skin, whereas mineral [versions] actively
reflect the UV rays directly off the skin.
And there’s been a lot of research around
the health impact of both of these. … It’s really
not clear how [chemical sunscreens] will
impact the body over time. We really go back to
the principle of better safe than sorry, and recommend mineral sunscreen.
CC: How often should it be reapplied?
JA: Reapplication is very important.
Reapplication is every two hours as long as
there’s no sweating and no water involved,
making sure that if you do go in the water, or
if you are sweating, then you need to reapply.
You do need to reapply all sunscreens,
whether they’re chemical or mineral.
CC: What else should be noted?
CG: Definitely read the usage label. Shake
well to ensure all the ingredients are mixed well.
Apply liberally. The FDA [Food and Drug
Administration] really has a recommendation
that adults should use about 1 ounce, which is
roughly a golf-ball-size amount for the entire
body, so more than you think you need.
JA: Apply it 15 minutes prior to sun
exposure. And make sure you get all the places
you need to get. Get a friend to get your back.
And check the expiration date. Every two
years, you need to get a new sunscreen.
CC: Any other important tips?
JA: If you’re in desert-hot sun, and it’s 110
degrees or what have you, you should probably cover up. Wear a hat. Wear long sleeves.
The sunscreen can only do so much if you are
in certain conditions. C
For more information, visit the Skin Cancer
Foundation at skincancer.org.
By Hana Medina
AS THE SUN starts shining brighter and the
days get longer, it’s important to take precautions with your skin. The Costco Connection
spoke with Jessica Alba and Christopher
Gavigan, founders of The Honest Company,
about sun safety tips everyone should follow
before heading outdoors.
The Costco Connection: What
should Costco members know before they buy
Jessica Alba: There are chemical sunscreens and there are mineral sunscreens, and
that’s really the big differentiator in the marketplace.
Christopher Gavigan: The chemical
sunscreens work by absorbing the energy
from the sun and UV rays. They convert that
energy into heat and disperse it across the
Skin-care tips from
The Honest Company
A NEW FORMULATION of Honest Mineral Sunscreen is
being introduced this month at Costco and on Costco.com.
Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan talk about what’s new.
CC: What are the benefits of Honest’s new mineral sunscreen?
CG: We use a zinc, which is a non-nano zinc [potentially
a more healthful alternative], as the active ingredient.
JA: It’s an SPF 50 [upped from their previous formula of
SPF 30]. The look and feel—the texture of the sunscreen—is
really nice. The water-based formula is easy to spread. It’s less
whitening, has a clean, non-greasy, lightweight feel. It shouldn’t
disappear completely; you should see a little bit of the sunscreen, because that’s how you know it’s protecting you and it’s working.
CG: We’ve had a lot of clinical, pediatric and dermatologic testing done on this, which is
important for us to have, and the Skin Cancer Foundation is recommending our sunscreen product as an effective broad-based sunscreen.—HM
The Honest Company
talks about its
A VIRUS FIRST identified in Uganda nearly
70 years ago has captured worldwide headlines
for months. An outbreak of the Zika virus in
Brazil has been linked to a dramatic increase in
the incidence of the birth defect microcephaly.
In Brazil, 2,782 newborn babies are suspected of having microcephaly stemming
from the 2015 Zika outbreak, according to a
New York Times article in January. Incidences
of that birth defect there had been as low as
147 cases in 2014 and 167 cases in 2013.
Currently, Zika outbreaks are occurring
in northern South America, Central America,
Mexico and the Caribbean.
Avoiding Zika in affected areas
Zika is primarily spread by mosquitoes,
so protect yourself.
; Use insect repellent, and reapply as
directed. (If you are using sunscreen, apply it
before the insect repellent.)
; Wear proper clothing to keep your skin
; Sleep in air-conditioned or screened
rooms, or use bed nets.
Officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed that Zika can be sexually transmitted.
Condoms are recommended for preventing
Zika symptoms are easy to miss
Zika is usually mild, with symptoms that
may last for a week. Most people don’t know
they are infected. Watch for red eyes, joint
pain, fever and a rash.
There is no vaccine to prevent or treat
Zika. Treatment of Zika symptoms should
include rest, hydration and over-the-counter
analgesics to reduce pain and fever.
Pregnant or trying to conceive?
Because the Zika virus has been linked to
birth defects, the CDC advises pregnant
women to strongly consider postponing travel
to areas experiencing a Zika outbreak. If a
male partner travels to a Zika outbreak area,
condom use and/or abstinence are recommended for the duration of a pregnancy.
; For Zika information: cdc.gov/zika
; For current travel notices: cdc.gov/travel