How to find a sunscreen that won’t cause a breakout

How to find a sunscreen that won’t cause a breakout

When you have temperamental skin, finding a sunscreen that won’t cause your skin to break out is often a challenge. But you really can’t ditch sun protection, can you? Here are three things to look out for when choosing a sunscreen that won’t irritate your skin.

Firstly, you should look for a sunscreen product that’s non-oily and noncomedogenic. What this means is that the product has no ingredients that are known to cause pore blockages and breakouts. While there is never a guarantee that a sunscreen won’t cause your skin to break out, it does mean it’s less likely to, making it a better option. 

Secondly, you should avoid using a sunscreen that is specifically for your body, on your face. Apart from being too thick, these sunscreens can be heavy and greasy, making them more likely to contribute to breakouts.

And lastly, you want to stay away from sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and Para-Aminobenzoic Acid (PABA), as these products are chemical based, and more likely to irritate your skin. You should opt for a mineral based and non-oily product, like EezySun. Our non-oily formula removes the risk of skin and eye irritation making it safe for even the most sensitive of skin types. EezySun comes in easy to use sunscreen snap sachets that make application hassle and contamination-free. They are available for purchase at leading Clicks and Spar stores.

If you’re using acne treatment, remember that you can apply sunscreen too.

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The dangers of using expired sunscreen

The dangers of using expired sunscreen

It may be hard to toss leftover sunscreen in the bin, but it’s important to consider the effect old sunscreen can have on your skin.

Most sunscreens are consumed within a relatively short period of time, however, with infrequent use, some products can last for years. Sunscreen does not spoil that quickly and can have a shelf life of up to three years if not indicated otherwise by the manufacturer. There are brands that have an expiry date printed on the label, which is the assurance from the manufacturer regarding the quality and effectiveness of the product for a certain time.

It is important to know and stick to the expiration date on your sunscreen. Applying sunscreen that has lost its original strength means your skin is not reaping the full benefits of the product’s sun protection properties.

This is because after the expiry date, the active ingredients begin to break down and the SPF rating stamped on the container degrades. Chemical sunscreens made with ingredients such as oxybenzone can oxidize once you’ve opened and exposed them to air, which is accelerated if you’ve stored them in a warm or humid place. When the formula no longer works like it used to, wearing it puts you at risk of sunburn, sun damage, brown spots and skin cancer development.

Mineral-based sunscreens, those that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide on the label, are chemically inert and should remain effective in the long-term. However, over time it degrades differently: additives break down and separates ingredients to the point where the sunscreen becomes a watery or grainy mess. Expired mineral sunscreens can also change colour or develop a funny smell.

Moreover, any leftover sunscreen that has been opened and closed for years can become contaminated with bacteria and mold, which, when applied to the skin, can result in allergic reactions, irritation, and skin infections.

With as many different sunscreen brands on the market as the various compositions of active and inactive ingredients in them, it can be difficult to gauge the effectiveness of an expired product, especially considering the storage history of an individual container.  

A good rule of thumb when trying to figure out if you should toss out an expired product is if it does not look, smell or feel the way it did when you first applied it to your skin, you’d be better off throwing it away. However, it would be far safer if you buy a single-use product like our sunscreen snap sachets. Not only do they provide optimal protection, but you also don’t need to worry about bacteria growing on an opened bottle stored in your bathroom cabinet.

You can purchase our snap sachets at Clicks and Spar.

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Tricks to treat sunburn quickly and effectively

Tricks to treat sunburn quickly and effectively

While some people may regard sunburn as just a temporary skin irritation, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, sunburns can result in lifelong damage to the skin. Not only does a sunburn increase your risk of developing cancer, but it can be extremely unpleasant. Here are three ways in which you can alleviate the pain and soothe the burn quickly and effectively.

Cool the burn

As soon as you notice red skin you should cover up and get out of the sun immediately. You must then act fast to cool the burn down. You can reduce the inflammation by taking a cool shower or bath, or you can use ice to cool the burn, but ensure you don’t apply ice directly to the affected area.

Avoid wearing tight clothes

Wear only loose clothing while your skin is replenishing itself because tight clothes can irritate sunburnt skin. Wearing loose fitting clothes will allow your skin to breathe and speeds the healing process.

Drink lots of fluids

Burns result in fluid being drawn away from the rest of the body to the skin’s surface, so it’s important to rehydrate by drinking a lot of water, including sports drinks that help to restore electrolytes.

Apart from the three we’ve mentioned, there are several other hacks for treating sunburns. Sprinkling baking soda to lukewarm bath water can also relieve the pain – baking soda has a higher pH level, so it’s effective at balancing the lower pH level of sunburnt skin. By keeping a few EezySun snap sachets in your bag you can avoid suffering burns in the future, and make applying sunscreen very convenient and hassle-free.

You can purchase EezySun snap sachets at Clicks or Spar.

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Are you applying sunscreen to these parts of your body?

Are you applying sunscreen to these parts of your body?

When applying sunscreen, it’s easy to feel as if you’ve protected yourself thoroughly against sunburn. The truth is that you might have missed a spot or two. Remember these often-forgotten areas before you step outside.

The back of your neck

The hair on the back of your neck won’t protect you from sun damage. If this part of your body is ever going to be exposed to sunlight, always make sure it’s protected with sunscreen.

Ears

Unless you’re wearing earmuffs or a trapper hat, your ears are going to be exposed to sunlight. That’s why you must always add sunscreen to the external parts of your ears.

