Tuesday, June 12, 2012

What You Need to Know About Sunscreen Ingredients

With summer months upon us, it’s important to gear up for time spent enjoying the great outdoors.  Whether picnicking at the local park or vacationing on a tropical beach, sun protection is essential.  Regular use of sunscreen can help prevent squamous cell carcinoma from developing on your skin or your child's.  It can also help prevent premature aging and sun burn. There are many sunscreen choices available in your local drugstore or online retailer.  Before you buy the most popular brand, you’ll want to check out sunscreen ingredients so you can choose a product that is safe for your whole family. 

Popular Sunscreen: Ingredients That Do More Harm Than Good

With consumer awareness of toxins in personal care products, the search for sunscreen ingredients that are non-irritating, has become a more popular solution.  By researching the potentially harmful sunscreen ingredients, you can read a few labels and select the best product for your family.  Some common potentially irritating chemicals found in traditional sunscreen include:

1.    Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), including octyl-dimethyl PABA
2.    4-methyl-benzylidene camphor (4-MBC)
3.    Benzophenones, especially benzophenone-3
4.    Homosalate
5.    Cinnamates, namely octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC)

UVA, UBV, and SPF: What it All Means

The role of your sunscreen is to help prevent the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching your skin and causing damage.  UVB radiation causes sunburn, while UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply, and cause wrinkling, leathering, sagging, and aging of the skin.  Both UVA and UVB can contribute to skin cancer.

Sunscreens can be found with a variety of SPF numbers next to them.  In general, for everyday activities, usually SPF 15 or greater, in moisturizers and makeup can be adequate.  If you spends hours in the sun, a sunscreen with specifically zinc oxide and titanium dioxide may be the best choice.  These two ingredients have been rated the safest and most effective of broad spectrum sunblocks.

The FDA has mandated that no sunscreen may label their product as 'waterproof' or 'water resistant'.  This is because all sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours and after exposure to water or sweating.

 Safe and Natural Sunscreen Ingredients
When you decide to check out Cleure’s Sunscreen, you’ll find a list of safe sunscreen ingredients.  This effective sunscreen is free from harsh ingredients and includes a nourishing formula.  At www.Cleure.com, you’ll be able to shop a full inventory of personal care products, including sensitive skin care, hair care, dental, and makeup.   

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