Let's Talk About Sun Screen

by DelRae Cicinelli

Now that we are gearing up for summer (well in AZ it's practically here) you will find me by a body of water, and with my fair skin I need sunscreen to prevent the lobster burn. As someone with sensitive skin it has always been difficult for me to find a sunscreen I could use without breaking out into a huge rash. On my research journey, I discovered the nasty ingredients in the chemical based, store bought sunscreens. Did you know there was another option? A mineral sunscreen. 

Why do we wear sunscreen in the first place? UV protection, right? A higher SPF sunscreen typically means more sun exposure, but it means you are also blocking the Vitamin D that your body needs. With most of us lacking the necessary Vitamin D from food, our main source is the sun. Another interesting fact is SPF does not increase exponentially - this means that if you use an SPF of 2 it blocks about 50% of UV rays, an SPF of 15 blocks about 93% and an SPF of 50 blocks about 98% of UV rays. That's only a 5% difference in UV protection for an SPF difference of 35! 

UV rays come in two forms: UVA and UVB. A chemical sunscreen blocks the UVB rays (sunburn causing), but allow the UVA rays to penetrate deep into your skin and cause damage at a deeper level. A mineral sunscreen protects against both by creating a barrier on the skin to reflect the UV rays. 

Overall, my consensus based on my research of medical journals, college publishing, and other scholarly google searches I prefer to use a mineral-based sunscreen with a lower SPF and more frequent application. 


***Loil Life does not intend to diagnose, treat, or cure any ailments. All information in this post is based on personal research and experience. Please consult a physician before use of essential oils during pregnancy. 

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