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Sun, Skin and Sunscreen - Get the Goss!

Are you like me wishing these warm and long summer days would roll on forever, all year round?! Summer has all the perks of longer daylight hours, happier moods and the casualness of flip-flop fashion but it also comes with a few extra responsibilities when it comes to maintaining youthful and healthy skin. Want to learn the best and most natural way to protect your skin from UV rays? If so, read on!


I’m really glad you stopped by because I want to share some valuable info about the differences between sunscreens. When it comes to slip, slop, slapping, not all sunscreens are made equal. Whattttt?! Well, I’ve got good news and not so good news.

Not only does the colour and consistency vary between brands but the active ingredients do too. The good news is there are plenty of safe SPF 50+ options on the market that will proactively reflect UVA and UVB rays. The bad news is, not all creams are successful in playing this important role.


Chemical

Chemical sunscreens are ones commonly available on the mass market and may very well be the ones you’re most familiar with. Household brands such as “Cancer Council” “Banana Boat” and “Nivea” as well as supermarkets own private label brands are all examples of chemical sunscreens. What exactly does this mean?

Sunscreens that rely upon chemical ingredients absorb UV radiation and stop it penetrating the skin. Although they’re capable of absorbing UVA and UVB rays at the maximum SPF50+ level, they’re also frequently responsible for causing severe skin irritation, reactions and burns to the skin and there’s also concern the chemicals used serve as “endocrine disrupters”, i.e. responsible for effecting the natural functioning of human hormones.

When shopping for sunscreens, one of the most obvious tell-tale signs of a chemical cream is the list of ingredients. If it contains a lengthy list of scrambled words that appear to be longer than the palm of your hand, it’s likely a chemical cream. Now for the good news!

Physical

Physical sunscreens provide a natural barrier for your skin and act as a reflector between your beautiful soft skin (#skingoals!) and the sun’s harmful rays. This type of sunscreen sits on the top of your skins surface and doesn’t absorb into the skin meaning you’re not inadvertently poisoning your body with harmful toxins. Physical creams are naturally broad spectrum, meaning they protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

Zinc oxide is one of two naturally occurring minerals that creates a reflective barrier between skin and sun. This ingredient fights UVA and UVB rays using an active ingredient that is not only safe and effective, but equally as healthy over the long term for your body.

Your best bet in terms of preserving a youthful appearance and knocking skin cancer on its head is to diligently reapply your zinc oxide SPF50+ sunscreen every 3 hours for maximum effectiveness all day, every day. That way, you can focus on enjoying the rest of these beautiful golden summer days without having to worry about the consequences of long-term damage to your skin.

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