Traveling this season? The Moondust Cosmetics® team found high flying support for its call for skincare protection in any exposure conditions. See and hear the practical advice from an experienced flight attendant who is also a nurse here in this short video.
When traveling use protective suncare products inside whether sitting alongside a window or an aisle seat. In planes you are high up and the light rays come in at every angle.
In her video she does say: Wear that suncare, even when you’re just walking around in your daily life. Put it on to protect your skin from sun damage and future skin cancer concerns. The sun’s rays can hit you at a more direct and intense angle than when you’re on the ground so, please always wear sunscreen when you’re flying even if you’re not sitting next to the window.
Chemicals do NOT protect against scientific sunburn. There we’ve said it and it’s because the Moondust Cosmetics® philosophy and meticulous scientific finding show that mineral products such as the natural Skin Protector Plus (SPP) works.SPP unique formulation protects the sun sensitive person age 3+ and individuals concerned about skin cancer in the family, or recovering from skin cancer.
Reasons for sun safety as you work, play or travel
SPP was the safe and reliable solution sought by Dr. Moondust for her own sensitive skin and to protect skin cancer survivors and their concerned family members. The formulation, while easy to apply, gentle on the environment and reef safe, fulfills several important protective purposes.
Regular use reduces skin cancer risk over the long term
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and leads to millions of deaths with the #1 cause being melanoma according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). The risks come from exposure to both natural and artificial ultraviolet (UV) light – the light you get from the sun’s rays and from tanning beds, but at a more intensive level than natural light.
In addition, some sun tan oils have cancer-promoting ingredients. While chemical sunscreens tend to prevent just tanning, mineral sunscreens (at least zinc oxide) prevent both tanning and scientific sunburn!
Habits of suncare help
Making suncare a regular part of your skincare routine may help to minimizethe negative effects of sun exposure. This was shown in the September 2018 JAMA Dermatology publication. The study showed that regular sunscreen use in young adults is strongly associated with a reduced skin cancer risk over the long term.
How do mineral suncare products work?
While both chemical and mineral sunscreens shield your skin from the sun’s harmful effects of UV rays there are certain advantages to how mineral formulas work.
Ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide which are small particles that sit on the skin’s surface, physically block UV rays from penetrating the skin. They are not as readily absorbed into the skin and do not cause the same chemical reactions and heat response in our skin as chemical sunscreens (although, the heat eventually dissipates).
Dr. Moondust stresses that “this reaction is only effective if you are a “tanner”, though. Chemical sunscreens do not prevent scientific sunburn in sun-sensitive people (“burners”) since they allow UV light into the skin and do not prevent apoptosis (cell death)”
Also, the natural ingredients – safe both for the body and the environment in SPP are not absorbed into the bloodstream like chemical sunscreens. The May 2019 JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) published a small randomized clinical trial that showed significantly greater levels than the FDA requires for safety of topically medications (0.5 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) to undergo safety studies to determine possible toxic effects.
What’s more, the known health risks of sun exposure far outweigh the potential risk of absorbing small amounts of sunscreen chemicals. These include allergic skin reactions and hormone disruption.
For this reason Moondust has always reminded our community of additional ways to enjoy the sun, or to care for ourselves while working in it. Moondust promotes using the barrier of SPP and also hats, clothing and smart timing where possible for exposure.
Mineral suncare for the win – summer and winter
The two most common ingredients in mineral sunscreens, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, are the only sunscreen ingredients generally recognized as safe and effective by the FDA.
Are there downsides to mineral formulations?
Breakouts in acne prone skin: The concern for those who are prone to acne may be breakouts from chemical reactions or from minerals sitting on top of their skin.
Moondust’s SPP is not associated with this problem due to the special non-greasy Moondust Skin Protector Plus formula.
Harder to apply, and leaving a white film? The presence of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide and the need for regular reapplication may cause this in some mineral lotions.
You won’t have this white film with Moondust Skin Protector Plus and the special attention given to easy application and smooth coverage.
Why not try SPP for yourself – virtually from the comfort of your own home and phone! Moondust’s new augmented reality AR app lets you do this here and qualify to win a free full size tube of SPP.
Does Sunscreen Expire?
Suncare is best used, year-round, so you should know it has a shelf life, but it’s a long one especially for mineral sunscreens. SPP remains safe and stable for years.
Choose to be safe wherever you work and play in the sun, any time.
Got a plan to spruce up your home for that move indoors to the light and warmth during winter’s colder, darker months? Then consider plants for your interior space and plan to ward off any winter blues with green – so healthy and good for your skin, mood and lungs! Moondust Cosmetics® has these tip to help you add life to your home and to boost your body health and spirit this winter.
Add joy in your home, workplace or home based office and help yourself to energy in your workspace with easy care indoor plants. Here’s two favourites:
Snake plants are a great solution if you want to brighten up a darker corner of your home, as it thrives in low-light locations. Be aware; this plant is dangerous for most dogs and cats so keep it in an area away from pets. Or, how about the highly adaptable ficus elastica, rubber fig. It can grow to any height, depending on the size of the pot. Keep it by an indirect light source (near a window but not directly in front of it) for consistent growth.
Simply green not your scene? Then snap up some flowers and add colour like with begonias and others that grow all season long inside and out.
Bring the best of nature’s portable plants indoors help balance out the drier indoor air that is so hard on the skin’s health and natural glow. It also works to reduce the added stress of adjusting to pandemic times – more time indoors in winter, having work encroach on what used to be only private living space in our homes.
Let’s face it, plants lend energy and freshness and for many they even provide living company in their space. Do these ideas for adding health to your home indoors this season appeal to you?
