The Sunburn – Sunscreen SCANDAL!
Sunburn scandal: Why Your Sunscreen May Be Useless
Overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can do serious damage to your skin. That damage is also the main cause of the appearance of aging skin. So avoiding too much sun makes sense. And that’s why you should know your sunscreen may be useless.
There are many reasons your sunscreen may not be doing its job…
To begin with, most sunscreens require about a half-hour to take effect. So if you don’t put it on at least that long before you go out in the sun, you’re getting 30 minutes or more of exposure you’re not counting. And that can add up.
Chances are, even if you do apply sunscreen a half-hour before sun exposure, it’s still not effective. Why? Because, believe it or not, if a 4-ounce tube of sunscreen lasts you more than 4 applications, you’re not using enough.
Experts say you need to use 1 – 2 ounces of sunscreen per application to get adequate protection. Most people use far less.
Most people also don’t apply it often enough. There’s no such thing as “all day protection” from sunscreen. Even sweat- and water-resistant sunscreens don’t last all day. Most doctors agree you should reapply your sunscreen about every two hours or so.
Here’s another reason you may be getting less protection than you bargained for. Only “broad-spectrum” – also called “full-spectrum” – sunscreens block UVA rays effectively.
You see, there are two types of UV rays. Most products block UVB rays. But only broad-spectrum products block damaging UVA rays well. And UVA rays penetrate more deeply into your skin than UVB.
Most sunscreens break down, too. Oddly enough, you shouldn’t store these sun protection products in direct sunlight or in the heat. So don’t leave your sunscreen in your car’s glove box… or it may not provide full protection the next time you use it.
And if you head to the beach for the day? Well, by the time you get home, that sunscreen you brought along will probably be a little weaker.
Here’s another little surprise. Sunscreens have an expiration date. By law, they have to remain effective for 2 – 3 years after they’re made. But how long was that tube sitting on the store’s shelf before you bought it? If the store didn’t sell it last season, chances are good it sat in the stockroom over the winter.
Many sunscreens don’t have an expiration date on the label, either. So you’d have no idea just how long it’s good for, even if you knew to look for a date.
So here’s the situation. Most people apply too little sunscreen to begin with. They rarely apply it before they go out. They don’t know how old it is when they bought it. They usually save any unused product from one summer to the next. And there’s a good chance they’ve had the tube out in the sun or stored in a hot place at least some of the time.
All of these things can add up to your sunscreen being a lot less effective than you’d expect. Or even completely useless.
Fortunately, there is a way to avoid this problem. Sunscreens made with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide don’t have the same set of problems as other sunscreens.
These ingredients don’t break down over time or when stored in heat or direct sunlight. And they provide effective protection from the moment you apply them.1
Zinc oxide is especially good. It’s the only individual ingredient that provides excellent protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
If you’re serious about sun protection, don’t waste your money. For the safest, most effective protection, a sunscreen with zinc oxide is your best bet.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
1 Hurtado, L., “Testing old sunscreen to see if it blocks the sun year after year. Are you throwing away money with that bottle?” ABC Action News. May 30, 2011.
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