Did you know that 90% of aging is caused by the sun and its harmful rays and only 10 % off aging is caused by your body aging naturally by getting older. Wow think about this…. 90% is allot.
But isn’t Vitamin D production beneficial for strong bones and teeth? Wouldn’t sunscreen then stop Vitamin D production. The answer is ‘yes’ but Vitamin D can easily be found in foods and supplements that isn’t harmful to your body and can cause aging and even fatal skin cancer.
Did you know that the FDA only approves sunscreen with a SPF of 50 or lower? This means all these so called 75 SPF or 100 SPF sunscreens are not good for you skin and not even FDA approved.
Anyone can get skin cancer and your ethnicity, skin color, age or gender does not matter. One in every 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. That is a very high statistic according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
So now the question is what type of sunscreen should I use? The American Academy of Dermatology suggest the following important pointers.
- Choose a water resistant sunscreen. There is no such thing as waterproof sunscreen. I never knew this but now it makes sense. All sunscreens washes off eventually. If your sunscreen states that is it ‘water resistant’ it has to be tested by the required SPF test procedure. It is interesting but the FDA requires these sunscreens that are water resistant to state on the label that it is either water resistant for 40 or 80 min at a time while sweating or swimming. The FDA also requires instructions on when to reapply the sunscreen.
- Make sure your sunscreen is Broad spectrum. This means it will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. Natural sunlight consist both of UVA and UVB rays. These two rays are harmful and reaches the earth. UVA rays (Aging rays) causes aging in the skin when being exposed. This ray will cause premature aging like sunspots (pigmentation) and wrinkles. I hear many people think that they don’t even spend time in the sun so why should they put sunscreen on? UVA rays can pass through glass. This means when you are driving in your car (a glass box) and stay at home (a glass box) you get exposed to this very harmful ray.
UVB rays (Burning rays) causes your skin to burn when exposed to sunlight. Unlike UVA rays, UVB rays cannot penetrate through glass. UV radiation from the sun or from artificial sources like sun beds or lamps has been declared as acarcinogen (cancer causing substance).
There is no safe way to tan and every time that you expose your skin without a broad spectrum sunscreen you age your skin and age. This fact is supported by the United States Department of Health & Human Services and the World Health Organization’s International Agency of Research on Cancer.
- Use a sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 30 or higher. So, is higher SPF always better? Most dermatologist will recommend a SPF of at least 30. A SPF 30 blocks 97% of the sun’s UVB rays. It is important to know that a higher SPF does consist of double the amount of chemicals to make it a higher SPF. These chemicals isn’t always safe and could also cause the skin to burn and it can cause brown spots (pigmentation). Also, no sunscreen can block the sun’s harmful UVB rays a 100%. The higher SPF last just as long as the lower SPF and both needs to be reapplied every two hours or how often the label of the sunscreen states. Whether it’s a sunny day and you swam or you were hiking or even on a cloudy day.
Here are list of the worst sunscreens marketed specifically to children according to the Environmental Working Group…
- Banana Boat Kids Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100
- Banana Boat Kids Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100
- Coppertone Foaming Lotion Sunscreen Kids Wacky Foam, SPF 70
- Coppertone Sunscreen Continuous Spray Kids, SPF 70
- Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Kids, SPF 70
- Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Water Babies, SPF 70+
- Coppertone Sunscreen Stick Kids, SPF 55
- Coppertone Sunscreen Stick Water Babies, SPF 55
- Coppertone Sunscreen Water Babies Foaming Lotion, SPF 70
- CVS Health Children’s Sunstick Sunscreen, SPF 55
- Equate Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70
- Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 60+
- Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70+
- Up & Up Kids Sunscreen Sticks, SPF 55
When they tested 880 sunscreens and found that 73% of them was completely not even working and ineffective to protect your skin and/ or contained “bad” ingredients that is worrisome and harmful to the body. These “bad” ingredients were oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate. Oxybenzone has been linked to hormonal issues and retinyl palmitate can increase your risk of skin cancer. So think again before you buy sunscreen. Isn’t it ironic that you buy something to protect your skin against the harmful rays that causes cancer and then it actually gives you cancer.
It is always good to apply your sunscreen at least 30 min before you expose your skin to sun.Sunscreen alone cannot fully protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. We know now that a SPF of 30 only protects your skin 97%. I always advice my clients to do the following when spending long hours in the sun.
– Look for shade. Between 10am and 2pm the sun’s harmful rays are at its strongest. A rule of thumb is if your shadow is shorter the you are, you need to be in the shade.
– Wear as much protective clothing as possible. This will include a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, swim shirts or protective clothing.
– Take caution near snow, water and also sand. When you are near water, snow and sand they reflect the damaging rays of the sun and can increase your chance to burn.
Always check your birthday suit on your birthday. If you see or experience any changes to your skin that is accompanied by itchiness or discoloration of spots on your body seek a board certified dermatologist . When detected early most skin cancers can be treated very successfully.
I see this allot and hear allot about people burning even when using spray or aerosol SPF. The answer is very plain and simple. I will never recommend this type of sunscreen. Here is why. It is first of all important to know that the FDA does not approve spray sunscreens. With spray sunscreens it is very difficult to know and test if you have even used enough sunscreen to cover your skin that is sun-exposed. This could result in areas that is not protected enough and it can also result in inadequate coverage. Another downer is that you can inhale some harmful ingredients in your lungs. Never spray around or near the face and mouth and be careful when spraying when there is a breeze in the air because this can result in inhaling these spray sunscreens.
Here are some common areas that you can easily forget to apply your sunscreen. Always include these areas:
-On the top of your feet
-Along your hairline
-Areas of the head exposed by balding or thinning hair.
But SPF is in my make-up!
Last but not the least. Please don’t fall in the trap by thinking that your ‘expensive’ or even ‘not so expensive foundation’ is sufficient enough with an SPF 15 or even SPF 30. I always tell my clients that you can never tell what the quality of the sunscreen is. Do you honestly think that this is the smartest way to protect your skin? Makeup SPF doesn’t give you enough coverage. It is known that you will at least need 7 times the normal amount of foundation and 14 times the amount of powder to even get close to the amount SPF that is printed on the label of the foundation. Let’s be honest and clear. No one does this and to think that this is a quality way to protect your skin is a lie. Plain and simple. First apply your sunscreen before you apply your foundation and see that extra protection in the foundation as a plus.
Well this is sunscreen in a nutshell.