Tips for Choosing a Natural Sunscreen

Summer Fun

 

By: Kayla Kelley

Natural Sunscreens as an Alternative

It’s HOT, HOT, HOT!!!

Beautiful Desert Saguaro

We are in the dead of summer here in Tucson. Everyone is seeking relief and heading for the water, but even if you’re here in town, the walk from the car to the office is enough to get a sunburn. Protecting our skin from the sun’s powerful UV rays is very important! This involves picking the right type of sunscreen! There are two main types of sunscreen: chemical and mechanical​.

Whats the Difference???
Summer Essentials!

●A chemical sunscreen contains chemicals that absorb and reflect UV rays, these chemicals are often harmful to not only us, but the ecosystems we are swimming through.

Sun Protection Factor

●Mechanical blockers actively block our skin to the exposure of UV, this is typically zinc-oxide which forms a barrier against the sun.  If you want to reduce the number of chemicals in your body and you want to protect the environment, then mechanical blockers are for you! The next step is to decide what ‘SPF’ sunscreen is right for you. SPF is the sun protection factor of the sunscreen, in general, the highest number available is going to be the best at preventing skin cancer. However, many factors affect which SPF is right for you.

Desert Pools 🙂

● If you have more melanin in your skin, you are less susceptible to burning and skin cancer and can use a lower SPF, and if you are on the lighter side you should stick to a higher SPF.

● How long you are going to be outside plays a big role. The longer the time spent in the sun, the higher the SPF you should choose.

  • There is a UV index everyday that describes how many UV rays are making it through the ozone. On days with a higher UV index, you’re going to want a higher SPF to protect your skin.
  • Tucson’s Daily UV Index
There are many brands of natural sunscreens with various sun protection factors. You can find them at natural health stores and even some bigger drug stores. Keep yourself and your family protected by choosing an SPF that is right for your time in the sun!
Pool Time!

Click here (link) for a great list of the best natural sunscreens.

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