Who else never used to wear sunscreen, but now you’re like “What are these sunspots?!” I’m not 20 anymore, seeking a perfectly bronzed body, and want to protect my skin with the best stuff that’s also safe for my kids.
May is National Melanoma Awareness Month and THE most common form of cancer is skin cancer. I encourage you to get your bronze from a bottle this summer because while I love the sun, I love my skin more.
Here’s a few Sunscreen FAQs for you:
UVA rays- protects against aging.
UVB rays – protects against burns.
Sunscreens come in two categories: physical and chemical. Physical blockers contain zinc and titanium oxide, natural minerals that block UV rays. They literally bounce the the sun’s rays back. Chemical blockers scatter UV light and contain oxybezone and other toxic chemicals. It’s recommended to get a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF of 30 or higher. and is water resistant. Most sunscreens need to be reapplied every 60-80 minutes to be effective.
This graphic highlights the difference between mineral and chemical sunscreens.
The first step in choosing a sunscreen is to put your current sunscreen through the EWG. Head to ewg.org/skindeep/ and see how your sunscreen measures up. Not all “natural” sunscreens are equal. We used a popular, mineral sunscreen a few years ago and my oldest son had an allergic reaction to it and broke out all over for a month! We switched to Beautycounter’s mist and facial stick last year and it’s been amazing!
Beautycounter’s physical sunscreen is made from non-nano zinc oxide and anti-oxidant rich California poppy provides broad-based protection from UVA, UVB, and blue light rays. It can be used on the face and the body, and is safe for kids and pregnant women.
Another benefit of our sunscreen is that it’s not damaging to coral reefs which many are currently damaging too in a sleek bagless, aerosol can. One common belief is that SPF 50 is so much more protective than SPF 15 or 30 when in reality SPF 15 blocks 93% of the sun’s rays while SPF 30 blocks 97%. **Important to note that you also can’t double up on SPF to get to 100% coverage. If you’re worried about sun damage, reapply after 30-60 minutes and more often if you’re in and out of the water!
Beautycounter also just released a Tinted Sunscreen Mist and Cooling Gel! Think of the tinted mist as a foundation for your body. Giving you the same protection as the Countersun line while evening out skin tone. It comes in light/medium and medium/dark shades! Check it out here.
To shop Beautycounter’s Countersun line, go to beautycounter.com/kellitobin
For more on safer sunscreen options, read this article here.