Plants for your desk improve your air and your outlook
Finding a spot for a lively, easy care indoor plant that thrives in low light – has the benefit or making you tidy your workspace.
Water it and you’ll remember to hydrate, too. Exhale fully as you enjoy it and it’ll send the reward of some quality oxygen right back at you.
‘Express’ your love
Give your house plant light, food and attention, and you’ll naturally lavish some of that love on your well deserving self!
Decorate and design your signature space for success and less stress
Plants and your posture, say what?
Just looking at them reminds you to breathe in… and to do that well. You naturally relax and sit up taller. Take a break from your screen and enjoy these added body benefits:
Take regular breathers. Sit up straight and populate your place with healthy and green reminders of life beyond your solo work time and screen sharing.
Plants grow joy and have been proven to elevate your mood and even productivity – increasing calm from the inside out to your skin.
Your choices are limitless from dish gardens to tropical and anything you can imagine.
Plants in our homes and work spaces remind us of our connection to nature, and we can never go wrong with nature, can we?
Dr. Moondust, cancer biologist and founder of Moondust Cosmetics comments on the much anticipated Corona virus vaccine. It’s the top story round the world with good reason. Now, with the approval of some vaccines and the nearing approval of more to come, early distribution has begun.
Here’s Dr. Moondust’s update on what we need to know about the four top vaccines in circulation:
1. Dr. Moondust, thank you for joining us. Why don’t we start with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine?
So, there are always pros & cons in a situation – let’s consider some.
First, it’s a new messenger RNA vaccine and I’ve looked into that a bit – it seems to be rapidly degraded by the human body so persistence shouldn’t be an issue. (92% effective)
Next, the vaccine has to be stored at -70-80 C, which could make transport and distribution challenging. At the same time, it’s a plus because it’s hard to tamper with something that’s literally frozen solid.
Tampering? Do you really think that is an issue we should be concerned with?
Certainly, terrorism is a real threat in society these days & this would be a potential opportunity for bioterrorism or other criminal activity.
Finally, there’s that unknown element of unintended consequences from mRNA vaccines. Only time & statistics will tell.
2. Now, we also have Moderna. What do you have to say about the Moderna vaccine?
So, it’s another new mRNA vaccine & we’ve discussed the pros & cons of that. (94% effective & confers at least three months immunity in a preliminary study)
Next, it can be stored at -20 C in a regular freezer, which is an advantage for transport & distribution. However, that’s just like a Popsicle and tampering is more of a possibility.
Finally, this vaccine is probably made with Americans in mind, not Asians or other slender people. So, vaccine dose may be a factor & we’re going to discuss that a little later.
Oh, really. Can you say more about how our national background might be a factor?
Well, I’m about 5’ 5” and weigh around 100 pounds myself, so, I probably would not be a typical subject in these studies. Also, I’m chronically anemic due to a genetic condition called Thalassemia that is prevalent among Greeks – this is probably going to be relevant to my overall antibody response.
3. What about the Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine?
So, on the plus side, this seems to be more of a traditional viral-vector vaccine (a harmless virus carrying bits or all of the SARSCoV2 virus)
The trial was halted at one point due to neurological symptoms in one subject including spinal inflammation (however, they never really made it clear whether it was a test subject, who was given the vaccine, or a control subject, who was not)
Then, there were two different results with two different doses of the vaccine –
1. 62% effective in subjects who received two full doses of the vaccine
2. 90% effective in subjects who received a half first dose and a full second dose
They must solve this mystery because in science it’s important to know exactly why something works to ensure reproducibility. I would like to know if there were any side-effects in the first group that received two full doses, though, because this trial has shone a light on the whole issue of dose.
4. Finally, in our series ... what are your thoughts on the Russian/Sputnik vaccine?
The Russian vaccine is a very traditional adenovirus vaccine which is a vector that has been in use for generations.
Because this was the first vaccine to be produced, they have had a head start on their vaccination program and therefore must have collected a good deal of data on its effectiveness (claiming 95%) and side-effects (something that most manufacturers are being less than forthcoming about).
It is the most affordable vaccine which is good news for lower income countries.
But, what about dose? (This is a potential issue, especially, if the vaccine contains the complete SARSCoV2 genetic material)
5. Do you have anything else to add about the vaccines? It seems the more we learn about Covid19 and about the vaccines, the more factors there are to consider than even what we are told in the news reports heralding the arrival of the vaccines…..
Yes, in my opinion, a very important point to consider is vaccine dose. As we know, viral particle dose is a key determinant of COVID-19 severity. Therefore, it is quite possible that if a 100 pound person gets the same dose as a 300 pound person, the former could end up seriously ill due to an overdose of viral proteins. I propose that there should be at least three different doses of the vaccine – one for people 100 pounds and less; one for people 200 pounds and less; and, one for people 300 pounds and less.
6. Dr. Moondust, thank you for this enlightening conversation. Do you have any final observations?
Well, the rather important question that nobody seems to be asking is how long does immunity last after getting these vaccines? How often does one have to get it? (Will it be annual, semi-annual, tri-annual?) None of the companies have addressed this issue except Moderna with preliminary data.
That brings us round to the topic of supplements – don’t stop your supplements even if you get a vaccine – C, D, and Zn. Nobody seems to know the lag period between getting the vaccine and when its effectiveness ceases so there may be an interval where you’re not protected between vaccines.
Can you briefly remind us of what is special about your SPP formulation?
It’s a good source of Zn, which can block viral replication.
If you’re already taking a zinc supplement, then, SPP should be used specifically on your face and under your mask every time you go out in public places.
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