As the creator of the most nutritious and natural men’s skin care products on the planet, I am continually asked why I don’t add sunscreen to my face creams. There is an important and logical answer that once you hear it, I hope it will keep you from being lured into a false sense of security when it comes to protection from the sun.
First, most sunscreen - other than the organic types like zinc oxide, are chemical mixtures. Mug for Men is about natural skin care and so I shy away from adding chemicals. What goes on your body is absorbed into it. Your skin has enough to do to defend against the stuff absorbed from your daily environment, why exacerbate the issue by adding more directly on your skin? That's just one reason I don’t add it to Mug for Men products.
The second reason is I believe people are given a false sense of protection from products that make you feel safer by touting sunscreen in daily moisturizing lotions and anti-wrinkle creams, when in fact they may not being doing much at all.
Consider my logic: What percentage of a Mug product would have to be sunscreen to actually protect you? The proper way to use sunscreen is to use a lot of it and use it often, like every 90 minutes! So, if I changed the Mug for Men formula and added these chemicals – say 25% sunscreen to the formula – honestly – do you think that 25% protection is worth it? (not to mention screwing up my awesome natural products!). It would be like putting on an SPF 3.75. Do you still feel protected?
Your Morning Routine…
So, getting ready for work, you slap on a competitor’s anti-wrinkle cream with SPF 3.75 and guess what? In 90 minutes you need to apply more- that's the FDA’s recommendation! So, you get ready for work at 7:00 am and by 8:30, when the sun is pretty damn weak anyway, your sunscreen needs to be reapplied. By noon, when you go to lunch – your skin isn’t protected at all. Sounds like a waste of good money and over usage of chemicals with little actual benefit, doesn’t it?
The Sun Can Be Your Friend…
I am sure that you have heard the news by now – Vitamin D is an important nutrient and the sun is your best source. Vitamin D is a steroid hormone that influences virtually every cell in your body, and is easily one of nature's most potent cancer fighters. So 10 or 15 minutes a few days is actually more beneficial for you than hiding from it. Do you really think the use of chemicals that are going to make little difference and may actually be more harmful than good for you, versus the sun – is a good idea? That's something you need to ask yourself and then act accordingly.
I am also going to question the conventional wisdom of sunscreen usage as we have seen the number of skin cancers case rise dramatically over the last 50+ years…and the rise parallels a corresponding use of sunscreen! So, instead of sunscreen usage going up and skin cancer cases falling – it didn’t happen. We slap on more sunscreen and get more skin cancer. The following article suggests that not getting enough sun may be the cause of an increase in skin and all cancers.
So, if you are like most men, we spend most of our day in an office at work or at home– don’t worry – you are going to be fine without paying more for something that probably won’t make much of difference anyway. If you work outdoors, you already know that a cap and long sleeves and lathering on sunscreen every 90 minutes is the only thing that really works. So, if you are going to be at the beach, the races, a picnic or baseball game – use a real sunscreen product, not something diluted from the marketing department.
I understand that you probably have more important things to worry about in life than how much sunscreen is in your daily moisturizing cream or have the time to read a skin care ingredient label and understand what the ingredients are (many require a chemistry degree). That’s why you have people like me to guide you in your search for your perfect, healthy skin.
Stay Healthy My Friends!