Artist Uses UV Camera to Show Effects of Sun on Skin, and the Startling Power of Sunscreen

As you contemplate your next visit to the dermatologist, you might find yourself a little unnerved by this video. As Colossal explains:

Artist Thomas Leveritt recently setup a special UV motion camera in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park with the intent of filming random passersby. Ultraviolet rays have the ability to expose not-yet-visible changes to human skin, namely freckles, that turn even the most unblemished faces into dark explosions of dots. Leveritt installed a monitor above the camera so people could instantly see the results, and then to heighten the effect, supplied them sunscreen in a vivid demonstration of why you should probably never again step outside without it.

Jennifer McWhirter, a published researcher, writer and a PhD Candidate in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo tweeted "@thomasleveritt has unknowingly summarized my entire body of research into one very beautiful, motivating film."

If you are a white male or female you should be particularly concerned because CDC data shows that you are at the highest risk of skin cancer. All is not lost, however, as there are still ways to protect yourself when you go outdoors. The images below, taken from the video, show how sunscreen can protect your skin.

Needless to say, whether you're heading to the beach or out for a ride in the hills, you'll likely want to apply a strong sunscreen such as our 30+SPF Green Tea & Zinc Oxide Sunscreen to any exposed parts of your body. This 22.5% non-nanoparticle, zinc oxide sunscreen was formulated to be free of any chemicals and to go on clear, without a ghostly white pale.

High SPF sunscreens might feel a bit heavy for daily wear on your face and neck. That's what motivated our founder, Nancy Newsom, to develop our Raspberry & Green Tea Daily Defense. As the name implies, this moisturizer is designed for daily use, and has 11% zinc-oxide to provide a significant physical barrier to reflect UVA/UVB rays. This unique moisturizer makes a great primer for under makeup and pure essential oils provide a light citrus and herbal scent. It's no wonder that Botanic Organic considers it to be one of it's cornerstone products.

Don't think of our Raspberry & Green Tea Daily Defense primarily as a sunscreen. Think of it first as a lightweight moisturizer. It's vitamin and antioxidant rich oils  provide organic nutrients to replenish skin and guard against environmental depletion. And it's green tea extract and sea buckthorn oil soothe redness and promote skin cell regeneration to aid in repairing UV damage. Other ingredients provide sun protection as well. Shea butter, raspberry seed, buriti fruit and hemp seed oils absorb a spectrum of UV radiation.

James Pravetz
James Pravetz


1 Response

Bronwen Nesbitt
Bronwen Nesbitt

August 21, 2014

Thank you for showing us the reality of the damage that is caused by the sun.

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