It's Hot Hot Hot!

And Very Sunny.  So Apply Some Sunscreen!

Written by Gayle

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But What Kind?  And are There Things I Should Avoid?

Questions, Questions, Questions!  We all need to be alert consumers as we choose products today.  And as I have done some research, I have found some common ingredients in many sunscreens that we probably should avoid. 

Here are some of the big ones:

Here are some other things to consider:

Here is a link to a website that gives your more information and recommendations about sunscreens.

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What About Insect Repellents?

Remember that we are talking pesticides, here.  Obviously we don't want ticks burrowing into our skin, or mosquitoes sucking our blood, but spraying or spreading pesticides on the skin isn't exactly appealing, either.  There are some things you can do to cut back on your risk of bug bites, and then you don't have to use as much of the repellents.  Something I just learned--insect repellents only protect agains biting insects, not ones that sting.  So you'll just have to avoid bees, wasps, and hornets.  

Clothing

Long sleeves.  Long pants, preferably ones that are tight at the ankles.  Boring colors--you don't want insects to think you're a flower! No scented soaps, perfume, lotions, etc.  Closed toed shoes and socks, especially in areas with ticks.  

Repellents

You've probably heard of DEET.  It is effective.  Insects are attracted to the scent of carbon dioxide, which we give off; It's part of breathing, so I don't think we can avoid that! And DEET masks that scent.  But there are other, more natural ways to keep the bugs away.  The products we carry at Lassen's generally use essential oils.  Much nicer.

Here is a website with recommendations and some other information.

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Lassen's carries a large selection--and this photo shows just a small sampling--of natural sunscreens and insect repellents.  Our helpful Body Care team members will be able to help you choose the ones that are right for you!  And of course, just in case you still get too much sun, make sure to pick up some Aloe Vera gel to cool down and soothe your skin!

Have lots of fun in the sun, but don't forget to protect your skin!

Love,

Lassen's