2011 Sunscreen Fast Facts
From the desk of Kristen Lutz, LMT...Whether any of us want to believe it, we are officially half-way through the summer. Even though we had quite the heat (and humidity) wave last week, you have to admit that we’ve had awesome summer weather in New England this year. We’re in a bit of denial here at OMBE that the summer months will soon come to an end. In an effort to hang on to the summer a little while longer, we’re reviewing our own sun-safety practices.
Why are we bringing this up now? Talk of sunscreen use and sun safety usually happens at the beginning of the summer. And sometimes we forget or slack a bit on being as diligent as we were on our first outdoor adventure. We’ll make it easy for you. Below are a few resources that we found to be extremely helpful in making sure we pay homage to our sun god, while staying safe and protected.
Our blog last summer, OMBE’s Skincare Issue: Summer Sunscreens is worth another read.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a wealth of knowledge on sunscreen use and safety. The mission of EWG is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by Ken Cook and Richard Wiles.
EWG’s Working Group's 2011 Sunscreen Guide. The guide contains detailed information on hundreds of sunscreen products. Simply select the brand and type of product, and the following information will be generated:
- Overall Score
- UVB Protection
- UVA Protection
- UVA/UVB Balance
- Sunscreen Stability
- Health Concern
- Other Concerns
Kristen Lutz, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist
Kristen Lutz, a Nationally Certified Licensed Massage Therapist, is a graduate of Cortiva Institute - Boston (formerly Muscular Therapy Institute) in Watertown, MA. As a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and Massachusetts Chapter of the AMTA, her work is centered upon supporting clients in achieving optimal health and well being through listening and understanding individual needs . She integrates various massage techniques into each personalized session. These techniques include Swedish (relaxation), deep tissue, sports massage, orthopedic massage, neuromuscular (trigger point) therapy, and myofascial release along with stretching, range of motion, and breath work. She is currently training to be certified in Advanced Orthopedic Massage. Having completed the Usui Method Reiki II Certification, clients can benefit from the integration of energy work and balancing along with massage therapy.
Clients benefit from Kristen's approach that each client is unique and no one treatment is alike. This customized approach leads to a more effective treatment. Kristen, a New England native, has been living in Boston for the past seven years. She graduated with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Sciences from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH while playing collegiate women's volleyball. She continued with her education and graduated with a M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and has worked in the health and wellness field as an exercise physiologist.
To schedule a massage at our Boston location, or receive our monthly massage specials, please contact OMBE.