Also, as you’ve probably noticed, most stores are carrying SPF 100 as most people think that you need to wear a super high SPF to be protected.
The reality is, numbers this high are just a marketing ploy.
Even the FDA states these are “inherently misleading” and attempting to ban anyone from stating their product had SPF higher than 50. SPF 15 blocks 93% of the sun’s rays where SPF 30 blocks 97%. Even doubling the SPF numbers will only increase protection by a fraction of an amount.
Mineral Sunscreens Are Where You Want To Be.
While there are hundreds of different products to choose from, there are a couple of ingredients that you should be looking for.
Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.
I get it. While these ingredients sound scary, they are the best ingredients for your skin when it comes to sunscreen.
The first time I heard I should be using these ingredients for sunscreen, I almost couldn’t believe it. But, not only do these ingredients provide broad spectrum UVA (aging rays) and UVB (burning rays) protection, there is also no absorption of these minerals into your skin.
So, you’re safe, inside and out. So, before you or your children spend time in the sun, make sure to choose a sunscreen containing these ingredients! Look below for a few brands that I love.
Don’t forget, the sun is your best source for Vitamin D3.
Vitamin D has been shown to naturally boost immunity, help fight cancer and improve your mood. So don’t opt to stay indoors, while you only need 20 minutes of direct sun to generate what you need for the day.
A Note For Moms.
Protecting your child in the sun is your primary concern, so here’s what you need to know. Mineral sunscreens are safe for children and there are many options available, even some which are fragrance-free for that extra level of sensitivity.
If you’re nursing, choosing the right sunscreen for yourself is critical as chemical sunscreens are transferred to a nursing child through breastmilk. Research shows, chemicals are being absorbed quickly through the skin and therefore being passed on to the child. So stay away from any kind of chemical sunscreens and choose mineral instead.
Also remember, choose sunscreen lotions and not sprays. Even mineral sunscreen is not meant to be inhaled, so even though it’s convenient, it isn’t safe, especially for children.
Check Out These Brands.
Badger sunscreen – SPF 30
Babo botanicals – SPF 30
Also, check out this page and see EWG’s top-rated safe sunscreens for 2016