Choosing a sunscreen can be hard. Do you go for the lower SPF to enhance tanning or do you go for the more protective SPF to lower the risk of skin cancer. Finding the right sunscreen can mean the difference between too much sun and not enough.
SPF sweet spot
Many people struggle with finding the right SPF for them. Most doctors recommend a minimum of SPF30 with greater SPF for younger children. However, depending on your location and tanning preference you might want a lower SPF. Regardless of the SPF the sunscreen to use should be a “broad spectrum” sunscreen. These sunscreens block all three times of sun radiation; UVB, UVA1 and UVA2.
These are the type’s sunlight that cause aging, and lead to skin cancer. While many people feel that regular sunscreen contains harsh chemicals that can absorb into the skin and effect hormone levels this has been proven false as the original study had the mice both use as well as ingest daily amounts of sunscreen. While you may prefer an organic sunscreen to a regular one keep in mind that it should be both broad-spectrum and the desired SPF. . Additionally while sunscreen of any kind is recommended for young children, children under the age of 6 are advised to not be exposed to direct sunlight for any extended periods of time sunscreen or not.
Difference in mineral sunscreen and organic
One thing to remember when picking a sunscreen is how the sunscreen treats the UV light released by the sun. Mineral or regular sunscreen reflects the sun away from the body while organic sunscreens absorb the UV light, disperse and transform it into something the body can use. Also be aware that organic sunscreen may contain skin irritants for people with certain allergies.
As is common practice checking the active and inactive ingredients in anything organic or not should be a step before purchase of any product. While all of this makes Organic Sunscreen sound like a terrible option that does not mean it is. There are many great brands of organic sunscreen such as:
- Adorable Baby Sunscreen
- Aubrey Organics Natural Sun Green Tea Sunscreen
- Climb On! Mineral Sunscreen
- Loving Naturals Clear Body Sunscreen
- The Honest Company Honest Sunscreen
Regardless of what sunscreen you pick just remember that a broad spectrum SPF 15 or higher sunscreen while protect both you and your family from any of the harsh sun radiation..