4 Summertime Triggers and Their Migraine-Friendly Alternatives
Summertime can be a nice time of year but also comes with some potential migraine triggers.
Sunscreen is a major trigger for some migraineurs, and with the smells, the chemicals, the accidentally-spray-in-your-face method of delivery, it’s easy to see why. Thankfully, there’s an alternative out there for whatever might be bothering you.
Scent of sunscreen as a migraine trigger
If you think it’s the smell, you may want to opt for something very simple (like a zinc oxide lotion) or a brand that tends to be less “smelly” than the others, such as Clinique or Bull Frog. Be cautious though of “unscented” sunscreens. They don’t add extra fragrance, but the basic chemicals included in the products can still have an intense smell. Try before you buy!
Sunscreen chemicals as a migraine trigger
If the chemicals are triggering an attack, consider choosing a zinc oxide and titanium dioxide alternative or one of the newer “natural” sunscreens. Badger, Babyganics, Burt’s Bees, California Baby, Kiss My Face, Nature’s Gate, The Honest Company, and True Natural have some good options. Take a look at the Environmental Working Group’s 2014 Guide to Sunscreens for more.Sunscreen sprays as a migraine triggerIf you can’t stand the newer spray sunscreens, stick to the lotions and creams. If convenience is a factor, consider one of the cream roll-on sticks. They’re easy to smooth on and they fit nicely in glove boxes, purses, and backpacks. Of course the best sunscreen continues to be a long-sleeved, lightweight shirt; wide-brimmed hat; and sunglasses.
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