Summer is pretty much here and I wanted to share some common misunderstood facts and MYTHS about sunscreen. I used to think that all sunscreens were created equal. It wasn’t until I started learning more about non-toxic products that led me down the sunscreen rabbit hole.
- All Sunscreen are the Same and Safe for Me
- Sunscreen ingredients soak through skin and can be detected in human blood, urine and even breast milk. Several commonly used ingredients appear to block or mimic hormones, and others cause allergic reactions on sensitive skin.
- When researching the best types of sunscreens, pay attention to ingredients rather than SPF. Choose mineral sunscreens over chemical.
- The Higher the SPF the More I am Protected
- Properly applied SPF 50 sunscreen blocks 98 percent of UVB rays; SPF 100 blocks 99 percent. When used correctly, sunscreen with SPF values between 30 and 50 offers adequate sunburn protection, even for people most sensitive to sunburn.
- High-SPF products require higher concentrations of sun-filtering chemicals than low-SPF sunscreens do. Some of these ingredients may pose health risks when they penetrate the skin and have been linked to tissue damage and potential hormone disruption. Some may trigger allergic skin reactions. If studies showed that high-SPF products were better at reducing skin damage and skin cancer risk, the extra chemical exposure might be justified. But they don’t, so choosing sunscreens with lower concentrations of active ingredients – SPF 30 instead of SPF 70, for example – is prudent.
- Regardless of SPF, sunscreen still needs to be applied every hour, at the least, to be most effective.
- Wearing Sunscreen Will Protect me From Getting Skin Cancer
- Rates of melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – have tripled over the past 35 years. Most scientists and public health agencies – including the Food and Drug Administration itself – have found little evidence that the use of sunscreens in isolation from other sun protective measures prevent most types of skin cancer.
- I only Need Sunscreen to Protect me from the Sun
- Sunscreen should be the LAST thing you use to help protect you from the Sun and UV rays! Be sure to wear hats, stay in the shade when you can, cover ups, and sunglasses.
For more information about sunscreens and how to research ingredients in your every day products, be sure to visit EWG here.
Here is a link to my favorite mineral sunscreen. BONUS points: it only rates at 1 on the EWG scale. 1 means it’s the safest. 🙂