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If you must lather up, we’ve got some pretty solid recommendations below plus some solid resources. . . To be honest, sunscreen should be your LAST RESORT. All you have to do is be smart, and keep these tips in mind:
- Wearing clothes can shield you from the sun. Shirt, hat, pants, when needed. Seriously, super easy.
- Plan your events around the strongest sun. Spend more of your time outside in the early day and later afternoon. During the brightest, just get out of the sun.
- Use shade!!! You still get to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors without putting yourself in burn exposure. Use an umbrella or the shade of a tree. Don’t be a hero.
- No matter what happens, try not to burn! Sounds obvious but it’s hard to notice sometimes. When you get red, or feel hot, it’s been too long! Again, DON’T BE A HERO! THE SUN WILL WIN!
If you must lather up, check out these tips 👇🏼Remember, ingredients matter!!! With all the options out there, there’s no reason to get anything toxic. Also, the type of product you use matters!
Absolutely avoid these ingredients:
- Oxybenzone is a potential endocrine disruptor and is allergenic.
- Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate) Vitamin A is an antioxidant added to skin products because manufacturers believe it slows skin aging. … Scientists have found that vitamin A can spur excess skin growth, known as hyperplasia, and that in sunlight, retinyl palmitate can form small molecules called free radicals that damage DNA.
- Added insect repellent. Using DEET insect repellent with sunscreen decreases the effectiveness of the sunscreen by about 30-40%. AND there are usually some synergistic toxicity issues.
Instead look for these ingredients:
- Zinc oxide. Mineral based protection is the best and safest there is.
- Titanium dioxide. You want to avoid spray because of the toxicity potential of inhaling this stuff.
- Holistic cofactors such as beeswax, sunflower oil, jojoba oil, and vitamin E.
Avoid these types of products:
- Sprays. Even though they are super convenient and popular, they are actually potentially toxic and way less effective. There’s an inhalation risk of toxins. Sprays are not any where near as effective as creams for covering skin.
- Powders. Same concerns as sprays,.
- Super high SPF above 50. SPF values aren’t very accurate. A good sunscreen will provide equal broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. However, the SPF value reflects only how well a product will protect from UVB rays, which cause sunburns. UVA rays penetrate the skin deeper and aren’t factored into this score! SPF values are also unreliable because the test methods are not standardized! FINALLY, high-SPF products may be a problem because they have higher concentrations of chemicals AND they give you a false sense of security! It all comes back to our initial tips above!!!
Look for these products!
- Cream. Always. You can apply an even coating that is super effective.
- Broad spectrum protection. The only way to really know this is to look at EWG’s list of approved products.
- Water-resistant. Otherwise even sweat may wash it off!
- An appropriate SPF. We recommend something between 15 and 35.
Here are our TOP PICKS! Used and abused here in Vegas and they do the job!!!
- Badger – SPF 35 Zinc Oxide Sport Sunscreen Cream – Unscented – Broad Spectrum Water Resistant.
- OUR FAV! Thrive Market Sunscreen. Goes on smooth, stays on well. Join Thrive Market and search for “Thrive Sunscreen.”
Visit EWG.org, check out their guide to sunscreens. Here’s a list of their best sunscreens, look for a score of 1 or better.
Check out this post from Dr. Rucio on The Health Benefits of Sun Exposure.
Last but NOT LEAST! Join our community, we have a whole course on Natural Solutions where we go into detail about this and more!!!