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How To Protect Your Sensitive Skin from the Sun

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Having sensitive skin can be a real challenge, as you have to be mindful about everything and anything you use. When your skin reacts and flares up easily, you have to be careful with skincare products, makeup, and any other products you use on your face, body, and scalp. If you fail to use the right products without harsh chemicals and fragrances, your skin and health could end up suffering.


So, what happens when it comes to protecting your skin against the potentially harmful UV rays of the sun? Most people these days know that lengthy exposure to the sun can cause various problems and could even lead to skin cancer in addition to burning and premature aging of the skin. This is why it is important to ensure you have some protection in place if you plan to spend time out in the sunshine. This protection comes in the form of sunscreen, which can help to prevent a range of issues linked to sun exposure.

The good news is that there are now plenty of options for those who have sensitive skin. You can get sensitive skin products when it comes to makeup, moisturizers, and various other products. You will also find a range of sunscreen options designed for those with sensitive skin. This means you can get the protection and peace of mind you need without risking a flareup caused by harsh chemicals and ingredients used in the sunscreen.

Some of the Main Benefits of Sunscreen Use

It is vital that you take the time to put on sunscreen before you spend prolonged periods in the sun. However, it is also vital that you are careful about the one you use if your skin is prone to flare-ups and is known to be sensitive. While there are various options on the market, some are packed with harsh chemicals and fragrance, which can be a nightmare for those with sensitive skin. Some of the key benefits of using a sunscreen that is designed specifically for sensitive skin include:

Lack of fragrance: When you choose a sunscreen for sensitive skin, you won't have to worry about fragrance. With fragranced sunscreen, there tends to be a lot of chemicals included and this can have a serious negative impact on your skin. In addition, fragrance does no absorb into the skin, which means that using a sunscreen without fragrance will prove more effective and will provide a higher level of protection. So, you can enjoy getting the protection you need without the risk of your skin suffering chemical flare-ups and reactions.

No harsh chemicals: As mentioned above, many sunscreens that are not designed for sensitive skin contain not only fragrance but also a range of harsh chemicals that can spell disaster for sensitive skin. If you choose a sunscreen that is designed for those with sensitive skin, you won't have to worry about any of these chemicals and you can relax in the knowledge that your skin is protected without the risk of reaction.

High levels of protection: With a good, high quality organic fragrance free sunscreen for sensitive skin, you will be able to benefit from a high level of protection against the harmful UV rays of the sun. You can get different protection levels, so you should choose one that suits your skin type. For instance, if you have very fair skin, you should go for a sunscreen that offers higher level protection.

No need to worry about reactions: By using a good sunscreen for sensitive skin, you can rest easy and enjoy greater peace of mind. This is because you won't have the worry of sparking a reaction as you would with standard sunscreens. You can relax outdoors and enjoy the sunshine and warm weather without having to worry about burning, peeling, and triggering skin health issues.

Effective protection from UV rays: As we know, the UV rays of the sun can be very dangerous in terms of our health and the appearance of our skin. By investing in a high quality sunscreen that is designed for those with sensitive skin, you can ensure your skin is protected from these rays but you won't have to worry about your skin suffering other problems stemming from the use of sunscreen that contains fragrance or chemicals.

Can be used by all family members: One thing to remember is that people with normal skin can use sunscreen for sensitive skin but those with sensitive skin cannot use standard sunscreen without suffering. Using a sunscreen for sensitive skin is a cost effective option, as it means that the whole family can use the same product rather than everyone having to use separate ones. This means you will only have to purchase one bottle rather than one for each family member, which will ultimately save you money.

Can be used by all family members: One thing to remember is that people with normal skin can use sunscreen for sensitive skin but those with sensitive skin cannot use standard sunscreen without suffering. Using a sunscreen for sensitive skin is a cost effective option, as it means that the whole family can use the same product rather than everyone having to use separate ones. This means you will only have to purchase one bottle rather than one for each family member, which will ultimately save you money.

Other Protection Tips to Help

Of course, using a good sunscreen is only part of the protection you need when you are spending time in the sun. You also need to put other measures into place to ensure your health does not suffer. For instance, you should wear a wide brim hat or baseball cap to shade your face and shield your scalp from the sun's rays. In addition, you also need to protect your eyes and the area around them, so you should invest in a good pair of sunglasses that provide UV protection.

Finally, don't forget to protect all exposed areas of your body. Many people simply apply sunscreen to their face and neck. They then end up with burned, peeling arms and legs, because these areas were also exposed to the sun but did not have any protective barrier on them. You should apply your sunscreen to all areas that are going to be exposed, which includes the feet if you will be wearing sandals as well as the hands. This way, you can ensure that you are properly protected and that your skin benefits from a proper protective barrier.

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#GetFunded: The Best Way to Kick Off Pride as an LGBTQIA+ Entrepreneur

We're here. We're queer. Now that it's pride month, it feels like every store and corporation is flooding us with their best rainbow merchandise, capitalizing on a $917 billion dollar consumer market.


The rainbow flags are out. The mannequins are sporting pride tees. And corporate newsletters are full of interviews showcasing all their queer employees ("Look, we have a gay person here! We GET you!").

To me, this is blatant evidence that the future is queer.

These corporations follow the money, and with 20% of millennials and 31% of Gen Z openly identifying as queer, these businesses have to capitalize on the growing purchasing power of LGBTQIA+ consumers. With a recorded market size of $917 billion dollars in 2016, and a growing interest in socially conscious brands among young consumers, this is clearly a market opportunity that corporations cannot afford to ignore.

However, I'm always surprised by how little attention investors and the entrepreneurial community devotes to this undeniable trend, despite being constantly inundated with overwhelming statistics proving the importance of diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship. Only 2.2% of venture capital funding went to women in 2018, less than .1% of funding has been allocated to black women since 2009, and only about 1% of venture-backed companies have a black founder or Latinx founder. These statistics are over-quoted but underacted upon.

This gender and diversity inequality significantly hinders economic growth, since 85% of all consumer purchases are controlled by women, and startups with higher ethnic diversity tend to produce financial returns above their industry norm.

The data is clearly leading to one direction: investing in women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, veterans, immigrants, and other minority groups in entrepreneurship leads to higher revenue and better business results.

As data-driven and forward-thinking as this industry claims to be, we haven't caught up to the queer founders, particularly queer women, who are rethinking the future. These founders understand and speak to a generation of increasing numbers of LGBTQIA+ people whose market share will only continue to grow exponentially. VCs and investors are already behind the curve.

Apply to pitch!

SoGal Foundation, a non-profit on a mission to close the diversity gap in entrepreneurship, is helping bridge this divide between queer women founders and investors with the launch of applications for the second annual Global Pitch Competition for diverse entrepreneurs. Hosted in 25+ cities across five continents, and culminating in a final global pitch competition and 3-day immersive educational bootcamp in Silicon Valley, this is the first and only globally-focused pitch opportunity for diverse entrepreneurs.

Startups that are pre-Series A (raised less than $3M) with at least one woman or diverse founder, apply here to pitch! The top teams selected from each regional round will join SoGal's final global pitch competition and bootcamp in Silicon Valley for guaranteed face time with dozens of top Silicon Valley investors, curated educational programming, unparalleled 1:1 mentorship, press exposure, and a chance to win investment capital.

Women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ founders: what's the best way to kick off pride? Apply to pitch!

Regional pitch rounds will be held August-November 2019; final pitch competition in Silicon Valley in February 2020. Details and additional cities to be announced.

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