Is Your Sunscreen Safe

In light of recent bad press on one natural skin care company’s sunscreen, here are a few thoughts and tips regarding sun care and how best to protect against sun damage in a safe manner.

Let’s start with the basics.  UVA and UVB is ultraviolet radiation that causes our skin to age as well as tan.  UVA rays are what ages our skin, and UVB rays are what causes us to tan or burn.  UVA rays can pass through glass, and they penetrate our skin deeper, and UVB rays are what induce the production of Vitamin D, something many Americans are deficient in. Both are implicated in causing cancer and are considered a carcinogen.

There is a delicate balance between getting enough of the Vitamin D your body needs and avoiding sun damage in the process.  Amazingy Magazine wrote this statement: “Real-world observations of use show that actual protection is limited far more by the amount applied and how often it is reapplied than by the SPF.”  Through awareness and diligence, you can get the Vitamin D you need and protect your skin at the same time!

The most obvious suggestion is to avoid direct sunlight between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., when UV rays are the strongest, and avoid direct sunlight for long periods of time.  Also, cover your skin as much as possible with protective hats and clothing.

Choosing a safe and effective sunscreen is very important in protecting your skin.  Chemicals and ingredients such as oxybenzone and avobenzone are creating a heap of health problems in consumers everywhere.  Check out this quick informative article from the Environmental Working Group on the trouble with sunscreen chemicals.

Knowing what ingredients are in your sunscreen, good and bad, will go a long way in helping you protect your skin safely.  A simple rule of thumb is, if you can’t easily pronounce an ingredient, chances are it’s a synthetic or chemical that may cause problems.

We use non-nano zinc oxide (22%) in our sunscreen, as it has been determined to be helpful in blocking both UVA and UVB rays, beats all other active ingredients out there and offers the most broadband protection of all known UV filters, according to Amazingy Magazine.

Red raspberry seed oil is liquid gold ~ it is considered nature’s best full spectrum sunscreen! A 2000 study found red raspberry seed oil afforded an SPF protection factor against UVB rays of 28-50 and an SPF protection factor against UVA rays of around 8. It is packed full of essential fatty acids, which greatly soothe and remedy skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. says “For this reason, red raspberry oil is frequently added to high end sunscreens,” and it is precisely why we add it to ours! 

Carrot seed oil is no slacker in the SPF arena either.  According to a 2009 study in “Pharmacognosy Magazine,” natural sunscreen products containing carrot seed oil have an SPF protection factor of 38-40 and is a rich source of the antioxidant beta-carotene, a few of the wonderful reasons we include it in our sunscreen as well.

Ingredients such as beeswax have an SPF of 15, and oils such as avocado, coconut and olive oil range anywhere between 2-10 SPF, and shea butter and essential oils of lavender and eucalyptus range from 3-6 in SPF, all of which we include in our sunscreen!

Knowing what’s in your sunscreen, choosing safe ingredients and applying them diligently will go a long way in protecting you and your family safely!  For more info on SunWise sunscreen, click the link below.

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