While we are enjoying this beautiful summer we should never forget to put on sunscreen. But do you know the active ingredients in your sunscreen and are they really good for you?

Sunscreen can be divided into two groups, chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreen gets absorbed into the skin whereas physical sunscreen sits on the surface of the skin and reflects the sun. There are studies that show ingredients in chemical sunscreen may mess up your hormones and cause allergic reactions. But don’t panic yet because these studies are still controversial and inconclusive.

The important message here is to choose a physical sunscreen over a chemical sunscreen. So look for zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone, and mexoryl in a sunscreen. You can view a chart of sunscreen chemicals by visiting this page – Trouble with Sunscreen. And visit Safe Sunscreens recommended by the Environmental Working Group to see a list of good products.

Another myth is that the higher the SPF the better the sunscreen. This is not true. Higher SPF usually contains more chemicals and it leads you to think you can stay in the sun forever. Your skin gets irritated and you end up getting too much sun. One size doesn’t fit all. If you have a sensitive skin and you don’t burn that easily you might want to go for a moderate SPF.

Enjoy the sun and stay safe and pretty!

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Sources:

Environmental Working Group

Dr. Oz – Your Sunscreen might be Poisoning You

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