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Here are some facts about sunblock!

    1.  No Vitamin A is Better!

Industry believes that vitamin A, as an antioxidant, can slow skin aging. However, FDA study indicate that a form of vitamin A, retinyl palmitate, may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions when applied to skin in the presence of sunlight (NTP 2009). There are 25% of the sunblocks that are currently in the market contain vitamin A. Next time when you decided to get your new bottle of sunblock for this summer, check the label carefully!

     2.  Sunblock has NOT proven to prevent skin cancer

Here is the dilemma! People who uses sunblock turns out to have higher rate on getting skin cancer. The problem is not in sunblock! The problem is that for those who uses sunblock often tend to stay in the sun longer than within the safety range. So! To All you handsome and beautiful Snap banana readers, please keep that sunblock on and not over does the sun! We all love the tan, but patient is a virtue. ;)

     3.  Mineral Sunscreen is the BEST!

Unsurprisingly, there is currently no sunscreen that satisfies all these criteria. They are stable in sunlight and do not appear to penetrate the skin.They offer the following:

  • UVA protection
  • Mexoryl SX (ecamsule) is another good option, but it’s available in very few formulations.
  • Tinosorb S and M could be great solutions but are not yet available in the United States. For consumers who don’t like mineral products, avobenzone (3 percent for the best UVA protection) and without the notorious hormone disrupter oxybenzone is right for you.
  • Scientists have urged parents to avoid using oxybenzone on children due to penetration and toxicity concerns.

     4.  Europe’s Sunscreens are BETTER!

I am not getting myself into EU vs. US war here. From my multicultural background, trust me, I words are very mutual. Sunscreen makers and users in Europe have more options than in the United States. In Europe, sunscreen makers can select from among 27 chemicals for their formulations, compared to 17 in the U.S. As you read from point 3, you know what I mean. Next time when you have your Europe trip, don’t forget to bring a few bottles of sunscreen back for your love ones. I would be greatly appreciated if that includes me. :P

      5.  Anything beyond SPF 50, DON’T even bother!

The FDA has proposed prohibiting the sale of sunscreens with SPF values higher than “50+.” The agency has written that values higher than 50 would be “misleading to the consumer,” given that there is an “absence of data demonstrating additional clinical benefit” (FDA 2011a). Among the worst offenders are Walgreens and Aveeno brands. A newly published study of a group of sun-savvy Australians found that the daily use of a SPF 15 sunscreen with good UVA protection along with other protection strategies reduced risk of melanoma diagnosis over a 10-year follow-up period (Green 2011).

      6.  Here is how you calculate SAFETY range to stay in the Sun!

if you normally develop a sunburn in 10 minutes without wearing a sunscreen, a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 will protect you for 150 minutes (10 minutes multiplied by the SPF of 15).

      7.  SPF 15 or 30? It’s up to you!

The American Association of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that a “broad spectrum” sunblock with an SPF of at least 15 that is applied daily to all sun exposed areas, then reapplied every two hours. According to UCSF studies, SPF 30 protects better! 

      8.  WAIT for 15-20 mins AFTER you applied your sunblock!

All sunscreens should be applied 15-20 minutes before sun exposure to allow a protective film to develop, then reapplied after water contact and sweating. Some sunblocks can lose effectiveness after two hours, so reapply frequently!! Like I said, patient is a virtue!!!

      9.  Oil, Gel or Lotion form, which ever you prefer!

Spray lotions and gels are the least oily but also the ones that wash off more easily and need to be reapplied more frequently. Simple differences ;)

     10. UVA, UVB, You want BOTH!

UVB, which penetrates only the outer skin layer, is the primary cause of sunburn. UVA penetrates deeper into the skin, causing a different type of DNA damage than UVB.

     11. Water resistant VS. Water Proof

Ladies and Gents! Water resistant is as important as the SPF value! The FDA considers a product “water-resistant” if it maintains its SPF level after 40 minutes of water exposure. A product is considered “waterproof” if it maintains its SPF level following 80 minutes of exposure to water.

Now, Here are some recommendations!

1. Badger Sunscreen for Face and Body, Unscented, SPF 30, $12.97
2.
Kabana Skin Care Green Screen Organic Sunscreen, SPF 22, $5
3.
Beyond Coastal Lip & Face Screen, $7.69
4.
Desert Essence Age Reversal Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30, $9.59
5.
Jason Natural Products Sunbrellas Chemical Free Sun Block, $9.40

These products contain the minerals zinc or titanium, which help reduce UVA exposures and do NOT contain not contain oxybenzone or Vitamin . If you have some more recommendations, please feels free to share! LET”S STAY BEAUTIFUL AND HEALTHY!

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