Anyone who knows me well will tell you that the sun is not my friend. I have a low tolerance for heat, and have avoided the sun avidly since I was in my early teens and read about how damaging the sun is to skin. I grew up surrounded by people who worshipped the sun, and had the leathery skin to show for it. Skin cancer, of course, is another major consideration. I always read the Environmental Working Group’s list of sunscreens as, unfortunately, many commercial sunscreens have rather nasty ingredients. I have skin that irritates easily, so I am very careful what products I use. I prefer physical sunscreens (e.g., titanium dioxide), as I find chemical sunscreens too harsh on my skin. My daily moisturizer is Dermalogica’s Super Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 30. I wear mineral make up, which adds another SPF of 15. I wear facial sunscreen every day, regardless of season or weather. I wear body sunscreen once skin is exposed. My aversion to the sun has been the subject of jokes and teasing for many years. I was the only teenager I knew who would sit under a towel, under an umbrella on a Mediterranean beach. I have clothing with an SPF factor of 100 to protect me, and I always walk in the shade. I may be pale, but I think my skin looks far better for it. But what about Vitamin D, I am asked constantly? Drops, thank you very much, I say.
Here is this year’s EWG list of sunscreens. Of these, I use Alba Botanica and CoTZ on my body. These two, plus my facial sunscreen, Dermalogica have EWG rating of 2, which is low.