Summer, beach, sunbathing, UV rays and uh-oh … now everybody knows how important is to use a reliable sunscreen during the hot summer months. Some learnt it in the painful way (sunburn) and some knows it since the beginning (maybe using sunscreen even during the winter months) how important is the SPF. But did you know that there are “good” and “bad” sunscreens? Do you think such thing as natural sunscreen exists? The answers are all here, click for more!
If you read a few of my post previously, you know how important for me to have a healthier approach to beauty. But in some cases finding an organic/natural alternative is not easy at all. Especially when it comes to sunscreens…But first lets clear the basics:
From what do you have to protect your skin? The answer is; UV rays, more specifically UVA and UVB rays. Sun Protection Factor aka SPF, is a measure of how well a sunscreen will protect skin from UVB rays, (the kind of radiation that causes sunburn, damages skin, and can contribute to skin cancer). The other kind, the UVA rays lead to wrinkling and sun spots. When you are picking your sunscreen it’s better looking for a bottle that says it’s a broad spectrum sunscreen meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
Most of the people thinks the higher the SPF the better the protection is, but is that correct? Unfortunately there is not a big difference using an SPF 30 or an SPF 100, moreover in some cases the high number creates a false safety feeling in people. They think with that high protection they don’t need to reapply the product that often and can be out on the sun much longer than it’s advised.
But what to look for if you want to find the best natural sunscreen this summer?
- Search for mineral based sunscreens, the regular chemical based ones are full with ingredients that can disrupt your hormone system.
- Set your eyes on SPF30 – not lower and not much higher
- Look for added antioxidants that can boost the regeneration of your skin
- If you plan to swim a lot or getting very active, then it’s better go for a heavier, water resistant option
And don’t forget to reapply sunscreen every two hours (in case of swimming or active sport even more often) don’t wait until your skin is turning red before reapplying because sunburn can surprise you even on the next morning, because it may take up to 24 hours to appear fully.