Small amounts (10 min) of sun each day can be beneficial to a person's overall well being. However, being protected from the sun is important so you are not exposing your skin to UV damage such as wrinkles, brown spots and slack skin (to only name a few).
SPF levels refer to UVB ray protection, now the FDA is requiring suncreens to indicate on their labels whether they protect against UVA as well.
SPF 15 and higher only, can claim to reduce the risk of skin cancer and photodamage.
SPF 30 is recommend because it provides 97% protection from UV damage.
Anything over SPF 50 usually is only adding unnecessary absorbing chemicals in your skin such as:
- Octinoxate (octyl methoxycinnamate)—an estrogenic chemical that has been linked to hormonal imbalance and increased rates of cancer.
- Oxybenzone (a derivative of benzophenone)—a chemical that may cause hormone disruption. In Europe, products with 0.5% or more of this chemical must have the warning label “Contains oxybenzone.”
- Avobenzone—a free radical-generator that absorbs UV radiation energy and, since it cannot destroy it, converts the light energy to chemical energy, which is typically released as free radicals in the body.
The best guard from your skin and other environmental toxins are the sun defense ingredient's Zinc and Titanium dioxide.
Summer is not any fun without being outside, so protect yourself and your kids not only from the sun but also from harmful chemicals and remember to reapply your protection every 2 hours!!