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Posts Tagged ‘zinc oxide sunscreen’


So the compliments keep coming…

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

I keep getting told that “you look good ” “you changed your hair”. No, but thank you! My brows are lifted! I must’ve really needed that laser eye lift!

It was a pleasant surprise to get an update on my review paper of metastatic squamous cell carcinoma which was published 7 years ago. It has been cited by 135 other articles! Ask me how we can prevent this situation. It is not common but unfortunately, there are at least a few people with it every year. It’s very rare that women get them, but last year I did see the second woman of my career that had a SCC spread to her lymph nodes. The first patient I had met was mismanaged by a medical group in town and had her tumor treated numerous times without cure. She couldn’t talk or swallow by the time she met me. It was too late. The second lady had let the tumor grow too long and just had some bad luck.

Typically, the average SCC that spreads to the lymph nodes in my practice is an older white male who has had previous treatment of the lesion with radiation or liquid nitrogen. Size of the tumor, aggressive pathology, a delay of treatment and location on the upper half of the head or back of the hand are higher risk factors in my experience, and is backed up by research.

There are ways of avoiding this situation! Mainly, wear a hat and a zinc oxide-based sunblock such as Verdure. Get frequent exams and examine your own skin by looking and feeling. Talk to me about options for treating precancers that we can’t even see or may be too numerous to treat. And most of all, don’t delay seeking help.

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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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Verdure sunscreen is back!

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015


Verdure Matte Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen with Ceramides and Antioxidants SPF 30+ is back and better than ever! We added ceramides for increased moisture and now we are going cartonless to reduce paper waste.

As before, it is still the first and only sunscreen with broccoli extract-an antioxidant known to have protective effects against skin cancer. In addition, green and red tea (Rooibos) extracts are also there for the same reason. Zinc oxide is the best and broadest spectrum sunscreen ingredient available.

Verdure sunscreen was featured in Allure and Lucky Magazines as one of the best new sunscreens of 2008, as well as on Yahoo Shine!

You can click here to order online or pick one up while here in the office. Although it retails for $36 for 3 oz. it is price competitive with other sunscreens found in Sephora and in department stores. Some of our customers use it just for their face and use something less expensive for their body. It won’t sting your eyes and has the highest rating for water resistance. We hope you like it and for those fans out there, thanks for your utmost patience with our new formulation!

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