Too much sun exposure can cause painful sunburns, premature skin aging and other health problems. Although moderate sun exposure is good for your body, too much exposure over time can lead to skin cancer. Protect yourself this summer with a high quality sunscreen from your local CarePro Pharmacy.
The following ingredients are found in high-quality sunscreens: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone and mexoryl SX (ecamsule).
- Zinc and titanium offer UVA and UVB protection, are stable in sunlight, generally do not cause skin allergies and do not disrupt the body’s natural hormones.
- Avobenzone and mexoryl SX provide UVA and UVB protection. Look for avobenzone in 3% concentrations for the best protection.
Choose a sunscreen that is labeled “broad spectrum” and has a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15. Avoid sunscreens with SPFs higher than 50. At that level, you may be tempted to stay in the sun longer than the sunscreen can protect you. It is better to use a lower SPF and reapply it more often.
Avoid buying sunscreens that include: oxybenzone (benzophenone-3), vitamin A (retinol or retinyl palmitate) or added insect repellant.
- Oxybenzone is a synthetic estrogen that may disrupt hormone function.
- Vitamin A, when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight, can speed up the development of skin tumors and lesions.
- Added insect repellant can cause sunscreen to break down faster and leave you unprotected.
Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside, and reapply at least every 2 hours. You should also reapply after being in the water, toweling off or sweating excessively. The FDA recommends applying one ounce (about a palm full) to all exposed skin.