For fair skin – 15 minutes is good enough.
For darker skin – up to 2 hours.
But prolonged sun exposure might cause sun burns. So we need to protect our skin using sunscreen. We need to pay close attention while using skin lotions and sunscreens. Research studies show that skin cancer is mostly caused by toxic chemicals present in sunscreen/ skin lotions.
Sunscreen Lotion - Ingredients to avoid
• Avobenzone (Parsol 1789)
• Oxybenzone and benzophenone-3
• Methoxycinnamate based eg Octyl Methoxycinnamate (Octinoxate); Cinoxate;
• Parabens (synthetic preservatives have been linked to cancer)
• Artificial fragrances
• Petrochemicals (see wikipedia)
• PABA (4-Aminobenzoic acid)
• Mineral oils (choose vegetable carrier oils rather)
Some of these ingredients cause intense free radical damage when exposed to UV rays.
Surprising Facts you should know about sunscreen…
1. Almost all conventional sunscreen products contain cancer-causing chemicals.
2.Sunscreen actually blocks vitamin D production. Research shows that 70% of the population has vitamin D deficiency.
There are basically 2 types of sunblock.
1.Physical Barrier – It reflects the UV light from the skin surface. Very effective
2.Chemical Barrier – It absorbs the UV light and penetrates into the skin. Less effective.
Badger brand has physical barrier. Badger provides full spectrum protection (UVA, UVB and UVC) through the use of Zinc Oxide. Zinc oxide has anti-inflammatory property and is considered as one of the effective natural sunscreen ingredient.
Badger uses at least 70% organic ingredients.
You can boost your internal sun resistance by
•Eating Antioxidant rich foods like berries, leafy green vegetables, artichokes and superfoods.
•Taking astaxanthin, Vitamin C and E supplement.
•Choose brand that is natural, organic and safe. Use Enviromental Working Group Sunscreen Guide to get more help.
•Choose sunscreen with Zinc Oxide as it has anti-inflammatory properties.
•Try natural sun protecting oils like sesame oil, jojoba oil, hemp seed oil, raspberry seed oil, coconut oil and macadamia oil.
•Always buy unscented sunscreen
•Always read the ingredients of any sunscreen before buying it.