Hear all those knocks? It looks like spring. Although it has yet to arrive, the Lord is aware that once spring arrives, summer is not far behind.
So, since it’s still slow getting ready for the upcoming sun and fun. Let’s mention a summer essential that will protect your skin, both in appearance and health: The 411 on Sunscreen!
These days, it’s no secret that sunscreen can be a very important part of summer life. Especially for the less blue-eyed in the US. Regardless of where your skin falls on the rainbow, however, you can’t go wrong by slathering on it. Before leaving. In the summer sun.
There seems to be some confusion about what is normally the simplest SPF, ingredients, and sunscreen. Today we’re bringing you information on what to look for in your Sunscreen to keep your skin glowing without burning all season long.
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First, Let’s Settle on What Spf Means Once and for All
SPF stands for sun protection problem, which is an associated indicator of how long the sunscreen can protect you from ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. UVB rays square the culprit in sunburn and are also the most common types of carcinoma as they target and damage the layer, also known as the outermost layer of the skin. Therefore, the higher the SPF, the greater the protection and also the longer it will last.
However, will SPF work? Well, take the amount of time it takes to burn in the sun without wearing any protection, so multiply that by the SPF range. For example, if it takes you twenty minutes to get sunburned without protection. Then SPF fifteen can protect you for three hundred minutes, or twenty minutes times fifteen.
The SPF numbers will go up to a hundred, but essentially. If you’re wearing anything between fifteen and sixty, then you’re clean. However, if you are participating in water activities or any activity that makes you sweat a lot, be sure to reapply every hour.
Quick Question, Though: Do You Know What’s in the Sunscreen You’re Rubbing All Over Your Beautiful Self?
Statistics predict that the solution could be a huge and resounding no.
I can’t blame you, though; Why bother looking at sunscreen ingredients once they’re so full? One of the worst offenders is oxybenzone. Is found in up to eighty percent of all sunscreens, along with brands like Neutrogena, Aveeno, and Coppertone. Oxybenzone blocks UV rays, but it is also absorbed through the skin, where it has been linked to endocrine dysfunction in the body. Oxybenzone plays a role in the early onset of life in girls, adenomyosis, low gamete count in men, and male physiological status. Suddenly a sunburn doesn’t sound so unhealthy.
Another common sunscreen ingredient, octinoxate, is less lethal than oxybenzone, but not while your considerations are either. Not only will it scatter harmful UVB rays that hit your skin, but it’s relatively inexpensive. So it keeps the value of sunscreen low. Like oxybenzone, octinoxate is associated with biological processes and secretion dysfunction in humans. It can also be found in “natural” sunscreens. However, the chemical still poses health risks, so the jury is out on who is creating that call.
Did You Know There Are Actually Two Types of Sunscreens?
If true. There are square-measure chemical and physical sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens use—surprise!—chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate to shield the sun’s rays. This type of sunscreen penetrates the skin and can cause some of the health risks listed above. Physical sunscreens, like cream, sit on the skin and act as a nice little shield from the sun. Philosopher’s wool or titanic oxide is usually the active ingredient in these types of sunscreens.
So What’s the Scoop on Safe (and Unsafe) Sunscreen Ingredients?
In addition to oxybenzone and octinoxate, watch for NSAIDs with acid (PABA) and trolamine. The Food and Drug Administration has formally declared these ingredients unsafe for use in sunscreens and is phasing them out. Like oxybenzone and octinoxate, they will cause interruptions in secretion. If you’re looking for safe sunscreen ingredients. Go with something that sits on the skin and isn’t absorbed by the body, like philosopher’s wool and titanic oxide. The Food and Drug Administration has approved each of those chemicals for safe use in sunscreens.
Unlike chemical sunscreens, we tend to wait for all of this to settle. There’s a lot to remember once the reconnaissance mission is a new sunscreen. However, if you’re armed with the right facts regarding what it is, and it’s not smart for your skin. Creating the right selection could be a (summer) breeze.
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