Being in the sun is something everyone does and opting a chemical sunscreen for a all-natural and organic sunscreen is a vital part a healthier skin care routine. Sunlight can provide all sorts of health benefits but too much exposure can cause serious damage to your skin that include wrinkling of the skin, age spots, skin burns, and the worse cancer. Wearing a healthy sunscreen product on your body every day is the best way to prevent damage to your skin. There are a lot of ineffective sunscreens on the market today. Most of these sunscreens typically offer protection in the form of either a mineral sunscreen or a chemical sunscreen. Mineral sunscreens are made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These minerals sit on the surface of your skin and physically reflect sunlight away from the skin. Chemical sunscreens work a bit differently and have caused concern amongst dermatologists. Instead of physically deflecting UV light away from the skin, chemical sunscreens absorb the UV radiation into the skin and dissipate the energy via a chemical reaction under the skin. Additionally, there is concern that chemical sunscreen ingredients can go into the bloodstream very quickly after minimal use. Because of this, most dermatologists recommend using mineral sunscreens instead of chemical sunscreens. The recommendation is to AVOID chemical sunscreen ingredients that include oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate. Here is a list of 10 natural and organic sunscreens with OUT these harsh chemicals in them!
What Is SPF?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and it is a measure of how long you can stay out in the sun without getting sunburned. To use it, you simply take the amount of time you can normally spend outside without getting burned and multiply it by the SPF of a product.
For example, if you can go 10 minutes outside without getting burned, then an SPF of 30 would allow you to stay out in the sun for 300 minutes (5 hours) before getting burned. The higher the SPF, the longer you can stay out in the sun.
A high SPF doesn’t mean that you are getting stronger protection. A SPF 50 sunscreen can block about 98% of UV rays while a SPF 100 will only block 99%. No sunscreen can block 100% of UV rays and higher SPFs only add marginal filtering protection. The amount of time that you can spend out in the sun without getting burned depends upon how much melanin you produce.
Melanin is a protective pigment that naturally protects your cells from UV radiation. The more melanin/pigment in your skin, the longer you can stay out in the sun naturally.