It seems I’m constantly working on my skin to encourage it to tighten and smooth after the excess fat vacated. Since I’m very diligent about using products that are good for the skin and are not overloaded with chemicals, I often turn to making my own products. For sunscreen, though, I’m finding very little that isn’t heavy on the chemicals. I’ve been using LaRoche-Posay Anthelios 40 Sunscreen Cream with Mexoryl SX, SPF40. Yup, it’s a mouthful to say!
It rates well, a 2, on EWG.org’s sunscreen ratings. It does give good protection, it doesn’t smell like most sunscreens but it’s a bear to blend in. It can leave a white cast to the skin. It doesn’t have a greasy finish. However, I’m looking for something better.
In Europe, there are many healthy sun products available. However, they have not been ‘approved’ here in the US so we’re stuck with whatever toxins the manufacturers sell – and the government approves.
I urge you to do as I’m doing – digging through EWG.org’s site for something that is not toxic, that will protect and who knows, maybe even be GOOD for us all! I’ll be writing about my findings more in the next month, and I encourage you to contribute and comment. Let us all know what you find!
(Edit: I just read this on EWG’s site: http://www.ewg.org/2015sunscreen/report/does-europe-have-better-sunscreens/ Looks like what I have noted above, is about the best we can hope for here in the US for now. I find it interesting that the FDA claims to be protecting us from dangerous chemicals, yet they approve anything Big Pharma asks them to approve, with long lists of deadly side effects. )
For overall skin conditioning, I make my own body oil blend of essential oils in either a coconut oil or jojoba base and use it immediately after a bath or shower.
I have a number of excellent recipes for skin and body products that are homemade, and I will be sharing some of the recipes in the future.
OH, and something I failed to mention on the facial regimine’s original posts: WHATEVER YOU DO FOR YOUR FACE, DO FOR YOUR HANDS. That’s right. Use the same toners, serums, creams, masks and treatments on the back of your hands and your decollette as well as your face.