It’s widely known that your skin is your largest organ – taking good care of it is so important not only if you want to look your best, but in order to feel your best too. That’s because the ingredients in the products that you put on your skin are absorbed directly into your bloodstream.
One summer skin care tip you’ve probably heard time and time again is to slather on plenty of sun screen every time you head outside. This habit is said to prevent sun burn and skin cancer – and delay signs of aging.
But are all sunscreens created equally? Not at all. In fact, many of the more popular brands of sunscreen actually contain harmful ingredients that you don’t want to put on your body!
It all starts with the ingredients. Truthfully, all you really need in a sunscreen is titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These natural, mineral ingredients sit on top of the skin to form barrier protection from UV rays
Unfortunately, many sunscreens also have ingredients that aren’t so healthy, such as:
Fragrance – Synthetic fragrances are petroleum-based and are linked to organ toxicity and can trigger allergies.
Oxybenzone – This common ingredient has been shown to disrupt hormone activity. Plus, it only blocks UVB ray (sun’s good rays that provide vitamin D production), not UVA which are the most free radical damaging rays.
High SPF – Contrary to popular belief, it turns out high SPF does not necessarily offer more protection. The Environmental Working Group performed a study and determined that lower SPF is used more effectively.
To find a safe sunscreen, check out the EWG’s list of approved brands. They run the Skin Deep Database, which is the number one resource for learning about ingredients in personal care products. A few brands, such as Andalou Naturals and Juice Beauty. The Honest Company also offers a great nontoxic sunscreen for kids and babies!
It’s also wise to follow a few other sun protection tips in order to avoid being sun burned:
Stay inside when the sun is at it’s hottest – between 11 AM and 2 PM.
Wear a wide brimmed hat while working outside, such as while gardening, or when you’re near the water.
Wear long, loose clothing that covers your skin when you’ll be outside for several hours at a time.
- Have the family wearing rash guard shirts (long sleeve and short) for swimming this summer. They are comfortable and will save having to put extra sunscreen all over the body.
By following these tips you can enjoy the summer sun burn free!
May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!