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My Sun Safety Tips

This is the time of year everyone is looking for sunscreen and I am sadly still behind on this. It’s not as easy to get an SPF rating but I am really hoping to launch something in 2015 *fingers crossed*.

In the meantime, I want to provide a few skin sun safety tips to help you buy your sunscreen and keep protected this summer.

1. The best coverage is staying out of the sun or limiting your time in direct sunlight. Look for shade structures, bring umbrellas to the beach, use a parasol (we need to bring this accessory back into fashion) or find a tree.

2. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face, neck and chest. It provides amazing coverage and doesn’t stop working after a few hours.

3. Find a good zinc or titanium sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. This is a non-toxic, full-spectrum (meaning it protects you from UVA and UVB rays) sunscreen that blocks the sunlight by deflecting it from your skin. Petrochemical sunscreens can be toxic, persistent and can cause inflammation on the skin. Avoid nano particle zinc or titanium though because it can penetrate compromised skin and there isn’t enough research about the effect of particles this size entering the blood stream.

4. I want you to be really careful about SPF ratings when you are using natural formulas. Often the addition of anti-inflammatory ingredients (e.g. aloe vera) are added to reverse redness and therefore it exaggerates how much coverage you are getting. SPF ratings are attained by testing the amount of time skin can be exposed to UVB rays before getting red. If you have ingredients that reverse this effect, it’s going to extend the time superficially. You will still be getting UVA rays that don’t have any indicator of overexposure until you have developed sagging skin from break down of elasticity. Just be cautious about these products and treat them like they’re SPF 15 rather than 30.

To read my full article on this subject, pick up a copy of EcoParent on Canadian newsstands now. Or visit www.ecoparent.ca for a subscription.

Feel free to share any of your favourite sunscreens below.

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