I remember as a kid in the 1960’s playing all day in the Texas sun. My older sister would slather on Coppertone to get an even better tan, although at the time, sun tan lotions didn’t offer protection from dangerous cancer causing ultraviolet A (UVA) rays. It wasn’t part of the culture back then to worry about UV rays because of lack of knowledge. Since those days researchers have discovered the importance for protecting our skin. Now, there are plenty of choices when it comes to sun screen lotions. But do all these products protect you from UVA rays? The answer is No!
According to researchers, the best sunscreens are those that contain at least one of these ingredients; zinc oxide, ecamsule, oxybenzone, titanium dioxide or avobenzone 3%. These ingredients have been proven to protect your skin from harmful cancer causing UVA rays. Make sure the product is a broad spectrum or multi-spectrum sunscreen.
Also, they recommend to use between 15 to 30 spf which blocks UVB rays from burning the skin. 15 spf blocks 93% of UVB rays, while 30 spf blocks 97%.
When shopping for a sunscreen paying more doesn’t mean you’re getting better protection. Just make sure the product contains the above mentioned ingredients.
Here’s to your skin’s Health!
Kim Lowrey, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist
Colon Hydrotherapy Center, Fayetteville, AR