Armpits and the backs of your knees

When it comes to using sunscreen, it’s always arms, shoulders, sides, legs and knees. But is it ever armpits and the backs of your knees? These specific body parts are often neglected. Take them into consideration the next time you apply, and be sure to reapply given how sweaty they can become. If you’re putting on deodorant, remember to apply sunscreen first and give your skin enough time to absorb it.

In between your fingers and toes

The small areas in between your fingers and toes need a decent amount of suncare. This is especially important given how hands are usually, if not always, exposed to sunlight, and also how popular sandals and flip flops are in sunny weather.

Eyelids

Whether you’ve brought sunglasses with you or not, your eyelids require sunscreen, especially since the skin around the eye is particularly sensitive.

It takes a small amount of sunscreen to cover your body from head to toe. That’s why EezySun’s snap sachets are so convenient. You can use one for your whole body before heading out, and store some extra in your bag or pocket. So what are you waiting for? Buy them from Clicks and Spar.

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Two Oceans Marathon – Guide to prepping for race day

Two Oceans Marathon – Guide to prepping for race day

While it’s less than a month to go until race day and the majority of your training might be done, prepping for the Two Ocean’s marathon doesn’t stop until you’re officially on the start line. Whether you’re an amateur or a veteran, there are always things you need to be reminded about to get your body and mind ready for a good and enjoyable race. From skin care to nutrition, here are a few ways to prep yourself before race day.

Pre-race

With the bulk of your training done, this is the time to start slowing down, also known as tapering. This doesn’t mean that you can now sit back and stop exercising as you will want to keep your momentum going. According to Nolene Conrad, professional athlete, runners can begin tapering three weeks before the race when “your mileage decreases and you should keep doing your intensity workouts”.

The next step is to ensure you’re packed with all your essentials the night before the race; Health24 recommends the following snacks and drinks for the day:

  • Energy gels
  • Sports bars
  • Water
  • Sports drinks

Being a marathon, you’re sure to be on the road for some time, and we often forget that along with your hat and sunglasses, you can also protect your skin with the use of sunscreen. Remember to pack a couple of EezySun snap sachets into your pocket to reapply during the race and you can reduce your chances of skin damage while you focus on the race.

Race day

Marathons are not only about the physical but also the mental. Once you’re on the road, keeping yourself calm is very important; anything can happen on race day, and if you hit a bump in the road (literally and metaphorically) your brain needs to be ready to deal with it. Whether it’s a specific breathing technique, or reminding yourself of positive messages, composure is vital. Secondly, patience is key. If you’re an amateur, it can be very tempting to hit your top speed as the gun goes off. This way you run the risk of running out of energy later on in the race and that’s the last thing you want. Start off with a comfortable pace, and up it whenever you think you’ll benefit from going faster.

With the world’s most beautiful marathon around the corner, make sure you’re prepared for the day as best you can. Think about what worked or didn’t in previous years, combined with the tips above and you’ll be ready for a great race.

Browse our range of EezySun snap sachets, available online as well as at Clicks and Spar.

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What to look for when buying sunscreen

What to look for when buying sunscreen

Summer may be drawing to a close, but just because we aren’t feeling the heat as much, doesn’t mean our skin can’t be over exposed to harmful UV rays. Whether you live in an area known for its warm climate all year round or not, many of us don’t understand what we should be looking out for when it comes to buying sunscreen, and end up just taking the first one that jumps at us in the shopping aisle. This can lead to the use of sunscreens that offer poor protection.

Luckily, there are various features you can look for that prove a sunscreen will provide the protection you need, and also indicate that it is not harmful to your skin or the environment. Below are the key features to look out for:

SPF 30 or higher

Experts reveal that consumers should look for a sunscreen that offers an SPF of 30 or higher. Why? While SPF 15, 30 and 50 all offer the same value in terms of skin protection, there is a big difference in re application times. According to Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD, FAAD, and President and Co-Founder of Modern Dermatology, “Any SPF less than 30 really doesn’t afford you the level of sun protection that you need”, this is because any less means you’ll only get around 15 minutes worth of protection, until you need to reapply. An SPF of 30 means you only need to reapply sunscreen again after 30 to 40 minutes of sun exposure.

Broad Spectrum

The sun emits both UVA and UVB rays, and you’ll want a sunscreen that protects against both. While UVB rays hit the more surface layers of skin and cause damage through sunburn, UVA rays can penetrate the skin and increase the signs of ageing. To ensure your skin is safe from both harmful rays, find a sunscreen that mentions the words ‘broad spectrum’. This means that the sunscreen contains ingredients that filter both types of UV rays, giving you better skincare in the long run.

Mineral based

Look for Ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, mineral ingredients used as UV filters instead of chemical ingredients, harmful both to your skin and to the environment. If you see the word ‘oxybenzone’, then it is advised to steer clear. Oxybenzone has proven to cause bleaching of coral reefs — making them susceptible to disease and death — and can cause skin damage by aiding UV rays to be absorbed by your skin instead of deflecting them.

Whether you are starting to feel autumn in the air in the Cape, or just looking forward to warmer months in the North, you’ll be able to head off to the shops this year, knowing what to look out for in a quality sunscreen that’ll offer suitable protection.

For quality sunscreen with the added benefit of small, lightweight packaging, browse our range of innovative snap sachets that are available at Clicks and Spar.

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