Sunscreen explained

Top Make up artist and Founder of Mun skincare Munemi Imai is sharing with Organice Your Life® her organic beauty and skincare secrets. Today she explains how sunscreen works and why it is important to stay protected from the Sun.


Always protect your skin from the Sun with a sunscreen. Sunlight contains two types of UV rays: UVA and UVB: B is the good kind which you want lots and lots of, because it helps you create Vitamin D. And A is the bad kind because it penetrates your skin and can create skin damage, aging and could even result in skin cancer! So good protection is vital.

Mineral and chemical filters

There are two types of filters used in sunscreen: Mineral or chemical filters.

Mineral filters create a reflective layer on your skin with Zinc-oxide or Titanium-dioxide particles. It reflects the sunlight to not reach the skin. Benefit of this is that in high concentrations they can block the sunlight totally, it is not absorbed by the skin and therefore has less chance of creating allergic reactions and are photo stable. (it works all day without loss of protection) Less positive is that they leave a white layer on your skin, they are thicker, greasier and harder to smear. Also they can block your pores. So this type of sunblock is less appropriate for dark skin types and greasy or break-out skin types.

A chemical filter works quite differently. It penetrates the skin and absorbs the UV rays there. It doesn’t create a white layer on your skin and can be used in lighter creams, sprays or oils. That’s why they are a better option for greasier skin types and are often used in day creams. Less positive is that they usually don’t block all UVA rays and most of them are not photostable, so re-applying is a must!


What to use on a beach vacation

When I go on a beach vacation I make sure I use the mineral type of filter at least at the start of the vacation. I think it is easy because you only have to apply once, and you are sure you are protected all day long. But creating a nice tan, using this one, doesn’t work that well for me. So usually after a few days I switch to a different one with a chemical filter, when I feel that my skin has had time to adjust to the sunlight. But then I really have to be careful not to get sunburned. I also make sure I am not in the Sun between the hours 12-3pm when the Sun is the highest and has the strongest sunlight.


Choosing a good sunscreen

Most sunscreens have both types of filters at the same time. Just check the label or ingredients so you are sure you know which type of filter you are using.  It is important to know exactly what you put on your skin, some brands add other chemicals in their sunscreen that are harmful to the skin. There are ones with organic ingredients on the market too. Find one that doesn't irritate your skin, and that has a good SPF. (The Sun Protection Factor. the higher the SPF, the more time you can stay in the Sun protected).


Good luck protecting your skin!


Love, Munemi 


First published on May 24th 2010, Updated in 2019


Munemi's own product line MUN is great to care for your skin before and after you have been in the Sun. These include the
MŪN Skin Care Akwi Purifying Cleanser, MŪN Skin Care Protect + Revive Moisturizer and Mun Skin Argan Pure Argan Oil .

The MUN skincare Anarose Hydrating Rose Toner is amazing to calm down skin. (click on picture for more information and to purchase)


John Masters Organics

I have tried many all-organic shampoos and conditioners, but nothing gave my hair a healthy shine, but they only dulled my hair. I am still looking for a 100% organic & green haircare, but John Masters Organics haircare comes pretty close, and I love to use this for my hair. In fact, when I use his shampoo, I have to go less to the hair stylist to cut my hair and put a gloss in my hair, as my hair stays much stronger and shinier longer!

When I recently wanted to visit the John Masters hair salon in NYC, I found out it had changed to a John Masters flagship store that only carries their products. Too bad! I hope they will open a hair salon sometime again.

What's the story behind John Masters Organics?

This is what I found out: The vision of John Masters, a pioneer in the city of New York when it comes to creating a hair salon with more than what just meets the eye.

"We only get one body, and we only get one planet."

His personal - strict- product guideline:

1. No sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, DEAs, MEAs, or TEAs

2. No GMOs (Genetically Modified Organism)

3. No petro-chemicals

4. No animal testing

5. No artificial colors, fragrances or fillers

6. Ingredients must be as organic as possible

7. All plant extracts and essential oils must be certified organic whenever possible

8. All essential oils used must be steam-distilled and not extracted with propylene glycol - which kills the effect of the oils

9. All plant oils must be cold pressed, not heat distilled - which kills the therapeutic properties of plant oils

10. All ingredients must be proven to be beneficial to the hair or skin

11. All ingredients must be harvested in an environmentally-friendly manner (wild-crafted)

12. All ingredients must be biodegradable as possible

My favorite products are:

[threecol_one]Evening Primrose Shampoo

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Besides skincare, bodycare and haircare, they also have pet care!  Check it out on the website:

Love, Lonneke

I use the Vitality & Energy Mask for a radiant skin


As the days are getting colder (well, here in the Netherlands) I have to be extra careful with my skin. Not every man likes to put some effort in his "beauty" skin care for men regime (most men only wash their faces with water and that's it), but I'm a fanatic skin care user for many years now. I don't mind getting older (I'm 33 right now), but with my healthy lifestyle and the help of some natural products I can reduce the process a little bit.

As you know I don't drink any alcohol for almost a year anymore (read: Choose Your Juice), and I can see the effect on my skin! It looks healthier than ever before!

Every morning I use some natural face products for men. Here are the steps in pictures:

Step 1:

Picture 1: my morning face, Picture 2: Intensive cleaning with scrub gel
Picture 1: my morning face, Picture 2: Intensive cleaning with scrub gel

You can scrub your face a few times a week. Always apply it on a moisty face (and neck). Wash it away with lots of hot water.

Step 2:

Gentle facial cleanser by Rituals
Gentle facial cleanser by Rituals

Luxury Face Treat by Rituals


I use the Vitality & Energy Mask for a radiant skin
I use the Vitality & Energy Mask for a radiant skin


You can make funny faces while waiting (10 - 15 minutes)
You can make funny faces while waiting (10 - 15 minutes)

Wash it away with lots of hot water. You can use a mask one or two times a week.

Step 4:

FACE nr 3: Ultra moistering face lotion by Rituals
FACE nr 3: Ultra moistering face lotion by Rituals
Finishing touch! I use this ultra moisturising face lotion every day!
Finishing touch! I use this ultra moisturising face lotion every day!

After this skin care you are awake and ready to start your day!

Ready to go with my fresh and healthy skin!
Ready to go with my fresh and healthy skin!

I also protect my hands with this lovely lotion:

Hand cream by FACE STOCKHOLM
Hand cream by FACE STOCKHOLM

This rich, concentrated hand cream leaves hands delicately scented, while locking in the moisture that is vital for the maintenance of healthy, hydrated hands. And it smells sooo good!

I hope all the men are inspired to take care of their skin! And if you have other tips: SHARE!

Ps: VALENTINA also shared her beauty skin secrets (for women and men) a few months ago! You can read it HERE!

Good luck!
Good luck!