Your choices are really between chemical sunscreens (I don't recommend) and physical zinc-based sunscreens, which are safer, but you need to choose wisely.
Most chemical-based sunscreens on the market (anything WITHOUT zinc oxide – these use “-benzone” ingredients like avobenzone and oxybenzone – avoid!), which includes Neutrogena, Coppertone and Banana Boat, not only basically fib about their SPF (anything over 50 is pretty much hooey, as SPF maxes out between 30 & 50)
…but worse, the chemical sunscreens also use ingredients that may become MORE dangerous when they’re exposed to UV light.
The safest sunscreen you can buy is a MINERAL (zinc-based) sunscreen – but you’ve got to choose the right kind. And remember, avoid mineral sunscreens with titanium dioxide, which might also undergo changes during light exposure. Zinc oxide only!
One of the biggest mistakes made when choosing safer sunscreen is not realizing that ingredients SEPARATE. With many lotions, the zinc separates from the suspension ingredients – and we don’t even realize it! Sun products are difficult to mix up – they don’t shake well – so it’s a real risk.
Here’s where my jaw dropped. Because really, it’s so simple. Yet I NEVER even thought about it.
Since so many zinc sunscreens nowadays are meant to leave less of a white, thick appearance, it’s even harder to tell whether we’re adequately covered.
Add that to suspension ingredients that don’t maintain the blend of zinc with carrier ingredients and you’ve got compromised protection.
That’s why zinc-based sunscreen STICKS are ideal!
The suspension ingredients are much more solid – and often, more skin-conditioning – so you’re more likely to get the coverage you need, especially on the face.
I’ve been a convert to sticks ever since!
***I never use spray sunscreens, which have inhalation risks.
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