I still have yet to go to the beach this summer and I am experiencing withdrawls! My favorite activity to do at the beach is eat and nag everyone to put on sunscreen. The inner mother and Esthetician in me cannot let my friends and family go without it!
This post is to tell you why.
Have you heard of the war on SPF? Can it cause cancer? Is it actually good for me to apply to my skin?
The sun provides our body with Vitamin D. We need Vitamin D for our bone and brain health and even hormone regulation. A little sun ☀️ feels good. However, the sun hits us with UVA rays which go deeper than just our tan lines. These rays are wrinkle causing demons that age us faster and damage our skin internally. UVB rays are the ones that can BURN 🔥us. This is why we need to wear sunscreen. When looking for an SPF, you want to look for one that says UV PROTECTION as well as protection from the sun.
FUN FACT: A tan is just a physical sign of your skin trying to protect itself from the sun’s UV rays.
Now that we know why SPF is a must, let’s focus on:
Ingredients my friends. It is all about the ingredients.
Thank you Sonage for this little cheat sheet!
This is a very simplified list of what to look for in an SPF this summer.
There are 2 types of ingredient profiles used in sunscreen.
1.) Chemical 🚫
A sunscreen with harmful chemicals ( including the ones listed above) is alarming because the skin absorbs them right into the bloodstream. Certain chemicals such as oxybenzone have been known to cause hormone disruption in the body among other complications.
Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are less likely to be absorbed into the skin and thus are safer ingredients to use in a sunscreen formula. The downside is that many sunscreen manufacturers combine chemical and mineral ingredients into their product.
I even struggle with finding one that is safe and feels good on my skin. My current SPF does contain chemicals and I hope to make a change in the near future. It is a process and investment to switch to all natural and safe brands, but step by step, I plan to attain this goal. Safe skincare is important to me and I hope to inform you as much as I can.
Luckily there are skin care companies that are formulating safe SPF products with mineral based ingredients!
As I learn, I will be able to teach you too! Check these two brands out!
If you would like to learn more, here is a link to the website I used to write this:
Have a lovely, safely protected, sunny day!