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With still a full month of summer ahead of us as we continue through August, keeping our skin healthy and safe must remain at the forefront of our minds.  In Wisconsin, we look forward to the sunshine and warmer weather after the long, cold winters.  Sometimes it is easy to overindulge in that warm summer sun.  

When it comes to sun exposure there are some things to keep in mind.  First, it is important to get at least 15 minutes of sun each day with no sunscreen or filtered lenses on our eyes.  Direct sun on your body.  There are lots of cellular things that go on that require that kind of sun exposure.

After those 15 minutes, it can become a sort of “choose-your-own-adventure”. I have so much to say about the sun, but I am going to talk to you about Sunscreen.  We all know that too much sun exposure can lead to sunburn.  We don’t want to do that to our skin.  We need some kind of protection to keep the sun from burning us.  

There are 2 options for sun protection: Chemical Protection or Barrier Protection.  A chemical sunscreen is what we typically find in bigger brands and box stores.  These chemicals change the UV ray when they hit your skin.  The trouble is, they must absorb into your skin for them to work.  Those chemicals, they have found, get into your bloodstream and cause all kinds of problems, including cancer.  

The other option for sun protection is Barrier Protection.  This can be in the form of sunscreen or clothing, hats, and shade.  Barrier Sunscreens use the minerals Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide.  These minerals sit on top of your skin like a blanket and don’t allow the UV rays to pass.  You can make these sunscreens yourself or buy them from other small makers, such as 1924 Custom Soapery.  The really great thing about barrier sun protection is that it doesn’t get into your bloodstream. And, often they are made from high quality oils that actually nourish your skin while also protecting it from the sun.  Its a win-win!

So, for this last month of summer, read the labels on what you have at home for sunscreen.  Read about what those ingredients are and how your body responds to them.  If you choose to make the switch for a cleaner sunscreen product, give 1924 Custom Soapery Sun Butter a try!

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