Let’s talk sunblock… what does it mean for you and how can you do the very best for your skin on a hot summer’s day?!
Two things that are important questions to ask when shopping around for sunscreens… Is it a physical (natural) or chemical (man-made) ingredient?
Ps. do yourself a favor and watch my IGTV for more info!
Physical blocks are made from Zinc or Titanium Dioxide and you need about 7-9% of either one of those. ANY other ingredient Oxybenzone, Avobenzone, Octinoxate, and the list goes on… those are ingredients that allow the sun to penetrate the skin and not completely shield you, while also forcing harmful chemicals into the cells. (Let’s not do that this summer!)
One other “hot topic” is people that say, “oh yeah, my foundation has sunscreen in it, so I don’t need anything else. First, that’s a joke. Your makeup having sunscreen is a nice wink at trying to help you out. Or some believe adding that ups their chances of not getting sun or sunburned. Let me say it this way…
YOU CAN’T LAYER SUNSCREEN!
(Sorry for the yelling………….)
For real, you can’t. It doesn’t work like that. But points for trying.
Second, the first purpose of that makeup is to be a foundation, not a sunscreen. So it isn’t going to be super strong, and not for very long. You’d have to reapply by lunch to get the little benefit that’s in there, out of it!
Third, Tinted sunscreens are a different story. If you are trying a product that is made for sunscreen and has a tint… kind of like this one from Kiehl’s. BUT remember to look for those chemical free options and go for spf30 or above.
Also the lovely people who decide that the higher the number, the closer to God… jk! The truth here is, “the higher the number, the more chemically induced it is!”
Just DON’T DO IT!!
Let’s all take a deep breath, grab our floaties & beach bags and get it right this year! It’s for your own good.