Saturday, June 20, 2009


Sunscreens are the mostly misunderstood as to what they protect from, how they work, and how people should use them. If you want the nitty gritty just skip to the last paragraph.

One such misconception is that high SPF give higher protection. This is not the case.
the amount of protection that a sunscreen provides has been derived by the formula

--------- *100 = % UV Protection

Looking at this formula at this moment no mater how high an SPF you buy you can never reach 100% protection. So no sunscreen provides complete protection.

Now, going back to the formula and using five popular SPF ratings currently in use, SPF 15, 30, 50, 70, and 100. The following table of data can be made.

SPF 15 30 50 70 100
% UV Protection 93.33 96.67 98 98.57 99

Notice that the amount of protection between a SPF 15 and 100. That is only 5.6% difference however you are blocking at an SPF 15, 93% of the UV radiation!

So what does that SPF number mean?

The SPF is determined by the Minimum Erythelose Dose (MED) times the amount of UV light the skin can handle.

So what is an Minimum Erythelose Does (MED)?

An MED is the amount of time that the skin is irradiated by light before it shows the first sign of reding. Most people are in the twenty minute range.

I've made another table using our favorite five SPF's. I've listed all the times in hours.

SPF 15 30 50 70 100
hours spent in the sun before the SPF limit is reached

10 2.5 5 8.33 11.67 16.67
20 5 10 16.67 23.33 33.33
30 7.5 15 25 35 50
40 10 20 33.33 46.67 66.67

Now we know from the first table that the sunscreen protect relatively the same and here we see how long they can protect us at the five SPF levels we've looked at earlier. Looks pretty impressive. Until you put the number in a perspective.

In Dallas, Texas on June 20 from sunrise to sun set the city will have 14 hours and 20 minutes of sun. And since most people are an MED of 20. An average person will be able to use an SPF 50 stay our in the sun all day and be protected, and that is only ONE application!!! In theory.

There are three problems with this table. Issue one, most people will not use enough sunscreen and issue two, you will move around and you will sweat and move and rub off that precious sunscreen. Issue three that is a ridiculous amount of time to be spent in the sun to only use one application of sunscreen!

Yet all table 2 shows us is the amount of time we "CAN" sped in the sun. But don't let those numbers fool you. For it is the water resistance that matters! The FDA has two types of ratings when it comes to water resistance. The first is (wait this the shocking part) water resistant and Very water resistant (tax dollars at work people). (It is the same test to determine if a product is sweat resistant or very sweat resistant). What that means is, to be considered water resistant the SPF must remain the same for 40 minutes after being submerged in 75 degree F water. For a sunscreen to receive a rating of very water resistant it must last for 80 minutes in water then tested. That's it that is as long as a sunscreen has to last according to the FDA. At the end of the 80 minutes you are suggested by the FDA to reapply. So, even the FDA doesn't believe that you need to be wearing a high SPF. Also, why would you want to cover yourself in so much chemical?

Application: How do you know you are using enough? The best method I've ever seen I like to call the gun method. Lay you hand flat palm up and hold your hand like you're shooting a gun with your pointing and middle fingers. Then fill the space between the pointing and middle finger with a half inch wide line of sunscreen. Filling the space from the tips of your fingers to the base of your fingers. That is enough sunscreen to cover your face, chest and arms.

According to the FDA you need to reapply sunscreen every 80 minutes that's when the water resistance wears off. Most (99%) of us don't need a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more (see above for explanation). The amount of protection an SPF 15 can give compared to an SPF 100 is less than 6% and a SPF 15 gives over 92% protection. Not applying enough is just as bad as not applying at all so reread the application step before you get to the beach. Please, buy smart, reapply every hour and a half and tell everyone you know how to be sunscreen safe.

Monday, June 15, 2009

The wonders of neem!

Neem a natural biocide! Seems to be too good to be true. Or is it?
Check this out the wikipedia link

Notice the lack of information on the invasiveness...

The truth of the matter is while it is a welcome tree in India. The Australians have had a hard time with it. And here is where I have the problem with the neem tree.

The neem tree grows very well in arid climates and high temperature. The proliferation of the tree has brought welcome shade and animal life back to Australia. That is a fact that can not be argued.

The other part is the plant has been so successful that it may be the reason that the fires in the winter of 2008 were so ferocious. The neem tree likes to grow around the old growth trees in Australia. The neem tree is very combustible. In the times before the neem invasion the old growth trees would have withstood the wildfires. Now with the fresh timber around the old trees it seems that they are not able to withstand the more intense fires that were raging around Australia.

So it comes down to this:

Use neem and promote it use or not use it and hope the problem goes away? Please feel feel to post comments with your opinion!

Hey look restock done!!!!

Good news I've restocked and ready to go! Lotion Samples are ready and waiting to go!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Parabens are safe. Now that is a topic up for discussion!!!

Best link I've ever found on the subject!

Parabens bad press based on flawed science

It's short quick and a pod cast! The other point I like to make on this that was not added was that parabens are in fact used most commonly in foods! We all eat this stuff!

Goes back to the bench Has an anti aging lotion that needs tending.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Work Work Work!

The latest and greatest is I've been busy!!! not with life but with a new product line roll out!

Yeah!!!! So far there is a morning wake up lotion and a dry skin night lotion! The total line contains 14 products! Lots to do! So yeah I've been busy!

Thanks for sticking around! I'm hoping to post a new market blurb. Tonight or tomorrow!