care products with ellagic acid:

    Organic Strawberry Lemonade Body Cream: antioxidant ingredients are organic strawberry flavor, extracts of organic cherry, organic pomegranate, organic raspberry, organic blackberry and more!
    Organic Honey Almond Body Cream: organic almond flavor, extracts of organic cherry, organic pomegranate, organic raspberry, organic blackberry and organic almond are some of this lotions antioxidants.

    Wednesday, September 30, 2009

    Soap Cleansing - What's in your bar of soap?

    I read an article the other day about soap cleansing with bar soap. Most don't give it a second thought, but maybe you should. Many conventional soaps contain beef tallow. That is the fat rendered from meat processing. Scrubbing down with cow fat is not my way to start the day! The beef tallow also contains toxins and artificial hormones which get stored in the tallow. If that's not enough to get lathered up about, other soap ingredients include phthalates which can interfere with hormone function and triclosan which is linked to thyroid dysfunction.

    Thankfully there are healthier alternatives to a bar of soap. Plant based oils like safflower, sunflower and coconut combined with natural essential oils also from plants are healthier for our bodies and milder to our skin. Be a label reader and look for vegetable oil based soaps that are certified organic and free from toxic chemicals.


    Thursday, September 24, 2009

    Sensitive Skin Bar Soap

    Sensitive skin affects millions of people every day. The largest majority of people with sensitive skin can grouped into one or more of these categories — acne, rosacea, burning and stinging, and contact dermatitis (allergies and irritants). Inflammation seems to be the one thing they all have in common.

    Many times chemicals in skin care products irritate the skin instead of help it. There are products available that are unscented, have minimal ingredients, are plant based and very gentle to the skin. It's best to remove all products and then start by adding a new chemical free product, one at a time a week apart.

    A sensitive skin bar soap, like Head To Toe Organics "Organic Unscented Sensitive Bar Soap" contains saponified oils of safflower* and/or sunflower*, palm*, and coconut* (with retained glycerin); rosemary extract. (*Certified Organic). Very few ingredients, all plant based and certified organic.

    Friday, September 18, 2009

    Skin Care Collagen - Help with Wrinkles

    If your skin is starting to wrinkle, you may have been doing a little research and found that collagen plays a large part. Collagen is the main protein of connective tissue of your skin. It is responsible for skin strength and elasticity. Aging plus environmental factors reduce the body's ability to produce collagen.

    Research done by Kingdom University in South West London found that white tea prevented the activities of the enzyme which breaks down collagen and leads to wrinkles. The researchers were blown away by exactly how well the white tea had performed.

    Another plant that helped protect against the breakdown was pomegranate. Research continues to show us how plants and not chemicals can help our body be healthier!

    Products with white tea and pomegranate can be found at

    Tuesday, September 15, 2009

    Pomegranate Cream

    What's so great about a pomegranate cream?

    Think of your skin cells like an apple cut into pieces. It starts to turn brown because it's oxidizing. Our skin, in a similar way, starts to wrinkle and age due to oxidative stress. The potent antioxidants in pomegranates help to neutralize free radicals.

    In the February 2006 Journal of Ethnopharmacology, a study showed that pomegranate seed oil stimulates the growth of keratinocytes, which promote regeneration of the skin and slowed down its thinning. In the March 2006 issue of Photochemistry and Photobiology, it showed that pomegranate fruit extract can actually prevent damage from UVA radiation.

    Pomegranates are an amazing fruit and can help to promote skin repair in a completely natural way. Look for pomegranate oil or juice as ingredients in skin care products.

    See nourishing pomegranate skin care products at

    Sunday, September 6, 2009

    Coffee Benefits - Good News for Your Skin

    What does coffee have to do with skin care?

    Researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle conducted a test to see if caffeine could protect skin cells from UV radiation. They took cultured human skin cells and put them in a caffeine bath then exposed them to UV. The results were that the caffeine destroyed the cells that were damaged by the UV exposure. If the damaged cells would have been allowed to survive, they could have become cancerous.

    Ingredients such as green coffee, coffee beans and white tea all contain caffeine. Coffee and white tea are also excellent antioxidants for your skin.

    Some of the best coffee and/or white tea skin care products available at Head To Toe Organics are:

    Tuesday, September 1, 2009

    Skin Care Vitamin E

    Whether to take vitamin E supplements for your health tends to be a controversial subject. What are the studies showing for topical vitamin E for your skin?

    In an article published by the Department of Dermatology, Northwestern University in Chicago, it showed that experimental evidence suggests that topical vitamin E has anti-carcinogenic, photo protective, and skin barrier-stabilizing properties.

