What To Avoid Using on Skin While in the Sun?

September 13th, 2015

Summer’s not quite over and with UV solar exposure happening year round there are ingredients to avoid using on your skin while in the sun.  The most intense rays are still prevalent so it is essential to find the most reliable deterrents to protect against damage.  By this point the general public is aware of the necessity of a sunscreen that creates an impenetrable UV barrier.

A top notch Daily Hydrating Cream that contains enriching titanium dioxide and zinc oxide can deflect damaging rays while it keeps skin soft, as well as free of fine lines and age spots.  It offers protective care naturally.  According to Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist, “Titanium dioxide is known for its high refraction properties that deter the absorption of the harmful UV rays.  Zinc oxide, on the other hand has advanced sun protection capabilities, which protect the skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays.”


What to Avoid in Sun Skincare…

Knowing what not to use on your skin is equally as important what should be used especially where being outdoors is concerned.

Retinol has been popular in skin care products because it is naturally converted it to retinoic acid on dermal contact. Retinoic acid is believed to enhance collagen production and increase cell renewal.  It is increasingly found in common face care products.

Caution: The problem with retinol is that with sun exposure it is proven to increase the likelihood of melanoma, a form of skin cancer. So the harm outweighs the benefits in this case.  This result is most likely if it is used as day time face care which is becoming more common.

Retinyl palmitate is often found in sunscreen because of its antioxidant properties and gentle nature. It’s mild enough for application on sensitive skin, and is believed to lend antioxidant protection to fend off the ravages of UV solar rays.  And more often this ingredient is one among ingredients included in daytime skincare.

Caution: a 2009 study conducted by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) found that retinal palmitate was responsible for photocarcinogenicity- as well as the development of skin lesions (squamous cell neoplasm’s) associated with the beginnings of skin cancer.

The most advisable care for sun exposure is  free of harsh chemicals and the least processed.  If it sounds more like scientific language than pure botanical you may want to consider alternative face care.  A consultation with a reputable day spa can address your specific skincare needs for any time of day throughout the year.


Deanna Lane has a BFA from Pratt Institute and a Masters degree in cultural anthropology from New Mexico State University–now writing health and wellness articles for Joanna Vargas Skincare Sanctuary in NYC.  Otherwise exploring the art, social media and blogging scenes…