No magic lotion can COMPLETELY block the sun or keep you from sweating. Of course, all lotions wear off. To be honest, I hate the sun because it makes my skin icky and I can feel the heat burning my helpless skin. Exposing your skin under the sun at extended periods of the day would lead to long-term effects that you would regret later on.
No magic lotion can COMPLETELY block the sun or keep you from sweating. Of course, all lotions wear off. For sweat-proof and waterproof sunscreens, make sure to locate how many hours the SPF lasts in water.
We only need 5-15 minutes under the sun to meet our Vitamin D needs. And beyond that is destructive to our health. So for today’s post, I want to share my experiences and a little bit of knowledge I have gained through research about the truth behind sunscreen.
WATCH for the words
SUNBLOCK, SWEAT-PROOF or WATERPROOF
For sweat-proof and waterproof sunscreens, make sure to locate how many hours before the SPF wears off upon application.
Know the difference between UVA and UVB so you can effectively choose your SPF
UVA has longer waves that cause lasting damage, premature skin aging, and skin cancer while UVB has shorter waves that cause sunburns and skin damage.
Oh okay, we are trying to prevent that… Anyway, now that we know about UV Rays, we can now move on to the most confusing part in sunscreens: SPF!
Admit it, you didn’t really know what SPF stands for. As long as the number is high, you’d automatically think it’s better. So, to break all confusion, SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor
An average person can stay under the sun with no protection for just 15 minutes before the skin starts to burn.
The SPF number indicated on sunscreen bottles is a multiple to determine how long you can stay protected by sunscreen.
SPF 15 x 15 minutes = 225 mins SPF 50 x 15 minutes = 750 mins
SPF 30 x 15 minutes = 450 mins SPF 100 x 15 minutes = 1500 mins
Here’s a quick tip: A higher SPF filters more UVB rays. But a better choice would be a sunscreen with a Broad Spectrum. Look for that and you’re good to go.
Also, keep in mind that we have to avoid using sunscreen that has toxic chemicals such as:
• Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate or “retinol”) – increases cancer cell growth
• Oxybenzone – hormone disrupter that is harmful to children
• Powder or spray mineral-based sunscreens (watch out for zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) – completely safe in lotion form but it can cause internal damage if inhaled
One last thing! Always always always remember to apply sunscreen 20-30 minutes before having all the fun in the sun, and REAPPLY after two hours!
Take care of your skin! ^^,