Let's take a couple of minutes and let me give you the most important Sunscreen Facts. First, let's learn about the suns rays.
The sun gives off UVB Rays and UVA Rays. Some sunscreens only block the UVB rays and not the UVA rays. To protect ourselves we want to block both of kinds of rays.
Every time you get a sunburn, you increase your chance of getting skin cancer at a later date. If you get a sunburn, you have exposed yourself to much of the suns UVA rays.
UVA Rays are what wrinkle our skin. They also are the rays that cause cancer. Use a product that has zinc or titanium minerals in it to block the UVA rays.
The sun gives out UVA rays in the same amount year around. They are not stronger in the summer when the earth is closer to the sun. UVA rays can go through glass. So that's why I only wear polarized sunglasses to protect my eyes. To much UVA rays causes cataracts. When driving, know that these rays go through windshields. These rays penetrate to the deeper layers of your skin. UVA rays are 20 more abundant than UVB rays.
UVB Rays are the rays that tan our skin. Or burn our skin. These rays are strongest in the summer months, because that is when we our earth is closer to the sun. UVB rays penetrate only the top layer of our skin.
UVB rays do not penetrate glass. These are the rays that give us the much needed vitamin D. These are the rays that can be blocked by the SPF in sunscreen. To much of these rays, can cause cataracts in your eyes as well.
Sunscreen and lotions are great. And we need them. But the first line of defense needs to be protective clothing if you're going to be out in the sun. Shirts, hats and polarized sunglasses need to be worn by all of us when out in the sun.
The hottest part of the day is from 10 am till 4 pm. The best of time to be outside on a hot day is in the morning hours and in the evening hours. For best results do you're best to put sunscreen on at least 30 minutes before going out into the hot sun. No matter what kind of sunscreen you chose to wear, reapply it every two hours. And if it is a cloudy day, don't let your guard down. The suns UVB and UVA rays, are still out.
UVB rays and UVA rays cause free radicals. Free radicals damage our skin. They also cause cancer. They damage skin cells and DNA. Sunscreen protects our skin from burning. Sunscreens are designed to absorb the free radicals when we are out in the sun. The problem is the chemicals in sunscreens give off free radicals of their own.
An effective sunscreen prevents more free radical damage (from UV rays) than it creates through its own free radical outpouring. Sunscreen makers commonly add antioxidants to their products to soak up free radicals from either source, UV rays or the sunscreen itself.
Always use a cream or a gel when choosing a sunscreen. Sprays and powders are the worse. When you use a spray or use a powder, you maybe inhaling the chemicals.
It's easy to think that you will get more protection from the sun with a product that says SPF 50 verses a product that says SPF 15. SPF stands for sun protection from UVB rays. Our skins loves the sun. But we can be in the sun only for 10 minutes before we need protection from it.
Take 10 minutes and times it by the protection. For example SPF 50 would be 10 X 50 = 500. This means that SPF 50 is good for 500 minutes in the sun. If you were looking at SPF 15, you would take 10 X 15 = 150. Meaning SPF 15 allows you to be in the for 150 minutes. The higher the SPF, the longer you can stay out in the sun.
However, it's not that simple. Water, sweat and toweling off all remove sunscreen from our skin. No matter what the bottle may say. To be safe, reapply sunscreen every two hours no matter what SPF you chose to use. That means an SPF of 15 is just as effective as a higher SPF.
Put on more sunscreen than you think. The majority of us do not put enough on to begin with.
In one word....chemicals. Most sunscreens have a lot of chemicals in them. Our skin is our largest organ and it's a huge sponge. A lot of products today have vitamin A in them. Vitamin A accelerates the development of skin tumors and lesions when exposed to the sun.
sunscreen products have a chemical called, oxybenzone. This is a
hormone-disrupting compound that actually goes through our skin and into
our blood stream. So if you don't want to mess up your hormones, stay clear of products that have oxybenzone in them.
little bit of sun is very good for us. When we are in the sun with no
protection, we give our bodies vitamin D. We all need this vitamin.
Vitamin D is sometimes called the sun vitamin.
This is a vitamin that strengthens our bones. It also boosts the immune
system, reduces the risk of various cancers (including breast, colon,
kidney, and ovarian cancers) and it regulates at least 1,000 different genes
every tissue in the body. 10 minutes a day of direct sunlight will give your body all the vitamin D that it needs.
The perfect sunscreen would completely block both UVA rays and UVB rays. This way you wouldn't get a sunburn, have your immune system suppressed or get damaged by free radicals. Your skin would be protected for several hours and no harmful ingredients would go into you. It would smell and feel great. And it wouldn't be a big deal to put on.
Well, here is a sunscreen fact that stinks: there is no such product. So we do the best we can with what we have. And the 10 products that I recommend below are all excellent choices. Again, there is no substitute for proper clothing, hat and sunglasses. There is no chemicals in clothing!
For the times when we need sunscreen, let's pick a product that protects us from UVB rays and UVA rays. A product that doesn't put free radicals into us. Besides, when we're swimming we just can't wear a hat!
Now that you know the sunscreen facts, see the top 10 winners below!
#1 Soleo Organics
#2 Badger Sunscreen
#3 Purple Prairie Botanicals
#4 UV Natural Sunscreen
#5 Mexitan Sunscreen
#6 Lavera Sunscreen Lotion
#7 California Baby Sunscreen Lotion (No Fragrance)
#8 My Chelle Sun Shield
#9 Little Forest Sunscreen Lotion
#10 Trukid Sunny Days Sunscreen
The top 10 choices (out of 500 sunscreens that were reviewed) all give excellent UVB and UVA protection. They have zinc or titanium minerals to protect you from the suns UVA rays. None of the products contain oxybenzone or vitamin A nor do they have hormone disruptors.