Know what chemicals to avoid before you head outside this summer.
It’s Summer Time, and that means outdoor activities galore! Whether you are hitting the beach, strolling along the boardwalk, hiking or going on a leisurely bike ride, the sun’s warm rays will be joining you. Before you go, here are a few things to know about sunscreen that will keep your skin safe!
Did you know sunscreen is filled with questionable ingredients? Some of the ingredients found in sunblock can cause an adverse effect on your skin and may increase the risk of cancer….and we thought we were doing a “good thing,” smothering ourselves with this stuff???? Apparently not!
First, lets start with the basics. How does this stuff work?
Sunscreen contains Organic (carbon-based) chemicals and Inorganic chemicals. The Inorganic compounds reflect the sun’s rays from the skin and the Organic chemicals absorb the UV rays, so our skin doesn’t. Ultraviolet rays can damage the skin cell’s DNA causing genetic mutations that can lead to cancer.
What’s the low down on SPF?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. SPF is the number that rates how much the sunscreen will protect your skin from UV radiation, called UVB. UVB rays are harmful and cause sunburn and skin cancer, and that’s not all. UVB has a friend called UVA. UVA rays can penetrate deeper into the skin. UVA rays accelerate premature wrinkles, dark age spots and increase the risk of skin cancers.
Look for Sunscreens labeled broad-spectrum; this means they block both UVA and UVB rays. The Mayo Clinic recommends using sunscreen with at least SPF 15. SPF 15 will protect against approximately 93% of UVB rays, and sunscreen with SPF 30 protects against 97 % of rays.
Top 5 Harmful Chemicals found in Sunblock
No Retinyl Palmitate
No Tanning Oils
The EWG.org group has a complete list of the TOP Scoring sunscreens. For more information on EWG’s selections for Safe Sunscreen find it here! While your there…(EWG.org) learn about EWG’s AMAZING APP. Be in the know while shopping. Find out your favorite product ratings! Live chemical Free!!