How To Protect Your Sensitive Skin from the Sun


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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Patriarchy Stress Disorder is A Real Thing and this Psychologist Is Helping Women Overcome It

For decades, women have been unknowingly suffering from PSD and intergenerational trauma, but now Dr. Valerie Rein wants women to reclaim their power through mind, body and healing tools.

As women, no matter how many accomplishments we have or how successful we look on the outside, we all occasionally hear that nagging internal voice telling us to do more. We criticize ourselves more than anyone else and then throw ourselves into the never-ending cycle of self-care, all in effort to save ourselves from crashing into this invisible internal wall. According to psychologist, entrepreneur and author, Dr. Valerie Rein, these feelings are not your fault and there is nothing wrong with you— but chances are you definitely suffering from Patriarchy Stress Disorder.

Patriarchy Stress Disorder (PSD) is defined as the collective inherited trauma of oppression that forms an invisible inner barrier to women's happiness and fulfillment. The term was coined by Rein who discovered a missing link between trauma and the effects that patriarchal power structures have had on certain groups of people all throughout history up until the present day. Her life experience, in addition to research, have led Rein to develop a deeper understanding of the ways in which men and women are experiencing symptoms of trauma and stress that have been genetically passed down from previously oppressed generations.

What makes the discovery of this disorder significant is that it provides women with an answer to the stresses and trauma we feel but cannot explain or overcome. After being admitted to the ER with stroke-like symptoms one afternoon, when Rein noticed the left side of her body and face going numb, she was baffled to learn from her doctors that the results of her tests revealed that her stroke-like symptoms were caused by stress. Rein was then left to figure out what exactly she did for her clients in order for them to be able to step into the fullness of themselves that she was unable to do for herself. "What started seeping through the tears was the realization that I checked all the boxes that society told me I needed to feel happy and fulfilled, but I didn't feel happy or fulfilled and I didn't feel unhappy either. I didn't feel much of anything at all, not even stress," she stated.

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This raised the question for Rein as to what sort of hidden traumas women are suppressing without having any awareness of its presence. In her evaluation of her healing methodology, Rein realized that she was using mind, body and trauma healing tools with her clients because, while they had never experienced a traumatic event, they were showing the tell-tale symptoms of trauma which are described as a disconnect from parts of ourselves, body and emotions. In addition to her personal evaluation, research at the time had revealed that traumatic experiences are, in fact, passed down genetically throughout generations. This was Rein's lightbulb moment. The answer to a very real problem that she, and all women, have been experiencing is intergenerational trauma as a result of oppression formed under the patriarchy.

Although Rein's discovery would undoubtably change the way women experience and understand stress, it was crucial that she first broaden the definition of trauma not with the intention of catering to PSD, but to better identify the ways in which trauma presents itself in the current generation. When studying psychology from the books and diagnostic manuals written exclusively by white men, trauma was narrowly defined as a life-threatening experience. By that definition, not many people fit the bill despite showing trauma-like symptoms such as disconnections from parts of their body, emotions and self-expression. However, as the field of psychology has expanded, more voices have been joining the conversations and expanding the definition of trauma based on their lived experience. "I have broadened the definition to say that any experience that makes us feel unsafe psychically or emotionally can be traumatic," stated Rein. By redefining trauma, people across the gender spectrum are able to find validation in their experiences and begin their journey to healing these traumas not just for ourselves, but for future generations.

While PSD is not experienced by one particular gender, as women who have been one of the most historically disadvantaged and oppressed groups, we have inherited survival instructions that express themselves differently for different women. For some women, this means their nervous systems freeze when faced with something that has been historically dangerous for women such as stepping into their power, speaking out, being visible or making a lot of money. Then there are women who go into fight or flight mode. Although they are able to stand in the spotlight, they pay a high price for it when their nervous system begins to work in a constant state of hyper vigilance in order to keep them safe. These women often find themselves having trouble with anxiety, intimacy, sleeping or relaxing without a glass of wine or a pill. Because of this, adrenaline fatigue has become an epidemic among high achieving women that is resulting in heightened levels of stress and anxiety.

"For the first time, it makes sense that we are not broken or making this up, and we have gained this understanding by looking through the lens of a shared trauma. All of these things have been either forbidden or impossible for women. A woman's power has always been a punishable offense throughout history," stated Rein.

Although the idea of having a disorder may be scary to some and even potentially contribute to a victim mentality, Rein wants people to be empowered by PSD and to see it as a diagnosis meant to validate your experience by giving it a name, making it real and giving you a means to heal yourself. "There are still experiences in our lives that are triggering PSD and the more layers we heal, the more power we claim, the more resilience we have and more ability we have in staying plugged into our power and happiness. These triggers affect us less and less the more we heal," emphasized Rein. While the task of breaking intergenerational transmission of trauma seems intimidating, the author has flipped the negative approach to the healing journey from a game of survival to the game of how good can it get.

In her new book, Patriarchy Stress Disorder: The Invisible Barrier to Women's Happiness and Fulfillment, Rein details an easy system for healing that includes the necessary tools she has sourced over 20 years on her healing exploration with the pioneers of mind, body and trauma resolution. Her 5-step system serves to help "Jailbreakers" escape the inner prison of PSD and other hidden trauma through the process of Waking Up in Prison, Meeting the Prison Guards, Turning the Prison Guards into Body Guards, Digging the Tunnel to Freedom and Savoring Freedom. Readers can also find free tools on Rein's website to help aid in their healing journey and exploration.

"I think of the book coming out as the birth of a movement. Healing is not women against men– it's women, men and people across the gender spectrum, coming together in a shared understanding that we all have trauma and we can all heal."