Which sunscreen is best for you?
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WFTX - Are you wearing the wrong sunscreen?
Many people select the wrong Sun Protection Factor (SPF).
f you want a sunscreen you can use everyday and don’t have a job requiring that you work outside, selecting a traditional sunscreen with an SPF higher than 15 is a waste of protection.
A general rule of thumb is: the longer your sun exposure, the higher the SPF you should use to protect your skin. This is true, but the sky is not the limit only up to a certain point.
The SPF number gauges how effective a sunscreen is at filtering UV rays. The higher the SPF, the more UV rays the sunscreen formula can filter.
The sunscreen industry has reduced the means by which you select a sunscreen to a SPF number.
The problem with using a number is the majority of people select the wrong one for these reasons:
1) Using high SPF sunscreen on baby’s and children.
2) Using higher SPF sunscreen on darker skin. The darker the skin, the lower the SPF should be. Dark skin already filters up to 90% of UV rays. A sunscreen with an SPF of 30 filters
3) Choosing chemical sunscreen instead of a natural one.
4) Buying sunscreen in the form of a spray.
Traditional sunscreens, those made with chemical active ingredients, use a chemical reaction of energy to absorb UV rays on skin.
When this form of suncreen is applied, it takes 20 to 30 minutes for the chemical active ingredients to reach their full potential.
Once their, the formula will continue to absorb for anywhere from 1 and a half to 3 hours. When the chemical active ingredients begin to decay, the UV light they’ve absorbed is released as low level energy which creates free radicals.
Free radicals are unstable molecules that harm skin cells.
Natural sunscreens do not contain ingredients that disrupt hormone, endocrine, or thyroid activity, and promote the formation of cancer.
For more information head to www.puresunscreen.com