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Sun protection and everyday routines

After a particularly annoying outbreak of kp on my face, I'm re-evaluating my skincare routine entirely. I think I have a new routine figured out, but I'm left with two questions before I can consider everything (more or less) settled:

1) I'm fair-skinned and in my early 20s. I already wear sunscreen every day, but would it also be beneficial for me to start mixing vitamin c in with my moisturizer for the sun damage protection?

2) My favorite body sunscreen has oxybenzone in it. Given that it's an endocrine disrupter and I use this sunscreen everywhere that's uncovered and not my face, should I switch to another sunscreen without it?


  • 1. Given the benefits that Vitamin C provides that sounds like a reasonable suggestion.

    2. I haven't seen any evidence that suggests using oxybenzone is dangerous. But if you're concerned you should switch.  
  • *Giggles at Bitter's name* Bwuahahaha, I see what you did there. :D

    In an extension of her question, could you use things like lemon juice, or citric acid, or lemon or orange essential oils in a pinch and have it work similarly, or is there huge distinction? Srry if this is a dumb question. :P
  • Citrus oils contain materials that can irritate your skin. 
  • Wow, that was a fast response. Thank you! Now to calculate how much power to add per application....
  • ArgonOilsTheNuRadium, things like lemon juice, lemon essential oil and some other EOs (especially from the citrus family) can increase skin's photosensitivity, so they can potentially increase a sunburn, even when very well diluted.

    Some things that might be worth reading on this:
    A study of the phototoxicity of lemon oil -, Some essential oils that can cause photosensitivity -, etc.

    Adding to BitterAlmonds' question about mixing Vitamin C into moisturizer, I'm curious if we need to keep the pH of the resulting mixture within a certain range for this to be effective? As far as I know, the pH has to be kept pretty low with DIY vit. C serums, for example. And what %/ratios would you recommend? Are there any things we need to be aware of when adding vit. C to products?
    Thank you very much!
  • @meteor .... Oops. I sensed it may do this, but not to such an extent. Haha, whoops.
  • @Meteor, Thanks again. Wow, I really need to be WAY more careful. I just read that and realized my recent exp was pretty dumb, *is pretty sunburnt*

  • I second meteor's question. My understanding is that the low pH is to keep the mixture from destabilizing and losing efficacy; if the serum is mixed fresh/powder is added only as needed for every application, the pH of the mixture doesn't matter. Is that right?
  • You want the vitamin C to retain efficacy even after it's applied to your face so I assume pH still plays some role. (Although the skin's natural acid mantle will eventually control the pH.)
  • @ Randy, So. What else can retain efficacy that we could add, w/o being so reliant on the PH of the solution if our face's natural chemistry is just going to take over and assimulate the PH of our moisturizer at some point, like it's Borg, saying "Resistance is futile"?

    (I <3 anyone who gets that reference.).

    I just don't have the time anymore to research all of this like I did. :/

  • Maybe some kind of micro encapsulation. 

    Live long and prosper. 
  • @ Randy <3 :D Now that's a good idea! I wish I knew how to do that stuff, lol.
  • My friend faced the same problem of wrinkles, spots and dryness then he tried Dermaxsol innovative skin care treatment and she get smooth and wrinkle free face.
  • According to this you don't need harsh sunscreen chemicals! Use natural oils instead!

    Now obviously I don't recommend this at all, but it was just pissing me off and I had to post it somewhere.
  • I think it's irresponsible that someone posted this information as fact without any references. I left this comment: 

    "I'm curious where these SPF numbers came from - can you please provide a reference to where you found them? All I could find in the scientific literature are articles like this one that give very low SPF values for natural oils. 

    It's dangerous to suggest that you can protect yourself from the sun with simple oils like these."

    We'll see if they respond to my request. 

  • I wouldn't hold my breath Randy. I commented on two different posts a couple of days ago and they have yet to respond. Seems to me that when their views are challenged they become silent because they have nothing to support them with.
  • That's what REALLY bugs me about some of these other websites. It's easy for anyone to state their opinion as fact on the internet. It's not so easy to find reliable sources of information to prove (or disprove) what you believe so not very many people take the time to bother with it.
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