protect-skin-from-sunProtecting our skin from the sun is important, but there is plenty to know about SPF before applying it to your skin. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and a common myth is that the higher the SPF, the better it is for your skin. SPF values above 50 may coax you into believing they prevent sun damage and you can stay out in the sun longer because of wearing a higher SPF but protection tops out at 30 to 50.

Over the past few years, there has been a surge in using the spray version of sunscreen, but for children, these should be avoided. Spray sunscreens can be inhaled and therefore dangerous.
The EWG (Environmental Working Group) is a non-profit that evaluates products such as sunscreen. They receive neither money nor samples from companies when they conduct their testing, so as to give an honest review of the products.

The EWG uses the following criteria to determine safest products:

1. Health hazards associated with listed ingredients
2. UVB protection
3. UVA protection
4. Balance of UVA/UVB protection
5. Sunscreen stability

protect-skin-from-sun-2You can review the best and worst products they tested by clicking here.
Two ingredients to watch out for are Oxybenzone and Retinyl Plamitate. Half of the beach and sport sunscreens contain oxybenzone but it penetrates the skin, gets into the bloodstream and acts like estrogen in the body. It can trigger allergic skin reactions and has the potential to disrupt the hormone system. Retinyl Palmitate may speed development of skin tumors and lesions, according to government studies.

There are many products on the market that offer sun safety while being kind to your skin without harsh chemicals. Click here to learn more!