Most sunblock products are filled with chemicals and while they might be blocking out harmful UVA/UVB rays, you are also putting awful toxins back into your body! Reversing the positive benefits to your skin and possibly causing more damage to your body. However, we all know that doing nothing to defend your skin from sun damage increases risk of skin cancer, premature aging and much more. So what should you do to protect your skin?
Chemical Free Sunscreen
First, remember that there are a couple of active ingredients that serve as a protection cover over damaging sun-rays. The ‘chemical free’ alternative is made of oxidized zinc or titanium oxide, which are both heavy metal’s that serve as a reflective layer on your skin.
Sunscreen for Face
In the summer, I usually carry two different sunscreens with me. One for face, and a more ‘heavy duty’ one for my body! Currently, I have been alternating between Josie Maran Argan Oil SPF 40+ which is better for drier skin and COOLA Mineral Face SPF 20 for the summer and a matte finish. Both do not leave a grey cast on my skin! Which can be a tricky thing to find when searching for metal-based sunscreens.
Sunscreen for Body
Up until last summer, I used to reach for my Coppertone Sport 30+ sunblock, but after reading it’s extensive list of chemicals and scary ‘I can’t pronounce these words’ on the ingredients list, I decided to swap it out for something less intimidating. Some popular substitutes are equally water resistant and defend the skin against harsh rays and chemicals. Alba’s Natural Very Emollient sunscreen is broad spectrum SPF 30, Badger All-Natural Sunscreen Cream – SPF30, Aveeno Mineral Block SPF are worth testing out.
Regardless of what product you apply for your time in the sun, remember to reapply every 2-4 hours to keep the harmful rays out. Now, what are you waiting for? Go enough the sunshine!