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Posts Tagged ‘natural sunscreen’


SPF-What does it mean

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

I often get questions about what SPF means. Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is the rating for protecting against UVB, which are the shorter wavelength burning rays. SPF 15 means that one has 15 times the protection against the burning UVB rays compared to no protection.

The problem is that this rating system doesn’t account for the UVA rays which are the longer wavelengths that cause brown spots, aging, and also contribute to skin cancer. Most sunscreens now have “broad spectrum protection” which means UVA and UVB protection. Achieving this often requires multiple ingredients, because none of them get the whole wavelength spectrum from UVB to UVA, with the exception of zinc oxide. Titanium dioxide is second best.

One also has to look at the water resistance of the sunscreen, especially in hot weather and when exercising. If there is no water resistance rating, that means, there is little lasting protection under those conditions. “Water resistant” only means protection after 40 minutes in water and “Very water resistant” means at least 80 minutes in water. There is no such higher rating allowed.

Baby sunscreens, sunscreens found at Whole Foods, all have these ingredients often, however, they may not be well formulated and be pasty and overly whitening. When you come in, we can give you a sample of Verdure Matte Moisturizing Mineral Suncreen SPF 30+ or one can order on, or you can reach out to one of our vendors. We currently do not offer products on, so be aware that those may either be fake storefronts or vendors we no longer deal with.

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Aloha, we’re back!

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Rambutan, Food of the Gods


View from the porch, Kilauea

Island Girl and her Ukelele Video.

We returned from a wonderful trip 1 week trip to Kauai. This was my third trip to Kauai, the first trip was 10 years ago. I love the low key, laid back atmosphere. Our family rented a lovely oceanview house I found on vrbo and it was a great value. Let me know if you want more details! There were lovely unobstructed views in the front and backyard, and a mama and baby Kauai rooster on the property. Funnily enough, there was a young couple renting the guesthouse on the property and they came over and introduced themselves thanking me for renting their lovely room. Then, I also had a woman asking me why Ni’ihau shells were found on the beach this time of year, and I said, “I have no clue, but can I see what they look like?” I must fit right in, or they felt compelled to ask the only Asian person they’d seen on the Northeast side of the island!

The 25 knot winds were a bit much, I must say this was the worst weather we experienced in Hawaii, but it still beat the weather here, which is difficult! It made for some good kite flying, but not so great snorkeling. Our entire family almost got blown over into Waimea Canyon. It was really scary, but hysterical at the same time. We tried out some new places, like Bar Acuda in Hanalei, which was highly recommended by one of my patients who lived on Kauai for many years, Kalypso in Hanalei, and Common Ground in Kilauea, which is kind of an outdoor Urth Caffe on an organic farm. We also had a great meal at Brennecke’s in Poipu. I had wished for a meal without the kids, but alas, it still wasn’t in the cards! We were hoping to catch a good show while we were there. The first time we went, we lucked out and saw a Natalie Merchant show. But mainly at night I learned all of the cool apps that I could download for the kids on the Ipad from my pseudo stepson. That alone was priceless. My girls loved their new ukelele (click on the video…Watch out, Don Ho!)

The week did not exactly start off relaxing, as I thought that I had forgotten my contact lenses and makeup and my dog was having issues at the kennel. I found a high prescription snorkel mask to rent, gave up on looking remotely decent and took care of my dog issues via phone. We were 8 miles from the nearest grocery, so I cooked a lot of meals with local, organic ingredients we picked up at various daily farmer’s markets. Of course, at the end of our trip, I found my contacts and makeup. That’s what I get for taking care of everyone but myself! Verdure sunscreen prevented everyone from burning. I’m running out of inventory, so look out for a new version next year.

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