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Summer Skin Care Tips

Organic Skin CareJessica AndersonComment

In beautiful Fort Collins, we get around 300 days of sunshine each year. But whether you are in
Colorado like this natural skin care company or somewhere else in the U.S. or around the world,
we wanted to bring you some summer skin care tips so you can keep your skin looking its best
this summer.

Wear SunScreen
Yes, we know this isn’t a ground-breaking tip. But we wanted to let you know about a couple of our favorite sunscreens. We don’t make them - but we love them so much we wanted to make sure you knew about them too! Raw Elements 30 SPF sunscreen is reef-safe and biodegradable - so you don’t have to worry about leaving chemicals behind if you go for a swim in the lake or tube down the river. The all-natural formula is great for sensitive skin too. Juice Beauty's Sport Sunscreen is an SPF 30 water-proof blend that smells amazing and spreads easily. 

Wear Foundation or Daily Moisturizer with SPF
You may not think to put sunscreen on your face every time you head outside but more often
than not you will probably be putting on your makeup. That is why we recommend a natural
foundation or moisturizer with SPF so you are protected all the time. We personally love Juice
Beauty products like their Stem Cellular Color Correcting Cream with SPF 30.

Schedule a Skin Check with Your Dermatologist
If you have a family history of skin cancer or you have noticed some new spots on your skin, it
never hurts to schedule a skin check with your dermatologist. It’s good to do a skin check once
a year if you are predisposed to skin cancer.

Heading into the summer months, make sure you are stocked up on a natural sunscreen, a daily
moisturizer or foundation with SPF, and schedule a visit with your dermatologist if you have any concerns. And please contact us at SkinDeep Naturals if you want to know more about any of our natural skin care products.

A Peek at the Complexities of Sunscreen

Health & WellnessJessica AndersonComment

If you spend any time on social media or watching the news, you’ve probably heard the latest
sunscreen news; “Baby Get Face Burned Off by Sunscreen”, “Sunscreen Now Causes More
Cancer Than the Sun Itself”, and so on. But it can be hard to know among all the fear-
mongering articles what the truth is about sunscreen. Although we have touched on sunscreen
before on this Northern Colorado natural skincare blog, we want to dig a little deeper into the
great sunscreen debate and throw in our two cents as well.

Why Wear It?
If you have fair skin, you already know sunscreen helps you avoid painful sunburns and
blisters. And it is widely believed sunscreen helps prevent skin cancer, even for those with dark
pigmented skin. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports a study from Australia showing those who
regularly applied sunscreen to their face, neck, arms, and hands were 50% less likely to have a
melanoma. If sunscreen is so vital to preventing skin cancer, where are we going wrong?

What are the Concerns with Wearing Sunscreen?
The Environmental Working Group points out sunscreen is a very complicated substance. It
must be strong enough to fight off the sun’s rays while being gentle enough to not cause rashes or irritations. It needs to bond with skin so it doesn’t rinse right off - but it needs to be non-toxic in case of absorption, or accidental consumption or inhalation.

The active ingredients in sunscreens are either mineral or chemical. Many of the common
chemical ingredients are oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and
octinoxate and usually there is a combination of at least two of these ingredients. Common
mineral sunscreens are zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.

One of the main concerns raised by the EWG and many others is that 16 of the 19 FDA-
approved chemical active ingredients in sunscreen have no documented tests on if these
chemicals themselves cause cancer. Other concerns include skin allergies, rashes, and
unwanted hormonal effects.

Conflicting Stories
While the Skin Cancer Foundation publishes articles like this, advocating that sunscreen does
not cause skin cancer and that everyone ought to wear sunscreen to avoid development of
cancerous and pre-cancerous cells, other sources post articles saying quite the contrary. Online
sources like The Truth About Cancer maintain sunscreen is not safe and should be avoided,
even providing recipes for homemade sunscreen that is safe with ingredients like cocoa butter
and vitamin E.

Other sources seek to explain the problems we are seeing. For example, if you have seen the
viral story going around on social media about the baby who had a sever burn from Banana
Boat sunscreen, WebMD explains it was probably a photo-allergy. This photo-allergy was an
allergic reaction caused by the interaction between the sun, the product, and an allergy the
young girl had to one of the ingredients. Dr. Alok Vij from the Cleveland Clinic explains:

“It’s not very common, but sunscreens are a common cause of that [photoallergic] reaction.
The thing that makes it harder to diagnose is that there are a lot of potential allergens in the
chemical sunscreens. Fragrances, preservatives -- a lot of ingredients that sunscreen companies use to make them spread more easily, absorb more quickly, essentially make them more elegant to put on the skin.”