    Vitamin E is powerful antioxidant and when combined with other antioxidant rich ingredients such as white tea, berries, and vitamin C, can team up to be a great anti-aging treatment for the skin.

    Organic Pomegranate Antioxidant SPF 20 Facial Cream is rich in vitamin C & E, pomegranate oil, and white tea. SPF 20 protects your face from sun damage.

    Organic Acai Berry Anti-Aging Eye Cream is a great source of vitamins C & E, white tea, blueberry, pomegranate, acai berry and blackberry.

    Other products rich in antioxidants and vitamin E are available at

    Wednesday, August 26, 2009

    Always Wear Sunscreen

    With summer winding down and fall upon us we tend to slack off in wearing sunscreen. Even though you are bundled up, your face and hands are still getting UVA & UVB exposure and can still suffer from skin damage. It's best to stay protected.

    Head To Toe Organics now has all sunscreen products on sale. All products are free from synthetic chemicals and are certified organic.

    Visit for a full ingredients list on all these products.

    Wednesday, August 19, 2009

    Skin Care Antioxidants

    Have you heard the latest news? Antioxidants found in berries helps to prevent UV skin damage!

    Ellagic acid is a antioxidant found in berries like raspberries, strawberries, pomegranates, and cranberries. This acid protects skin from UV damage by blocking MMP (matrix metalloproteinase) enzymes that break down collagen in damaged skin cells and reduced inflammation. That's great news especially for skin cancer prevention.

    Head To Toe Organics body lotions are a good source for berries in the Organic Pomegranate nourishing Body Cream, Organic Strawberry Lemonade Body Cream, Organic Tahiti Body Cream, and Organic Honey Almond Body Cream. See a full ingredients list with every product.
    Find organic berries in the "Face Care" & "Body Wash" sections as well.

    You can read the entire article on antioxidants found in berries at

    Thursday, August 13, 2009

    Healthy Skin Lotion

    The best ingredients for healthy skin lotion start with products that are all natural and organic. Taking chemicals and pesticides out of the mix is a good start when looking for healthy skin care.

    Some excellent skin loving ingredients to look for are:Berries are also powerful antioxidants beneficial in healthy skin care. has organic shea butters, organic lotions rich in antioxidant oils and berries, and organic face care products to feed your skin.

    Monday, August 10, 2009

    Organic Face Care

    Organic face care is a healthy option for a glowing complexion. Choose products that are free from synthetic chemicals and are certified organic. Skin can be easily irritated by the toxins many companies add to face care products. Be a label reader and do your research on ingredients.
    • Cleansing - Cleanse your face with products that are chemical free and gentle. Chemicals in face care products can be harsh and drying to the skin. Always rinse with lukewarm water as hot water drys out the skin.
    • Exfoliating - Gentle exfoliation will remove the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin giving you a healthy glow. Exfoliate once a week for normal to dry skin. Oily skin can be exfoliated more often but be careful not to irritate your face from over doing it.
    • Moisturize and protect - Look for organic skin care products that contain antioxidants that feed your skin and protect it from free radical damage. Apply a sunscreen of at least a SPF 15 every day. Most of the accumulated damage done to skin is by UV exposure. The damage goes deeper than just the surface of the skin.

    Wednesday, August 5, 2009

    Chemical Free Skin Care

    Have you ever bought an organic skin care product thinking it was super healthy only to find that it had synthetic chemicals and it wasn't that healthy at all. I can't tell you how many times I have done that and how much money I spent! That began my research into skin care ingredients.

    I found that there are so many products out there that claim to be natural and healthy but one look at their ingredients list shows many harmful chemicals. A great way to look up the contents on your skin care bottles is to go to There you can type in each questionable ingredient and it will report what is safe & what is not.

    Head To Toe Organics only offers products that are free from chemicals and safe to use. I have done extensive research on products to make sure they are not harmful. An ingredient list is posted with every product so you know exactly what the ingredients are. No guess work. All products are certified organic which keeps you free of pesticides as well.

    Monday, August 3, 2009

    Lip Balm Recipes

    Many lip balms are made of petrolatum which is derived from crude oil. If you wear lip balm or lipstick everyday, at the end of 12 months you will have consumed 2 tubes a year. I don’t know about you but I certainly don’t want to be putting 2 tubes of crude oil in my body!

    A better way to go is to use natural oils that contain fatty acids which are great lip conditioners and protectors. Look for sweet almond oil, hazelnut oil, jojoba oil, sunflower oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and beeswax. Lip balms are easy to make if you have the time. Here are a couple recipes that will get you started.

