The Importance of SPF
It’s fair to assume that most people know why applying SPF daily is important. It helps protect your skin from harmful UV rays and prevents tons of skin issues. However, not all sunblocks are made the same – or with clean ingredients. Many sunblocks contain harsh chemicals, or some mineral-based products that utilize nanoparticles or other ingredients that cross into the skin. You have to be wary and selective when picking out the sunscreen you want.
Our Best SPF Tips
Using any sunblock higher than SPF 50 is not recommended.
*False advertising alert* Most sunblocks after SPF 50 have no huge difference in shielding your skin from UV rays. When the SPF goes from 15-50, the percentage of UV rays that is blocked only increases to about 5%. Beyond SPF 50, the protection leans more towards increasing UVB protection, which causes sunburns, but tends to decrease the UVA protection, which is the one that penetrates deeper and causes premature skin aging, skin cancers and etc.
Aerosol sunscreens are a no-no.
Spray-on sunscreens don’t spray evenly, therefore the inhalation of sunscreen minerals can cause health issues. The whole point of sunscreen is to protect your skin, not get everywhere else but.
Read the Ingredients Label
Most sunscreen products contain toxic ingredients that are hormone disruptors and skin cancer triggers. Be more keen and aware of the ingredients used to make sunscreens.
Physical vs. Chemical Sunscreens
Our SPF Master List
These are some of the few that were selected by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) as the safest and most effective SPF products to date.