Safe Sun Practices And The Dos And Don'ts Of Sunscreens
These are some of the time tested ways to help protect yourself from the scorching sun.
Reapply Sunscreen Frequently
Sweating and swimming dilute any sunscreen’s effectiveness. Next to using too low of a sun protection factor (SPF) or a total lack of protection, the failure to reapply sunscreen consistently is the main cause of burning. In intense sun, reapply at least every hour.
Don’t Rub It In
Rapid absorption of lotion leaves the outermost layers of skin with reduced SPF. Dab sunscreen onto sun-sensitive areas.Wait 60 seconds, then gently smooth the sunscreen evenly onto your skin.
Take Frequent Shade Breaks
Taking 15 minutes or more per hour is enough time to let your skin cool down and recover.
Keep Your Skin Moisturized And Hydrated
Moist skin is far less likely to burn and will tan faster. Moisturize and nourish your skin before and after long sun exposure.
If your skin overheats, it can react with a classic heat rash, which can quickly lead to burning. Take occasional shade breaks. Cool off in the water frequently and reapply sunscreen. Avoid waterproof, sport block, sweat proof, and baby block sunscreens if spending extended periods in the sun. The petroleum bases in these products can cause the skin to overheat quickly.
Never Expose Burned Skin To More Sun
Burned skin will not tan—it will only get worse. Keep burned skin cool, and try to minimize sweating to reduce chances of blistering. Never put waterproof sunscreens on pink or burned skin.
Healthy Sun Protocol
Whether it is the start of summer or a trip to a sunnier locale, allow your skin to slowly get accustomed to increased levels of sun. Start with a short amount of time in the sun with frequent shade breaks. Gradually progress to longer sun exposure.
Having an established base tan means that your skin is producing enough melanin to supplement the protection of the sunscreen you are using. As you develop a healthy tan, you can use a lower SPF, letting your skin absorb healthy amounts of vitamin D-producing UVB rays.
Lets look at some of the dos and don’ts when choosing and using a sunscreen.
Commercial sunscreen and too much sun can both be damaging to your health. Learn about safe sunscreens and healthy ways to enjoy the sun.
According to research conducted over the last ten years, the chemicals contained in most commercial sunscreens can be dangerous both for human and ecological health.
These synthetic chemicals, known as endocrine disruptors, can mimic or block natural hormones by altering the synthesis, breakdown, and functioning of hormones and hormone receptors. Endocrine disruptors have been linked to various forms of cancer, can inhibit human growth and reproductive health, and can persist in the body and in the environment.
Until more research is done on the long-term effects of these chemicals, watch out for these common sunscreen ingredients:
- Benzophenone-3 (Bp-3)
- Homosalate (HMS)
- 4-methyl-benzylidene camphor (4-MBC)
- Octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC)
- Octyl-dimethyl-PABA (OD-PABA)
Chemical-free and natural sunscreens use mineral blocks, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, to protect the skin from UV rays. These physical, barrier-type sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
Products which are non-toxic, low in skin irritants, and free of perfumes or petroleum-based polymers, are healthier for the skin and provide full spectrum protection.