react to those summertime sun rays, but the ingredients in sunscreen can also induce inflammation.
How to pick the right sunscreen
It’s important to find a sunscreen that really works for you because at the end of the day it is important, whether you only step outside to get behind the wheel of your car, or you’re a serial camper.
I found my sunscreen products through trial and error, but through further research, I found that the National Eczema Association has a list of products that are included in its Seal of Acceptance Program.
In order to be included in the program, products must be mineral-based (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide), must be alcohol-free, must be broad-spectrum (protection from UVA A and UVA B rays), and be SPF 30 or greater.
Some of the National Eczema Association (NEA)’s recommended products include:
- AVEENO® Baby Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen
- AVEENO® Baby Natural Protection Face Stick Sunscreen
- AVEENO® Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen
- CeraVe® SPF 50 Sunscreen Body Lotion
- CeraVe® SPF 50 Sunscreen Face Lotion
- CeraVe® Baby Sunscreen SPF 45
The NEA also recommends doing a spot test whenever trying a new product. Using a pea-sized amount of your new sunscreen, place it on the wrist or inside of the elbow, leaving it there for 24-48 hours.
If your skin reacts with redness, rash, itchiness, flakiness, or pain, this product is not the one for you. I wish I would’ve considered the spot test the first time I used sunscreen, but I won’t dwell on the past.
Once you’ve found a product that works for you, you must practice proper skin-care habits. This means using a generous amount of sunscreen and applying it on all uncovered skin (nose, ears, neck, hands, feet, lips, and head, yes your part is included).
Don’t forget to reapply at least every two hours, and never apply to damaged or broken skin. Other summer care practices for eczema and in general, including wearing hats and breathable fabrics, drinking lots of water, and being mindful of the ingredients in your insect repellant and moisturizers.
Jasmine Danielle is a Los Angeles based dancer and fitness trainer. She received her BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has studied with FiTour, the National Federation of Personal Trainers, and the Equinox Group Fitness Training Institute.
Jasmine is currently a Group Fitness Instructor for Equinox, Everybody Los Angeles, and Sandbox Fitness. Her fitness modalities include, ballet, dance cardio, barre fitness, TRX, treadmill interval training, cardio kickboxing, jump rope, indoor cycling, and metabolic conditioning.