Summer is right around the corner, and here in SunZee, we have decided to pack and deliver a few sun care tips that will help you choose the sunscreen to best protect you without having a negative influence on your body or the environment!
Things you should pay attention to in the sunscreen bottle fine print…
Prefer mineral sunscreen over chemical
Chemical based sunscreens use chemicals as screening agents, most of these crèmes contain harmful chemicals such as Oxybenzone which is linked by medical researches to hormone disruption and potentially cell damage that may lead to skin cancer. Mineral sunscreens use physical filters like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide – friendlier to both our body and the environment.
Water resistant 80 min
Being active outdoors causes us to sweat, water activity at the beach or pool can make you wet 😊. Always look for a water-resistant sunscreen. The highest level of water resistance is 80 min (according to regulatory bodies such as the FDA and CE). If possible, the best practice is to reapply right after going out of the water and drying your skin, since sunblock effectiveness is dramatically reduced in water.
SPF 30-50 + Broad spectrum
The SPF number represents the level of protection against UVB rays, which are the main cause of sunburn. The FDA determined that claiming an SPF higher than 50 may mislead consumers to think they are safe for hours in the sun, while SPF lower than SPF 30 does not provide sufficient protection. What’s important? Find a crème that you love, 30 or 50 SPF – just always remember to reapply – as all crèmes lose their effectiveness over time.
Always choose Broad Spectrum crème– While we can tell when we have been exposed to UVB radiation as our skin changes color – UVA radiation is just as harmful, but we have no immediate way of knowing we have been overly-exposed. Broad spectrum labeling means that the crème has the required balance in ingredients to protect our skin from both UVA and UVB. You can find more about UVA and UVB radiation in our latest blog.
Reef Safe Sunscreen
Some studies have shown chemical sunscreens to have a negative effect on the coral reefs. Sunscreen used by swimmers and surfers is released into the ocean, chemicals within the sunscreen such as oxybenzone cause deformation, bleaching and even coral death. Hawaii is the first country to bann the sale of oxybenzone-containing sunscreen. We say - let's not wait for other countries to make the regulation and start the change ourselves by using Reef Safe Sunscreen
Paraben free sunscreen
Parabens are preservatives that may accelerate skin aging and damage DNA under UVB exposure. It has been linked to reproductive, immunological, neurological and skin irritation problems. We recommend you always look for the Paraben free sunscreen.
Avoid spray sunscreen
Although sunscreen spray is very popular and constitutes around 30% of the sunscreen use, it is not ideal to use. Studies have shown that in order to receive the SPF protection stated on the can and provide a thick and even coating on the skin through spray – you would have to spray for 6 seconds on the same spot! Not only that, the FDA and EWG (independent consumer research body) raised the concern that spray sunscreen poses an inhalation risk.
We hope that we've helped to clarify things up, and helped you guys make a better and more informative choice the next time you stand in front of the pharmacy's shelves!
Needless to say, SunZee excels at all these criteria, and many more!
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The SunZee team
There are three types of UV radiation which are harmful to our skin. One of them though, UVC, is thankfully absorbed in our atmosphere so it is not a risk for us currently. The other two are a concern for us, UVB and UVA, these two can damage your collagen fibers and lead to the aging of your skin. They are also known to cause melanoma and other types of skin cancers.