Taking Sun Protection Seriously

 

It is summer and time for pool parties and water sports fun but before you even head outdoors. Make sure that you have the right sunscreen for your skin. Did you know that even if you are just be staying indoors at work or in the shopping malls. You should also remember to put on your sunscreen diligently as even though UVB is blocked by the glass windows but UVA can still reach you through the indoor lighting.

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So what should we look out while shopping for a suitable sunscreen?

Firstly, we should decide on the SPF required. When I mention “SPF”, I am referring to “Sun Protection Factor”. You can do a rough estimation of how much SPF you need by multiplying it by 10.A very simple example would be: SPF 30 x 10 = 300 minutes of sun (5 hours)

However, that is taking in if you do not perspire or stay out of the water. That is why sunscreen bottles always have a print that recommends that you re-apply your sunscreen every 30 minutes especially if you are participating in outdoor activities. In fact, even when you are indoors, your clothing or hands could also rub off your sunscreen. Hence, if possible, do re-apply every one to two hours. This is true for chemical sunscreens however, if you are using natural organic sunscreen then no reapplication is required.

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It was once widely believed that SPF15 was sufficient for sun protection but in recent years, this has however changed and a higher SPF has been much desired. The shade of your skin complexion also affects the recommended SPF required. Dark skin complexions contain more of the pigment Melanin, which helps block out damaging UV rays up to a certain point. This is why the fairer your complexion, the easier you would burn under the sun due to the lack of melanin as compared to someone who is darker skinned.

When purchasing sunscreen, make sure that you also get one which is labeled “Broad Spectrum” , this means it covers both UVA & UVB rays. UVA rays account for up to 95% of the UV radiation reaching the surface of the earth. Though less intense than UVB rays, they are the cause behind wrinkles and skin aging. UVB rays are the ones between 10am to 4pm, and the cause behind sun burnt and reddening of your skin. It is also a culprit in causing skin cancer.

There are a few different forms of sunscreens available in the market. Cream and lotion based sunscreens are the most common ones being sold nowadays. Some however might prevent a spray on sunscreen because it is handy in reaching places where your hands are unable to reach.

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And since there is a greater move towards all things natural and green nowadays, and it is the same with sunscreens. Organic sunscreens, some of which only uses Zinc Oxide as their main ingredient, are getting increasingly popular especially with those who have sensitive skin.

A few reasons on why one should switch to natural sunscreens include not needing to reapply as it sits on top of the skin rather than being absorbed, and it also acts as a barrier which blocks UV rays due to its mineral composition. Chemical sunscreens usually contain toxic ingredients such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Research has shown that oxybenzone is considered an endocrine disruptor, meaning that it can reduce sperm count in men and may contribute to endometriosis in women.

Therefore, if possible, try to get yourself an organic sunscreen that is broad spectrum and comes in a SPF which suits your daily needs. These are my new sunscreens which I had gotten from iHerb. Remember to use my promo code “QRV947” to get 5% off!

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So I have been taking my skin quite seriously of late, more self-love = a proper skincare regime and makeup routine. I hardly use a sunscreen because my makeup base is SPF50 but there are lots of instances where I just apply makeup directly without using the base! I have decided to make sure that I do not skip this step and since the base is currently finishing too. I then decided to get organic sunscreens from iHerb

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I bought the Babo Botanicals, 40 SPF Daily Sheer For Face Sunscreen, 1.7 fl oz (50 ml) for the face. It contains 100% Mineral Active Ingredients, is fragrance-free, suitable for sensitive skin and it is family friendly so babies 6 months up can also use it. And it is also has good reviews on the site. It is really lightweight so application is a breeze, most importantly, there is not much a white cast that most sunscreens tend to leave on your skin after applying. I really like this and am so glad it is now part of my makeup regime, hopefully this could help prevent anymore sun damage.

The other one which I had gotten is the Badger Company, Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream, SPF 30, Unscented, 2.9 fl oz (87 ml) for the body. My family is a huge fan of Budget products, we have a bunch of their ointments and love that their products are natural and organic. This sunscreen is 100% certified natural and contains 99% organic ingredients. It is PA+++ and is suitable for the family, so my boy could also use it too. I’m intending to use this for daily outings like when I head out of the house and not really for outdoor water activities because I would like something stronger than SPF 30 for that. This sunscreen was thicker and creamier than the Babo face sunscreen and it left a white cast on my skin, which did eventually go away after a few more spreads.

If you are keen in getting these sunscreens from iHerb too, please remember to use my promo code “QRV947” to get 5% off!

 

 

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