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Fun In The Sun

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Natural Times, June/July/August 2017

Stacy Belinski, Parkway Wellness Manager

Whether you are at the beach, an amusement park, on the water, or simply working in your own backyard, there is one item that all activities involving the great outdoors should start with: sunscreen! With so many to choose from, how do you determine what’s “the best” one for you?

Let’s start with the two main types of sunscreen: chemical sunscreen or a physical sunscreen.

Chemical Sunscreens

  • Absorb ultraviolet (UV) rays
  • May cause skin irritation
  • Offer high levels of Sun Protection Factor (SPF)
  • Thin, low odor
  • Lower cost

Physical Sunscreens

  • Block UV rays
  • Thick and opaque
  • Best for sensitive skin, unless there is a mineral sensitivity
  • Work immediately upon application
  • Are FDA approved, but not all chemical sunscreens are

Other things sunscreens may offer include water resistance, bug repellants, and organic certification. W.S. Badger’s Anti-Bug Sunscreen conveniently combines bug repellant with sunscreen: it is certified organic, water resistant for 40 minutes, and uses zinc oxide to provide SPF 34 protection while protecting against insects with essential oils such as citronella, lemongrass and cedar oils. Many of Badger’s sunscreens are also USDA certified organic for people who are looking for the most natural sunscreen available.

If you have sensitive skin, especially on your face, a physical sunscreen or a sunscreen with fewer chemical ingredients may be a better option. Aubrey Organics offers clean, all-natural ingredients.

If you are looking for a facial-only sunscreen, Nature’s Gate, Kiss My Face, Alba and Jason all offer sunscreens specifically formulated for the face. Separate facial sunscreens offer more complete protection than moisturizers with sunscreens added and can be used in conjunction with most facial moisturizers.

The most effective sun protection is clothing, but when that’s not an option, sunscreen has your back…and arms and legs. Due to different skin types, protection needs and price range, there is no one perfect sunscreen that will work for everyone. Now that you know your choices, time to find “the best” sunscreen for you!

 

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