Go Green With Your Sunscreen

Many people wait all winter for spring and summer to roll around so they can begin having fun in the sun. However, it doesn’t always end in fun. Each year thousands of people find out they have skin cancer and often it was caused from long exposure to the suns UV rays. Many of these cases could have been prevented if they had simply used sunscreen when spending any significant amount of time out in the sun.

Choosing the right sunscreen is vital and there are ones available that does not contain harsh chemicals, which can also be harmful to your skin. Most people look for sunscreen based on its SPF rating. The problem with this is the fact that the SPF rating of a sunscreen is based solely on the damage caused by the UVB rays. However, UVA rays are the ones that cause the most damage to the skin. In order to be fully protected, you need to use sunscreen that protects you from both types of UV rays.

When searching for green sunscreen you need to look for ones that have “broad-spectrum protection” and with mineral ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These minerals will physically block the UV rays that cause sunburn, cancer and premature aging. You can search for sunscreen that contains plant-based ingredients when swimming in the ocean to avoid causing damage to the coral in the water.

Sunscreens that contain chemicals don’t block the rays, they absorb them. Many of them also break down from the sun which means after a short period of time, they won’t provide you with the protection you need. Choosing to go green with your sunscreen is healthier for you and it’s better for the environment. Once you find the right sunscreen, it’s important to apply it to the skin about thirty minutes before going outside. Re-apply after going swimming, sweating and about every two hours if not swimming.

Lisa Mason, Professional wordsmith for hire: gamer, wife, mother, entrepreneur, published poet, co-owner of game guides company, public speaker and Internet business consultant. You can learn more or follow Lisa’s blog from her website.

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