How to Choose Your Sun Screen
Every year, a new line of sunscreens hits the market to help shield you from the sun’s UV rays. They all work in different ways; some will scatter the light and reflect it away from your body while others may absorb the rays before they reach your skin.
In the past, choosing the right sunscreen meant just looking for the right SPF factor, which offered protection from the UV rays, but studies have shown that UVB rays also can lead to cancer as well. The difference between the two rays were that the UVA rays do not leave behind the visible signs of sunburn that is so evident from the UVB rays but the damage could actually be even worse. These rays penetrate deeply into the skin causing longer lasting damage in signs of early aging and wrinkles. According to WebMD
Ultraviolet A rays (UVA) also increase skin cancer risk. While UVA rays don’t cause sunburn, they penetrate deeply into skin and cause wrinkles. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that up to 90% of skin changes associated with aging are really caused by a lifetime of exposure to UVA rays.
This means that the sunscreen you choose should offer broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Look for those with ingredients like benzophenones, cinnamates, salicylates, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avoobenzone and ecamsule.
You also want to think about the amount of time you will be in the sun too. If you usually burn in 10 minutes than get a sunscreen of SPF 15. However if you have a skin type of 1 or 2 or you have a family history of skin cancer or lupus you should look at a higher SPF protection.
There is no doubt that the sun can offer us rewarding benefits from its warmth and soothing qualities but our skin needs to be with us for the remainder of our lives. We need to find the right balance in taking care of it while still getting some of the natural benefits at the same time.