Separating fact from fiction--sharing the good, the bad and the ugly truths about sunscreen safety, natural sunscreen ingredients and what you need to know to keep your family covered and protected.
Q: When do you use sunscreen/why do you use sunscreen?
A: Wearing sunscreen daily protects you against premature aging and skin cancer.
Q: As long as your skin is not burning, does that mean that your sunscreen is working?
A: NO, in order to be sure that your sunscreen is adequately protecting you, you need to make sure that it is providing broad spectrum protection = protection from UVA + UVB rays.
Q: What’s the difference between uva and uvb?
A: UVB are short wave length rays that burn the skin and cause skin cancer. They are present from 10AM-4PM (UVB= burning).
UVA are longer wavelength rays that are present from sunrise to sunset and they and penetrate glass and clouds. They do not burn your skin BUT they cause deeper damage including skin cancer & premature aging. They are called the aging rays (UVA=aging).
Q: What is the safest and most effective active ingredient in sunscreen?
A: Hands down non-nano zinc oxide is the safest and most effective active sunscreen ingredient.
It is stable: It does not break down when exposed to the sun. And that means it works longer and harder than most other active ingredients.
It provides Broad Spectrum Protection: Across the widest range of the UV spectrum.
It is safe: It is the only ingredient deemed so safe by the FDA that it can be used for diaper rash on babies under 6 mos old.
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