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Questions about skin care in the sun and wilderness?

Skin Care In the Sun:

Q: When purchasing sunscreen, what ingredients should you look for?

A: Zinc and Titanium are generally the best items for full UV protection.  Don’t forget to apply FreshSkin’s Dr. Josie Recommends product, Protect and “C”erve, BEFORE the sunscreen!

Our favorite line of the cream based UV protection is EltaMD, and we sell it for less than any RELIABLE website store!


Q: When is the best time to apply (or even reapply) sunscreen?

A: I tell everyone to apply their sunscreen before their makeup no matter what. In case you forget, most sunscreens have to be applied 20 minutes before exposure, except the physical blocks containing zinc and/or titanium, which are immediately effective.  The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you reapply every 2 hours! If you are swimming, towel off and reapply.


Skin Care In the Wild:

Q: With concerns over DEET and bug spray, what are some good alternatives for avoiding insect bites, i.e., natural remedies?

A: Some people are naturally immune to bites (lucky them), but for most of us we need to put products on the skin. Unfortunately, DEET is still the most effective; HOWEVER, here are some essential oils that may work: citronella, lemon, eucalyptus, cinnamon, castor, rosemary, lemongrass, cedar, peppermint, clove, geranium, and possibly: verbena, pennyroyal, lavender, pine, cajuput, basil, thyme, allspice, soybean, and garlic.


The best skin care strategy really is to apply the essential oils to the skin first and then wear long sleeve and long pants that are made with lightweight material that are light colored (bug love dark colors). Stay away from swamps, or damp environments if possible, and don’t wear perfume!


Additional options are various mosquito repellent patches, like the aptly named “Don’t Bite Me” patch, and some very expensive mosquito traps that best used for large spaces like a garden.


Q: What is the best way to treat rashes or sores from contact with infectious plants?

A: Know your plants – get pictures of them and then make sure you look for them to avoid them. If that is too much work, then be sure to wear long sleeves and trousers. If you get poison ivy/oak/sumac you will really need to apply a lot of hydrocortisone cream to the area and take oral antihistamines. If it is anywhere near the face and eyes, you may need to see a doctor too.

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