At Spot Spas, we're about holistic health in all forms, from inner peace to outer beauty (products). That's why we stock skincare, makeup and bodycare that utilizes natural ingredients to promote a beautiful you. Sunscreen is our latest undertaking—did you know that sunscreens made with chemical sun blockers could be just as dangerous as not wearing sunscreen at all? Here's a little primer on what you need to know about sun block and how to pick the best one for you.
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Learning what ingredients are potentially harmful in sunscreen can help prevent additional health issues and keep your family safe. When you turn your bottle of sunblock over and take a gander at the “active ingredients,” you want to keep an eye out for chemical filters that have been shown in laboratory studies to potentially mimic hormones, and are linked to skin allergies. Most traditional sunscreens include a combination of two to six of the following active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. These, and especially oxybenzone, are the ones to avoid, according to the Environmental Working Group.
The “inactive ingredients” list is just as important. In here can be hiding some of the big no-nos, like parabens, silicones, synthetic fragrances, petroleum, retinyl plamitate, triethanolamine, benzyl alcohol, PEGs and phenoxyethanol. Selecting a sunscreen that contains natural and clean ingredients (botanicals, oils, butters and essential oils) can give you more peace of mind that what you’re slathering on your body all summer isn’t harmful to your health.
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Let us tell you about our latest spa addition, Suntegrity Skincare. The line was conceived after founder Tricia lost her mother to skin cancer. After experiencing the dangers of melanoma firsthand, Tricia became an advocate for wearing sunscreen all the time. But she found that many sunscreens contain UV blockers and ingredients that have also been linked to cancer.
She thought it didn't make sense to try to prevent skin cancer only get another type of cancer from unsafe ingredients. Suntegrity Skincare was created on the belief that mineral sun blockers can be as powerful and safer than their chemical counterparts.
And we can say from personal testing that these babies work. Not only that, Suntegrity comes in a variety of formulas, from their Tinted Face Sunscreen to their non-white-casting Body Sunscreen. They're perfect solutions to the question, "What mineral sunscreens actually work?"
Wondering which of Suntegrity's sunscreens are best for you? Stop into the shop or give us a call (612-331-4182) for personalized recommendations!