Friday, July 1, 2011

How To Choose The Best Sunscreen


Its a little overwhelming. Every time I go into any store whether it be Walgreens, Walmart, Target, or any super market, they have many different types of sun screen, or sun block. Which one is best for you to use? Which one is best to use for your baby? Its hard to tell right now, and trust me we aren't the only ones confused. The FDA has announced last month that they will require all sun block lotions to report how effective they are on both UVA, and UVB rays. Both types of rays have been linked to both skin cancer and wrinkles. This doesn't however cover what chemicals are safe to use on your skin, but it is a step in the right direction. The last thing we need right now is to be giving our kids something that could give them cancer in the future. It is not the sun block that gives people cancer and wrinkles, it is the UVA, and UVB sun rays. This is why protection is key in preparing for the future, no one wants to get a sunburn either on their family vacation. A recent report and advisory from the American Academy of Pediatrics talk about the importance of putting on as much sunscreen as you can on baby infants. This is because they are more likely to get skin cancer if you don't put the sunscreen on them. If you are pregnant the best way to go is to use a mineral sun screen with titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide. These are more topical creams that are meant to stay on top of the skin, rather than be absorbed into the skin like most popular sun screens. Its hard to get away from the chemical sunscreens but alternatives do exist, and I recommend everyone take a look at them. The topical mineral sun screen's aren't as water proof, but they definitely do the trick, and are great if you are an expecting mother and worried about the added chemicals in some of the more popular brands. Just keep your eyes opened, be informed, and make an informed decision. Remember, its going to be a lot easier to get sunscreen soon, for now we are all a little more informed. Have a great summer, and don't let the sun beat the fun out of you!

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