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Ask a dermatologist, and you’ll be told to wear a sunscreen (any sunscreen, as long as you use it) every day on all exposed skin, all year long. Ask a functional medicine doc and you’ll be told that a bit of sun exposure will boost Vitamin D production, and your immunity. Ask me, and you’ll get something in between!

I’m a huge fan of non-nano zinc sunscreens because they are the least harmful to the environment, safe for the whole family, and provide UVA (long term sun damage) and UVB (sunburn) protection. If the sunscreen also has a little titanium, that can boost the SPF, but it only covers UVB rays, so make sure there’s more zinc than titanium. Those are the only two mineral sunscreen ingredients, and I prefer them because they are effective instantly, and tend to stay on the skin longer than chemical screens, and have less potential toxicity for you and the planet. 

I wear sunscreen on my face, neck, and upper chest daily. I don’t use it on my arms or legs unless I plan to be in the sun for more than 15-20 minutes—that way I get a little dose of sunlight to boost my Vitamin D production. If I’m going out for a run or a ride, I apply sunscreen to exposed skin, and reapply to my face. 

My favorite facial sunscreen is Mychelle Unscented SPF 28. It’s not as perfectly clean and green as some other brands, but it sinks in quickly without a white cast on all skin tones, doesn’t exacerbate my dermatitis, and has no scent. My favorite body sunscreen is the Mychelle SPF 30 mineral spray, but it leaves more of a white cast, even on my pale skin. I’m still looking for the perfect body sunscreen! For more information on sunscreens, read this! And for more suggestions, click here!

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