When nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each year, it’s time to get to know the facts about sunscreen. Most people just look at the SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating, but that isn’t enough. Sunscreen needs to provide a broad spectrum protection that protects against UV-A and UV-B radiation from the sun and tanning beds.
Applying sunscreen 30 minutes before you go out into the sun isn’t enough either. Sweating and swimming causes sunscreen to wear off, even if you are wearing a product that is classified as “waterproof”. You should be reapplying every hour to two hours depending on your activity, and you should be applying a liberal amount. Most people apply well under the amount necessary for full protection.
When purchasing a sunscreen, look for one of these ingredients: avobenzone, oxybenzone and sulisobenzone for adults or zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for children and adults. Try to avoid ecamsule and enzacamene, as FDA is questioning the safety of these chemicals.
In our house, we have one of these sunscreen products in every bathroom cabinet, every backpack, every personal bag and my car. No body gets out the door in our house without wearing sunscreen. It can be quite difficult chasing down the little ones to lather them up, but it is worth it.
100% Pure green tea oil free hydration SPF 30 $32.00
ava anderson sunscreen 30+SPF 2.9 oz $15.95
California Baby Super Sensitive (No Fragrance) Broad Spectrum SPF30+ Sunscreen Stick $14.99
Nurture My Body – Organic Sunscreen SPF32 (Fragrance Free) $29.99
Adorable Baby SPF 30+ Sunscreen Stick Non-Nano Zinc Oxide UVA/UVB by Loving Naturals $29.99
Sunscreen Cream SPF 30 by Bare Belly Organics $17.95