Sunscreens in a snapshot!
I would love to shed more light on why I am sometimes referred to as the ‘Sunscreen Nazi’ I preach using sunscreen everyday, after simply seeing the damaging effects that the sun does, and will continue to do if you don’t protect yourself. I hear a lot of the time – ‘I dont really go outside during the day’
Do you walk to get a coffee at all during the day?
Do you walk to collect the banking or the mail?
Do you walk to your office from the car in the morning is vice versus?
Do you sit outside for your lunch break?
Do you sit next to a window in the office?
All of these things and more can contribute to premature aging, photo damage, loss of elasticity, firmness, and can create an uneven skin tone.
Here’s the down low on UV.
UVC is the lowest form of UV. Most of it gets blocked out by the awesome Ozone Layer (Go Ozone!)
UVB is only partially blocked by the atmosphere and penetrates the epidermis. UVB causes cell mutation and produces hard scaly skin, sunspots and melanomas.
UVA penetrates the atmosphere, and can penetrate through glass and water! UVA exposure tans the skin, and damages the structure of our skin, leading to wrinkles.
What does Sunscreen really do?
Besides clothes, and staying out of the sun, sunscreen is our best defence. The usage of SPF16 (Sun Protection Factor) reduced melanoma by 50% and invasive melanomas by 73%. SPF describes how much time until ‘burn time’.
Some Handy info:
SPF only protects you from UVB.
Broad Spectrum SPF protects us from UVA
The highest UV index is in the morning, and remember it penetrates glass.
Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing UV rays
Mineral sunscreens work by reflecting UV rays.
Please keep in mind that not all chemicals are bad. (Some are toxic, others can be beneficial)
My recommendations at a minimum are:
SPF30+ when you are rarely outdoors, all year round.
SPF 30+ Broad Spectrum when you live in a sunny climate
SPF 50+ Broad Sprectrum 50+ when you live in a sunny climate and spend time outdoors (light exercise, gardening, beach)
SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum 50+ when you are exercising, (sweating) and swimming (water sports, surfing) or outdoors for long periods of time.
There are definitely sunscreens that contain more toxic chemicals than others, so I can say with certainty, that you will get what you pay for. Fillers or bulking ingredients in sunscreens can cause, skin irritations, burns, and rashes.
I hope I have given you a short informative read on how to choose the best sunscreen not only for you, but your family too!
Please stay sun safe, and take care of your largest organ – the skin!