Living in country Victoria I spend a lot of time outside in the sun. I have been sunburn very badly in the past, and don’t want it to ever happen again. So now during summer in Australia, my family and I always slip slop Slap. Which stands for slip on some shades slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat. But some sun exposure is not all that bad for your skin. In fact its beneficial for you as your skin converts UV rays to vitamin D. So get out in the sun early mornings and evenings and load up on vitamin D. The sunscreen i use is the Miessence Reflective Outdoor Balm which is chemical free and certified organic. This is because chemical sunscreen only absorbs UVB which stops you from burning but not from aging and not from skin cancer. My outdoor balm is whats known as a physical sunscreen which reflects both UV aging and UV burning. The spf rating is misleading to users and only measures the UV B rays. Just because it has a higher spf doesn’t mean you are getting more protection for example spf 15 blocks out 94% of UVB and spf 30 blocks out 97% of UVB. By doubling the spf rating you are not getting double the protection, as you are still exposing yourself to harmful UVA radiation.However the latest research suggest that the chemical that is used in sunscreens to absorb UVA and UVB is know to cause skin damage. what you want your sunscreen to do is reflect the sun and the ingredient that does that is ZINK OXYDE.
ZINK OXYDE is the closest thing to a total sun block on the market today. It protects against both UVA and UVB radiation. No other sunscreen ingredient provides broader protection. ZINK OXYDE is never irritating to the skin, in fact it is categorized by the US FDA as a category 1 skin protectant. This means its safe for compromised or environmentally challenged skin. ZINK OXYDE has over a 300 year history of safety with no known adverse reactions. It is often used to treat babies because of this.
Stay safe this summer and make an informed decision about what sun protection you and your family use in the future.