Where Does That Leave Us?
Our opinion here at SkinDeep Naturals is always that a more natural product is better. Is it
possible for you to use chemical sunscreen your whole life and never have a bad allergic
reaction or have it lead to skin cancer? Maybe so. But will you have more peace of mind and
potentially healthier body systems using products that have natural ingredients? We tend to
lean in this direction.

When it comes to you and your family’s health, we think it’s best to go with your gut and of
course ask a medical provider you trust if you have questions. And if you are looking for a
natural sunscreen, we love Raw Elements Sunscreen and SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen by Juice Beauty.

If you have more questions about natural skincare we’d love to chat! Contact us today at
SkinDeep Naturals.

What You Need to Know About Skin Types

Organic Skin CareJessica AndersonComment

Just like every person is unique, everyone has unique skin. People have different sensitivities, water content, and lipid or oil content in their skin. These factors affect which products you should use on your skin and different elements to add to your skin care regimen. It’s also important to note that skin type can change over time - so listen to your body and change your skin care regimen as needed. These are the 5 main skin types and a few tips for caring for them, according to WebMD.

Normal: Normal skin doesn’t have any sensitivities and very few blemishes. This is a result of the right balance of lipids and water. An important note here is that normal skin doesn't mean "do nothing" skin. The more preventative approach you take at this stage, the better off your skin's health will be in the long run. A regular 3-step cleansing system and use of sunscreen when spending time in the sun are key. Prevent sun damage, prevent dehydration, and prevent clogged pores so that your skin ages well.

Dry: Dry skin has less elasticity, more visible lines, red patches, and a dull complexion. Ways to help dry skin are avoiding long, hot showers, avoiding harsh soaps and cosmetics, and using a rich moisturizer right after bathing, while skin is still damp. This combination of water and lipids mimics and nourishes the skin's acid mantle barrier. Check out our Rosewater Hydrating Mist and Total Nourish Facial Serum for dry skin.

Oily: Oily skin is common during adolescence and is characterized by an oily complexion, visible pores, and black heads. Treat oily skin by limiting washing the face to two times a day and using products labeled for oily skin. Avoid aggressive popping and squeezing blemishes since that can lead to scaring. Instead, try giving yourself an at-home skin care treatment so that pores can be properly extracted.

Combination: Combination skin is just as it sounds, perhaps dry or normal in places and oily in others, especially along the t-zone. If you have questions about which products are right for your combination skin, please contact us.

Sensitive: Sensitive skin is characterized by redness, itching, or dryness. Natural skin care products are a great choice for sensitive skin because there aren’t any chemicals or unnatural fragrances or coloring to aggravate skin.

If you have a difficult time discerning which products to use with your skin type, contact us at SkinDeep Naturals. We would love to set you up with products that are going to make your complexion glow.

A SkinDeep Naturals Story

Organic Skin CareJessica AndersonComment

If you already use our Northern Colorado natural skin care products, you might know a little bit
about us. But in this blog post, we wanted to let you know more about our passion and our
story.


SkinDeep Naturals is the invention and passion of Jessica Anderson—a mother, wife, and
entrepreneur in Loveland, Colorado. Jessica worked as an esthetician while putting herself
through college and fell in love with an Ayurveda skin care line used at her day spa. Later, while
working in the I.T. industry and staying home as a mom, Jessica found her friends and family
often approached her with questions about skin care because of her history of working as an
esthetician.


In 2008, Jessica decided to put her training and passion together to create a line of natural skin care products for the whole family—SkinDeep Naturals. She opened an Etsy store and then
became both an online retailer while several local shops began selling some SkinDeep products in-store.


At SkinDeep Naturals, we value using truly natural ingredients to create products that alleviate
common skin issues like teen acne, adult acne, premature aging, rosacea, and dry skin. We
want to make our products accessible and affordable. Each product is made-to- order, meaning it is created in small batches and doesn’t sit on the shelf for months until it gets purchased. In Colorado, people tend to value what is healthy and natural. We want to spread our product to others throughout the country and the world who appreciate natural products and taking care of themselves and the Earth. For more information on our products or what we believe at SkinDeep Naturals, contact us today.