Most sunscreens available today include chemical ingredients that can do more harm to your skin than good. These chemical ingredients produce toxins, cause hormone disruption and free radical activity in the body. A great alternative is a chemical free sunscreen that is made from natural ingredients while still providing your skin the protection it needs.
SPF, UVA, UVB?
Selecting a sunscreen is always confusing for many people. In most cases we tend to think that sunscreens with a higher SPF will provide better protection. However, SPF is only an indicator of the time it takes for the skin to be sunburned. Sunscreens with higher SPF will protect the skin from the UVB rays but they may not protect you from UVA rays.
UVA rays cause the most harm to the skin since they can penetrate within the skin and may cause skin cancers and immune suppressions. Always choose an SPF 15 to 30+ sunscreen that offers protection against UVA as well as UVB rays.
The active ingredient in chemical free sunscreen is zinc oxide. It is a natural mineral that is regarded around the world as one of the most effective ingredients for sunscreens since it reflects UVA and UVB rays. A sunscreen that also includes other natural, botanical ingredients that protect as well as nourish the skin is a great combination for your skin.
Don't avoid sunshine altogether since it helps our body produce vitamin D. Given below are a few tips to stay sun-safe this summer:
- Avoid sunlight from 10am to 2pm since the sun is the strongest during this time
- Wear sunscreen every single day, even when it is cloudy
- Re-apply your sunscreen as recommended
- Avoid powder or spray based sunscreens
- Wear protective clothing