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Non-Toxic Sunscreen - MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Monday Aug 19, 2019 by Celeste Thomas

Why You Should Be Using Non-Toxic SPF This Summer

Skincare
Beauty
Expert Advice

Don’t let the last month of summer fool you. It’s August, and the harmful rays are not letting up anytime soon. It’s true, protecting your skin against harmful summer rays has so many benefits, but the SPF landscape can be trickier to navigate than a first time trip to the Korean spa.
 
What if I told you that the right, non-toxic, chemical-free sunscreen could actually improve your skin concerns and leave you looking glowy AF! It’s not too late to implement a summer skin saver ritual. Read on, glow up.

Keeps skin nourished

One of the biggest benefits of using a mineral sunscreen, as opposed to a harsh chemical variety, is that it nourishes the skin without clogging pores. Zinc is one of the primary non-toxic SPF ingredients, and it’s benefits include reducing redness, killing acne bacteria, and fighting free radical damage. Oily or acne-prone? Slather on the zinc to stay clear. Contrary to popular belief, sun exposure actually zaps your skin’s natural moisture, causing an oil-producing reaction. Keep skin happy, nourished, and clear by applying a natural mineral sunscreen well into fall.

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Keeps skin nourished

One of the biggest benefits of using a mineral sunscreen, as opposed to a harsh chemical variety, is that it nourishes the skin without clogging pores. Zinc is one of the primary non-toxic SPF ingredients, and it’s benefits include reducing redness, killing acne bacteria, and fighting free radical damage. Oily or acne-prone? Slather on the zinc to stay clear. Contrary to popular belief, sun exposure actually zaps your skin’s natural moisture, causing an oil-producing reaction. Keep skin happy, nourished, and clear by applying a natural mineral sunscreen well into fall.

Decreases the appearance of acne scars

I hate to break it to you Snookie, having a tan will not help conceal acne scars! Harmful UV rays not only cause signs of aging, but they can also make the appearance of acne scars and pigmented skin marks much more noticeable. Exposure from the sun actually creates hyperpigmentation by increasing melanin production, darkening acne scars. Prevent the darkening of current unwanted facial pigment and breakouts simultaneously with non-comedogenic zinc-based formulas.
 

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Decreases the appearance of acne scars

I hate to break it to you Snookie, having a tan will not help conceal acne scars! Harmful UV rays not only cause signs of aging, but they can also make the appearance of acne scars and pigmented skin marks much more noticeable. Exposure from the sun actually creates hyperpigmentation by increasing melanin production, darkening acne scars. Prevent the darkening of current unwanted facial pigment and breakouts simultaneously with non-comedogenic zinc-based formulas.
 

Prevents signs of aging

Who doesn’t want to keep their skin free of wrinkles and prevent other signs of aging? Prolonged exposure to UV light can damage fibers in the skin called elastin. Over time, this can cause the skin to sag and stretch, causing pesky wrinkles and skin laxity. That, I-just-got-home-from-Ibiza tan might look cute for one Instagram post, but it will take a not-so-pretty toll later in life. All said and done, get a good bronzer and wear your sunscreen loves!

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Prevents signs of aging

Who doesn’t want to keep their skin free of wrinkles and prevent other signs of aging? Prolonged exposure to UV light can damage fibers in the skin called elastin. Over time, this can cause the skin to sag and stretch, causing pesky wrinkles and skin laxity. That, I-just-got-home-from-Ibiza tan might look cute for one Instagram post, but it will take a not-so-pretty toll later in life. All said and done, get a good bronzer and wear your sunscreen loves!

But what to buy?

To take the guess work out, I tested countless non-toxic face and body sunscreens to find the absolute best products on the market.

Face

My top pick for your face is the Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 from Josh Rosebrook. This mineral liquid SPF has zinc, evening primrose oil, and hempseed oil to calm sensitive skin. It has a slightly dewy finish and doesn’t make me breakout! This 2-ounce size lasts forever, so it’s well worth the price tag. Hot tip: apply to damp and or well-hydrated skin for a buttery smooth application.

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But what to buy?

To take the guess work out, I tested countless non-toxic face and body sunscreens to find the absolute best products on the market.

Face

My top pick for your face is the Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 from Josh Rosebrook. This mineral liquid SPF has zinc, evening primrose oil, and hempseed oil to calm sensitive skin. It has a slightly dewy finish and doesn’t make me breakout! This 2-ounce size lasts forever, so it’s well worth the price tag. Hot tip: apply to damp and or well-hydrated skin for a buttery smooth application.

Body

This SPF 30 Sheer Zinc Sunscreen from Babo Botanicals is the best completely non-toxic spray I’ve ever found! It sprays on a touch white but easily blends into a sheer, scentless finish. It’s also completely reef, baby, and boyfriend safe! Hot tip: Apply post-shower when you’re in your birthday suit to avoid all tan lines.

If you’ve been tanning all summer, don’t fret.   It’s never too late to make like Julianne Moore. Your stunning wrinkle-free 60-year-old self is high fiving you every time you apply that sunscreen.
 
Looking to step up your skincare routine?  Follow @thetruespoon and check out The True Spoon for skin education, #eattoglow recipes, tips, and more! 

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Body

This SPF 30 Sheer Zinc Sunscreen from Babo Botanicals is the best completely non-toxic spray I’ve ever found! It sprays on a touch white but easily blends into a sheer, scentless finish. It’s also completely reef, baby, and boyfriend safe! Hot tip: Apply post-shower when you’re in your birthday suit to avoid all tan lines.

If you’ve been tanning all summer, don’t fret.   It’s never too late to make like Julianne Moore. Your stunning wrinkle-free 60-year-old self is high fiving you every time you apply that sunscreen.
 
Looking to step up your skincare routine?  Follow @thetruespoon and check out The True Spoon for skin education, #eattoglow recipes, tips, and more! 

Celeste Thomas
Written by
Celeste Thomas
Holistic Skincare Expert
About the author
Celeste Thomas is a registered nurse and holistic skincare expert. Her genetically acne-prone skin is the vehicle for her devout exploration into the ever-evolving skincare industry. Celeste utilizes her medical expertise, passion for holistic wellness, and her constant quest for knowledge to meticulously comb through the noise to find what truly works. Celeste aims to inspire unconditional skin confidence on her instagram @thetruespoon and blog The True Spoon through skin education, #eattoglow recipes, and more.
what is wellness
Wellness
Published Wednesday Oct 06, 2021 by Denise Prichard

What is Wellness?

Expert Advice
Wellness

To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.

Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.

If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.

Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.

Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.

Here’s what you all had to say.

Wellness is more important to you than ever

According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.

I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.

What wellness means to the pros

Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.

Here’s what they had to say.

“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights

“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center

“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio

“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates

Putting wellness into action

I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.

Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.