I scream you scream - we all scream for skin saving SUNSCREEN!
Have you ever used a sunscreen that you thought was safe, only to find out later that it wasn't?
It can be challenging to choose the right sunscreen, even if you opt for a reputed brand offering low health risks and ample options. This is because some sun protection products sold by such brands can contain harmful chemicals that can penetrate the body. In fact, I recently fell prey to such a false assumption. Fortunately, I have a valuable resource to recommend – the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
EWG provides a guide to sunscreens and has a database that shows ratings of more than 1,850 sunscreens. They claim that only 1 in 4 products meets their standards for adequate sun protection and avoid harmful ingredients.
And what about sprays? Although I love the ease of using spray sunscreens (especially applying on the kids), EWG reports suggest that they may not provide sufficient coverage in the applied area and can pose a risk of inhalation, particularly for those with asthma.
I've been completely baffled by the hype around high SPF products lately. I mean, SPF 90+? That sounds like overkill, right? But when I dug deeper, I discovered that the EWG is actually sounding the alarm on these too-good-to-be-true sunscreens. Apparently, SPF ratings can be seriously misleading and just because a product has a higher rating, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's more effective. In fact, EWG is recommending that we steer clear of anything SPF 50+ or higher.
Here’s a link to the EWG sunscreen database:
Our skin is the body's largest organ, and it serves as a significant gateway for toxins to enter the body. Prioritizing skin care can yield long-term benefits for your overall well-being.
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