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Top 5 Sunscreen Ingredients

Top 5 Sunscreen Ingredients

When it comes to protecting your skin from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, sunscreen is an essential tool. However, not all sunscreens are created equal. Some sunscreens contain harmful chemicals that can irritate the skin or even increase the risk of cancer. In this blog post, we will take a look at the top 5 safest sunscreens for your skin.

Mineral-based sunscreens: Mineral-based sunscreens, also known as physical sunscreens, use ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to block UV rays. These ingredients sit on top of the skin, reflecting UV rays away from the skin. Unlike chemical sunscreens, mineral-based sunscreens are less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions, and they provide a physical barrier against UV rays.

Sunscreens with non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide: When zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are in a nano form, they can penetrate the skin and cause damage, but non-nano forms do not. Non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide sit on top of the skin and provide broad-spectrum protection. Just like you probably check food labels, it’s always good to check your skin care ingredients as well!

Sunscreens with no added fragrance: Some sunscreens contain added fragrances that can cause irritation or allergic reactions. When possible, choose a sunscreen with no added fragrance.

Sunscreens with no oxybenzone or octinoxate: Oxybenzone and octinoxate are common ingredients in chemical sunscreens that have been found to harm coral reefs, and they may also have an impact on human health. Avoid sunscreens that contain these ingredients. #protectourcoralreefs 

Sunscreens with broad-spectrum protection: UV rays come in two types: UVA and UVB. UVA rays are responsible for premature aging, and UVB rays are responsible for sunburns. A broad-spectrum sunscreen will protect you from both types of rays.

It's important to note that the best sunscreen is the one that you will use consistently and correctly. Choose the sunscreen that you feel comfortable using, and make sure to reapply it every 2 hours, or after swimming or sweating.

Another great tip to help protect your skin from harmful rays is to wear protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts and wide-brimmed hats, and seek shade during the middle of the day when UV rays are strongest. We recommend staying out of the sun or wearing protective clothing if you need to protect your upper body from tan lines before a special event (like your wedding day)! 

Oh, and spray tans don’t protect you from the sun. I wish they did! 

Cheers to the summer season!!

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