Organic Skincare: Sunscreen
From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO...
Some people might think that the fall is a funny time to be thinking about sunscreens. However, if you ask any dermatologist about the one thing they recommend their patients do for their skin health, the answer is always sunscreen! I think it's a perfect time to try new products before mixing them in with the heat (and sweat) of the summer that may make it difficult to evaluate whether or not the product is the right fit for your skin. Additionally, because it is a product that you would potentially use everyday, I think it is especially important to consider choosing a chemical-free sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens aren’t always stable in UV light causing them to penetrate the skin and disrupt the body’s endocrine system. Mineral sunscreens often contain micronized- or nano-scale particles of those minerals which again penetrate the skin. The good news is that there are now plenty of options that won't make you look like zinc-oxide zombie or vampire (although this would be perfect for Halloween).
To make it easy for you, we’ve included a list of the top performing sunscreens rated by the Environmental Working Group and a list of ingredients you should avoid while shopping for sunscreens and other skincare products.
1. Badger SPF 30: www.badgerbalm.com
2. California Baby Suncreen Lotion SPF 30 w/out Fragrance: www.californiababy.com
3. Marie Veronique Organics: www.mvorganics.com
4. Soleo Organics: www.soleoorganics.com
5. Mychelle Dermaceuticals: www.mychelle.com
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Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO
Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery and discovered the many benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Jessica is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is also a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics, a specialty certification held by fewer than 500 acupuncturists in the United States.
Jessica currently maintains a private acupuncture practice in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, which was awarded Best Acupuncture Center by Boston Magazine. Areas of specialty include women's health, pregnancy, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. If you are interested in learning about the benefits of acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please visit the acupuncture + fertility page. New patients can book online to schedule any acupuncture service including a complimentary consult. Jessica also serves as a health care consultant for a number of integrative medical institutes. Her clients include IVF and infertility centers, functional medicine offices, orthopedic facilities, concierge practices, and green spas. Please contact OMBE for more information about these services.
Prior to her consulting work, Jessica founded an integrative health center in Boston. The eco-friendly center was one of the first twenty-five companies certified as a Sustainable Business Leader in Boston. During its ten-year tenure, the center provided services including acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, naturopathy, nutritional counseling, personal training, Pilates, and yoga. Studio offerings included mom and baby programming, Mongan Method Hypnobirthing, natural childbirth education and the Holistic Moms Network. The center was the recipient of several awards, including Mayor Menino's Green Business Award, a multiple recipient of Boston Business Journal's Best Workplace, Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Award for Massage Therapy as well as Best Eco-Friendly Massage, Eco-Beauty Bar, Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Pilates, and Workout.