Many people love the warmth of the sun. The sun’s rays on our skin make us feel good and can make us look good in the short term. However, there is a hidden danger. By now, many of us are aware of the SPF controversy. Some SPFs will protect you from UVB rays which cause skin cancer and burning and some will protect you against UVA which cause skin cancer and wrinkling. The danger is that many sunscreen ingredients break down in the sun in a matter of hours or even minutes. After this breakdown occurs, UV radiation passes through the skin which can cause a host of problems. Many times, you will see claims such as “all day protection” and “blocks all harmful rays” on bottles, but quite often this is not true. Fortunately, the FDA has taken action to ensure that consumers are clearer about the protection we are actually getting from a sunscreen product. Beginning this summer, there are new guidelines for SPF ratings that more accurately reflect the protection level guaranteed. With all this talk about SPF sunscreens and protecting our skin, we can often overlook one basic way of protecting our skin: water. While there may be no clear substantiation of the effects of water on skin health, the importance of water still can’t be overlooked in any area of your life. Your skin is an organ and just like every other part of your body, your skin is made of cells. Skin cells, like every cell found in the body are made of water. Without water, the organs won’t function at their best. Your skin will be much better equipped to handle harmful UV rays if properly hydrated and taken care of.
Filtered water that does not contain harmful contaminants is essential for your skin health and overall health. The PUR CR-6000C Filtered Water Pitcher holds up to 7 eight ounce glasses of water and removes 99.9% of microbiological cysts and 98% of lead. It reduces the bad taste and odor of chlorine, sediment, dirt while maintaining beneficial fluoride. It also comes with a built-in electronic LED indicator filter change light and includes the PUR CRF-950Z water filter cartridge that should be changed every 40 gallons.
Having a good filter cartridge in place can go a long way in ensuring you have pure, clean water in your home. The Pentek CFB-10 Water Filter Cartridge Replacement is a 10 inch carbon block water filter replacement for use in many water filter systems, especially undersink systems. This Pentek filter replacement cartridge uses advanced Fibredyne carbon block technology for up to two times the chlorine taste and odor reduction, and dirt holding capacity of standard carbon block filters. It also removes or reduces sediment, dirt, rust, and other impurities.
The ability to filter and bottle your own water is especially useful. The Filtrete Four-Bottle Water Station is great to use. Just fill the Filtrete Water Station with water from your sink, and the Fast Flow Filter reduces sediment, taste and odor of chlorine from your water. In just seconds, this four bottle water filter system will fill your reusable water bottles with clean, filtered water.
Remember to always read labels carefully before choosing the sunscreen that may work best for you. In addition, to the sunscreen be mindful that water, that often overlooked resource, can go a long way for the health of your skin.
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