Summer time is nearly upon us [finally] ++ it’s time to bring your #sweatsesh outside into the fresh air + sunshine. We’re giving you many opportunities to turn up the sunshine with the CHAARG BOOTYCAMP that can be done nearly anywhere + if you’re not doing the BOOTYCAMP, you can check out the CHAARG blog for plenty of summertime-friendly workouts you can take outside.
However you choose to #werkit this summer sunscreen should be a staple in your workout arsenal. Our skin is the body’s first line of defense against viruses, bacteria + harmful substances. It contains a tightly packed layer of cells called *stratum corneum* that prevent the body from absorbing potentially dangerous substances, a layer of cells called *Langerhans* that reroute any harmful substances to white blood cells to be neutralized + a layer of *melanin* that protects against ++ prevents absorption of powerful UV rays that can cause wrinkles + skin cancer.
Unfortunately, our skin’s natural production of melanin is not enough to protect against harmful UV rays. Our skin protects us from daily dangers, so it’s only fair that we do our best to protect it wherever we can! Quality is the #1 criteria when shopping for sunscreen. Just as reading labels are important when buying food + beauty products — it is also important to inspect + understand the ingredients in your sunscreen as they are not all created *equal.*
First, identify what kind of *block* your sunscreen contains. There are typically two kinds of blocks — physical + chemical. Physical blocks are often [but not always] favored over chemical because there is a lesser chance of allergic skin reactions. *Physical blocks* such as zinc + titanium oxide act much like a piece of clothing that you can wash off at the end of the day. They rest on the top of your skin as a layer of protection. On the other hand, *chemical blocks* contain ingredients that interact with your skin’s chemistry to reduce the impact of UV rays. It’s also important to really read the labels because many popular brands use a physical block called *oxybenzone* — a controversial sunscreen ingredient that has left skincare specialists debating potential harms versus benefits.
The pros + cons of different sunscreen ingredients may often be up for debate, but understanding your skin ++ how it reacts to chemicals will help you choose the best sunscreen for you. In an attempt to steer clear of chemical-rich formulas, minimize the risk of allergic reaction + maximize sun protection we’ve outlined five *clean* sunscreens to add to your outdoor workout arsenal [bonus — many of them have added benefits].
1] EiR NYC’s Surf Mud Pro Stick
This one is for the always-on-the-go CHAARGies. It comes in a handy stick design + packaging that will leave your gym bag mess-free. All natural, paraben free, sulfate free + cruelty free — this sunblock stick boasts a short 5 list of ingredients — coconut oil, cocoa butter, cocoa powder, beeswax + zinc. // CHECK IT OUT HERE
2] ILIA’s All Your Gold Beauty Balm
Don’t sweat — sparkle. Okay that was cheesy, but ILIA’s All Your Gold Beauty Balm is an all-in-one formula with SPF 20 that protects against UVA + UVB rays while giving your skin a brightness [+ happiness] boost. // CHECK IT OUT HERE
3] Hampton Sun
For all CHAARGies in pursuit of the sunkissed glow — Hampton Sun SPF 15 Gel Sunscreen protects from harmful rays while still allowing your skin to tan. Packed with vitamins A, B, C, D + E — Hampton Sun hydrates + protects against signs of aging. // CHECK IT OUT HERE
4] SuperGoop! Lip Screen
Your lips are just as sensitive to the sun as your skin [if not more]! Next time you take your #sweatsesh outside protect your pout with this hydrating + water resistant clear gloss that also prevents aging — all while being a powerful UV ray shield. // CHECK IT OUT HERE
5] Image Prevention + Daily Matte Moisturizer
Perfect for pre-office//class//workout — this sunscreen mattifies your skin for a shine-free look that is water resistant, paraben free + antioxidant rich. Protect your skin during your workout, or keep it in your beauty bag to use as a makeup base. // CHECK IT OUT HERE
Before you head outside for the #SummerOfSweat make sure you have all the tools in your arsenal to make this the summer that changes you. #Fitionista gear — check! Dumbbells + jump rope — check! Water — check! Sunscreen — double check! ; )
++ Briana [@brianam_inchaarg] // VirtCHAARG Orlando