    Cool Mint Lip Balm

    1 ½ Tablespoon shea butter

    1 Tablespoon beeswax

    1 ½ Tablespoon cocoa butter

    1 drop Vitamin E

    3-5 drops peppermint or spearmint essential oil

    Boil a few inches of water in a pan. Combine shea butter, beeswax and cocoa butter in a glass jar or glass measuring cup. Set jar in pan with boiling water. Stir gently with clean wooden spoon until all ingredients are melted. Do Not Boil. Remove jar from pan and add Vitamin E to oils. Stir well and pour into clean containers. Cool until hard. Seal with tight lid and label container.

    **Use certified organic ingredients

    Lemon Lip Balm

    1 tsp beeswax

    1 tsp shea butter

    ¼ tsp jojoba oil

    1 drop Vitamin E

    3-5 drops of lemon essential oil

    Boil a few inches of water in a pan. Combine shea butter and beeswax in a glass jar and set in pan. Stir gently until melted. Do not boil. Remove from pan and add jojoba oil and lemon essential oil. Mix well and pour into clean containers. Cool until hard. Seal with tight lid and label container.

    **Use certified organic ingredients

    Your favorite essential oils can be substituted for the mint and lemon in these recipes.

    Organic lip balms with natural oils are available at

    Wednesday, July 29, 2009

    Face Scrubs

    If your complexion seems a bit dull and lifeless maybe it's time to add a face scrub to your daily skin care routine. The most common questions I get asked are:

    Why exfoliate?
    Exfoliating removes the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. Those dead skin cells can make your skin look dry and dull. Once those dead cells are removed it makes it easier for your skin to absorb your moisturizing lotion.

    How often should I exfoliate?
    It depends on your skin type. Sensitive skin would benefit from exfoliating once a week where oily skin could be "scrubbed" every day. Adjust your routine depending on how your skin is reacting. If it gets irritated you know you are over doing it.

    What are some natural ingredients to exfoliate with?
    One of the best ingredients to use is alpha-hydroxy acid. Sound harsh? Not's just another name for fruit acids. Fruit acids loosen cell bonds and exfoliate the skin. Another benefit of fruit is that it has antioxidants to keep your skin healthy. Good fruit choices are strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, pineapple juice, lemon juice, acai berries and goji berries.

    Try a fruit scrub and see the difference in your complexion.

    See organic fruit scrubs at

    Tuesday, July 21, 2009

    Natural Treatments for Dry Skin

    Dry skin seems to frequent us no matter what season it is. Most skin care products contain so many synthetic chemicals that they seem to work against nature to heal our chapped, dry skin. Repairing dry skin doesn’t have to be complicated. Most often the simplest solutions are the best. Plant based oils rich in nutrients offer natural treatments for dry skin.

    • Cocoa butter is a soothing emollient. Its antioxidant qualities aid in the healing of dry skin.
    • Avocado oil is rich in vitamins and minerals. It’s high in the antioxidant vitamin E which helps to heal and regenerate our skin.
    • Hazelnut oil helps our skin with a high vitamin E content, minerals and fatty acids.
    • Almond oil aids in relief from dry, itchy skin. It is full of vitamins and minerals.
    • Extra virgin olive oil contains antioxidants which help our skin against aging and skin cancer. Olive oil contains linoleic acid which helps prevent water from evaporating. This provides moisturizing qualities for our skin.
    • Shea butter contains healthy nutrients, vitamins, and other valuable phytonutrients required for healing.

      Our skin can be nourished and healed naturally and safely without with out the use of harmful chemicals.

      Find plant based oils rich in nutrients at

    Wednesday, July 15, 2009

    Anti-Cancer, Anti -Aging Benefits of White Tea

    I’m always on a quest to find healthy skin care information. White tea appears to be very beneficial to protecting our skin.

    In an article from Science Daily, scientists at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University have shown that ingredients in white tea are effective in boosting the immune function of skin cells and protecting them against the damaging effects of the sun.

    Elma Baron, MD, Director of the Skin Study Center at UHC & CWRU says our skin is similar to how oxidation causes a car to rust. Oxidative stress of the skin causes a breakdown in cellular strength and function.

    The scientists performed a study where they applied white tea extract cream to the subject’s buttocks (where sun is not ordinarily exposed to) while the other area was left unprotected and exposed both areas to artificial sunlight. They found the Langerhans cells (cells in the outer layer of the skin), which are very sensitive to damage by sunlight, were protected with the white tea extract. The scientists also found that the immune system cells were restored by the extract. The DNA damage that can happen with sun exposure was limited in the skin cells protected by the white tea extract. This study offers renewed hope in the battle against skin cancer.

    Read this full article at

    Find healthy, organic skin care with white tea at

    Wednesday, July 8, 2009

    Beautiful Skin in 5 Easy Steps

    Having great looking skin doesn't have to be complicated. Applying a few simple steps to your daily skin routine can lead to healthy results with minimal effort.

    1. Drink plenty of water
    Water helps our body to flush out toxins. Eight glasses of water a day will help to moisturize your skin from the inside out. To help with this process, flavor water with a combination of slices of lemons, limes and oranges.

    2. Get Plenty of Sleep
    The body repairs and restores itself as you sleep. Eight hours a night is best for optimal health. Dark circles and puffy eyes are signs of lack of sleep.

    3. Use Sunscreen
    Exposure to ultraviolet rays can damage your skin. Applying sunscreen daily, especially to your face, will go along way in protecting against photo-aging (deep wrinkles and age spots). Use at least a 30 SPF and be sure to reapply every two hours when your skin is exposed to the sun.

    4. Exercise
    Regular exercise leads to improved circulation, eliminates toxins through the pores in our skin when we sweat, and helps the digestive system to function more efficiently by eliminating waste products.

    5. Eat a Healthy Diet
    Your body needs vitamins, minerals, and proteins for skin to repair and maintain itself. A diet consisting mostly of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and complex carbohydrates will give your skin, hair and nails positive results.

    For healthy skin care, visit us at

    Monday, July 6, 2009

    Is Shea Butter Superior Over Other Natural Oils?

    Shea butter is natural fat extracted from the fruit of the shea or karite tree. This tree grows naturally in the wild in West Africa. With so many oils available, what makes shea butter better?

    According to an article written by The Shea Institute, most seed oils are divided into two fractions. Fraction #1 or saponified fraction, contains most of the moisturizing properties. Fraction #2 or nonsaponified fraction contains most of the healing properties. Shea butter is set apart from other seed oils due to it's large healing fraction which contains important nutrients, vitamins, and other valuable phytonutrients required for healing. The article states that this natural cream is used to treat many skin problems like blemishes, wrinkles, itching, sunburns, wounds, eczema, skin allergies, insect bites, frost bite and other skin conditions.

    That is why the shea tree got it's name, the karite tree, which means the TREE OF LIFE.

    Find skin nourishing organic shea butter at

    Thursday, July 2, 2009

    Can Chemicals in Body Care Products Correlate to Breast Cancer in Women?

    It’s astounding how many young healthy women have breast cancer. One piece to the puzzle may be chemicals found in body care products.

    According to an article written by P.W. Harvey, Department of Toxicology, Covance Laboratories, the most common group of chemicals called parabens have been detected in human breast tumor tissue, indicating absorption of this chemical. Parabens have been shown to be oestrogenic (to mimic the action of female hormones). Many breast cancer tumors are fed by estrogen. With $20 billion worth of chemical laden personal care products sold every year it sends up a big red flag on why breast cancer is so prevalent.

    Healthier options are available for skin care products. Ingredients from plant based sources like organic shea butter, almond oil, cocoa butter will offer skin softening results free of toxic chemicals. Research the ingredients in your body care products. Education and prevention is critical to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

    An explanation of ingredients can be found at

    Monday, June 1, 2009

    Sunscreen SPF 30...Is it enough protection?

    You've heard it for years, sunscreen protects your skin against skin cancer. Studies prove this to be true. Now companies are making sunscreen with SPF 50, SPF 85, and even SPF 100! What do all these numbers mean?

    A sunscreens SPF (Sun Protection Factor) number is a measure of a sunscreens ability to prevent UVB rays from damaging the skin. For example if after 30 minutes in the sun a persons skin turns red, an SPF 30 sunscreen supposedly will protect the skin for 30 times longer. That tends to give people a false sense of security. First of all to be effective a sunscreen needs to be applied at least 30 minutes prior to sun exposure. Second, amounts the size of a shot glass (1-2 oz) needs to be applied to the body and a teaspoon to the face. Third, sunscreen needs to be applied every two hours. Most blocking ingredients start to deteriorate after two hours.

    Getting back to those SPF skin better protected with an SPF 50 vs. SPF 30? The Skin Cancer Foundation states that an SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays. A SPF 30 blocks 97%; and SPF 50 blocks 99%. The doubling of the SPF number doesn't mean a doubling of protection.

    The best skin precautions are:

    • Stay out of the sun between the peak hours of 10am and 4pm.
    • Apply at least a SPF 30.
    • Wear protective clothing like sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat.

    Julie Berquist